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The National Endowment of the Humanities announced the ten winners of this year's National Humanities Medal, including authors Annie Dillard, Jhumpa Lahiri, Larry McMurtry, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, and Alice Waters. The winners will receive their honors at the September 10 ceremony at the White House. Separately, Stephen King and Tobias…

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At Chronicle, Laura Lee Mattingly has been promoted to senior editor, while Sarah Billingsley moves up to senior editor, food & drink. Brendan Coyne has joined the Pennsylvania State University Press as director of sales and marketing. He was formerly associate sales director at Johns Hopkins University Press. Penguin Random…

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Hachette Book Group Consolidates Full US Distribution of Hachette UK

In a logical if perhaps overdue more, Hachette Book Group has announced that as of January 2016 they will handle full sales and distribution for Hachette UK titles in the United States. HBG has represented some Hachette UK lines -- such as Octopus Books -- for many years, and recently added…

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Another Weak Year for Faber; A Weak RCS Waits A Little Longer to Close Mondadori Deal

UK independent publisher Faber has reported a second consecutive year of poor results. Reporting on a delayed basis -- the latest figures are for the 12 months ending March 2015 -- sales fell 1.8 percent to £15.9 million and the company recorded a significant operating loss of £813,000. That loss includes…

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Liz Esman has joined Crown as senior publicist, Crown, Hogarth, Broadway Books and Tim Duggan Books. Previously she was a publicist at HarperCollins. In addition, Morgan Carattini has been promoted to publishing manager for Crown, Archetype, Hogarth, Broadway Books, Tim Duggan Books, and Three Rivers Press. The Ransom Center at…

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New Leadership for Harper India

CEO of Harper India P.M. Sukumar "has decided to leave the company to pursue other interests," the parent company announced. "A replacement will be named in the coming weeks" they said, and "Sukumar will be involved in the transition of the business." In other transitions, Harper India will report to Harper UK ceo Charlie…

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Corporate: Random House Germany Will Drop DRM in October

Following similar moves from Holtzbrinck, Bonnier Germany, dtv, Hoffman & Campe, Luebbe and others, Random House Germany has joined the trend and announced it will drop hard DRM in favor of digital watermarking (or "soft DRM") as of October 1. In the announcement, ceo Frank Sambeth explained: "Abandoning harsh DRM facilitates readers…

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The Wylie Agency is launching a new venture, The Wylie Agency España, with Cristóbal Pera overseeing the new unit, starting in September. Pera previously spent more than a decade at Penguin Random House Mexico, where he was most recently editorial director. Quarto will launch a new children's book imprint, Seagrass Press, in fall…

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Indigo Improvement Continues

Canada's Indigo reported first quarter results on Tuesday, with sales rising $4.1 million (CA) to $184.9 million, and a reduced net loss of $9 million, compared to a loss of $14 million a year ago. As in the previous year, "revenue growth was driven by the continued double digit growth of the…

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International: PRH Australia Sells Bookworld to Booktopia; Harper Brasil, With Ediouro; Harlequin UK Layoffs From Harper Consolidation

Penguin Random House Australia has sold Bookworld, the online bookseller that operates two sites based on the former Borders Australia and Angus & Robertson assets, to their larger rival Booktopia. The sale is expected to increase Booktopia's sales from $54 million (AU) in 2014 to an estimated $90 million by the end of…

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