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Joel Scotkin has joined Open Road in the new role of chief technology officer, reporting to ceo Jane Friedman. Scotkin was previously ceo and founder of the technology consulting firm Random Walk and later ceo and lead investor in Masten Space Systems, a start-up focused on reusable space travel. Michelle…

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Indies Choice Winners: Atkinson, Marra, Rowell and More

The Indies Choice Award winners (and related ABA-selected E.B. White Read-Aloud Award winners) were named, for formal presentation at BEA. Additionally, indie bookstore benefactor James Patterson will be honored with the Indie Champion Award. The winning books and authors are: Adult Fiction Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson (Reagan Arthur…

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Briefs: NEA Grants, Warren's Memoir, Samsung for Kindle, and More

The National Endowment for the Arts announced nearly a thousand grants totaling roughly $75 million for the second half of their fiscal year. Literature claims just a small slice of that largesse, with 56 grants comprising $1.42 million. Among the larger recipients, receiving grants of between $30,000 and $90,000, are: 826 National; Association of…

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Allison Renzulli has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the new position of culinary digital editorial director. She will be working from the New York office with the culinary marketing, editorial, and digital teams to oversee multiple digital initiatives. She was formerly senior marketing manager at Clarkson Potter. Elyse Turr has…

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Tartt Wins Pulitzer

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday afternoon. The winners in the book categories are: Fiction: The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown) History: The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832, by Alan Taylor (W.W. Norton) Biography: Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, by Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)…

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LAT Awards Honor Ozeki, Fink, Bulawayo, and Rowling; ALA's Most Challenged

The Los Angeles Times Book Prize announced the winners in ten categories on Friday night. They include: Fiction Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being (Viking) First Fiction NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names (Reagan Arthur Books) Current Interest Sheri Fink, Five Days at Memorial (Crown) Biography Marie Arana,…

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Lockhart's WE WERE LIARS Tops May's LibraryReads List

E. Lockhart's YA novel WE WERE LIARS tops the May LibraryReads list. Also appearing is Laline Paull's debut novel THE BEES, which like the Lockhart is among the 40 titles you can preview right now in our free ebook, Publishers Lunch Buzz Books 2014: Spring/Summer. (Paull's novel made the May Indie…

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At Scribner, Lauren Lavelle has been promoted to publicity manager, and Gwyneth Stansfield moves up to publicist. Riverhead art director Helen Yentus won the ADC Art + Craft Design Prize for her much talked about 3D-printed book design for Chang-rae Lee's On Such a Full Sea. Booktrack, which synchronizes soundtracks…

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At Bloomsbury, Kathy Belden has been promoted to senior executive editor. Sara Sciuto is joining Foreword Literary as an agent, specializing in children's books. She was previously an agent with Full Circle Literary. Ian McEwan's novel THE CHILDREN ACT, already announced for UK publication this fall by Jonathan Cape, will…

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Longtime St. Martin's executive Matthew Baldacci will move to Scholastic as vp of marketing for the trade publishing division on April 28. Baldacci will oversee marketing and brand strategy for all trade imprints, reporting to Ellie Berger. He is currently vp, associate publisher, marketing and sales operations at SMP, where…

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