Updating our National Book Awards coverage from Thursday, Bloomsbury upped its reprint order for fiction winner SALVAGE THE BONES by Jesmyn Ward to 50,000 copies, while Norton told us a reprint for nonfiction winner SWERVE by Stephen Greenblatt was “already underway” and will now comprise approximately 50,000 copies as well.
The National Endowment for the Arts have awarded their 2012 literature fellowships in creative writing, with Eula Biss, Tayari Jones, Joseph O’Neill, Jennifer Haigh, and Benjamin Percy among the recipients of the $25,000 grants.
N+1 editor and novelist Keith Gessen was among those arrested as part of yesterday’s Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York, along with fellow N+1 staffers and associates Sarah Leonard, Kathleen Ross, and Eli Schmitt. The others were released, but according to Twitter accounts Gessen is still in custody, charged with “two counts of disorderly conduct, one charge of obstructing government administration.”
Kaplan admits that the “winding down” of their trade publishing line is nearly complete, with publicity manager Tim Brazier telling an author in an e-mail quoted by CBS that, “in a word everyone is gone. After August 1, both editorial and marketing were eliminated. I’m here until Dec 31 working on one project that had been delayed and then my position will end.”
We’ve had an attack of the name gremlins lately. It’s Jeff Umbro who has joined Goldberg McDuffie, and Beth Silfin who was promoted at HarperCollins.