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People, Etc.

At Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, editorial director, lifestyle Deb Brody has been promoted to vp, editor-in-chief. (She joined the company a little under a year ago.) In her new role she "will expand her oversight and editorial work across the lifestyle and general interest teams," adding oversight for Alex Littlefield and a to-be-hired senior…

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People, Etc.

Germany's S. Fischer has hired Siv Bublitz as publishing director, effective September 18, taking over from Peter Sillem, who is leaving S. Fischer on June 30. Bublitz was previously chief executive at Ullstein. Reporting to S. Fischer president and publisher Jörg Bong, she will join the board of Holtzbrinck Publishers Germany.…

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Briefs: Bookselling and More

Bookselling A couple of weeks ago Book Expo announced a preliminary count of 7,425 attendees at the mots recent, saying the group was "comprised primarily of booksellers, librarians, retailers and media." But a new infographic from the show provides a more precise count of 1,289 booksellers & retailers, and 1,597 librarians…

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Corporate: Baldini & Castoldi Sold, New Library Digital Content Apps, and More

In Italy, former head of Bompiani Elisabetta Sgarbi's publishing company The Ship of Theseus, which launched in early 2016, has acquired the renewed version of Baldini & Castoldi. (They bought 95 percent; Filippo Vannuccini retains a 5 percent share.) The publisher says the purchase and recapitalization of Baldini & Castoldi was down "just with [its]…

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People, Awards, Etc.

Keith Wallman has joined Diversion Books as senior editor. He was most recently senior editor at Lyons Press. At Crown Publishing Group, Liz Wetzel has been promoted to publicity manager for Crown, Hogarth, Tim Duggan Books, and Broadway Books. Maya Lane moves up to associate publicist for Crown Archetype, Three…

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People, Etc.

Nick Amphlett has been promoted to associate editor at William Morrow. Kendra Newton has been promoted to marketing director for Dey Street Books. Eugenia Pakalik has joined Chronicle Books as director of trade sales (she was director of sales and operations and distributions services for Norton). Becca Hunt has joined…

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iBooks Best Books of 2017 So Far

Every year we see more "best books of the year so far" lists landing in June, and this year iBooks beats the bellwether announcement from Amazon with their own picks. (Because of the weighting of the publishing schedule towards the fall, many of the "so far" picks get bumped in final…

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People, Etc.

Former publishing executive Dick McCullough, 67, died last week following a battle with brain tumors. Mike Shatzkin has posted a testimonial to "the best leader I ever met in the corporate world." He notes: "Dick was not an unconventional person, but he loved eccentricity in other people. He wasn't a…

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People, Etc.

Bloomsbury announced that Sir Richard Lambert will join their board as a non-executive Chairman for a term of four years on July 18 following their annual meeting.Lambert is chairman of the British Museum, and former director general of the Confederation of British Industry. As announced previously, current chair Sir Anthony…

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People, Etc.

Agency News Writers House is closing its London office, and managing director of Writers House UK Angharad Kowal has left the company as a consequence. Peggy Boulos Smith joined Writers House in New York as UK rights director, representing adult clients, and director of children's subsidiary rights Cecilia de la Campa is…

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