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Barnes & Noble Promotes Parneros to CEO

Barnes & Noble is promoting chief operating officer Demos Parneros to ceo, with Len Riggio remaining as chairman of the board. In their awkward way the company said as much in March, when Riggio didn't have any good answers to the state of the ceo search -- if there really…

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People, Etc.

Sharon Kunz has joined Da Capo Press as senior publicist, focusing primarily on their Seal Press list and reporting to Lissa Warren. Previously, she was media engagement manager at Globe Pequot. She will be based in the Hachette Boston office. The American Library Association has promoted Mary Mackay to associate executive director for publishing, effective June 5th. She will lead ALA publishing and its Editions/Neal-Schuman, Booklist,…

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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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Bezos Tells Shareholders and Employees It Will Never Be Day 2

Amazon ceo Jeff Bezos's annual letter to shareholders focuses on particulars of his management philosophy more than anything, but it starts with his answer to a common question: "'Jeff, what does Day 2 look like?'" "That’s a question I just got at our most recent all-hands meeting. I've been reminding…

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April iBooks Picks

iBooks has listed its April recommendations. The titles include American War, by Omar El Akkad, an excerpt of which is featured in our Buzz Books 2017: Spring/Summer and available for download. The other fiction picks include: Anything Is Possible, by Elizabeth Strout Borne, by Jeff VanderMeer My Last Lament, by James William Brown…

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NYC: Macmillan's Lease, More Amazon Books, and An Attempted Rights Fair

Macmillan is reportedly considering a new lease at 120 Broadway, in a portion of space currently occupied by the Attorney General's office, The Real Deal reports, after spending "about a year" looking for "as much as 150,000 square feet." The company's lease at the Flatiron building expires in 2018. Italian real…

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People, Etc.

Annie Chagnot has been promoted to editor at Spiegel & Grau. Jin Yu has been promoted to associate marketing director at Berkley. Patricia Cave has been promoted to publicist at Flatiron Books. At Chronicle Books, Rachel Geiger has been promoted to executive director of domestic sales, while Anna-Lisa Sandstrum has been promoted…

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April Bookseller Picks

Amazon's spotlight pick for April is Fredrik Backman's novel Beartown and the featured debut is Omar El Akkad's American War (which you can start reading now in our April Buzz Books Monthly). Also on the list is March Buzz Books title The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck. The other titles feature: Killers of the Flower Moon,…

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People, Etc.

Valerie Steiker will join Scribner as executive editor on April 17. Previously, she was the longtime culture editor at Vogue. Reporting to Colin Harrison and Nan Graham, she will acquire and edit fiction, memoir, narrative non-fiction, and lifestyle books. Parisa Ebrahimi joins the Crown and Hogarth fiction team today as editor. She moves…

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Briefs: Talking Leaves to Close One Store, Norton Expands, and More

Bookselling Buffalo's Talking Leaves Bookstore is closing their Main Street store after 42 years in the University Heights neighborhood and will consolidate inventory in their Elmwood location over the next three months. "Significant changes in book buying habits and in the University of Buffalo neighborhood are major factors in this…

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