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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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Oprah Picks Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad

Oprah's latest Book Club pick, her first in approximately 18 months, is Colson Whitehead's new novel The Underground Railroad. Originally scheduled for release on September 13, Doubleday has pushed up publication and the book, emblazoned with the Oprah Book Club logo, is on sale today. (The most recent Oprah pick was Cynthia…

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Briefs: Emeritus Pope Benedict's 'Last Testament'; Rakuten Takes Minority Stake in getAbstract; and More

Forthcoming Bloomsbury will publish Emeritus Pope Benedict's Last Testament worldwide in November, in which the retired pope will formally break his silence after being the first Pope to resign from his position in 750 years. Bloomsbury says Pope Benedict will address "controversies and reveals how at his late age, governing…

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North Atlantic Books executive director and publisher Doug Reil will step down after nine years with the company and three years in his current role. Succeeding Reil as interim publisher is Tim McKee, who said in the announcement: "I am excited to continue North Atlantic Books' dynamic tradition of publishing cutting-edge…

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Stephenie Meyer Thriller Announced for November; Candlewick Adds Rowling Film Tie-Ins

Little, Brown announced the world English publication on November 15, 2016 of Stephenie Meyer's THE CHEMIST. Meyer writes in the release: "THE CHEMIST is the love child created from the union of my romantic sensibilities and my obsession with Jason Bourne/Aaron Cross. I very much enjoyed spending time with a different…

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Briefs: Johnson's Book on Shakespeare Delayed or Cancelled, and More

Newly appointed UK foreign secretary and Brexit campaign leader Boris Johnson's forthcoming book on Shakespeare, scheduled for release on November 15 from Hodder & Stoughton and Riverhead, will not be published this year, and may not be published at all according to the Daily Mail. They report Johnson "is believed…

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Talese Disavows Disavowal; Publication Moves Forward

Publisher Grove Atlantic sent out a statement early Friday afternoon in which a calmer author Gay Talese takes a softer position than he expressed to the Washington Post about his forthcoming book, The Voyeur's Motel. "When I spoke to the Washington Post reporter, I am sure I was surprised and upset…

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Talese Disavows Forthcoming Book After Discrepancies Emerge

Gay Talese's new book The Voyeur's Motel has stoked controversy since a lengthy excerpt was published by the New Yorker in April, describing how a Colorado motel owner repeatedly spied on guests throughout the 1970s and 1980s. But the Washington Post recently uncovered property records that showed the subject of the…

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