People, Etc.: LAT Book Prizes Name Shakar's Luminarium Best Novel

At Simon & Schuster, Colin Shields has been promoted to vp, director of digital sales. He will continue to have responsibility for the print business at Amazon.com, as well as digital sales for Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, Kobo, and others.

Ryan Doherty has been promoted to senior editor at Random House's trade paperback unit. In addition, Kelli Fillingim moves up to associate editor.

Stephanie Gorton has joined Open Road as acquisitions manager, reporting to Tina Pohlman. Previously she was an editor at Overlook Press. In addition, consulting editorial director Marjorie Braman will now become strategic advisor, author brands, still continuing to run her literary consulting business separately.

Laura Tatham has been promoted to publishing associate for Free Press.

In the Guardian, Ion Trewin writes a remembrance of former publisher Nick Webb, who died at 63 earlier this month of a pulmonary embolism following a stroke.

Zondervan has issued a statement of condolence from ceo Scott Macdonald following the death on Saturday of Chuck Colson, 80, who published four books and two video curricula with the house: "We were honored to work with him and help carry his message to a hurting world." The publisher will donate a portion of their proceeds from the sale of Colson's works to the Prison Fellowship Ministries he founded in 1976.

The LAT Book Prizes were awarded Friday night to:

Novel: Alex Shakar, Luminarium
Mystery/Thriller: Stephen King, 11/22/63
First Fiction: Ismet Prcic, Shards
Young Adult: Pete Hautman, The Big Crunch
Biography: John A. Farrell, Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned
Current Interest: Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
History: Richard White, Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America
Science & Technology: Sylvia Nasar, Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius
Graphic Novel: Carla Speed McNeil, Finder: Voice
Poetry: Carl Phillips, Double Shadow: Poems