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Trade Sales Fall In Down Quarter for Scholastic

Scholastic reported lower sales and a higher seasonal loss for their fiscal third quarter, ending February 28, but the company said it "controlled costs effectively, protecting profits despite reduced sales in clubs." Sales of $336 million were down by 8.2 percent ($30 million), on "lower revenues in book clubs and trade,"…

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Whiting Award Winners

The Whiting Awards were announced in a ceremony Wednesday evening. The ten winners of the $50,000 prize are: Fiction Jen Beagin (Pretend I’m Dead, Triquarterly Books) Kaitlyn Greenidge (We Love You, Charlie Freeman, Algonquin) Lisa Halliday (Asymmetry, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in 2018) Tony Tulathimutte (Private Citizens, Morrow) Nonfiction Francisco Cantú…

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Adult Hardcover Shipments Fell In October Ahead of the Election

After rebounding to nearly flat at the end of the third quarter, trade sales as measured by the reporting AAP publishers fell $67.5 million in October, a decline of a 8.8 percent, at $701 million. The primary difference was significantly lower adult hardcover shipments -- reflecting a new release schedule…

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People, Etc.

Among the first named layoffs at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is svp, associate trade group publisher and business development Laurie Brown, who has left the company. Ingram Content Group has added Kelly Arnold as chief legal offficer (she was general counsel at U.S. Xpress Enterprises) and Deanna Steele as chief information…

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People, Etc.

Matthew Daddona has been promoted to editor at Dey Street Books. Megha Parekh has joined Amazon Publishing's Thomas & Mercer as editor. Previously, she was editor at Grand Central Publishing. Former publishing director at Harper Collins in Australia and New Zealand Shona Martyn has joined Lingo Pictures as their book scout.…

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Houghton Announces Plans for Cost Cutting

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt formally announced plans to cut costs over the next 21 months last Thursday, telling employees and then investors about "certain proposed operational efficiency and cost-reduction actions." The company said in February after another dismal quarter that included a $139 million impairment charge to expect "strategic cost cutting to simplify…

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People, Etc.

Valerie Steiker will join Scribner as executive editor on April 17. Previously, she was the longtime culture editor at Vogue. Reporting to Colin Harrison and Nan Graham, she will acquire and edit fiction, memoir, narrative non-fiction, and lifestyle books. Parisa Ebrahimi joins the Crown and Hogarth fiction team today as editor. She moves…

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Briefs: Talking Leaves to Close One Store, Norton Expands, and More

Bookselling Buffalo's Talking Leaves Bookstore is closing their Main Street store after 42 years in the University Heights neighborhood and will consolidate inventory in their Elmwood location over the next three months. "Significant changes in book buying habits and in the University of Buffalo neighborhood are major factors in this…

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Awards: Erdrich and Desmond Lead NBCC Winners, And More

On Thursday night, the National Book Critics Circle presented their 2016 book awards to: Fiction LaRose, by Louise Erdrich (Harper) General Nonfiction Evicted, by Matthew Desmond (Crown) Autobiography Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren (Knopf) Biography Shirley Jackson, by Ruth Franklin (Liveright) Criticism White Rage, by Carol Anderson (Bloomsbury) Poetry House of Lords…

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Hollands Diep will publish of the forthcoming books by former president Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in Dutch. At Abrams, Melanie Chang has been appointed to the new role of vice president of children's marketing and publicity. Chang will oversee marketing and publicity for the Abrams Children's, Amulet, and Appleseed imprints. Liz…

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