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Amazon Picks Lab Girl As Their Favorite Book So Far This Year

Amazon posted their annual mid-year "best books of the year so far" lists on Tuesday. Topping their picks is Hope Jahren's Lab Girl (their April "featured debut"). The rest of their top 20 (including 6 titles previewed in our first Buzz Books sampler of the year*) overall features: The Girls, by…

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Liz Kossnar has been promoted to associate editor at Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. Jordan Hamessley has joined Insight Editions as senior editor, children's. She was previously editorial director for Adaptive Books. Sanford J. Greenburger Associates are now scouting for Shandong Jiabo. Poet, essayist, and novelist Michelle Cliff,…

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Crouch's Dark Matter Leads July LibraryReads List

Blake Crouch's newest thriller Dark Matter is the No. 1 pick for the July LibraryReads list. You can start reading an excerpt of another novel on the list, All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker, right now at Buzz Books 2016: Spring/Summer. The rest of the list features: The Woman in Cabin…

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Honors: Women's Prize, International Dublin Prize Winners; Pat Conroy Literary Center

Awards Lisa McInerney's debut The Glorious Heresies has won the Women's Prize for Fiction, with the committee praising the novel's "freshness and vibrancy," describing it as "a superbly original, compassionate novel that delivers insights into the very darkest of lives through humour and skilful storytelling." Tim Duggan Books will publish…

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At Basic, Betsy DeJesu has been promoted to publicity director. At the Crown Publishing Group, Rebecca Welbourn has been promoted to publicist for Crown, Hogarth, Tim Duggan Books, and Broadway Books, while Hannah Frail moves up to associate publicist for those imprints. In addition, Owen Haney has been promoted to…

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Sloane Crosley will join Vanity Fair as a contributing editor, writing the monthly Hot Type column, as Elissa Schappell leaves the magazine after 20 years of writing that column to work on a book project. Crosley’s first column will appear in the October issue. Graydon Carter says in the announcement of Crosley: "Her years…

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Brooke Carey has left the Penguin Group and launched a freelance writing, editing, and book doctoring business, specializing in practical and idea-driven non-fiction. Publishing Trends reports that Maris Kreizman is leaving her position as publishing outreach lead at Kickstarter. At Penguin Publishing Group, Allison Dobson has been promoted to the newly created…

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Winters Tops July Indie Next List

Ben Winters' novel Underground Airlines is the No. 1 pick on the ABA's July Indie Next List. The rest of the list comprises: Barkskins, by Annie Proulx All Is Not Forgotten, by Wendy Walker Miss Jane, by Brad Watson How to Set a Fire and Why, by Jesse Ball Pond, by Claire-Louise…

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Rachel Fershleiser will join Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the newly created role of executive director, audience development and engagement on June 20, reporting to Adriana Rizzo. Most recently she was director, publishing outreach at Tumblr. Jonathan Nowell has joined Trillium Partners firm as a senior adviser, working "to originate and execute…

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June Bookseller Picks

Amazon makes Noah Hawley's anticipated Before the Fall as their June spotlight pick (it was previewed in our Spring/Summer Buzz Books ebook), and Emma Cline's well-praised The Girls is their featured debut. Filling out their list are: Barkskins, Annie Proulx Grunt, Mary Roach I'm Thinking of Ending Things, Iain Reid Security, Gina Wohlsdorf End…

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