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Authors In the News: Bookselling Authors, Picoult, MacArthur Fellow McHugh, and More

The American Booksellers Association says that over 400 independent bookstores will host authors who have volunteered to work alongside booksellers as part of the Indies First initiative this Saturday -- which is the American Express-promoted Small Business Saturday. The ABA reports that more than 1,200 authors have enrolled in the…

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People, Etc.

Shawna Mullen will join Abrams as associate publisher, adult trade on December 15, reporting to Michael Sand. Previously she was executive editor at Taunton Press and before then, editorial director at Clarkson Potter, where she helped launch the Potter Craft imprint. PEN announced a new PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize to support…

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People

Vanessa Mobley is moving to Little, Brown as executive editor, starting December 1, reporting to Judy Clain. She had been an executive editor at Crown. Jon Pott, vp, editor-in-chief of of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, has announced that he will retire on June 30, 2015. He first joined the company in…

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Handler Acknowledges Remarks Were "Yes, Racist" and Apologizes -- As Does NBF; He Pledges Matching Gift to #WeNeedDiverseBooks

After declining media requests for comment about his controversial remarks at the National Book Awards gala, Daniel Handler posted a modest apology on Twitter around noon on Thursday: "My job at last night's National Book Awards #NBAwards was to shine a light on tremendous writers, including Jacqueline Woodson...and not to…

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Daniel Handler Apologizes via Twitter

After declining media requests for comment about his controversial remarks at the National Book Awards gala, Daniel Handler posted a modest apology on Twitter around noon on Thursday: "My job at last night's National Book Awards #NBAwards was to shine a light on tremendous writers, including Jacqueline Woodson...and not to…

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Barnes & Noble Launches Bundling Promo ("Sync Up"), and Adds POD to Nook Press

After a number of quiet experiments over the years bundling print books and ebooks together, Barnes & Noble has launched an extensive holiday bundling promotion under the banner "Sync Up," letting in-store customers add an ebook version of eligible titles for $4.99 when purchasing the print editions. Seventy "select paperbacks"…

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More Amazon, and Publishing

Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter's December issue letter is online in advance of the issue itself, in which Keith Gessen "lays out a vivid and highly original account of the almost schoolyard conflict going on now between Amazon and the French-owned publishing giant Hachette." Carter says Amazon's response to Hachette "amounts…

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Government Still Pursuing SEAL Author Matt Bissonnette

Former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette, whose 2012 book NO EASY DAY (published under the pseudonym Mark Owen) disclosed details of the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden and who is set to publish a new book, NO HERO, under the same pen name on November 10, is under criminal investigation…

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Blurb to Launch Recommendations for Independent Publishing Experts

In a little over a week, on November 7, self-publishing platform Blurb will go live with a programmatic answer to one of their most persistent customer requests: Recommendations for freelance publishing professionals. Known as the Dream Team, to be featured under a "Hire an expert" navigational tab on their site,…

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People, Etc.: Bush On Bush, and More

Crown has announced rollout plans for 41: A PORTRAIT OF MY FATHER by former president George W. Bush . CBS News will broadcast the first interviews, conducted by Bob Schieffer, on Sunday, November 9 -- first on "Sunday Morning" and then on "Face the Nation." The Today show will feature the author…

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