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People: Peter Wiley to Retire from Board Chair

John Wiley chairman Peter Booth Wiley announced that he intends to retire from that position as of September 2015, when his term expires, though he will maintain his board seat. Current director and former group president at Pitney Bowes Matthew Kissner has been nominated to take over as chair. Peter…

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Bradley Tops January Library Reads List, and More 2014 Best Ofs

Alan Bradley's AS CHIMNEY SWEEPERS COME TO DUST, the latest in his Flavia de Luce mystery series, is the No. 1 pick for the January Library Reads list. The rest of the list recommends: The Rosie Effect, by Graeme Simsion The Magician's Lie, by Greer Macallister The Girl on the…

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At Simon & Schuster, Brit Hvide has been promoted to associate editor. Sarah Bloxham has left Bonnier Publishing UK, where she was publisher of Weldon Owen, and is "available for work on a permanent, contract or consultancy basis." She can be reached at bloxham.sarah@googlemail.com. Barbara Casey has joined Strategic Media Books as partner,…

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Scotton Tops January 2015 Indie Next List

The preview version of the January Indie Next List has The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Chris Scotton as indie booksellers' No. 1 selection for the month. The rest of the list features: Descent, by Tim Johnston The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins The Magician's Lie, by Greer…

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People: Hirschorn Leaves S&S, Perl Promoted to EVP, Chief Marketing Officer

As part of a restructuring of the Simon & Schuster's digital and marketing departments, Liz Perl has been promoted to the new position of evp, chief marketing officer, overseeing both digital and marketing under one combined unit, while evp, chief digital officer Ellie Hirschhorn will leave the company on December…

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Obituaries Novelist Kent Haruf, 71, has died, his editor Gary Fisketjon confirmed to the Washington Post on Sunday. The new issue of Granta has an autobiographical essay by Haruf, and his novel OUR SOULS AT NIGHT is due to be published next year. Fisketjon said,  "Kent had finished all his revisions and…

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Shawna Mullen will join Abrams as associate publisher, adult trade on December 15, reporting to Michael Sand. Previously she was executive editor at Taunton Press and before then, editorial director at Clarkson Potter, where she helped launch the Potter Craft imprint. PEN announced a new PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize to support…

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Washington Post's Ten Best of 2014

The Washington Post announced a slew of Best of 2014 lists, including the top 50 in fiction and nonfiction, along with notable standouts for romance, mystery-thriller, science fiction & fantasy, and graphic novels. Their top ten books include Booker winner Richard Flanagan's THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH and…

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Handler Acknowledges Remarks Were "Yes, Racist" and Apologizes -- As Does NBF; He Pledges Matching Gift to #WeNeedDiverseBooks

After declining media requests for comment about his controversial remarks at the National Book Awards gala, Daniel Handler posted a modest apology on Twitter around noon on Thursday: "My job at last night's National Book Awards #NBAwards was to shine a light on tremendous writers, including Jacqueline Woodson...and not to…

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Daniel Handler Apologizes via Twitter

After declining media requests for comment about his controversial remarks at the National Book Awards gala, Daniel Handler posted a modest apology on Twitter around noon on Thursday: "My job at last night's National Book Awards #NBAwards was to shine a light on tremendous writers, including Jacqueline Woodson...and not to…

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