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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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Yes, Mbue's Behold the Dreamers Is New Oprah Pick

As suggested here earlier in the month by booksellers, a just-published paperback edition of Imbolo Mbue's debut novel Behold the Dreamers is the latest "summer" pick for Oprah's Book Club. Winfrey declares -- in another videotaped announcement first posted at Amazon, which continues its undeclared/undefined but clearly official and close…

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Roy's Novel Tops Amazon's 20 Best Books of the Year So Far

Amazon issued their list of the 20 best books of 2017 so far on Wednesday afternoon, along with a package of selections across 12 categories. (Our preview advice was correct on Roy, Saunders, Hamid, Gay, and Grann, and though Tinti  did not make Amazon's top picks). Their top 20 (including…

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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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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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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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Awards: Americans Take Carnegie and Greenaway, and More

For the first time, Americans won both the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK's top children's book prizes. Ruta Sepetys won the Carnegie Medal for Salt to the Sea (Penguin Children's/Puffin), and Lane Smith won the Kate Greenaway Medal category with picture book There is a Tribe of Kids (Roaring Brook Press/Two…

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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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Tracy K. Smith was named Poet Laureate for 2017-2018, starting her role in September. Smith is the author three collections, including Life on Mars, which won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. The first laureate appointed by new Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, Smith is interested in using the position to…

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July Library Reads

Ruth Ware's novel The Lying Game tops July's Library Reads list. Also on the list is Final Girls, by Riley Sager, excerpted in our July Buzz Books Monthly, available for download on Amazon, iBooks, and NetGalley. The rest of the list features: Watch Me Disappear, by Janelle Brown The Marriage Pact, by Michelle Richmond…

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