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Raab and Futter to Start Division at Macmillan In September

Former Grand Central publisher Jamie Raab and former Grand Central editor-in-chief Deb Futter will join Macmillan on September 12 to start a new division, Celadon Books. Raab will be president and publisher and Futter will be senior vice president and co-publisher. The line expects to publish "a highly curated list…

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Crown Relaunches Currency

Crown is launching what they are calling a new imprint focused on business books, bringing back an old moniker first used by Doubleday, called Currency, led by Tina Constable. Currency will take over from and expand upon the Crown Business line, which will be "retired over time." Forthcoming Crown Business…

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Penguin Eliminates Blue Rider Press

Penguin Publishing Group president Madeline McIntosh has closed another of the group's publishing lines, writing to staff that she had "made the difficult decision to discontinue Blue Rider Press as a standalone imprint." President and publisher David Rosenthal, who came to Penguin in early 2011 to create the imprint, and…

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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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Penguin Workshop Imprint for Kids Starts This Fall

Penguin Children's will launch a new imprint this fall, Penguin Workshop, run by president and publisher of Grosset & Dunlap and Warne, Francesco Sedita. The new line will publish "new voices and established brands for readers ages birth to 12." He says in the announcement, "Penguin Workshop is a laboratory…

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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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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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People, Etc.

At Chronicle Books, AiLing Tjan has been promoted to accounting supervisor, while Barrett Hooper is now senior financial analyst and Christina Mott moves up to distribution client account manager. Ingram Content Group has tapped poetry writer and bookseller Stephen Sparks to launch a poetry newsletter called Little Infinite. Sparks owns Point Reyes Bookshop…

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People, Etc.

Maria Campbell Associates is working for Netflix as their exclusive literary scout. Annabelle Saks in New York and Katie McCalmont in London are spearheading the scout's efforts. Maria Campbell says in the announcement, "Our motto is 'scouting without borders,' which perfectly aligns with Netflix's transformational model to bring stories in…

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People, Etc.

Little, Brown vp, associate publisher and executive director of publicity Nicole Dewey is leaving at the end of April, to become managing director at Shreve Williams Public Relations as of May 1. Sabrina Callahan has been promoted to executive director of publicity at Little, Brown, effective immediately. Tiffany Liao has joined Holt Children's as editor.…

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