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Here’s what’s happening this week in the book industry:

Effective April 22, Mary Ann Naples will join Hachette Book Group as vice president and publisher of its Hachette Books imprint. She succeeds imprint co-founder Mauro DiPreta and will be responsible for the direction and publishing operations at Hachette Books, overseeing its growth as a commercial nonfiction imprint.

Effective this August, Daniel Gorman has been appointed director of English PEN. He will succeed Antonia Byatt, who is leaving to become CEO of First Story. Gorman was most recently executive director of the Shubbak Festival of contemporary Arab culture.

The latest issue of Publishers Weekly features an article on the ways that the American Booksellers Association has been working with major publishers in recent years to secure opening order specials for new independent bookstores, as more and more stores have opened across the country.

Arthur A. Levine, in partnership with Dutch publisher Querido, has launched a new publishing company called Levine Querido, which will publish two lists. Levine, the publisher and editor who helped introduce Harry Potter to the U.S., left his job at Scholastic last month.

Arcadia Publishing, the leading publisher of books of local history and interest in the U.S., will acquire the significant majority of the assets of Pelican Publishing, longstanding publisher of books about New Orleans and Louisiana. The transaction will close in May.

At Putnam, Ashley McClay has been promoted to associate publisher and director of marketing.

Laurie Hertzel has been named board president at the National Book Critics Circle. She was previously senior editor for books at the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Matt Garczynski has been promoted to assistant editor at Abbeville Press. Colette Laroya has joined Abbeville as marketing and publicity manager.

The Man Booker International Prize has revealed the six-title shortlist for this year’s award, which honors the best fiction in translation from around the world. The winner will be announced on May 21.

The 10 titles on the shortlist for the International Dublin Literary Award were announced. The winner of the €100,000 prize, which is sponsored by the Dublin City Council and managed by Dublin City Libraries, will be named June 12.

The five titles on the shortlist for the 2019 Albertine Prize have been announced. The prize, which is co-presented by Van Cleef & Arpels and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, honors American readers’ favorite work of contemporary Francophone fiction. This year’s list features authors from France, Rwanda, Morocco, Mauritius, and Iran.

The Cleveland Foundation has announced the winners of the 84th Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the only national juried American book prizes focusing explicitly on works that address racism and diversity. There There by Tommy Orange (Knopf), the number-one pick on the June 2018 Indie Next List, won in the fiction category.

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