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Luke Dempsey will join Harper as executive editor on June 20. Most recently he was executive editor at HarperOne. Simon & Schuster Children's has announced a number of recent promotions. Deane Norton has been promoted to director of subsidiary rights; Chrissy Noh moves up to marketing director for S&S Young…

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Maggie Searcy has been promoted to associate art director, ad promo design at HarperCollins Children's. Affirm Press will work with Linda Kaplan at Kaplan/Defiore Rights to sell rights to select titles throughout the world, including North America. An editing error misreported Nisha Panchal-Terhune's promotion at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She is…

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Ruth Alltimes will become managing director of Hachette UK's consolidated children's book lines on August 8, reporting to group ceo Hilary Murray Hill, leaving her position as fiction publishing director at Harper UK Children's. Additionally, Anne McNeil has been promoted to senior publisher for Hodder Children's, Enid Blyton Entertainment and Quercus…

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At Blue Rider Press/Plume, Brian Ulicky is being promoted to director of publicity as of June 1, co-leading the publicity team with associate publisher Aileen Boyle -- to whom he continues to report. Milena Brown will move up to senior publicist, reporting to Ulicky. Kayleigh George joins the group on May 25…

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At the Penguin Publishing Group, Casey Blue James has been promoted to manager, business development. Scott Haney has joined Chronicle Books as human resources manager, while Alexandra Brown has been hired as marketing & publicity manager, lifestyle. Awards The CMLP presented the second annual revitalized Firecracker Awards on Thursday. Winners…

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Brenda Marsh will become managing director of Abrams & Chronicle Books, the UK-based sales and marketing joint venture of Abrams and Chronicle Books, on June 27. Marsh has been vp, director of business development at Abrams since 2014, after almost 15 years in executive positions at Barnes & Noble. She fills…

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Beverly Rykerd has been promoted to vp, director of publicity at Waterbrook Multnomah. In addition Lisa Beech is returning to the company as assistant director of publicity. Most recently she was a publicist at David C. Cook for the last four and a half years, and originally worked at Waterbrook/Multnomah…

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People: Pfuhl to Holtzbrinck In Germany, and More

Joerg Pfuhl will join Holtzbrinck on September 1 as chief executive officer of their German trade publishing group, reporting to John Sargent. Previously Pfuhl was ceo of Verlagsgruppe Random House from 2002 to 2011, and more recently was a professor at the University of Applied Management and held board positions with…

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Kathleen Schmidt has joined Rodale as associate publisher, Rodale Books, reporting to Gail Gonzales. She was previously vp, marketing and publicity at Running Press, and will oversee the sales, digital product, managing editorial and Rodale Wellness digital content teams. Gonzales said in the announcement: "I'm delighted to welcome Kathleen to Rodale…

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People: Katherine Dunn Dies

Katherine Dunn, 70, author of the National Book Award-nominated 1989 novel Geek Love, died Thursday in Portland, OR from complications of lung cancer. Dunn also published two earlier novels as well as an essay collection on boxing, and was at work on her fourth novel upon her death. "Katherine was…

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