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The "driving force" behind Scotland's Freight Books, co-founder and director Adrian Searle, has left the company. He said: "Following differences over strategic direction, and after six years as publisher at Freight Books, and eight years as a director of Freight Design, with much regret I have decided to leave the business…

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Quarto announced changes to their sales and marketing structure. The global English language sales team now reports to Ken Fund, in his new role as chief operating officer, and is structured in three main channels: US sales, UK and Europe sales, and international sales. Andrew Stanley will join as sales director of UK and…

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LA Times Book Prize Winners: Haslett, Hill, Alexievich, and More

The Los Angeles Times Book Prize announced the winners in eleven categories on Saturday night, including the new Christopher Isherwood Prize for autobiographical prose. The winners include: Fiction Adam Haslett, Imagine Me Gone (Little, Brown) The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction Nathan Hill, The Nix (Knopf) Current Interest Svetlana Alexievich,…

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Authors: No Ivanka Promotion, Another Patterson Gift, and More

In January Portfolio postponed the release of Ivanka Trump's Women Who Work from March to May to make it easier for her to promote the book, to "accommodate these momentous changes in Ivanka's life and give her time to settle her children into their new home, schools and city." Now…

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Stephany Evans has joined Ayesha Pande Literary as an agent, where she'll continue to represent her list of adult fiction and nonfiction. Previously, she was a principal at FinePrint Literary Management. At Chronicle Books, Jeff Wiebe has been promoted to director of operations; Sarah Billingsley has been promoted to executive editor…

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Penguin Workshop Imprint for Kids Starts This Fall

Penguin Children's will launch a new imprint this fall, Penguin Workshop, run by president and publisher of Grosset & Dunlap and Warne, Francesco Sedita. The new line will publish "new voices and established brands for readers ages birth to 12." He says in the announcement, "Penguin Workshop is a laboratory…

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Sharon Kunz has joined Da Capo Press as senior publicist, focusing primarily on their Seal Press list and reporting to Lissa Warren. Previously, she was media engagement manager at Globe Pequot. She will be based in the Hachette Boston office. The American Library Association has promoted Mary Mackay to associate executive director for publishing, effective June 5th. She will lead ALA publishing and its Editions/Neal-Schuman, Booklist,…

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Amazon Confirms Full-On Australian Expansion

After lengthy speculation, Amazon confirmed that it will indeed open a full online store in Australia. The company said in a statement, "The next step is to bring a retail offering to Australia, and we are making those plans now. We are excited to bring thousands of new jobs to Australia,…

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Houghton to Layoff Hundreds of Employees, Take More Charges

As previewed just about a month ago, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt updated investors in an SEC filing on Tuesday on their planned restructuring. Their "organizational design change actions," which will be "substantially complete" by the end of May 2017, are expected to reduce their employee count "by approximately 8 percent to 10…

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Briefs: Ferguson to Holiday House, Grisham on Tour, and More

Margaret Ferguson will join Holiday House Publishing in May as publisher of a Margaret Ferguson Books imprint, reporting to editor-in-chief Mary Cash. It's the first time Holiday House has created  an eponymous imprint. Ferguson was publisher of a Margaret Ferguson Books at Farrar, Straus Children's. Ferguson says in the announcement, "This…

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