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Michelle Howry will join Hachette Books as executive editor on July 11. Previously she was executive editor at Touchstone. Laurie Chittenden has moved over to St. Martin's Press as executive editor from Thomas Dunne Books, where she held the same position. Rhea Lyons will join Rodale as subsidiary rights director…

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Liz Kossnar has been promoted to associate editor at Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. Jordan Hamessley has joined Insight Editions as senior editor, children's. She was previously editorial director for Adaptive Books. Sanford J. Greenburger Associates are now scouting for Shandong Jiabo. Poet, essayist, and novelist Michelle Cliff,…

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David Lamb has joined Hachette Books as assistant editor. Previously he was an editorial assistant at Scribner. Damon Reiss has been promoted to head of custom sales & strategy for HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Penguin Classics publisher Elda Rotor is profiled by CNN Philippines. Though much of the conversation revolves around…

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Independent literary agent Elana Roth Parker is relocating to Detroit, MI and will work from there for the Laura Dail Literary Agency. In the UK, Kate Stephenson will join Headline as senior commissioning editor on August 4, reporting to Alex Clarke, who is setting up a yet-to-be-named imprint at the division.…

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Erica Rand Silverman will join Stimola Literary Studio as a senior agent on July 1 after eight years at Sterling Lord Literistic. She will continue to represent children's literature, picture books through YA, and the occasional adult nonfiction in the areas of parenting, humor and wellness. Patrick Walsh is leaving…

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Berlin-based digital publisher Frisch & Co., which has published 13 books in translation, will become an imprint of UK-based Canelo as of June. Publishing director Michael Bhaskar says in the announcement, "We want to take these wonderful, original, eclectic, innovative voices to the wide English ­speaking audience they deserve." Author of over 50 English-set historical romances,…

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Brendan Vaughan will join Ballantine Bantam Dell on May 9 as executive editor, reporting to Jennifer Hershey. Vaughan was most recently executive editor at GQ and before then, articles editor at Esquire. In the UK, Nicholas Brealey has left Nicholas Brealey Publishing, was which was bought last year by Hachette…

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Carla D. Hayden, President Obama's nominee to lead the Library of Congress, appeared for about an hour of testimony before the Senate Rules Committee, on Wednesday. The NYT reports that "all signs pointed to a nomination process proceeding as, well, normal." The Washington Post concurred that Hayden "met no resistance from the…

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Passings: Dantry, Janson-Smith and Ferrone

Owner of former Pittsburgh bookstore Jay's Book Stall (opened in 1959, closed in 2008) Jay Dantry, 87, died on Sunday after a long illness. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes, "Under his guidance, Jay's Book Stall became one of the premier bookstores in the country, a mandatory stop in Pittsburgh for touring…

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Theresa Collier will join Artisan as senior publicist & associate marketing manager on April 1. Previously she was a publicist at Bloomsbury. Alexandra Primiani has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as publicist. She was previously in the publicity department at Riverhead. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature Imre Kertesz, 86,…

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