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Briefs: NPR to Announce National Book Award Finalists; Fall Previews Begin

The National Book Awards will announce its finalists on NPR's Morning Edition at 8:40 PM on October 15. Books & Books owner and co-founder of Miami Book Fair Mitchell Kaplan will make the announcement. Longtime co-owner of Village Books Dee Robinson will retire at the end of the week after…

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Perseus Retains Legato -- And Suchomel

Perseus ceo David Steinberger has addressed one of the questions raised when the sale of the company to Hachette and Ingram was cancelled: The recently-formed boutique distribution arm Legato Publishers Group, which Ingram said it would fold into PGW (with which it is already an "affiliate"), will remain as its…

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Writer's Digest Tries Self-Publishing Again With BookBaby; RosettaBooks Expands Into Print; and More

Writer's Digest quietly severed ties with Author Solutions, which provided the back-end to its self-publishing service Abbott Press , earlier this year. Now the company has teamed up with BookBaby for a different self-publishing program under the name Blue Ash Publishing. The new program takes pain to distinguish itself from…

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People, Etc.: Regan Arts Distribution to S&S

Judith Regan will go back to her roots for distribution of her new line Regan Arts' titles. Simon & Schuster will handle worldwide sales and distribution, with Regan Arts expected to begin publishing in fall 2014 (though they have not publicly announced any titles yet). Regan started her book publishing…

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At Putnam, Katie McKee has been promoted to senior publicity manager, while Elena Hershey moves up to associate publicist. At Chronicle Books, Will Schrom has been promoted to national accounts manager, Barnes & Noble and Calendar Club. At Crown Publishing Group, Hanna Glidden has been promoted to associate managing editor.…

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Agreements: Curtis Brown UK Unit Pairs with BBC, and More

Cuba Pictures, the film and tv development arm of Curtis Brown UK, has a first-look deal with BBC Worldwide, which will "provide investment, co-production expertise, access to their market research and development initiatives in addition to their global marketing reach." Cuba Pictures ceo Nick Marston says, "Our aim is to bring together…

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Netta Rabin will move to Scholastic's Klutz as vp of product development, reporting to general mananger Stacy Lellos. She has been associate art director and editor for children's books (as well as other titles) at Workman. Stacie Williams will join Coffee House Press as publicist in August. Most recently, she…

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Omnific Pairs with Simon & Schuster (And Licenses Titles to Amazon)

Simon & Schuster's Gallery Books has announced a co-publishing agreement with independent publisher of romantic fiction, Omnific Publishing. Under the agreement, Gallery and Pocket will co-publish "a select number" of titles with Omnific, both as ebooks and print books. Additionally, S&S will distribute all Omnific titles. Gallery Books Publishing Group…

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Longtime vp, director of publicity at Penguin Maureen Donnelly, 59, died Monday at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ of breast cancer. Before joining Penguin, Donnelly worked at Simon & Schuster and New American Library in a publishing career that spanned 40 years. A wake will be held in Roselle,…

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Paul Crichton is leaving Simon & Schuster Children's, where he is vp, executive director of publicity, on June 27, after more than nine years. Crichton plans to "to take some time off this summer and literally travel around the world as he mulls the next steps in his career." President…

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