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Hollands Diep will publish of the forthcoming books by former president Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in Dutch. At Abrams, Melanie Chang has been appointed to the new role of vice president of children's marketing and publicity. Chang will oversee marketing and publicity for the Abrams Children's, Amulet, and Appleseed imprints. Liz…

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International: Obamas' French Publisher, New Harlequin Line, and Awards

Hachette Livre's Fayard became the first publisher outside of the Penguin Random House family to announce that it has licensed rights, in France, to the forthcoming books by former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama. They also publish Hillary Clinton in French. Harlequin announced the launch of Harlequin…

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Major Fiction Deals Rebound In Otherwise Modest Pre-Fair Activity

In line with our early assessment of dealmaking heading into this year's London Book Fair, now officially underway, even with a busy few days of final reports this year's activity stands at moderate. The biggest (or "major") deals came in just ahead of last year and still well below the…

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Moderate Dealmaking Ahead of the London Book Fair

It's an unusual dealmaking climate leading into this year's London Book Fair, which officially begins next Tuesday, for a variety of reasons. Shifting the gathering back a month to mid-March for the first time in years has various effects. The submissions process appears to have made a late adjustment to the…

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Penguin Random House Wins Obama Books

Armed with the biggest purse in town, Penguin Random House announced late Tuesday that the company has acquired world rights to two forthcoming books, one by former president Barack Obama and one by former first lady Michelle Obama. The announcement was made under the name of ceo Markus Dohle, who according…

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Auction for The Obamas' Books Said to Pass $60 Million

By Tuesday afternoon bidding for world rights to a package of two books, one by Barack Obama and one by Michelle Obama, had reached over $60 million, according to multiple sources talking to the FT. Penguin Random House has always been considered the leading contender -- and has the biggest…

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Briefs: Macmillan to Publish with NY Public Library, Reacher Stories, and More

Macmillan evp Will Schwalbe has brokered a deal with Carrie Welch at the New York Public Library "to create and publish a wide variety of print and e-books for adults and for children drawing from and inspired by" the library's collection. Michael Flamini will oversee the adult program, and Jean Feiwel and Christian…

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Past the Hype, Data Shows Modest Dealmaking As Dollars Move Away From Big Fiction

With the Frankfurt Book Fair underway, our annual analysis of actual dealmaking data stands in contrast to the standing fair daily stories hailing a few big deals made a few weeks ago. Our data shows overall dealmaking just below last year's soft season, comprising the fewest pre-Frankfurt deals since 2012. (And…

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People, Etc.

Doug Jones has been promoted to the new position of svp, deputy publisher of the Harper group, reporting to Jonathan Burnham. In addition, he will serve as publisher of Harper Perennial and Harper Paperbacks. All marketing and publicity for the Harper imprints and lines will report to Jones, who has been svp, sales for…

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LBF: This Will Be Familiar

Back at Olympia for a second straight year, the London Book Fair opened Tuesday in familiar form, similar to last year's show. The special above-ground train that is supposed to connect London's tube directly to Olympia is still out of commission (fortunately it was a good morning for a leisurely wall).…

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