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At Franklin & Siegal Associates, Danny Yanez has been promoted to director of adult scouting. In addition, both Nicole Sohl and Joshua LaMorey have joined as literary scouts. Sohl was most recently associate editor at Thomas Dunne Books and Macmillan Entertainment, while LaMorey was previously a literary scout at Barbara…

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People: New Executives for Doubleday Canada and McClelland & Stewart

Jared Bland has been named to the new role of publisher, McClelland & Stewart. He has been arts editor at the Globe & Mail since 2014, after joining the paper the year before as books editor (and was an editor at House of Anansi Press before then). One-time president and publisher…

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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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At Scribner, Shannon Welch has been promoted to executive editor. At Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency, Danielle Burby has been promoted to agent and foreign rights manager. Paula Canal will join Indent Literary Agency as a literary agent and foreign rights director. She has spent the past 17 years as foreign…

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People: Harlequin Launches Park Row Books Imprint, and More

Harlequin will launch a new imprint, Park Row Books, in summer 2017, with a focus on "thought-provoking and voice-driven novels" that have "mainstream appeal." Executive editor for the imprint Erika Imranyi told the AP: "We've been growing that part of our business for a very long time. It's a small…

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Briefs: Empresa's New Books Division; Amazon Updates Kindle; and More

Czech media conglomerate Empresa has launched a books division, Publishing Perspectives reports. The company released its first three titles this month and expects to publish 15 titles by the end of 2016. Empresa already owns an online bookstore which sells more than 170,000 titles by over 4,000 publishers. Amazon released…

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Nordstedts Sold to Storytel

Subscription audiobook and ebook streaming service Storytel has acquired Norstedts, Sweden's oldest publisher, for SEK 152 million (or 16.3 million euros.) Nordstedts has been owned by co-operative union and retail group KF since 1997; the 11-year-old Storytel adds Nordstedts to its expanding roster, having acquired Swedish publishers Massolit and B Wahlströms…

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Patricia Hespanha has been appointed executive director of HarperCollins Brasil, responsible for the day-to-day management of operations, establishing strategic direction, and setting the editorial program for profitable business growth. Hespanha, who most recently served as executive director, infrastructure for the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee for Olympic and Paralympic Games, succeeds…

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Liz Kossnar has been promoted to associate editor at Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. Jordan Hamessley has joined Insight Editions as senior editor, children's. She was previously editorial director for Adaptive Books. Sanford J. Greenburger Associates are now scouting for Shandong Jiabo. Poet, essayist, and novelist Michelle Cliff,…

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Hachette UK Acquires Neon Play

Hachette UK announced they have acquired Neon Play, a British-based mobile games development company. Co-owners Oli Christie, Mark Allen and their team will continue to be based in Cirencester running Neon Play as a stand-alone business under the Hachette UK umbrella, reporting to Richard Kitson. Hachette UK ceo Tim Hely…

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