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Juan Felipe Herrera has been named Poet Laureate, the first Latino writer to receive the honor since its inception in 1936. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said in the announcement that Herrera's poems "champion voices, traditions and histories, as well as a cultural perspective, which is a vital part…

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People, Etc.

BEA reported attendance data for the recent show in New York, and the numbers were consistent with the last couple of years. Professional attendance was down 1.2 percent, at 10,832 people (down by 133); with exhibitors included, overall attendance was up 5.2 percent, with 20,895 people. Will Heyward has joined Penguin Press…

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People: Barer, Bender, Bloom & Weed Form The Book Group; Allison to Retire from Berkley

Julie Barer, Faye Bender, Brettne Bloom and Elisabeth Weed are launching The Book Group, a new full-service literary agency. Barer, Bender, and Weed have each spent the past 10 years running their own agencies; Bloom joins from Kneerim, Williams & Bloom, where she spent the past 15 years (and 3…

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People, Etc.

At HarperCollins Christian Books, Stephanie Newton has been promoted to marketing director, backlist, as part of an expanded focus on backlist titles at the company. Claire Ivett has been promoted to associate editor at Da Capo Lifelong Books. In Canada, Steve Osgoode has joined Joe Books as president. Previously he…

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People, Etc.

Chairman of Penguin Random House UK's distribution services Brian Davies will leave the company at the end of September after more than 22 years with the company. He will also step down from the PRH executive board. In a statement PRH International ceo Ian Hudson said: "Brian has been a…

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People, Etc.

Former publisher at Atavist Books and Picador Frances Coady will join Aragi Inc. as a literary agent on May 28, representing both fiction and nonfiction. Fuse Literary has acquired Penumbra Literary and added its principal and owner, Jennifer Chen Tran as an associate agent. At independent publisher Sarabande Books' Brooklyn office, Kristen Radtke has been promoted to…

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People, Etc.

Martin Barabas has joined Regan Arts as publicity manager. Most recently he worked at Ingber & Associates Talent Agency. Debra Woodward will join Red Wheel/Weiser as sales manager on June 8. She was most recently the New England sales representative for Candlewick Press. At Soho Press, Amara Hoshijo has been…

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People, Etc.

After under 3 years in the post, Follett ceo Mary Lee Schneider is departing, to be replaced by Ray Griffith. He spent 20 years at Ace Hardware, where he was president and ceo until April 2013. The company said, "The son of a public school teacher and grade school principal who began…

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Briefs

Carole DeSanti has been promoted to vp, executive editor at Viking/Penguin, returning full-time to acquisitions from the editor-at-large position she has held for the past several years. Distribution Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Publishing will be distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books as of January 1, 2016, moving from current distributor…

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RHCB Doubles Print Run For WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?

Random House Children's Books has doubled the announced first printing for Dr. Seuss's forthcoming posthumous title WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? to 1 million copies to "keep up with demand." The publisher also released an illustration from the book, scheduled for release on July 28. Distribution Columbia University Press Sales…

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