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It's more like Wet Wednesday here on the East coast, but we're getting in the seasonal spirit: So for today (Green Wednesday, or Wet Wednesday), tomorrow (Thanksgiving Thursday), Black Friday, and Small Business Saturday, or November 26 through November 29, we're offering a short free trial period at PublishersMarketplace.com for…

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Authors In the News: Bookselling Authors, Picoult, MacArthur Fellow McHugh, and More

The American Booksellers Association says that over 400 independent bookstores will host authors who have volunteered to work alongside booksellers as part of the Indies First initiative this Saturday -- which is the American Express-promoted Small Business Saturday. The ABA reports that more than 1,200 authors have enrolled in the…

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Shawna Mullen will join Abrams as associate publisher, adult trade on December 15, reporting to Michael Sand. Previously she was executive editor at Taunton Press and before then, editorial director at Clarkson Potter, where she helped launch the Potter Craft imprint. PEN announced a new PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize to support…

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Vanessa Mobley is moving to Little, Brown as executive editor, starting December 1, reporting to Judy Clain. She had been an executive editor at Crown. Jon Pott, vp, editor-in-chief of of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, has announced that he will retire on June 30, 2015. He first joined the company in…

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Handler Acknowledges Remarks Were "Yes, Racist" and Apologizes -- As Does NBF; He Pledges Matching Gift to #WeNeedDiverseBooks

After declining media requests for comment about his controversial remarks at the National Book Awards gala, Daniel Handler posted a modest apology on Twitter around noon on Thursday: "My job at last night's National Book Awards #NBAwards was to shine a light on tremendous writers, including Jacqueline Woodson...and not to…

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Jill Smith has been appointed director of the Denver Publishing Institute, effective January 1, 2015. Smith has worked at the Institute since 2003 and is currently co-director. She succeeds Joyce Meskis, who is retiring as director after seven years (though she will keep her responsibilities at Tattered Cover Bookstore.) Rayhane Sanders…

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Daniel Handler Apologizes via Twitter

After declining media requests for comment about his controversial remarks at the National Book Awards gala, Daniel Handler posted a modest apology on Twitter around noon on Thursday: "My job at last night's National Book Awards #NBAwards was to shine a light on tremendous writers, including Jacqueline Woodson...and not to…

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People, Etc.

Meredith McGinnis will join Norton's trade department on December 3 in the newly-created position of director of marketing, responsible for creating strategy, determining priorities and procedures, and overseeing all aspects of marketing initiatives, both traditional and digital, for the entire trade list. She was most recently director of marketing at Harmony…

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Klay, Osnos Top National Book Award Winners

As in previous years, the move towards added visibility and greater recognition resulted in a mixture of expected and surprise National Book Award winners Wednesday night. Phil Klay won the fiction prize for his debut short story collection REDEPLOYMENT, something of a surprise (most especially for the author, who only…

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Erin Stein will join Macmillan Children's Publishing Group as publisher of a new, yet-to-be-named new imprint on December 1, reporting to Jon Yaged. Her imprint will focus on branded publishing and new content creation, as well as acquiring original commercial fiction and picture books. Previously she was editorial director of branded, licensed, and…

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