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Briefs: Bissonnette to Forfeit All "No Easy Day" Royalties; Amazon May Plan Drive-Up Grocery Stores

Former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette formally settled the case brought against him by the Federal government for failing to obtain pre-publication review and clearance for his bestselling book No Easy Day. He will disgorge all royalties for the book, or about $6.6 million, and has apologized for his actions. (As…

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Simon & Schuster Children's announced a number of promotions and recent hires across various imprints. Sarah McCabe has been promoted to assistant editor, Simon Pulse. Nina Simoneaux has joined Aladdin as junior designer. Previously she was a design assistant at Random House Children's, working on the Knopf, Crown, Delacorte, and…

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Oprah Picks Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad

Oprah's latest Book Club pick, her first in approximately 18 months, is Colson Whitehead's new novel The Underground Railroad. Originally scheduled for release on September 13, Doubleday has pushed up publication and the book, emblazoned with the Oprah Book Club logo, is on sale today. (The most recent Oprah pick was Cynthia…

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At Franklin & Siegal Associates, Danny Yanez has been promoted to director of adult scouting. In addition, both Nicole Sohl and Joshua LaMorey have joined as literary scouts. Sohl was most recently associate editor at Thomas Dunne Books and Macmillan Entertainment, while LaMorey was previously a literary scout at Barbara…

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People: Senate Stalls Vote on Hayden's LOC Nomination, and More

After winning unanimous support from the Senate Rules Committee, Carla Hayden's nomination to serve as Librarian of Congress has been held up by one or more Republicans. The Washington Post notes, "There has been no public explanation for the five-week delay, although privately some conservatives have been critical of the…

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Deb Brody will join Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as editorial director for lifestyle & culinary on July 18. Previously she was executive editor at William Morrow. Michael Strother has joined Harlequin Teen as editor. Previously he was an editor at Simon Pulse. Jermey Matthews will join MIT Press as acquisitions editor, physical…

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Talese Disavows Forthcoming Book After Discrepancies Emerge

Gay Talese's new book The Voyeur's Motel has stoked controversy since a lengthy excerpt was published by the New Yorker in April, describing how a Colorado motel owner repeatedly spied on guests throughout the 1970s and 1980s. But the Washington Post recently uncovered property records that showed the subject of the…

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David Lamb has joined Hachette Books as assistant editor. Previously he was an editorial assistant at Scribner. Damon Reiss has been promoted to head of custom sales & strategy for HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Penguin Classics publisher Elda Rotor is profiled by CNN Philippines. Though much of the conversation revolves around…

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At Basic, Betsy DeJesu has been promoted to publicity director. At the Crown Publishing Group, Rebecca Welbourn has been promoted to publicist for Crown, Hogarth, Tim Duggan Books, and Broadway Books, while Hannah Frail moves up to associate publicist for those imprints. In addition, Owen Haney has been promoted to…

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Meghan Deans will join Ecco on June 13 as marketing director. She has been at Little, Brown, most recently as director of social media. At Clarkson Potter, Kim Tyner has been promoted to assistant production director. Harper Christian reports that longtime employee and vp of custom product development Joseph "Scott" Harvey, 52, died…

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