Awards: Amazon's Best Books So Far; Beevor Wins Pritzker

Amazon announced its multiple Best Books of 2014 So Far lists. Their overall No. 1 pick is Adam Begley's biography UPDIKE and the rest of the top 10 includes Lily King's PL Spring/Summer Buzz Book:

2. The Book of Unknown Americans, Cristina Henríquez:
3. Redeployment, Phil Klay
4. Euphoria, Lily King
5. No Place to Hide, Glenn Greenwald
6. In Paradise, Peter Matthiessen
7. The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd
8. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
9. Savage Harvest, by Carl Hoffman
10. Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs

Rounding out their Top 20 is:

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, Joshua Ferris
The Empathy Exams, Leslie Jamison
The Painter, Peter Heller
The Fever, Megan Abbott
All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, Joël Dicker
Casebook, Mona Simpson
Delancey, Molly Wizenberg
Blood Will Out, Walter Kirn
Those Who Wish Me Dead, Michael Koryta

Antony Beevor has won the Pritzker Literature Prize for lifetime achievement in Military Writing. He will receive the $100,000 prize at an awards ceremony on November 8.

In personnel briefs, former Transworld publisher and then founder/publisher of Blue Door Patrick Janson-Smith will serve as an editor-at-large for digital publisher Apostrophe Books. Founded in 2011, the company has published 60 books so far.

After nine years at Liza Dawson Associates, Anna Olswanger has formed her own agency, Olswanger Literary.