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Ferris, Fowler, Hustvedt & Powers Add American Flavor to Booker Longlist

The longlist for the Booker Prize was announced Wednesday morning, the first to include American authors after a widely discussed rule change late last year. Titles by four American authors -- TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR by Joshua Ferris, WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES by Karen Joy…

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Start-up BitLit has announced a pilot program with Harper Collins. The publisher is testing the app that provides a discounted ebook as a bundled offer to a proven print book purchaser or owner on 6 titles for now (Halfway to the Grave, by Jeaniene Frost, Black Magic Sanction, by Kim Harrison,…

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At Putnam, Katie McKee has been promoted to senior publicity manager, while Elena Hershey moves up to associate publicist. At Chronicle Books, Will Schrom has been promoted to national accounts manager, Barnes & Noble and Calendar Club. At Crown Publishing Group, Hanna Glidden has been promoted to associate managing editor.…

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Cain Tops August LibraryReads; Target Picks Joshilyn Jackson; and More

Chelsea Cain's One Kick tops the August Library Reads list, which includes 3 of our fall/winter Publishers Lunch Buzz Books titles you can start reading right now: Lock In, by John Scalzi The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton The Magician’s Land, by Lev Grossman [The first two are excerpted now on the Buzz site, as…

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People: Nadine Gordimer Dies

Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, 90, died at home in Johannesburg. Gordimer won the Booker in 1974 and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in 2002, along with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. Jamil Ahmad, 83, author of THE WANDERING FALCON, died at his home in Islamabad after a long illness.…

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Painted Horses Tops August Indie Next List

Malcolm Brooks' debut novel Painted Horses -- a spring/summer Publishers Lunch Buzz Books title -- tops the ABA's Indie Next List for August. Two more books from our newest (still available to read now for free) fall/winter Buzz Books sampler also make the list, The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman and The Book of…

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Amazon Picks Lepucki For July But Still Isn't Selling It Yet

Amazon's "best books of the month" list for July once again selects a forthcoming Hachette Book Group title that they are not willing to sell on a pre-order basis -- in this case, Edan Lepucki's CALIFORNIA, the title that Stephen Colbert urged his fans to pre-order from independent stores as part…

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Barbara Kline Pope has been appointed director of the Association of American University Presses, succeeding Philip Cercone. Pope is director of the National Academies Press and will serve a one-year term as AAUP director. Costco's July Pennie's Pick is THE GIVER by Lois Lowry. Donna Tartt's THE GOLDFINCH and Doris…

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At Penguin Random House in the US, Tom Cox has been promoted to vp, adult mass merchandise and distributor sales, the company's newly formed cross-company division, reporting to Jaci Updike. In addition, Penguin vp, director of distributor sales Ken Kaye will retire at the end of 2014 after more than…

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Arabella Stein is stepping down as co-director of Abner Stein after a leave of absence to "pursue a new direction", the Bookseller reports.  Stein began at Abner Stein in 2002 and moved up to co-director in 2011 after the death of her father (and the agency's founder & namesake). Sandy…

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