People, PEN Awards, Etc.

Marcie Lawrence has joined Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as designer. She is a recent graduate from the School of Visual Arts MFA Design program, and was previously at Wenner Media. In addition, Maggie Edkins has been promoted to assistant designer.

Susan Peterson has joined CodeManta as svp, sales. Most recently she was president of Blackwell Book Services, North America, prior to which she was svp of digital business at Baker & Taylor.

Author, journalist, and NYC correspondent for National Public Radio Margot Adler died in New York City on July 28. DRAWING DOWN THE MOON was her well-known work on paganism and goddess spirituality.

After six days of deliberations, a non-unanimous jury awarded Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in his defamation lawsuit against the estate of Chris Kyle, the late author of AMERICAN SNIPER.

Many PEN Literary Award winners were announced Wednesday morning, including:

PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction
And West is West, Ron Childress

PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
Critical Mass, James Wolcott (Doubleday)

PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
High Price, Dr. Carl Hart (Harper)

PEN Open Book Award ($5,000):
domina Un/blued (Tupelo Press), Ruth Ellen Kocher
Cowboys and East Indians, Nina McConigley (FiveChapters Books)

PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography
Holding On Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore, Linda Leavell (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Linda Leavell

PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing
League of Denial, Mark Fainaru-Wada & Steve Fainaru (Crown Archetype)

PEN/Steven Kroll Award for Picture Book Writing
The King of Little Things, Bil Lepp (Peachtree Publishers)

PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry
Frank Bidart

PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship
The Taste of Elephant Tears, Linda Oatman High

PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing
Dave Anderson

PEN Translation Prize
Autobiography of a Corpse by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, Joanne Turnbull & Nikolai Formozov (New York Review Books)