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The Walker Books Group has hired Lucy Pleydell-Pearce for the new global role of senior group and intercompany sales manager, starting July 6. She will "manage the intercompany sales flow for books originating in each territory that publish within the group, including monitoring release timings and enhancing group communication across all publishing…

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McLain's Circling the Sun Tops August Indie Next List

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain is the ABA's No. 1 Indie Next pick for August. The rest of the list also includes Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal and The Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman, both featured in our Spring/Summer Buzz Books 2015 ebook, as well…

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Kelly Bowen has joined Arcadia Publishing and the History Press as director of marketing and corporate communications. She was previously publicity director at Algonquin Books. Springer Nature (the newly combined Springer + Macmillan Science and Education) has created a new policy & external relations team led by evp Eric Merkel-Sobotta, and a…

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July's Best from Amazon and iBooks

Indie Next No. 1 pick for July The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck makes both the Amazon and iBooks "best books of July" lists as well. (Barnes & Noble abandoned monthly lists some time ago -- but they did roll out their revamped web site on Tuesday, with some downtime.)…

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David Hawk joins Ten Speed Press on July 6 as senior marketing and publicity manager. Previously he was a marketing and publicity manager at Chronicle Books, specializing in food and drink titles. Yuka Igarashi will join Catapult as web editor-in-chief in August. Previously she was managing editor at Granta. Awards…

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Sara Sargent will return to Harper Children's on July 13, in the new position of executive editor, reporting to Kate Jackson. She will acquire teen, middle grade and picture book fiction and nonfiction titles "created from or around digital and social media content. Sargent was most recently at Simon & Schuster, Robert Bolick is joining the International Baccalaureate…

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Amazon's Best of 2015 So Far

Amazon has posted their traditional lists of the "best books of the year so far" in 17 categories, selected by the site's editors. (Three of their Top 10 were first previewed prior to publication in our Buzz Books samplers; check out the new fall/winter free Buzz Books ebooks to preview some…

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Kim Shannon has been promoted to vp, director, retail sales at Penguin Random House. Awards The Carnegie Medal was awarded to Tanya Landman for Buffalo Soldier, while the Greenaway Medal was given to William Grill for Shackleton's Journey, which he wrote and illustrated. Grill is the youngest prize winner (at…

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Longtime executive director of the National Book Foundation Harold Augenbraum will leave his position at the end of March 2016. The Foundation's board of directors has formed a search committee and selected executive search firm Spencer Stuart to look for a new executive director. "I have very much enjoyed my…

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Stradal's Kitchens of the Great Midwest Leads July Library Reads List

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal is the No. 1 pick for the JulyLibrary Reads list, an excerpt of which you can start reading right now in our Buzz Books 2015: Spring/Summer ebook. The rest of the list features: Paula McLain, Circling the Sun Susan Mallery, Kiss…

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