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People: BISG Honors

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) named their industry award recipients on Friday. The Most Valuable BISG Volunteer Award Kempton Mooney, Nielsen Book, for his work as the first chair of the Thema Working Group Industry Champion Award Bill Kasdorf, Apex Content Solutions, for his work as chair of the…

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Eleanor Chang will retire at the end of this year after serving for 25 years as chief financial officer for the ABA. A search is underway for a replacement. CEO Oren Teicher says, "My predecessors and I have relied on Ellie to do so many things, and we are forever…

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Lisa Gallagher will join DeFiore and Company on November 3, after five years as an agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. In the Penguin Random House sales department,  Lauren Monaco has the new assignment of vp, director of sales, paperback and Berkley/NAL, Penguin Publishing Group. Hank Cochrane serves as vp, director of sales development, trade paperback &…

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Abrams will launch a new gift and stationery imprint, Abrams Noterie, in February 2015. The line, which launches with four product collections and two journals, will comprise guided and blank journals, notecards, postcards, desk accessories, small gift books, and other inventive paper product formats. Overseeing Abrams Noterie is Karrie Witkin, who…

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Publisher of the Red Wheel/Weiser imprints since November 2000 Jan Johnson is stepping aside from day-to-day management responsibilities to become publisher emerita. Johnson says, "I've worked in book publishing since 1972, which kind of seems like the dark ages now. There have been so many exciting and unforeseeable changes over…

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Douglas Preston's Authors United is taking their complaints over Amazon's negotiation tactics with Hachette to the etailer's board of directors, which accomplishes the primary goal of putting authors' objections back in the headlines. The new letter notes: "Russell Grandinetti of Amazon has stated that the company was 'forced to take…

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Simon & Schuster Australia managing director Lou Johnson has resigned from the company in order to "seek challenges in her career outside of Simon & Schuster, and potentially beyond the traditional publishing environment," the company said in the announcement, though she will stay "for the foreseeable future" to ensure a…

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People: New CEO for Andrews McMeel, and More

Andrews McMeel Universal has hired Andy Sareyan as president and CEO, effective November 3, reporting to chairman John McMeel and vice chairman Hugh Andrews. After relocating to Kansas City, Sareyan will oversee all AMU operations, comprising Universal Uclick, Andrews McMeel Publishing, and AMUSE. Sareyn was most recently president of National…

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At Simon & Schuster Children's, Jenica Nasworthy has been promoted to assistant managing editor. Ireland-based eBook distributor ePub Direct has opened a New York office, where they have hired Leana Rivera as account manager. She was at Penguin Random House Children's. Fantasy author Graham Joyce, 59, died Tuesday from complications of lymphoma. His most…

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People: Wolff Starts HMH Business Line, Richter Turns Agent, and More

Rick Wolff will join Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on September 15 as senior executive editor, to launch a line of business books. The founder of Warner Business books and then the Business Plus imprint at Grand Central (until it was eliminated earlier this year) will edit and publish approximately 10-15 titles…

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