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At Simon & Schuster Children's, Christian Trimmer has been promoted to executive editor; Kristin Ostby moves up to senior editor; and Catherine Laudone has been promoted to assistant editor. In addition, Christine Dong has been promoted to senior demand planner. At Macmillan Audio, Robert Allen has been promoted to associate…

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Bookselling: Sales Fall Another 4 Percent at WHSmith; Looking Glass Books For Sale; and More

WHSmith reported interim half-year results (ending February 28) with sales at their High Street stores were down 5 percent, with same store sales also down 4 percent. Profits for that segment increased 2 percent (or £1m) to £50m, as "strong gross margin performance and costs were tightly controlled" saving costs…

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In London, Everything Old Is New Again

In a year of transitions for three of the world's major book fairs, the London Book Fair opened Tuesday in a return to its historical home at the Olympia Exhibition Center. You can go home again, but usually by the time you do, someone has redecorated, and today LBF veterans…

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People, Etc.

Morgan Parker joins Little A as editor, acquiring fiction and poetry. She was previously education director at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) and poetry editor of Coconut Magazine and The Offing. At Abrams, Chris Blank has been promoted to director of online marketing operations, and Monica Shah…

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Slaughter Moves to Harper In Global Deal, As Harper Adds Four More International Lines

HarperCollins officially announced from London on Tuesday morning a multi-territory four-book deal with bestselling author Karin Slaughter. The relationship begins with PRETTY GIRLS, now set for US publication in September, which Harper will publish in all countries in which it operates on their newly-expanded international platform -- except for the UK, Australia,…

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People: Obits for Grass, Galeano

Nobel Prize-winning author Günter Grass, 87, died in hospital in Lübeck, Germany. He was the author of THE TIN DRUM (1959) and other novels, in addition to being a poet, dramatist, sculptor, and the speechwriter for German chancellor Willy Brandt. Grass received his Nobel Prize in 1999. Uruguayan writer and…

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Partnerships: Nielsen Collaborates With China's Openbook; and More

Nielsen has signed a collaboration agreement with Openbook, the largest Chinese book retail tracking service provider, in which both companies will share and provide information to one another in both the US and Chinese markets. Openbook will publish weekly overall and genre-specific US and UK book sales charts, as well…

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Faber to Launch US Line in 2016 with PGW and Perseus

Following Faber and Faber's termination of their US publishing partnership with FSG in February, the company has announced plans to launch their directly-published new US line in spring 2016, distributed by PGW. Faber intends to publish 60 new titles a year in the US, along with issuing a backlist of…

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New Ventures: Chronicle Books Japan; AP eBooks

Chronicle Books has partnered with Top Partners Co, Ltd to launch Chronicle Books Japan. The new entity will be the exclusive distributor of Chronicle Books products in the Japanese market, including English language books, stationery and gifts as well as Japanese language editions, and will also establish branded boutiques in…

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German Giant Media-Saturn Looks to Build On Bankrupt Txtr

Some publishers were recently informed via email that Germany's txtr, which filed for bankruptcy in late January, will be adopted as the ebook platform for the big consumer electronics retailing group Media-Saturn-Holding as of the beginning of April. (Described as the Best Buy of Germany and/or Europe, the group's Media…

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