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

Amy Einhorn has been named president and publisher of Macmillan Publishing’s Henry Holt division. Previously, Einhorn was executive vice president and publisher of Flatiron Books, which she joined in 2014.

Barnes & Noble Chief Merchandising Officer Tim Mantel was let go from the company at some point following the purchase of B&N in August by Elliott Management Corp.; Mantel was hired in February 2018. According to Shelf Awareness, the company did not announce the change, but “several people in the industry have learned of Mantel’s departure, which was said to have been abrupt.”

Effective September 16, Kathleen Schmidt is joining Skyhorse Publishing as publicity director. She previously worked in publicity and marketing positions at Running Press, Atria Books, and Dutton.

Bev Rivero has joined the National Book Foundation in the role of communications and marketing manager. Previously, she worked at the New Press.

At Simon & Schuster, Justin Chanda has been promoted to senior vice president. Chanda is the publisher for Simon & Schuster Children’s, Atheneum, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Salaam Reads, Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, and Denene Millner Books.

At Penguin Children’s Books, Carmela Iaria has been promoted to vice president, executive director of school and library marketing/creative marketing director.

Chicago Review Press has acquired Amberjack Publishing. The Idaho-based publisher has a backlist of 63 titles, including Girl Boner: The Good Girl’s Guide to Sexual Empowerment.

University of Chicago Press has announced it will market and distribute University College Dublin Press, effective October 1.

Kirkus Reviews has announced the 18 finalists for the sixth annual Kirkus Prize in fiction, nonfiction, and young readers’ literature. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Austin Public Library on October 24, where finalists’ books will be sold by BookPeople.

The shortlist was announced for the 2019 Financial Times and McKinsey & Company Business Book of the Year Award, which recognizes “a work which provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues.”

Edmund White will receive the National Book Foundation’s 2019 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the National Book Awards ceremony on November 20.

Jessica Love has won the U.K.’s 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize for Julian Is a Mermaid (Candlewick). The prize recognizes “the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration.”

Author Wiley Cash has received the 2020 Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Conroy Legacy Award.

Danny Caine, owner of the Raven Book Store, Lawrence, Kansas, has won the Midwest Bookseller of the Year Award, which is given by the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA) to recognize “a bookseller who has made an extraordinary impact on their community.”

Winners were announced for the Great Lakes Great Reads Awards, sponsored by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA). The awards recognize books about or written by authors with ties to the Great Lakes region.

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