Penguin USA ceo David Shanks is PW’s “person of the year,” cited “for his leadership role in building a solid foundation for his company while making the necessary investments and changes to build for the future.”
Rochelle Bourgault joins Shambhala Publications this month, working mainly on their new Roost Books imprint. She will report to Sara Bercholz and work closely with Roost editor Jennifer Urban-Brown. Bourgault was formerly an editor at Quarry Books.
Amanda Knox’s co-defendant (and former boyfriend) Raffaele Sollecito, exonerated of murder charges and released from prison at the same time as Knox last month, has signed with Sharlene Martin of Martin Literary Management for representation.
THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES by Siddartha Mukherjee has won the Guardian First Book Award.