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Briefs: Clare's Lawyer Responds to Kenyon Lawsuit; "Birthday Cake" Author Speaks Out; and More

Cassandra Clare's lawyer, John Cahill of Rubenstein Associates, issued a statement Thursday afternoon responding to Sherrilyn Kenyon's trademark and copyright infringment lawsuit filed against Clare late last week. "Cassie was both surprised and disappointed that Ms. Kenyon would file this baseless lawsuit, a decade after the debut of Cassie's books.…

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Mary Ann Naples will join Disney Book Group as vp, publisher on March 14, reporting to Jeanne Mosure. Previously Naples was svp, publisher at Rodale Books & Rodale Wellness. Mosure said in the announcement: "As a self-made entrepreneur and a Disney veteran, Mary Ann brings the right leadership capabilities to…

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People: Lucas to Lead NBF

Lisa Lucas, 36, the publisher of arts magazine Guernica, will become executive director of the National Book Foundation, starting March 14. She tells the NYT, "Readers are everything, readers are everyone. It should be about building one big massive audience that’s reflective of where we live." She adds, "The practice…

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Amelia "Molly" Atlas has been promoted to agent at ICM, where she has worked since 2006. Rachel Bader joins Random House Children's as director, licensing, charged with building a consumer products licensing business for the division, reporting to Barbara Marcus. She was most recently director of licensing for Prometheus Global Media. At…

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Random House announced a number of recent promotions in its publicity department. Maria Braeckel and Jennifer Garza have been promoted to associate director of publicity; Greg Kubie moves up to assistant director of publicity; Christine Mykityshyn has been promoted to senior publicist; Dhara Parikh and Catherine Mikula both move up…

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At Random House, Andrea Walker and Noah Eaker have both been promoted to executive editor; Caitlin McKenna and Kaela Myers have both been promoted to editor; and Mika Kasuga and Molly Turpin have both been promoted to associate editor. At Ballantine Bantam Dell, Sarah Murphy and Anne Speyer have both been promoted to associate editor,  and Julia Maguire has been promoted to assistant…

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At Ingram Content Group, chief information officer Pep Carrera will change roles and become chief operating officer at their VitalSource Technologies unit, relocating to Raleigh, NC. In turn, VitalSource coo Kent Freeman will take on the newly-created role of chief strategy and development officer, "supporting Ingram's continued transformation and leading the…

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At Atria, Ariele Fredman has been promoted to assistant director of publicity; Kathryn Santora has been promoted to senior publicist; Tory Lowy moves up to publicist; and Emily Bamford is now associate publicist. The Texas Book Festival has hired Julie Wernersbach as literary director, starting later this month. She has been marketing director at BookPeople…

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BEA announced the featured speakers for the Thursday Adult Book & Author Breakfast on May 12: Sebastian Junger (Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging), Colson Whitehead (The Underground Railroad), and Louise Penny (A Great Reckoning) will speak about their forthcoming books, with comedian and journalist Faith Salie of NPR's Wait Wait…Don't Tell…

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Chelsey Emmelhainz will join Skyhorse on February 8 as an editor acquiring for both the Skyhorse and Arcade imprints. Previously she was an associate editor at William Morrow. Cindy Ratzlaff has joined S&S imprint North Star Way as director of brand development, reporting to Michele Martin. Previously she was president…

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