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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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People, Etc.

At Ecco, Ashley Garland has been promoted to senior publicity manager. Ami Greko will start working at Penguin Random House UK next Monday, as product manager of their author portal, reporting to digital publisher Dan Franklin. She was book marketing strategist at Goodreads before relocating to London earlier this year. At Sourcebooks, Cat Clyne…

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EL James' Next Novel GREY Publishes on June 18

Vintage will publish EL James' next novel GREY on June 18 as a trade paperback and ebook. The sequel to the FIFTY SHADES trilogy will be told from Christian Grey's perspective, with the June 18 publication date apparently chosen to commemorate the character's birthday. James said in the announcement on…

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Briefs: Canongate To Publish Rhodes Memoir After Winning Legal Battle; Regional Bookseller Paperbacks From Unbridled Books

Canongate will publish British classical pianist James Rhodes' memoir Instrumental on May 28 as an ebook and the following week in hardcover after the UK Supreme Court overturned an injunction that banned publication. The injunction resulted from a lawsuit by Rhodes' former wife, who claimed publication of the memoir, which…

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People, Etc.

In the UK, Orion ceo and Hachette UK deputy ceo David Young has officially announced his plan to retire at the end of year. Lagardere Publishing ceo Arnaud Nourry says in part: "For me, one of the great joys of Hachette's acquisition of the Time Warner Book Group was getting to…

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BEA Starts Here with Two New Buzz Books Collections

We let the AP and our selected authors and publishers take the lead in making the announcement of our release of the big new Publishers Lunch Buzz Books 2015: Fall/Winter and Fall/Winter Young Adult free ebook samplers. We first created Buzz Books three years to solve two problems: Curating and sharing…

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Philip Ruppel has joined Phaidon Press as chief operating officer. CEO Keith Fox says, "His proven track record of delivering growth through profitable innovation and enhanced digital offerings fits brilliantly with Phaidon's commitment to enhancing our brand as the world's premier fine arts publisher." Most recently he was president of McGraw-Hill Education's…

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Wimpy Kid: Old School Gets 16-Country Launch In November

The title and cover of Jeff Kinney's fall release DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: Old School was revealed at Symphony Space in New York Monday morning during a live webcast. The book goes on sale November 3 and follows Greg Heffley "as he goes on a weeklong field trip to a farm and deals with…

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RHCB Doubles Print Run For WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?

Random House Children's Books has doubled the announced first printing for Dr. Seuss's forthcoming posthumous title WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? to 1 million copies to "keep up with demand." The publisher also released an illustration from the book, scheduled for release on July 28. Distribution Columbia University Press Sales…

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