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Scholastic, Little Brown UK Will Publish Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Play Script on July 31

Scholastic and Little Brown UK will publish the script book of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, an adaptation and continuation of JK Rowling's series, just after midnight on July 31. The play premieres on London's West End on July 30 and features Potter as a 35-year-old parent,…

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At Random House, Andrea Walker and Noah Eaker have both been promoted to executive editor; Caitlin McKenna and Kaela Myers have both been promoted to editor; and Mika Kasuga and Molly Turpin have both been promoted to associate editor. At Ballantine Bantam Dell, Sarah Murphy and Anne Speyer have both been promoted to associate editor,  and Julia Maguire has been promoted to assistant…

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February Bookseller Picks

Amazon's February Best Books of the Month designates Ethan Canin's splendid new novel A Doubter's Almanac as its spotlight pick while its featured debut is The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer. The rest of its top choices are: Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel, by Tom…

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At Crown, Julian Pavia has been promoted to executive editor. Porter Anderson is taking over as editor of Publishing Perspectives from Ed Nawotka, who has run the publication since it was founded in 2009. Anderson was associate editor at FutureBooks, where he is replaced by Molly Flatt. In Germany, Piper publisher Michael…

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Scholastic Pulls Picture Book After Slavery Depiction Backlash

Scholastic announced that it has withdrawn publication of the picture book A Birthday Cake for George Washington by Ramin Ganeshram and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, which was published on January 5. The book had been criticized sharply for its upbeat depiction of slaves, with School Library Journal calling it "highly problematic" while…

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Sarah Grimm has joined Crown as publicist, working on the Crown, Hogarth, Broadway, and Tim Duggan Books imprints. Previously she was an associate publicist at Putnam. Printz Award winner and two-time National Book Award finalist Gene Luen Yang has been named the new as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.…

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Former BEA director of education Mark Dressler died December 23 from cancer. Dressler also programmed sessions for the Frankfurt Book Fair, and was co-owner of a wine shop in his home of Traverse City, MI. USA Today named Girl on the Train author Paula Hawkins as their "author of the year."…

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At the Random House Publishing Group, Sanyu Dillon, Theresa Zoro, Susan Kamil, and Scott Shannon have all been promoted to executive vice president -- comprising the executive leadership team, along with existing evps Bill Takes and Kara Welsh (whose announcement as publisher Ballantine Bantam Dell was noted Thursday) . RHPG president and…

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People, Etc.: Welsh to BBD As Publisher, and More

Kara Welsh will join Ballantine Bantam Dell as executive vice president, publisher on January 19, reporting to Gina Centrello. Previously Welsh was svp, publisher at the Berkley Publishing Group, after joining NAL as publisher in 2001. Reporting to Welsh are svp, associate publisher and editor-in-chief Jennifer Hershey, and svp, deputy…

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Oprah Winfrey Will Launch New Imprint at Flatiron Books With Memoir THE LIFE YOU WANT

Flatiron Books will publish Oprah Winfrey's forthcoming memoir THE LIFE YOU WANT in January 2017, the lead title in Winfrey's as-yet-unnamed book imprint, expected to include several non-fiction titles per year chosen personally by Oprah. The book, which will be published simultaneously by Pan Macmillan in the UK, Australia, South…

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