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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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Amazon's Fall Favorites

Amazon has released their Fall Reading Preview package, picking their top books across multiple sub-categories. The highlighted lists include Amazon Editors' "personal under-the-radar picks": The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood Submission by Michel Houllebecq Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig Thing…

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Hamilton Parts Ways With Minotaur Weeks Before Publication Date

Edgar Award-winning author Steve Hamilton is parting ways with Minotaur Books, his publisher for more than seventeen years, less than two months before the scheduled September 29 release date of his next thriller, THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON. After issuing a terse announcement to various trade publications and accounts…

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People, Etc.

Kathleen Schmidt will join Running Press as vp, director of marketing and publicity on August 10, reporting to Kristen Kiser and working out of the company's Philadelphia offices. Previously director of publicity at Perseus's joint-venture line Weinstein Books, Schmidt will continue to handle corporate communications for the Perseus Books Group…

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People, Etc.

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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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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Carter Op-Ed Claims "Full Story" on WATCHMAN Manuscript Discovery

Over the weekend all pretense of holding to the Tuesday embargo for reviews of GO SET A WATCHMAN evaporated. Michiko Kakutani went first late Friday, revealing in her NYT review (which essentially doubled as breaking news) that Harper Lee's original novel -- out of which resulted TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD…

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Forthcoming: Knopf to Publish Strayed's BRAVE ENOUGH In October

Knopf announced they will publish Cheryl Strayed's BRAVE ENOUGH, which "will draw from the wide range of Strayed's writings and hone in on more than 100 of her most popular quotes," on October 27, with a planned 100,000-copy first printing for the $16.95 hardcover. The author of WILD as well…

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New Release Radar

Release dates are getting more attention than usual, with Harper Lee and Ta-Nehisi Coates publishing next Tuesday and a new Dr. Seuss coming out at the end of July, but we have a lot more than that on our radar. The New Release pages at our Lunchapedia section quietly catalog over…

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People: A Harry Potter Play, and More

JK Rowling announced on Twitter that she has written a play -- Harry Potter and Cursed Child -- that will open in London's West End next summer. She calls it "a collaboration" with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany, along with singer-songwriter Imogen Heap. Tickets will go on sale…

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