John Grisham, Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Elizabeth Nunez will receive Poets & Writers 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, and Jonathan Galassi will be honored with their Editor’s Award. Poets & Writers executive director Elliot Figman says of Galassi, “one can hardly imagine contemporary American literature without him.” The awards will be presented at their benefit dinner on March 2.
Grisham is being recognized for having “done much to enrich the literary tradition of the American South. He was the publisher and principal investor in The Oxford American, and has endowed scholarships and writers’ residencies at the University of Mississippi.”
The Mystery Writers of America announced their 2011 Edgar awards nominees.
At Penguin Canada, Andrea Magyar will take on the new role of publishing director, business and lifestyle. Magyar launched the company’s cookbook publishing program was launched in fall 2010, and they also started a Canadian version of the Penguin Portfolio imprint last year. She will continue to work with authors Will Ferguson and Jay Ingram as well.
Tamara Crabtree joins Abingdon Press, the publishing imprint for The United Methodist Publishing House, as executive director, darketing. Most recently, she was vp, sales and marketing at FiledBy, prior to which she was vp, marketing and creative services for Ingram Book Group.
Don D’Auria joins Samhain Publishing as Executive Editor. He will oversee the company’s new Horror line, which launches in October 2011. Previously D’Auria was executive editor for Leisure Books at Dorchester Publishing.
Ian McEwan will be presented the Jerusalem Prize, awarded biennially to a writer whose work best expresses and promotes the idea of “freedom of the individual in society,” during the 25th International Book Fair in Jerusalem in February.
Journalist, activist and poet John Ross, 72, died of liver cancer Monday at Lake Patzcuaro in Mexico, where he had lived on and off for the past fifty years. The news was announced by Nation Books, publisher of three of his titles.
The Washington Post will expand its book coverage as part of a revamping of the Sunday edition, which splits Arts and Sunday Styles sections, starting on January 23. As part of these changes, a new book review on a popular culture topic will join a new arts-related book review in the Arts section.
Amazon has announced 16 more titles all novels – for the Spring/Summer season of AmazonEncore.