The overall Costa Award went to poet Jo Shapcott for Of Mutability, prevailing over the favored Edmund de Waal memoir, The Hare With the Amber Eyes.
Lucinda Blumenfeld has left Fletcher & Company and launched Lucinda Blumenfeld Literary Consulting (LBLC), an editorial and marketing firm for writers and authors. She will continue to represent select writers in both fiction and nonfiction.
Plume senior editor Denise Roy is now serving as a senior editor at Dutton as well. She joined Penguin in 2009 after fifteen years at Simon & Schuster.
Zachary Wagman is joining the Crown Trade group as editor on February 1, acquiring fiction and nonfiction, reporting to publisher Molly Stern. He has been at Vintage since 2006. Also in the unit, Jenna Ciongoli has been promoted to associate editor, continuing to report to Charlie Conrad. She will edit and acquire nonfiction and also collaborate on select projects with senior editors. Christine Kopprasch has been promoted to assistant editor, editing fiction, continuing to report to Stern.
Little Brown Children’s fiction editorial director Jennifer Hunt is moving to Los Angeles in February, where she will continue her work for publisher as well as “explore opportunities in the entertainment and digital arenas.”
Lionsgate will release the movie version of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, directed by Gary Ross, on March 23, 2012. Shooting is scheduled for late spring or summer, although no cast has been announced yet.