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People, Awards: LA Times Prize Announcements, and More

The Los Angeles Times announced book prize finalists in 11 categories -- including a new award for autobiographical prose named in honor of Christopher Isherwood -- with the winners to be named April 21. Thomas McGuane will receive the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. Among the nominees are: Fiction Garth Greenwell, What Belongs to…

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Houghton Takes $139 Million Charge In Another Bad Quarter

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt continued their string of disappointing results on Thursday morning, reporting poor fourth quarter earnings. Net sales of $242 million were down $56 million (or 19 percent) from a year ago. The continuing trouble at their legacy basal and supplemental education business helped lead to an operating loss…

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Kobo Plus eBook Subscription Service Launches In Holland and Belgium

Kobo has launched an ebook subscription service, called Kobo Plus, in Holland and Belgium, jointly created with their local partner, the online bookseller bol.com. Priced at €9.99 per month (with a one-month free trial), the services promises unlimited access to 16,000 titles in Dutch and over 40,000 titles in all,…

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People, Etc.

Little, Brown vp, associate publisher and executive director of publicity Nicole Dewey is leaving at the end of April, to become managing director at Shreve Williams Public Relations as of May 1. Sabrina Callahan has been promoted to executive director of publicity at Little, Brown, effective immediately. Tiffany Liao has joined Holt Children's as editor.…

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Corporate: Adams Acquisition, Capstone Sells Digital Platform, and More

Simon & Schuster's parent company CBS filed their annual report with the SEC at the end of last week. While it does not directly state the purchase for Adams Media, acquired in the fourth quarter of 2016, a little arithmetic yields the answer: S&S paid approximately $42 million to purchase…

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People: Morgan Joins Riverhead, and More

Former editorial director at Harper Perennial and Harper Paperbacks Cal Morgan will join Riverhead as vp, executive editor. Riverhead president and publisher Geoffrey Kloske said in the announcement: "I've always admired Cal's innovative literary vision and passion for books and publishing. After a few decades of competing against him I'm thrilled to…

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Simon & Schuster Cancels Milo's DANGEROUS

Just one week after the publication date for Milo Yiannopoulos's DANGEROUS was pushed back from March 14 to June 13 at the author's request (while he appeared to admit he had yet to "submit the manuscript"), Simon & Schuster cancelled publication of the book. The company's statement, issued Monday afternoon, reads in…

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Forthcoming: Gaiman Sequel to Neverwhere; Millenium Novel Gets a Title

Twenty years after the publication of Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman has announced he is working on a sequel. Gaiman told the audience at an event in London that he is "a solid three chapters" into the project, titled THE SEVEN SISTERS. The Guardian reports that "Gaiman said that he had been prompted to…

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People, Etc.

George Coe is being promoted to coo for Follett Corporation and Baker & Taylor, effective March 31. He has been Follett Group President, Baker & Taylor and Follett School Solutions since the acquisition of Baker & Taylor in April 2016 -- prior to which was president and ceo of Baker & Taylor. Follett ceo Ray…

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People, Etc.

Rose Hilliard has joined Audible as executive editor in their Original Publishing division, bolstering their acquisitions of original audiobooks and audio-first projects. She was senior editor at St. Martin's. Jessica Renheim has been promoted to senior editor at Dutton. Publisher Christine Ball said in the announcement, "As you all know she is one…

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