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People, Etc.
09/02/2020
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People, Etc.

Nachie Marsham has joined IDW Publishing as publisher. He was previously executive editor at Disney Publishing Worldwide. Heather Gold has been promoted to editor for classics and ancient world at Yale University Press. Forthcoming Pope Francis‘ LET US DREAM will be published by Simon & Schuster o...

Rabe Says Bertelsmann Is Interested In Bidding for Simon & Schuster
09/01/2020
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Rabe Says Bertelsmann Is Interested In Bidding for Simon & Schuster

Bertelsmann ceo Thomas Rabe told the Financial Times, “We would, of course, be interested in Simon & Schuster.” He noted, “We’ve been the most active player on the consolidation of the book publishing market in the last 10 years.” Any potential purchase would be subject to review, and woul...

“Resilience” at PRH US Keeps Companywide Sales Down Slightly In First Half
09/01/2020
"Resilience" at PRH US Keeps Companywide Sales Down Slightly In First Half - Publishers Lunch

“Resilience” at PRH US Keeps Companywide Sales Down Slightly In First Half

Bertelsmann reported results for the first half of the year on Tuesday morning, with book publishing as one its more resilient divisions during the pandemic. Sales at Penguin Random House were down 1.4 percent, or €23 million, at 1.627 billion. Operating EBITDA was 7.9 percent lower, at €209 mil...

International: Hachette UK Acquires Laurence King, and More
09/01/2020
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International: Hachette UK Acquires Laurence King, and More

Hachette UK has extended their string of modest acquisitions in purchasing Laurence King Publishing (best known for Johanna Basford’s coloring books). King himself, who recently turned 65, will leave after a six-month term as a consultant. Hachette UK has been the distributor for LKP. In 2018, the...

September Picks
09/01/2020
September Picks - Publishers Lunch

September Picks

Reese Witherspoon‘s Hello Sunshine Book Club pick for September is The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim. You can read an excerpt now in our Buzz Books 2020 Fall/Winter sampler. Jenna Bush Hager’s Today Show Read With Jenna book club chose Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom. The Silver...

New Books Publishing September 1
09/01/2020
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New Books Publishing September 1

It’s a big start to a busy month, with novels from Emma Cline, Elena Ferrant, Yaa Gyasi, Evie Wyld and more, and headline-making nonfiction on the New England Patriots and Melania Trump along with new work by Eula Biss. This week also marks the release of the first of our virtual “buzz panel” ...

More Pub Date Delays
08/31/2020
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More Pub Date Delays

Every week we monitor pub date changes on our lists of notable forthcoming books (following roughly 150 books a month). Further to Friday’s piece on printing issues and a wave of pub date changes from Penguin Random House imprints in particular due to limited capacity, a few additional postponemen...

People, Etc.
08/31/2020
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People, Etc.

Kelly L. Denson has been promoted to vice president, education policy and programs at the Association of American Publishers. In her new role, Denson will be responsible for AAP’s PreK-12 portfolio, while continuing to lead higher education initiatives. AAP president and ceo Maria Pallante said in...

People, Etc.
08/28/2020
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People, Etc.

Dawn Davis, founder and publisher of 37 Ink, is leaving Simon & Schuster to become editor in chief of Bon Appetit magazine. She succeeds Adam Rappaport, who resigned in June after photos surfaced of him in an offensive Halloween costume in 2004. Canadian independent publishers ECW Press and Annick P...

Out of Print
08/28/2020
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Out of Print

The NYT explains to readers that the shortages for some in-demand books this summer (and modest adjustments in some release dates) are likely to be more severe this fall. A wave of books rescheduled during the pandemic plus a publishing schedule that tried to release books early ahead of the preside...

People, Etc.
08/27/2020
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People, Etc.

Will Murphy has joined the ghostwriting and publishing services firm Kevin Anderson & Associates as senior executive editor-at-large. He was previously executive editor at Random House. Kim Daly has been promoted to copy chief at Workman Publishing. Awards Dutch author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld‘s Th...

Controversies: Rubenfeld Suspended From Yale; White Fired From Tobias Literary
08/26/2020
Controversies: Rubenfeld Suspended From Yale; White Fired From Tobias Literary - Publishers Lunch

Controversies: Rubenfeld Suspended From Yale; White Fired From Tobias Literary

Author of two novels (and co-author of a work of nonfiction with his wife and husband of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom author Amy Chua) as well as longtime professor at Yale Law School Jed Rubenfeld has been suspended from the university over sexual harassment allegations. The Intelligencer reports t...

People, Etc.
08/26/2020
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People, Etc.

Christina Miller is joining the Nancy Yost Literary Agency as administrative coordinator. She was previously at InkWell Management. Tishana Williams has joined Simon & Schuster Children’s in the newly created position of brand manager, novelty & licensed publishing, reporting to Valerie Garfield. ...

By Small Margin, Romano Remains on NBCC Board After Special Vote
08/26/2020
By Small Margin, Romano Remains on NBCC Board After Special Vote - Publishers Lunch

By Small Margin, Romano Remains on NBCC Board After Special Vote

The vote to remove Carlin Romano from the board of the National Book Critics Circle fell 9 votes short of the two-third of ballots required for removal, and he will continue to serve until his term is up in 2022. Only about 28 percent of members voted, and the 104 votes for removal comprised 62...Lo...

People, Etc.
08/25/2020
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People, Etc.

Kurt Mueller is joining Inkshares as coo. He was previously coo of The Onion for eight years. Cassie Mannes Murray has been promoted to associate agent at Howland Literary. Eugene Winick, 84, longtime president of McIntosh & Otis literary agency — which he acquired in 1985 — died August 21. Gail...

People, Etc.
08/24/2020
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People, Etc.

Andy Bird will take over as ceo of Pearson, starting October 19. At that point, current ceo John Fallon will continue in the position until then, when he will step down from the board and remain as an advisor through the end of the year. Bird had been chairman of Walt Disney International most recen...

Barnes & Noble Education Is Finished Considering A Sale
08/24/2020
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Barnes & Noble Education Is Finished Considering A Sale

After a lengthy investigation that started last December following “a number of unsolicited inquiries,” the Barnes & Noble Education board has once again found that it is doing a terrific job and has formally ended any consideration of a sale. “An exhaustive strategic review was undertaken and...

NBCC to Vote On Romano’s Removal From the Board
08/24/2020
NBCC to Vote On Romano's Removal From the Board - Publishers Lunch

NBCC to Vote On Romano’s Removal From the Board

Members of the National Book Critics Circle will vote on Carlin Romano’s removal from the board on Monday afternoon. A meeting will be held on Zoom at 5 pm EDT to discuss the situation, followed by a secret ballot. Romano wrote a lengthy open letter to members on Monday morning, giving his side of...

People, Etc.
08/21/2020
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People, Etc.

At Macmillan, Cristina Gilbert takes the new role of svp, strategic publishing development, reporting to Dan Schwartz. She will help look across the company’s list — “What are we publishing too much of, too little? Where are there opportunities for entering into new genres and markets? How is ...

Annapurna Hires Writer/Director for Series on Dan Mallory's "Trails of Deception" Starring Jake Gyllenhaal https://deadl...
08/20/2020
‘Zola’ Helmer Janicza Bravo, Jake Gyllenhaal, Annapurna Team On ‘A Suspense Novelist’s Trail of Deceptions’ Series Adaptation

Annapurna Hires Writer/Director for Series on Dan Mallory's "Trails of Deception" Starring Jake Gyllenhaal https://deadline.com/2020/08/zola-janicza-bravo-jake-gyllenhaal-annapurna-a-suspense-novelists-trail-of-deceptions-series-1203018470/

EXCLUSIVE: Annapurna has tapped Janicza Bravo, the writer and director behind the forthcoming Zola, to write and direct a series adaptation of Ian Parker’s New Yorker article A Suspense Novelist…

Postal Disruptions Pose An “Existential Threat” to Indie Bookstores
08/20/2020
Postal Disruptions Pose An "Existential Threat" to Indie Bookstores - Publishers Lunch

Postal Disruptions Pose An “Existential Threat” to Indie Bookstores

Independent booksellers have long relied on “media mail” from the USPS as the most affordable way to ship books to customers and that has been a literal lifeline for many during the pandemic. Which makes the recent slowdown in processing an existential threat to booksellers as well as our democr...

People, Etc.
08/20/2020
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People, Etc.

Amber Oliver will join Dutton/Plume as editor on August 31, working especially on the new Tiny Reparations Books, as well as acquiring fiction for Berkley. She was most recently associate editor at Harper. Larry Downs has joined Miami-based Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial USA as director and pu...

HMH's Books for Equity Program Is Donating Over 50,000 titles by Black Authors to Youth-Serving Nonprofits https://www.p...
08/20/2020
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Book Donation Amplifies Black Voices Through Books for Equity Initiative

HMH's Books for Equity Program Is Donating Over 50,000 titles by Black Authors to Youth-Serving Nonprofits https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/houghton-mifflin-harcourt-book-donation-amplifies-black-voices-through-books-for-equity-initiative-301115588.html

/PRNewswire/ -- Learning Company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) reinforced its commitment to racial justice with a major book donation aimed at amplifying...

NBCC Members Recommend Governance and Diversity Changes
08/19/2020
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NBCC Members Recommend Governance and Diversity Changes

Thirty members of the National Book Critics Circle wrote an open letter to the NBCC board and general membership on Wednesday expressing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and making recommendations for changes moving forward. The letter, which invites other members to sign on, is a res...

Briefs
08/19/2020
Briefs - Publishers Lunch

Briefs

Audio Spotify has indicated plans for an “audiobook strategy” through a job listing for a Head of Audio Books position that is attracting wide notice. The job includes “manag[ing] a book editorial team and strategy” and combines the development of original content as well as licensing and pa...

Dufry to Take Hudson Group Private Again; Arnault Approves Investment In Lagardere’s Holding Company
08/19/2020
Dufry to Take Hudson Group Private Again; Arnault Approves Investment In Lagardere's Holding Company - Publishers Lunch

Dufry to Take Hudson Group Private Again; Arnault Approves Investment In Lagardere’s Holding Company

Travel retail and bookstore chain Hudson announced a definitive agreement on Wednesday morning with controlling shareholder Dufry to buy out public shareholders and take the company private again, just two years after its 2018 IPO. Dufry AG Group, which already owns 57.4 percent of the company, will...

A Big Surge In Publisher-Reported Sales for June Put “Covid Quarter” In Positive Territory
08/18/2020
A Big Surge In Publisher-Reported Sales for June Put "Covid Quarter" In Positive Territory - Publishers Lunch

A Big Surge In Publisher-Reported Sales for June Put “Covid Quarter” In Positive Territory

The AAP released their StatShot report for June, which shows a big month lifting trade sales — making up for the declines registered in April and May and putting reported sales up modestly for the “Covid quarter.” June stats were likely lifted by a combination of stores reopening and replenish...

Lagardere Pushes Back on Reinforced Dissident Shareholders
08/18/2020
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Lagardere Pushes Back on Reinforced Dissident Shareholders

Lagardere looked to have triumphed over agitation from activist shareholder Amber Capital this spring, when some leading French investors provided support to the company and its managing partner Arnaud Lagardere. Billionaire Vincent Bollore and Vivendi (which he controls) had bought shares in the co...

Indigo Sales Fell 30 Percent
08/18/2020
Indigo Sales Fell 30 Percent - Publishers Lunch

Indigo Sales Fell 30 Percent

Indigo reported earnings for the first quarter ending June 27 earlier in August, with sales of CA$135 million, down $57.5 million from $193 million last year, a 30 percent decline. Net loss was $(31.6) million, compared to $(19.1) million in last year’s quarter, during a period heavily affected by...

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