It turns out that Wednesday’s announcement of the National Book Awards was not entirely error-free, as in the early afternoon a sixth nominee in the Young People’s Literature category – CHIME by Fanny Billingsley, published by Dial – was added to the list. “We made a mistake, there was a miscommunication,” executive director of the National Book Foundation Harold Augebraum told the LA Times. “We could have taken one of the books away to keep it five, but we decided that it was better to add a sixth one as an exception, because they’re all good books.”
Updating news from earlier this week about Amazon’s science fiction, fantasy and horror imprint 47North, a spokesperson for the company told us that Alex Carr, who also acquires books across all of Amazon’s Seattle-based imprints, will also oversee 47North acquisitions.
In other personnel news, Alison MacKeen has joined Princeton University Press as editor, literature and art history. Previously she was at Yale University Press.
Diane Levinson joined Princeton Architectural Press and Chronicle Books as a publicist, where she will handle art & design titles from both publishers. She was most recently at Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group and will work out of offices in New York.
Mildred Savage, author of novels such as PARRISH (1958) and IN VIVO (1964) and the Edgar Award-winning true crime book A GREAT FALL (1971), died on Friday at her home in Norwich, Conn. She was 92.