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Ibrahim Ahmad has been promoted to editorial director at Akashic Books. Mackenzie Brady Watson joins the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency as a literary agent today, where she will continue focusing on representing narrative non-fiction (science, history, sociology, investigative journalism, food, business, and memoir) and select up-market and literary YA fiction. Most recently she was…

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Briefs: Forthcoming From George W. Bush & James Patterson; Amazon Opens La Jolla Store

Crown will publish the next book from former President George W. Bush on February 28 -- the full-color PORTRAITS OF COURAGE: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors, presenting 66 portraits and a mural depicting service members and veterans, painted by President Bush. Crown will offer an over-sized edition signed by…

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People, Awards, Etc.

Katie Grinch has been promoted to associate director of publicity at Putnam. Morgan Amer will join Chronicle as trade sales coordinator on September 13. She was an assistant manager at Ryland Peters & Small. Author of the Llama Llama children's books Anna Dewdney, 50, died on Saturday of brain cancer. Forthcoming Scribner will issue a collection of…

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Briefs: Oprah Officially Picks Love Warrior; Simone Biles Memoir from Zondervan; and More

Zondervan will publish Olympic champion gymnast Simone Biles' memoir COURAGE TO SOAR on November 15. The book will be co-written with Michelle Buford and includes a foreword by Mary Lou Retton. "I want people to reach for their dreams," Biles said in the announcement. "If you’re willing to put in…

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And the Next Oprah Pick, Plus Some Notable TKs

None of the "best of September" lists we have covered recently includes the highly-likely next Oprah's Book Club pick landing September 6, Glennon Doyle Melton's Love Warrior from Flatiron Books. Most online US bookselling outlets eliminated their placeholder Oprah Book Club September 2016 entries after stories from the WSJ and us…

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More September Picks

The iBookstore best books of September list overlaps with the field in highlighting novels from Jonathan Safran Foer and Ann Patchett, while also adding The Wonder by Emma Donoghue, The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies, and Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch. Their nonfiction picks start with Bruce Springsteen's book…

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At INScribe Digital, Larry Norton has been promoted to evp, general manager, running the business for the new owner, IPG. He succeeds Anne Kubek, who as previously reported is leaving the company as part of the planned transition. Maris Kreizman has joined the Book-of-the-Month Club as editorial director. Most recently…

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People, Etc.

Simon & Schuster Children's announced a number of promotions and recent hires across various imprints. Sarah McCabe has been promoted to assistant editor, Simon Pulse. Nina Simoneaux has joined Aladdin as junior designer. Previously she was a design assistant at Random House Children's, working on the Knopf, Crown, Delacorte, and…

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Another Oprah Pick for September

Following quickly on Oprah Winfrey's book club pick of Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad -- which was moved up from a planned September release at Winfrey's request -- is another Oprah selection, scheduled for September 6 publication. The WSJ wrote about it online this morning before metadata was officially posted…

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Clinton Campaign Book from S&S In September

Hillary Clinton's longtime publisher Simon & Schuster will publish the official Clinton-Kaine campaign book, Stronger Together, on September 6. With introductions by Clinton and Kaine, the publisher says, "The book will explore the solutions she has laid out from the beginning of her presidential campaign in April 2015, up to and including…

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