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Ann Rule, 84, author of more than 35 bestselling true crime books including The Stranger Beside Me and Small Sacrifices, died July 26 in Seattle from heart failure. Simon & Schuster president & ceo Carolyn Reidy said in a statement: "By deciding to focus her books on the victim, Ann…

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At Tarcher, Joanna Ng has been promoted to associate editor. For Tarcher & Pergiee, Tyler Fields is being promoted to publicity and marketing coordinator. Amanda Roser has joined bluebottlebiz as marketing and communications manager, based in Boston. Awards The Romance Writers of America named the winners of their RITA and Golden Heart awards in…

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Kaplan ceo Thomas Leppert has resigned, effective August 21, and will be replaced by Andrew Rosen, chairman of Kaplan and evp of its owner Graham Holdings Company. Lepper joined Kaplan in 2013 and "led the expansion of Kaplan's highly successful international business and a turnaround at Kaplan Test Prep." Chairman of the parent company…

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Jennifer M. Brown will join Random House Children's Books on August 24 as vp, publisher Knopf Books for Young Readers, reporting to Barbara Marcus. Brown, who will "oversee the direction and lead the long-range and daily activities" at the imprint, spent the past eight years as children's editor for Shelf…

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Von Moltke Promoted At Penguin Random House; Australian Cookbook Imprint Curtailed

Nina von Moltke has been promoted to the new position of evp, director, publishing development and author platforms at Penguin Random House, continuing to ceo Markus Dohle, and she joins the Penguin Random House North America board as well. Now reporting to von Moltke are Peter Gethers in his role as president of Penguin Random House Studio…

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People: E.L. Doctorow Dies

E.L. Doctorow, 84, author of critically admired and award-winning novels such as Ragtime and Billy Bathgate, died Tuesday in Manhattan from complications of lung cancer. Before turning to fiction full-time, Doctorow worked as an editor at NAL and then Dial Press (where he became editor-in-chief). Among the many honors Doctorow…

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At HarperCollins Children's, Alana Whitman has been promoted to senior manager, integrated marketing while Alison Noll moves up to assistant manager, integrated marketing operations. Obituary Owner of Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook, NY Scott Meyer died July 19. The store has been up for sale. Co-owner of nearby Oblong Books & Music said, "The work that…

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People: Angel Returns to Faber UK; Argir Appointed BN Chief Digital Officer

Mitzi Angel will leave Farrar, Straus and return to the UK to become publisher for adult publishing at Faber and Faber, reporting to Stephen Page. She will join the Faber board as well, starting her job in the fall. Angel came to FSG seven years ago, initially to run what…

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Wendy McCurdy will return to Kensington, as editorial director, starting August 3. She was previously an executive editor at Berkley and prior to that a senior editor at Bantam Dell after starting her career at Kensington's Zebra Books. Philip Turner has returned to his roots as a bookseller, working at the new Rizzoli Bookstore in New York,…

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Watchman Stats and Stories

We'll try to keep this as brief as possible. Barnes & Noble announced Wednesday that sales of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman "at its bookstores nationwide have surpassed first day sales of all other adult trade fiction books in its company history, including Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol, the…

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