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Peter Workman Has Died

Workman Publishing Company founder Peter Workman has passed away. He was 74 years old.

He founded the nonfiction trade and calendar publisher in 1967. The company also includes Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Artisan, Storey Books, Timber Press and HighBridge Audio. Here’s more from Workman Publishing:

After a stint in the sales department of Dell Publishing, he founded Workman Publishing Company as a book packager in 1967, and within two years published its inaugural list leading with Richard Hittleman’s Yoga 28-Day Exercise Plan, a title that is still in print. His vision and drive grew Workman into a wholly unique and fiercely independent book publisher. Among its iconic bestsellers are B. Kliban’s Cat, The Official Preppy Handbook, The Silver Palate Cookbook, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Brain Quest, Sandra Boynton’s children’s books, and 1,000 Places To See Before You Die. Also a trendsetter in the calendar business, Workman invented the groundbreaking boxed Page-A-Day Calendar.

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Michael Morrison to Helm HarperStudio After Bob Miller’s Departure

harperStudioHeader.jpgToday HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray announced that Michael Morrison–the company’s president and publisher of U.S. General Books and Canada–will lead HarperStudio after the departure of current publisher Bob Miller in May.

Murray had this statement: “At a time of great change in publishing, Bob built HarperStudio into a new innovative publishing imprint based on profit shares with authors and non returnable book sales with retailers. It was recently named one of the most innovative companies by Fast Company magazine … I thank Bob for his contributions to HarperCollins and ask you to join me in wishing Bob much success in his new role.”

As we reported earlier, Miller will head to Workman Publishing as Group Publisher–supervising Workman, Algonquin, and Artisan imprints alongside Workman CEO Peter Workman.

The entire memo is embedded after the jump.

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Bob Miller Leaving Harper Studio; Will Join Workman Publishing

Bob-Miller23.jpgOn May 3, HarperStudio publisher Bob Miller will head to Workman Publishing as Group Publisher–supervising Workman, Algonquin, and Artisan imprints alongside Workman CEO Peter Workman.

Most recently, Miller founded HarperStudio, signing seventy authors and testing new models for advances and royalties. In 1990, he founded Hyperion at the Walt Disney Company. In 2008, we interviewed Miller about book returns and the future of publishing.

Miller had this statement: “I am very proud of what we have accomplished at HarperStudio, and I am sorry to leave this exciting venture behind, but the opportunity to play such a significant role at Workman Publishing is impossible to resist. I have admired Peter Workman and his company from afar throughout my career; now I look forward to working closely with him as Workman Publishing enters its fifth decade as one of our country’s most innovative and successful independent publishers.”

The entire press release is embedded after the jump.

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