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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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People: Obits for Ellen Seligman, Jim Harrison, and More

McClelland & Stewart publisher Ellen Seligman died on Friday, the publisher reported. PRH Canada president Kristin Cochrane wrote to staff: "Ellen was widely recognized as one of the world's best editors, with impeccable literary taste and instincts. Her passion for nurturing and developing Canadian writers was renowned, as was her commitment to…

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On Pat Conroy, 70, and More

Author Pat Conroy's pancreatic cancer advanced far more quickly than expected when he announced his condition to fans in mid-February, and he died Friday evening at his home in Beaufort, SC. His longtime editor and publisher Nan Talese said in a brief statement, "Pat has been my beloved friend and author for…

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Picador USA associate editor PJ Horoszko, 27, died unexpectedly March 2 in Brooklyn. Stephen Morrison, Picador Publisher, said in a statement: "PJ was a wonderful young editor on the rise with a keen eye, boundless curiosity, and fierce advocacy on behalf of his authors. He was also an absolute pleasure to work…

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Sam Im has been promoted to director, digital strategy & business development at Random House Children's. Adrienne Szpyrka has been promoted to editor at Sky Pony Press. Rachel Zugschwert has joined Sparkhouse Family as director of marketing. Previously, she was marketing manager at Consortium. In Amazon's continuing rollout of staffed…

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Author and academic Umberto Eco, 84, died February 19 at his home in Milan. Eco was the author of many works of nonfiction and novels, including The Name of the Rose (1983), Foucault's Pendulum (1988) and most recently Numero Zero, published last November by longtime US publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,…

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