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Owner of Houston independent mystery bookshop Murder By the Book McKenna Jordan will join Minotaur Books as a dedicated outside publishing consultant to the imprint, a newly created role. Jordan will report to associate publisher Kelley Ragland, who will help Jordan make "her unique and successful experience in the positioning,…

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At Simon & Schuster Children's, Laura DiSiena has been promoted to associate art director, Aladdin Books, while Regina Flath moves up to senior designer, Simon Pulse. Clarissa Wong has joined The Feminist Press as editor. She was previously assistant editor at Disney Publishing Worldwide. Maria Gagliano has left her position…

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Philip Ruppel has joined Phaidon Press as chief operating officer. CEO Keith Fox says, "His proven track record of delivering growth through profitable innovation and enhanced digital offerings fits brilliantly with Phaidon's commitment to enhancing our brand as the world's premier fine arts publisher." Most recently he was president of McGraw-Hill Education's…

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Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave Tops June Library Reads List

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave is the No. 1 pick for the June Library Reads list. The list also includes The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler, an excerpt of which (as well as Dave's novel) you can start reading right now in our Buzz Books 2015: Spring/Summer ebook.…

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At Simon & Schuster Children's, Christian Trimmer has been promoted to executive editor; Kristin Ostby moves up to senior editor; and Catherine Laudone has been promoted to assistant editor. In addition, Christine Dong has been promoted to senior demand planner. At Macmillan Audio, Robert Allen has been promoted to associate…

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After under 3 years in the post, Follett ceo Mary Lee Schneider is departing, to be replaced by Ray Griffith. He spent 20 years at Ace Hardware, where he was president and ceo until April 2013. The company said, "The son of a public school teacher and grade school principal who began…

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Haruf's Final Novel Leads June Indie Next List; May Picks from iBooks, Amazon and Costco

Kent Haruf's final, posthumous novel OUR SOULS AT NIGHT is the ABA's No. 1 Indie Next pick for June (and makes the iBooks Store's top picks for May as well). The rest of the list features the following (including 5 books, asterisked, you can start reading right now in our…

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People, Etc.: Nowell to Depart Nielsen; Edgar Award Winners; and More

Jonathan Stolper will move up to svp and managing director of Nielsen Book as of July 1, as longtime president Jonathan Nowell steps down after 20 years at Nielsen. Nowell will be "helping with the transition through the end of this year," though he says in the announcement "I feel it’s time…

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Acting publisher at Running Press Allison Devlin will move to Time Inc. Books on May 4 as associate publisher, Publishing Trends reports. Susan Weinberg will fill in as acting publisher at Running Press when Devlin leaves, until a permanent publisher is named. At HarperAudio, Sean McManus has been promoted to associate publisher. Marjacq Scripts in…

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Six Writers Drop Out As PEN Gala Hosts, Objecting to Charlie Hebdo Award

When PEN American Center hosts its annual gala on May 5, six of its planned author hosts will not be in attendance. On Friday, novelists Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner and Taiye Selasi alerted the organization of their withdrawal from the gala over the decision…

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