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World Book Night Day Is Here

World Book Night US reports that it has recruited more 29,000 givers to hand out 580,000 free books today. Aligned with Shakespeare's birthday, this year's efforts include distribution of thousands of free copies of Shakespeare's Sonnets to be distributed at schools, and seats at four Broadway plays in New York.…

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Maria Ribas and Paul Lamb have joined the Howard Morhaim Literary agency as literary agents. Ribas was an associate editor at Adams Media and will continue to focus on cookbooks, self-help, health, diet, parenting, and humor. Lamb was most recently senior marketing manager at Viking, and will focus on representing…

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Kensington publisher Laurie Parkin intends to retire on May 30 after 15 years in the position, and 30 years in publishing. Company ceo Steven Zacharius says: "Laurie's love of publishing and selling books has been a driving force behind Kensington's success during a period of immense change in the industry. Laurie's leadership,…

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Joel Scotkin has joined Open Road in the new role of chief technology officer, reporting to ceo Jane Friedman. Scotkin was previously ceo and founder of the technology consulting firm Random Walk and later ceo and lead investor in Masten Space Systems, a start-up focused on reusable space travel. Michelle…

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Indies Choice Winners: Atkinson, Marra, Rowell and More

The Indies Choice Award winners (and related ABA-selected E.B. White Read-Aloud Award winners) were named, for formal presentation at BEA. Additionally, indie bookstore benefactor James Patterson will be honored with the Indie Champion Award. The winning books and authors are: Adult Fiction Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson (Reagan Arthur…

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People: On Marquez, 87, and More

Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 87, died at home in Mexico City on Thursday, following complications from pneumonia. Among the many appreciations of his work and life are these from Michiko Kakutani and Hector Tobar. Hillary Clinton's June 10 memoir has a title -- HARD CHOICES and a final jacket: "All…

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Allison Renzulli has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the new position of culinary digital editorial director. She will be working from the New York office with the culinary marketing, editorial, and digital teams to oversee multiple digital initiatives. She was formerly senior marketing manager at Clarkson Potter. Elyse Turr has…

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People: Boudreaux Gets Imprint At Little, Brown

Ecco editorial director Lee Boudreaux will move to Little, Brown as of September 2, where she will be editorial director of an eponymous imprint, aiming to publish 8 to 10 titles a year. Publisher Reagan Arthur says in the announcement: "Lee is one of the most respected editors in the…

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Simon & Schuster vp, director of children's sales Mary Marotta will move over on May 5 to become deputy publisher for Aladdin, Little Simon, Simon Pulse and Simon Spotlight, reporting to division president Jon Anderson. Marotta fills the role vacated by Mara Anastas when she moved up to publisher of…

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Tartt Wins Pulitzer

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday afternoon. The winners in the book categories are: Fiction: The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown) History: The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832, by Alan Taylor (W.W. Norton) Biography: Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, by Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)…

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