David Goehring has joined Wiley as director of digital publishing for the professional/trade group. He was most recently director of Harvard Business Press, and before that held executive positions at Perseus and Pearson.
Susan Fensten is leaving Oxford University Press, where she was a senior publicist, to launch Fensten PR, a small, independent book publicity firm with a focus on political titles.
Director of Belge Publishing House and advocate for free expression Ragip Zarakolu was detained on October 28 by the Turkish government under the country’s anti-terrorism laws. He has run afoul of the government on several occasions since founding Belge in 1977, having been arrested on multiple occasions and banned from traveling outside of Turkey from 1971 to 1991. In a statement about the arrest PEN said that if an appeal against the charges is unsuccessful, Zarakolu will be held through a trial process which is likely to last over a year.
In awards news, Benjamin Hale will receive the Bard Fiction Prize for 2012, consisting of a $30,000 cash award and appointment as writer in residence at Bard College for the spring 2012 semester.
Biology professor Alexis Jenni won the Prix Goncourt for L’ART FRANCAIS DE LA GUERRE (THE FRENCH ART OF WAR).
Patrick deWitt has won the Writers’ Trust Fiction Award in Canada, a $25,000 cash prize and the first of three major awards for which his novel THE SISTERS BROTHERS has been nominated.
Safari Books Online has signed with Ingram’s CoreSource program, expanding its distribution reach for its e-content library to an additional 850 publishers.