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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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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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