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Random House's ambassador to independent booksellers Ruth Liebmann "will expand her role to provide the same critical support to the Penguin Publishing Group with our independent booksellers as she does currently for the Random House divisions." She takes on the broader title of vp, account marketing, Penguin Random House (and she…

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Agent Sara Megibow, who recently left the Nelson Literary Agency, is joining KT Literary. At Farrar, Straus, Brian Gittis and Steve Weil have both been promoted to assistant director of publicity. In addition, Sarah Scire has been promoted to publicist, and Lis McAvoy moves up to assistant publicist. At Houghton Mifflin…

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The second book on Mark Zuckerberg's 2015 reading list is Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature (Viking/Penguin). "It's a timely book about how and why violence has steadily decreased throughout our history, and how we can continue this trend," Zuckerberg writes. At 832 pages, Zuckerberg and Facebook friends will take…

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Obituaries Novelist Kent Haruf, 71, has died, his editor Gary Fisketjon confirmed to the Washington Post on Sunday. The new issue of Granta has an autobiographical essay by Haruf, and his novel OUR SOULS AT NIGHT is due to be published next year. Fisketjon said,  "Kent had finished all his revisions and…

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Shawna Mullen will join Abrams as associate publisher, adult trade on December 15, reporting to Michael Sand. Previously she was executive editor at Taunton Press and before then, editorial director at Clarkson Potter, where she helped launch the Potter Craft imprint. PEN announced a new PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize to support…

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After selling a reported 4.8 million copies of her ebooks worldwide, author Barbara Freethy will use Ingram Publisher Services to distribute her work in print worldwide, published through her company Hyde Street Press. The press launches in spring 2015 with four books, including titles from Freethy's Callaway Series. She expects…

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People, Etc.: Feldman's New Agency, and More

Leigh Feldman has left Writers House to start her own agency, Leigh Feldman Literary, as of October 1. Prior to Writers House, she was a partner at Darhansoff, Verrill, Feldman for 20 years. Feldman says the timing "felt very right" to go out on her own. Anne Heltzel has joined…

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Andrew Kidd "has decided to leave agenting" and will depart Aitken Alexander at the end of October after 6 years there. The announcement says he will "pursue a new path in the book industry," apparently to be announced in November. Eric Price has joined Melville House in the newly created role…

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Remembering RH's Fairchild; Memorials for Foster and Schiffrin

Former Random House vp, field director for adult sales Betty Fairchild, 67, died last week in Roanoke, VA. After starting her career as a bookseller, Fairchild worked in sales for Random House from 1975 until her retirement in 2002. PRH executive Jaci Updike writes: "During an era when many were…

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Jandra Sutton has left Turner Publishing, where she was the head of marketing, to pursue freelance work in marketing, social media strategy, and publicity. She can be reached at contact@jandralee.com. The James Tait Black Prizes have been awarded to Jim Crace for his novel HARVEST and to Hermoine Lee for…

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