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Cara Bedick joins Touchstone as senior editor beginning Monday. Previously she was a senior editor at William Morrow. Anna Knutson Geller has left The Book Group to found Write View, a literary agency with an emphasis on spirituality, practical nonfiction, and inspirational memoir. Amy Vreeland has joined Abrams as senior…

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Vp, business development at Diversion Books Mary Cummings will leave the company next month. Diversion has hired Caroline Acebo as acquisition editor, EverAfter Romance. Previously she was editor at Grand Central's Forever imprint. In addition, Christine Saunders has joined as publicist. Most recently she headed her own company, Christine Saunders Public Relations.…

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At Knopf Children's Books, Erin Clarke has been promoted to senior executive editor and Katherine Harrison has been promoted to editor; and Samantha Gentry has been promoted to assistant editor at Crown Children's. Simon & Schuster Children's has hired Sarah Creech as senior designer for Simon Pulse (she was at HarperCollins). KeriLee Horan has been promoted to marketing manager, continuing to…

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People: Hugh Van Dusen Retires, and More

Longtime Harper vp, executive editor Hugh Van Dusen will retire from the company on August 30 "after an astonishing 60 years with HarperCollins." He first joined what was then Harper & Brothers on June 21, 1956 and helped launch Torch Books, later becoming closely involved with the Perennial paperback imprint…

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Briefs: Emeritus Pope Benedict's 'Last Testament'; Rakuten Takes Minority Stake in getAbstract; and More

Forthcoming Bloomsbury will publish Emeritus Pope Benedict's Last Testament worldwide in November, in which the retired pope will formally break his silence after being the first Pope to resign from his position in 750 years. Bloomsbury says Pope Benedict will address "controversies and reveals how at his late age, governing…

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Senate Confirms Hayden As Librarian of Congress, and More

In a turnabout from the reported delay we wrote about Wednesday morning, by a substantial vote of 74 to 18, on Wednesday afternoon the US Senate confirmed Carla Hayden for a 10-year term as Librarian of Congress in a roll call vote. She is the fourteenth person to hold the…

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UK Briefs: Hachette UK to Close Littlehampton Warehouse in 2019; Lost My Name Lays Off 10; and More

Hachette UK will close its Littlehampton Book Services warehouse and offices in 2019 as part of a bigger plan to consolidate and modernize their distribution operations. They will build a new distribution center in Didcot, Oxfordshire, about a mile away from the existing Bookpoint distribution facility, starting in late 2016.…

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Dorling Kindersley cfo Stephen Twilliger will move to Rodale on August 8 as their evp and cfo, reporting to ceo Maria Rodale. In the announcement Rodale notes a planned expansion in children's books: "His deep experience in book publishing and children's publishing, a key launch area for us in 2017; strong leadership and communication…

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Hachette Book Group Relocates 52 Jobs

Hachette Book Group announced changes to several divisions, related to the Perseus Books Group acquisition and warehouse expansion in Lebanon, IN, saying those developments provided "an opportunity to reevaluate where certain functions of HBG’s business are situated in order to make the most efficient use of the many offices we now have." As a…

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Julie Stevenson will join Lippincott Massie & McQuilkin as an agent to expand her list of literary and upmarket fiction, narrative nonfiction, YA and children's books. Previously she was an agent at Waxman Leavell and Sobel Weber Associates. She will divide her time between New York and her hometown of Missoula,…

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