At Greenleaf Book Group, chief operating officer Tanya Hall will move up to ceo effective January 1, 2014, replacing founder Clint Greenleaf, who will continue at the company as chairman. "In her nine-plus years at Greenleaf, Tanya has proven her skills for driving profitable growth and building Greenleaf's reputation for quality and service," said Greenleaf in the announcement. He will "focus on strategic partnerships, business development, and author acquisitions in the chairman role."
Anthony LaSasso has joined CN Times Books as publicity manager. Previously he was a publicist at Jane Weisman Public Relations. In addition, India Amos has been named managing editor of print and digital production. She was most recently an e-book developer and QA specialist at F+W Media.
London's two leading bookmakers agree on the top three candidates for the Booker prize, and both have Jim Crace's HARVEST as the leader. Of course the favorite usually does not win the Booker -- except when the favorite is Hilary Mantel. The shortlist will be announced next week. And next Thursday, the National Book Awards will release their first-ever longlists.
The Center for Fiction announced the shortlist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, whose winner will be named at an awards dinner on December 11:
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra (Hogarth)
Eleven Days by Lea Carpenter (Alfred A. Knopf)
Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi (The Penguin Press)
The Morels by Christopher Hacker (Soho Press)
Motherlunge by Kirstin Scott (New Issues Poetry & Prose)
The Residue Years by Mitchell Jackson (Bloomsbury)
Wash by Margaret Wrinkle (Atlantic Monthly Press)
Y by Marjorie Celona (Free Press/Simon & Schuster)