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Lance Fitzgerald will join the Crown Publishing Group as vp, director of subsidiary rights on August 4. Previously he was director of subsidiary rights at Simon & Schuster.

Succeeding Fitzgerald at S&S is Marie Florio, who has been promoted to director, subsidiary rights, overseeing rights for all books within the Simon & Schuster imprint as well as select Threshold titles.

Riverhead director of publicity Jynne Martin will take on the additional role of associate publisher, joining Kate Stark and Catherine Lynch. The new title for Martin, who joined Riverhead in 2011, "recognizes the role she has taken on beyond being an exemplary publicity director in all of these ways," the publisher said in an announcement.

At Abrams Artists Agency, David Doerrer has been named director of foreign rights.

Linda Kaplan has left the Crown Publishing Group, where she was most recently vp, director of subsidiary rights. She may be reached at

Diane Gedymin has left Turner Publishing, where she was executive editor and subsidiary rights director, to complete a contracted book and focus her efforts on her publishing consultant firm, The Publisher's Desk. She can be reached at

Thomas Berger, 89, author of LITTLE BIG MAN and other novels, died July 13 in Nyack, NY after a long illness.