Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka won the overall Commonwealth book prize for his debut novel--published as CHINAMAN in the UK, and issued last month by Graywolf in the US under the subtitle, THE LEGEND OF PRADEEP MATHEW.
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) gave its Mary McNulty Award for Lifetime Service to Educational Publishing Award to svp of Pearson School Paul McFall. AAP president Tom Allen said, "Paul has been a tireless advocate for the US school publishing industry as well as the students and teachers we serve."
Husband of the late Clara Heyworth, Verso Books managing director Jacob Stevens is suing the NYPD for failing to properly investigate the incident in which she lost her life after being hit by a car (and he is suing the driver of the vehicle as well). From a lengthy announcement of the action: "Last July, my wife Clara was killed by a driver here in New York City. She was 28 years old, and we had been married for just under two years. If it were simply a matter of her tragic death, I would be grieving in private rather than speaking on the steps of City Hall. I’m here because New York City Police Department is legally required to investigate traffic accidents if there is a serious injury, but their current policy is not to do so. They cancelled their investigation into the crash that killed Clara that very night, destroying crucial evidence, and they’ve also failed to investigate hundreds of other similar cases. That is why I’m suing NYPD this morning—in Clara’s name, but also for others who have been affected by this inhumane policy, and for the many more who will be in the future. I hope that by explaining what happened in this case, now and in court, we can help to change the way that NYPD treats the residents of this city."
Website GigaOM has started their own line of ebooks, focused on publishing work from their reporters and their research division. They are using Vook's platform to create their ebooks.
Mexico will be the Global Market Forum guest at BEA in 2013.