Two new divisions hit by cuts

Employees have been laid off at two newly formed divisions of Random House Inc.

The Crown Publishing Group, where authors include President-elect Barack Obama, and the Knopf Doubleday Group, which publishes Toni Morrison and Anne Rice among others, separately announced a wave of promotions and personnel changes on Wednesday, and confirmed that some employees had been cut.

Spokesmen Paul Bogaards of Knopf and David Drake of Crown each said there had been a small number of layoffs across various departments, following reductions at Random House announced last fall and at the end of last year, not long after the publisher merged its divisions from five into three.

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