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George Bick has joined Regan Arts as sales director. A number of years ago he was svp, sales at HarperCollins, ReganBooks, and William Morrow. Juliana Horbachevsky has joined Abrams as publicist, primarily working on cookbooks and pop-culture titles. Previously she was a publicist at Gallery. Stefanie Hoffman will join Little, Brown Children's as…

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Michelle Aielli has been named executive director of publicity for Hachette Books. She moves over from Little, Brown, where she was most recently publicity director. At Simon & Schuster, Jennifer Grojean has been promoted to director, national accounts for special markets, while Bianca Johnson moves up to manager, adult custom…

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Margot Schupf has been promoted to publisher of Time Home Entertainment, effective immediately, succeeding Jim Childs, who left earlier this month. Schupf joined the division as associate publisher in June. She reports to svp, consumer marketing + revenue Jeff Blatt. Reporting to Schupf are TIHE editorial director Steve Koepp and Oxmoor House…

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Kirkus Prize Winners, and More Awards

The winners of the inaugural Kirkus Prize were announced Thursday evening at a private ceremony in Austin, TX. EUPHORIA by Lily King won the fiction prize (we featured it as a spring/summer Publishers Lunch Buzz Book). The nonfiction winner is CAN WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? by Roz Chast, already…

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After selling a reported 4.8 million copies of her ebooks worldwide, author Barbara Freethy will use Ingram Publisher Services to distribute her work in print worldwide, published through her company Hyde Street Press. The press launches in spring 2015 with four books, including titles from Freethy's Callaway Series. She expects…

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National Book Award Finalists Announced

On Wednesday morning the finalists were announced for the 65th annual National Book Awards, unveiled on NPR's Morning Edition along with bookseller Mitchell Kaplan from Books & Books. In nonfiction, the most prominent (and commercial) longlisted author left behind was Walter Isaacson's THE INNOVATORS, though the sole female candidate in…

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Flanagan Wins the Booker

Australian author Richard Flanagan's novel THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH won the Booker Prize Tuesday night, beating out a field that included two Americans on the shortlist for the first time. Knopf published the book, Flanagan's sixth novel, in the US in August, with Chatto & Windus releasing…

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Nicholls Tops November Library Reads List

David Nicholls' US is the No. 1 pick for the November Library Reads list. The rest of the list recommends: Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover: The Fourth Rule of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson The…

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Briefs: Hachette Launches Author Portal, Yale Moves Up Modiano

Hachette Book Group has launched their Author and Agent Portal as a "channel" within their business-facing site hachettebookgroup.biz. Similar to portals from Simon & Schuster, Random House and others, it includes unit sales information by title, weekly Nielsen BookScan sales data, an "interactive publication timeline for the 12 months prepublication," a feature for…

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Modiano Wins Nobel Literature Prize, and More Awards

The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded on Thursday to the French author Patrick Modiano. In their citation, the prize judges commended Modiano "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation." As with the most recent French…

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