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The inside scoop on the book world

Random House and ''Antiques Roadshow'' made news this week

Another one bites the dust
With all the recent reshuffling at Random House Inc., it looks like the end for Dell, the division that publishes Thomas Harris, Danielle Steel, and Elmore Leonard. Though Random House spokesman Stuart Applebaum admits that Bantam and Dell will be ”uniting their editorial departments as one,” he maintains that ”all imprints remain intact.” Authors and agents beg to differ. ”It’s a disaster every time we lose another publisher to which we can submit an author’s work,” says Vicky Bijur, president of the Association of Authors’ Representatives. Meanwhile, there’s intense industry speculation on where ousted Dell president and publisher Carole Baron will end up: Many believe she’ll be tapped to run Morrow, which was just acquired by HarperCollins.

Real deals
Turns out there’s hidden value in Antiques Roadshow, the PBS hit where ordinary folks line up to find how much — or little — their treasures are worth. Leslie and Leigh Keno, twin brothers who appraise furniture on the show, have sold their memoir, Hidden Treasures, to Warner for a rumored $1 million. ”It’s filled with eccentric characters and great, often messy places in which they found rare pieces,” says Warner president Maureen Egen. The Kenos’ book is due out in 2001; Workman is publishing an authorized guide, Antiques Roadshow Primer, this winter…. In other news, Marty Asher, editor in chief of Vintage, the trade paperback arm of Knopf, has just sold a novel, The Boomer — to Knopf. ”I was delighted to find that my colleague had such a prodigious, hidden talent,” says acquiring editor Jordan Pavlin, who works down the hall from Asher. Will there be a Vintage edition? ”If I had any say in the matter, we’d immediately preempt for about $3 million,” says Asher.