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

Former Barnes & Noble CEO Demos Parneros has sued the company for breach of contract and defamation of character, according to a lawsuit filed on August 28 in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York. Parneros was fired this July without public explanation and without severance. Following the filing, the B&N Board alleged in a statement that sexual harassment was the reason Parneros was fired, a charge the former CEO disputes in his lawsuit. The suit also takes aim at current B&N chairman and company founder Len Riggio’s management style.

Macmillan CEO John Sargent will be featured at this year’s Frankfurt CEO Talk, to take place at Germany’s Frankfurt Book Fair on Wednesday, October 10. Sargent will be interviewed by editors of the trade news publications Livres Hebdo (France), Bookdao (China), buchreport (Germany), PublishNews (Brazil), and Publishers Weekly (U.S.), as well as the Frankfurter Buchmesse Business Club.

Frank Bumbalo is joining Bloomsbury as the U.S. director of sales, including Canada, starting September 4. Previously, Bumbalo was the senior sales manager at Disney Publishing Worldwide.

Sourcebooks has announced a number of recent promotions, including Annie Berger, who was promoted to senior editor of the publisher’s Jabberwocky and Fire imprints, and Molly Fletcher, who was promoted to marketing associate of Sourcebooks’ e-commerce business.

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has named Matthew Barblan its new vice president of public policy, effective August 27. Barblan was most recently executive director of the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property and an assistant professor of law at George Mason University. In this new role, Barblan will be active on behalf of AAP on a variety of business, law, and technology issues in the U.S. and internationally.

German illustrated book publisher Taschen has appointed Hans-Peter Kübler as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective September 1. Kübler had served since 2017 as managing director of the German consulting firm Viamerca and was previously managing director at Libri, a wholesaler. In his new role, he will work closely with publisher Benedikt Taschen and managing director Marlene Taschen.

The Bookshop, a film adaptation of the 1978 Penelope Lively novel of the same name, was released in the U.S. on August 24. The movie stars Emily Mortimer as a young war widow who opens a bookstore on the English countryside but experiences old money opposition in the form of Patricia Clarkson.

Bidding is now open for the Eric Carle Museum’s 10th annual Carle Honors Art Auction, which will feature original works of art donated by 26 of the industry’s most celebrated artists. 

The Rona Jaffe Foundation has announced the six winners of its 2018 Writers’ Awards, which honor emerging women writers. This year’s winners — Chelsea Bieker, Lisa Chen, Lydia Conklin, Gabriela Garcia, Karen Outen, and Alison C. Rollins will be honored at a ceremony on September 13 in New York City.

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