Michael Thomas was the surprise winner of the IMPAC Prize for his debut novel MAN GONE DOWN, published by Grove/Atlantic. The judges said: “We never know his name. But the African-American protagonist of Michael Thomas’s masterful debut, Man Gone Down, will stay with readers for a long time. Tuned urgently to the way we live now, [Man Gone Down] is a novel brilliant in its scope and energy, and deeply moving in its human warmth.”
Len Vlahos has been promoted to chief operating officer at the American Booksellers Association, filling the position held by Oren Teicher before he advanced to ceo. Teicher says, “In his tenure here at ABA, Len has performed with enormous care and skill on projects as varied as the association’s start-up of BookSense.com to invigorating our education programs. Len’s in-depth knowledge and deep understanding of the wide variety of issues facing indie booksellers make him the obvious choice to become ABA’s new COO.”
Franklin & Siegal Associates has been appointed literary scout for Sperling & Kupfer/Frassinelli in Italy, under the direction of Ornella Robbiati.
Lindsay Guzzardo (formerly Lindsay Nouis, at NAL) has joined Guideposts Books as an associate editor of inspirational fiction.