The new Barnes & Noble Recommends trade paperback selections are Lisa Genova’s Still Alice and Mary Karr’s Lit: A Memoir.
The Booker Prize will be awarded this evening in London. Ladbrokes had suspended betting last week after 50 percent more money was wagered on a single title–Tom McCarthy’s C–on Wednesday than had been bet in total since the longlist was announced in July. Most illuminating, though, was the revelation that for all the attention the Booker betting draws, Ladbrokes took just 10,000 pounds of wagers up until Wednesday, when another 15,000 pounds was bet on McCarthy alone. Traditionally the favorite loses–a trend bucked by Hilary Mantel last year, who led the field from the very start.
The UK’s Orange Prize is dropping their award for new writers, started in 2005. They will replace it with digital promotions and an online (and mobile platform) book club that they say will “be able to support a greater number of first time writers in a year long campaign.”
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At Free Press, Christine Donnelly has been promoted to senior publicist and Giselle Roig moves up to associate publicist.
It’s a great business when Condoleeza Rice‘s EXTRAORDINARY, ORDINARY PEOPLE competes for release-day attention alongside Justin Bieber‘s FIRST STEP 2 FOREVER. Which did you think was No. 21 at Amazon (or 13 at BN.com) this morning, and which one was No. 888 (or 473 at BN)?