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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has hired Leigh Zarelli as svp of consumer brands, driving the strategic direction and expansion of direct-to-consumer product offerings. They have also hired Caroline Fraser as vp of program development and acquisition, spearheading new content development for the consumer market and identifying  new media channels for HMH's stable…

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Tara Gavin has joined Kensington as executive editor. She spent the past 30 years at Harlequin, most recently as senior executive editor. Ron Longe recently started his own boutique PR firm, Ron Longe Public Relations, specializing in food, lifestyle, and illustrated books. He can now be reached at ron@ronlonge.com. He was…

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Paula Deen Books to Return This Fall, Distributed By HBG

Paula Deen returns to book publishing this fall, issuing her titles through Paula Deen Ventures, the company she launched in early 2014 with backing from Najafi Media. The company announced an agreement with Hachette Book Group to sell and distribute her titles throughout the world. The first planned new title…

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Announcements: Quarto Buys Ivy; Maya Angelou Postage Stamp; Kindle Scout Launch List; and More

Quarto Publishing has agreed to acquire The Ivy Press for up to £1.3 million plus the assumption of up to £200,000 of debt, pending approval from the press's lender. The unit will become part of Quarto's international co-editions division. Founded in 1996, Ivy Press has been distributed by Thames & Hudson since 2012. Co-founder and…

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Kirkus Media has promoted chief operating officer Meg LaBorde Kuehn to the newly created position of ceo, continuing to report to president and publisher Mark Winkleman and co-owner Herb Simon. Winkleman said in the announcement: "It's been five years since Herb Simon and I bought Kirkus Media, and no one…

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Sterling to Move Distribution to Donnelley

RR Donnelley announced Tuesday in what looks like a standard press release a multi-year agreement to provide warehousing, distribution and book fulfillment services to Sterling Publishing, with no indication of when that agreement begins. The significant news is not in the announcement: Sterling has run its own warehouse and distribution services up…

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In the UK, Foyle's ceo Sam Husain, 67, will retire in April, the Bookseller reports. Former toy retailer Hamley's coo Paul Currie will take over the leadership for the bookseller, and Husain will stay on as a non-executive director. Also in the UK, Kieron Smith, who had been managing director of…

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In Italy, general manager of Mondadori's trade book division (as well as ceo of Einaudi, interim head of Mondadori publishing and chairman of Harlequin Mondadori) Riccardo Cavallero is leaving the company by the end of January. Last week, Mondadori Libri announced a number of new management appointments: CEO Ernesto Mauri is also…

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Vook co-founder Matt Cavnar has joined Broadway Video Ventures as general manager. Steve Quinn joins the Perseus Books Group in the newly formed position of assistant director, specialty retail sales on January 26. Previously he was specialty sales manager at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Quinn will report to senior director, gift…

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Rachel Meier has been named to the newly created position of publishing manager for Crown, Crown Archetype, Hogarth, Broadway, Three Rivers Press, and Tim Duggan Books. Ami Webster McConnell has joined Howard Books as vp, editor in chief. Most recently she was senior acquisitions editor for fiction at Harper Christian…

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