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December Bookseller Picks, Too

Even with "books of the year" lists, new December titles still get their own highlights. Amazon didn't name a "featured debut" this month, but Michael Lewis's latest The Undoing Project is their "spotlight pick." Their other top titles for December are: Normal, by Warren Ellis Against Empathy, by Paul Bloom Christmas…

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People, Etc.

Stephen Power will join Thomas Dunne Books as executive editor on December 5. Previously he was a senior editor at Amacom. Bret Kehoe has joined Sourcebooks as managing editor. Previously, he was lead editor at Questions Galore. Awards The National Book Critics Circle nominated six titles for their John Leonard…

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People: Stanley Forms New Firm, and More

Janklow & Nesbit partner, managing director and head of foreign rights Cullen Stanley has left to form her own firm, Cullen Stanley International Agency. Stanley has worked at J&N since 1991. The agency said in a brief statement it "is very pleased to announce that it is spinning off its foreign…

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Awards: FT Winner and Costa Nominees

Sebastian Mallaby's biography of former chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan,The Man Who Knew, won the FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. Shortlists were announced for the UK's Costa Awards in four categories. The nominees include: Novel Days Without End, by Sebastian Barry (Viking/Faber & Faber) This Must…

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People, Etc.

At Simon & Schuster Children's, Audrey Gibbons has been promoted to senior publicist. Recipients were announced for the second round of $1.75 million in grants that James Patterson is providing to school libraries across the country, working in partnerships with Scholastic Reading Club, which matches the grants with points for…

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Triumph at The National Book Awards: Whitehead, Lewis, Kendi and Borzutzky

With anticipation of life in Trump's America weighing heavily throughout the evening, the National Book Awards ceremony on Wednesday evening was a bastion of diversity, resistance and hope, celebrating joy and the enduring power of words and reading to change and reframe the world. Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad was…

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People: Gibson to Grove Atlantic, and More

George Gibson, whose job as publishing director at Bloomsbury US is being eliminated, will join Grove Atlantic as executive editor in January. CEO Morgan Entrekin says in the announcement that "everyone at Grove Atlantic is thrilled." He notes, "George is admired here and around the world as a brilliant, gracious, passionate…

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Whitehead Wins (Amazon's Book of the Year)

Ahead of tomorrow night's National Book Awards, Amazon has named Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad as their book of the year. (While it's early days, the book is already the clear leader in our aggregation of best book of the year lists, as well.) Also on their top 10, however,…

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People: Thien Wins Giller Prize

Madeleine Thien won the Giller Prize for her novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Norton/Knopf Canada), which was shortlisted for the Booker and also won the Governor General's Prize for Fiction. Thien will receive $100,000 (CA) along with the prize. Christine McNamara has been appointed to the new position of…

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Briefs: Kirkus Prize Winners; NYTBR Best Illustrated Children's Books; and More

Awards The winners of the Kirkus Prize were announced Thursday night at a ceremony in Austin, TX. C.E. Morgan's The Sport of Kings (FSG) prevailed in fiction, with Susan Faludi's memoir In the Darkroom (Metropolitan) taking the nonfiction category. Finally, As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds won in Young Readers'…

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