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Lance Fitzgerald will join the Crown Publishing Group as vp, director of subsidiary rights on August 4. Previously he was director of subsidiary rights at Simon & Schuster. Succeeding Fitzgerald at S&S is Marie Florio, who has been promoted to director, subsidiary rights, overseeing rights for all books within the…

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Start-up BitLit has announced¬†a pilot program with Harper Collins. The publisher is testing the app that provides a discounted ebook as a bundled offer to a proven print book purchaser or owner on 6 titles for now (Halfway to the Grave, by Jeaniene Frost, Black Magic Sanction, by Kim Harrison,…

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People: Nadine Gordimer Dies

Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, 90, died at home in Johannesburg. Gordimer won the Booker in 1974 and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in 2002, along with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. Jamil Ahmad, 83, author of THE WANDERING FALCON, died at his home in Islamabad after a long illness.…

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Following the February announcement that Penguin Random House would close two Penguin warehouse/operations centers by 2015 and consolidate all US fulfillment operations into the Westminster, MD and Crawfordsville, IN facilities, there is a now a report on an expansion of that warehouse in Indiana. PRH is adding 350,00 square feet…

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Hachette Australia ceo and chairman of Hachette New Zealand Matt Richell, 40, was killed in a surfing accident in Sydney earlier Wednesday, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. In a statement Hachette UK ceo Tim Hely Hutchinson said: "With great sorrow, and in shock, we have to announce the death of…

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People, Awards, Etc.

Barbara Kline Pope has been appointed director of the Association of American University Presses, succeeding Philip Cercone. Pope is director of the National Academies Press and will serve a one-year term as AAUP director. Costco's July Pennie's Pick is THE GIVER by Lois Lowry. Donna Tartt's THE GOLDFINCH and Doris…

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Paul Crichton is leaving Simon & Schuster Children's, where he is vp, executive director of publicity, on June 27, after more than nine years. Crichton plans to "to take some time off this summer and literally travel around the world as he mulls the next steps in his career." President…

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Simon & Schuster vp, business information and data operations Helene Green died Tuesday after a long illness. She began her publishing career at Macmillan in 1987 and joined S&S's children's division, responsible for inventory, in 1994 upon the acquisition of the company (which owned Scribner), after which she moved over…

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People: Maya Angelou, 86, Dies

Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, 86, died at her home in Winston-Salem, NC early Wednesday morning. She had been in failing health for some time, cancelling an awards appearance several days earlier. "She'd been very frail and had heart problems, but she was going strong,…

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At Paula Wiseman Books, Sylvie Frank has been promoted to editor. Megan Reid has been promoted to associate editor at Emily Bestler Books/Atria. World Book Night US reports that media impressions nearly tripled this year,¬†citing Cision Media and Google Analytics reports recording 373 million media impressions in April 2014. Poet…

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