Grand Central Publishing announced a number of promotions across its imprints. At GCP, Andrew Duncan has been promoted to director, online marketing, while Linda Duggins moves up to senior director of publicity. Jimmy Franco has also been promoted to senior director of publicity while Fareeda Bullert moves up to associate publicist. At Twelve, Paul Samuelson has been promoted to deputy director of publicity, while Catherine Casalino moves up to art director. Finally, Madeleine Colavita moves up to assistant editor, Forever.
At Balzer + Bray, Kristin Rens has been promoted to executive editor.
Just two weeks after announcing he would give $1.25 million in grants to school libraries, James Patterson is upping the total amount to $1.5 million once “more than 750 requests a day started pouring in.”
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The NYT has more on the unauthorized biography BECOMING STEVE JOBS by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli and how Apple executives, including ceo Tim Cook, seem to be “throwing their weight” behind the new book and taking shots at Walter Isaacson’s 2011 (and authorized) bestselling Jobs biography. “It didn’t capture the person,” Cook told Schlender and Tetzeli in the book. “The person I read about there is somebody I would never have wanted to work with over all this time.” Public approval from the likes of Cook and other executives was, apparently, a time-consuming process. “I think our patience and quiet perseverance was what eventually won them over,” Schlender told the paper. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling explained: “We decided to participate in Brent and Rick’s book because of Brent’s long relationship with Steve, which gave him a unique perspective on Steve’s life. The book captures Steve better than anything else we’ve seen, and we are happy we decided to participate.”