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Lisa Bankoff has left ICM and established her own agency, Bankoff Collaborative. She says of the move: "I grew up at ICM and had the privilege of daily working alongside some of the brightest minds in this--or any--business. What I look forward to now is the wherewithal to operate outside of a…

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The Kenyon-Clare Legal Dispute Continues, with Trial Date for 2018

The Bookseller has an update on the long-running legal dispute between Sherrilyn Kenyon and Cassandra Clare, first filed by Kenyon in early 2016, though it seems to come from Clare's attorney Jon Cahill. What Cahill focuses on is their motion filed Tuesday, pressing Kenyon to produce "evidence of her claims."…

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Briefs: Swedish Chain Sold, Milo's Pre-Orders, and More

Sweden's largest bookseller Akademibokhandeln has been sold to industrial group Volati, which purchased control from Accent Equity (along with acquiring minority stakes from a group of companies, including publisher Natur & Kultur). With 108 stores, Akademibokhandeln is said to comprise 35 percent of Sweden's book sales. The group had sales…

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Clinton and Patterson Co-Author A Novel, For Joint Publication By Little, Brown and Knopf

Knopf and Little, Brown announced jointly on Monday that they will co-publish a novel co-authored by former president Bill Clinton and James Patterson, THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING, on June 11, 2018 (six days before Father's Day). Century will publish in the UK and Commonwealth, excluding Canada, and Suzanne Smith at…

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Milo to Self Publish; Taunts Simon & Schuster and Threatens Lawsuit

A little more than two months after exiting the stage following the surfacing of recorded remarks in which he appeared to approve of men having sex with underage boys, Milo Yiannopoulos is back. In late April he said that he had raised $12 million and intended to launch "a fully tooled-up talent factory…

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Briefs: Prizes for Johnson and Shepard, Tor Labs, Opening Magic, and More

The inaugural winner of the $50,000 Simpson Family Literary Prize -- honoring "a writer who has earned a distinguished reputation and the approbation and gratitude of readers" -- is T. Geronimo Johnson, "at the relatively middle stage of a burgeoning career." Author most recently of The World to Come: Stories Jim…

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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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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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People, Etc.

By a narrow margin of 69 votes, consultant and president of non-profit Information New Wave Loida Garcia-Febo was elected president-elect of the American Library Association. She will serve as president-elect for one year before taking over as president at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Emma Berry has been promoted…

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People, Etc.

At Penguin Press, William Heyward and Christopher Richards have both been promoted to editor. Laura Crockett has been promoted to associate agent at TriadaUS. At Sourcebooks, Kelly Lawler has being promoted to associate creative director, as Brittany Vibbert moves up to art director. Duquesne University is determined to close its well-regarded press after 90…

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