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Kirkus Prize Winners, and More Awards

The winners of the inaugural Kirkus Prize were announced Thursday evening at a private ceremony in Austin, TX. EUPHORIA by Lily King won the fiction prize (we featured it as a spring/summer Publishers Lunch Buzz Book). The nonfiction winner is CAN WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? by Roz Chast, already…

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People, Etc.

After selling a reported 4.8 million copies of her ebooks worldwide, author Barbara Freethy will use Ingram Publisher Services to distribute her work in print worldwide, published through her company Hyde Street Press. The press launches in spring 2015 with four books, including titles from Freethy's Callaway Series. She expects…

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National Book Award Finalists Announced

On Wednesday morning the finalists were announced for the 65th annual National Book Awards, unveiled on NPR's Morning Edition along with bookseller Mitchell Kaplan from Books & Books. In nonfiction, the most prominent (and commercial) longlisted author left behind was Walter Isaacson's THE INNOVATORS, though the sole female candidate in…

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Flanagan Wins the Booker

Australian author Richard Flanagan's novel THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH won the Booker Prize Tuesday night, beating out a field that included two Americans on the shortlist for the first time. Knopf published the book, Flanagan's sixth novel, in the US in August, with Chatto & Windus releasing…

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Nicholls Tops November Library Reads List

David Nicholls' US is the No. 1 pick for the November Library Reads list. The rest of the list recommends: Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover: The Fourth Rule of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson The…

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Briefs: Hachette Launches Author Portal, Yale Moves Up Modiano

Hachette Book Group has launched their Author and Agent Portal as a "channel" within their business-facing site hachettebookgroup.biz. Similar to portals from Simon & Schuster, Random House and others, it includes unit sales information by title, weekly Nielsen BookScan sales data, an "interactive publication timeline for the 12 months prepublication," a feature for…

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Modiano Wins Nobel Literature Prize, and More Awards

The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded on Thursday to the French author Patrick Modiano. In their citation, the prize judges commended Modiano "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation." As with the most recent French…

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People, Etc.: Dylan's Limited-Edition The Lyrics (At $200), and More

Simon & Schuster will publish Bob Dylan's THE LYRICS: Since 1962, on October 28. They call it "the first comprehensive, rigorously annotated, and definitive collection of Bob Dylan's lyrics to be published" and say it is the product of a collaboration "over many years between Dylan and a team of…

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People, Awards, Etc.

Literary agent Loretta Barrett, 74, died peacefully in Manhattan from complications of a brain tumor, her agency reports. Barrett began working in publishing in 1967 as an editor at Anchor Press, where she was promoted to editor-in-chief in 1970. She left Doubleday in 1990 to start her agency, Loretta Barrett…

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Awards, Etc.

Canada's Giller Prize announced their shortlist on Monday: David Bezmogzis, The Betrayers (Little, Brown/Harper Canada) Frances Itani, Tell (Black Cat (forthcoming)/Harper Canada) Sean Michaels, Us Conductors (Tin House/RH Canada) Heather O'Neill, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night (FSG/Harper Canada) Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows (McSweeney's/Knopf Canada) Padma Viswanathan, The Ever…

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