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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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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, 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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Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods Market

Just a day after Bloomberg reported that Amazon had expressed interest in acquiring communication tool Slack at a valuation of $9 billion or more, the etailer itself has announced a larger and more profound actual acquisition: They are buying Whole Foods Market, for cash, in a transaction valued at approximately…

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Bookselling: New Stores, Financial and Legal Updates

After closing last fall, Guide to Kulchur will reopen in Cleveland, OH this month as a bookstore with a "black box space" next door. Founder RA Washington told Cleveland Scene that, with the support of local foundation, he hopes to make the new enterprise a non-profit organization. In addition to bookselling,…

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People, Etc.

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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People, Etc.

At Abrams, Alexandra Calamela has joined as publicist for adult trade (previously she was publishing coordinator for Macmillan Audio). Hallie Patterson has joined as associate director of publicity for children trade (previously she was publicity and marketing manager for Hachette Book Group). Nicole Schaefer has been promoted to children's marketing associate,…

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Briefs: Glasgow's Freight Books To Sell, and More

Glasgow publisher Freight Books is up for sale, with the owners saying potential buyers have come forward and a listing running inviting others to bid. Co-founder Adrian Searle left the company suddenly in April, citing "differences over strategic direction" and calling the publisher's future into question. Interim managing editor Robbie Guillory…

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ABA Celebrates Positive Trends, Improving Backlist Terms

ABA ceo Oren Teicher addressed the organization's members at their annual meeting on Thursday afternoon, held as part of Book Expo, as usual framed optimistically but with some cautionary notes in the midst of "a retail landscape that is, to say the least, turbulent." In addition to the membership numbers reported…

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