People, Etc.

Patricia Arancibia has joined Apple as head of the iBookstore's European operations. Previously she was editorial director, International Acquisition & Relations - International Digital Content at Barnes & Noble.

In the UK, PFD agent Robert Caskie is taking on the additional new role of chief operating officer of The Rights House Group.

Publicity director at Profile Books Ruth Killick is leaving the publisher after 11 years to establish her own PR firm in Bristol this May.

Writer, educator and activist Monica Carter, has been named the Lambda Literary Foundation's LGBT Writers in Schools program coordinator.

The trickling of BEA author breakfast announcements is complete: Ishmael Beah will fill the final empty slot, on the Thursday morning (May 30) panel, with his new book THE RADIANCE OF TOMORROW set for publication January 4, 2014.

On Thursday night the National Book Critics Circle will name their 2012 award winners, and tomorrow night is the traditional reading event featuring the finalists, at The New School at 6 PM. Review the candidates for the nonfiction, fiction, biography, and autobiography prizes in the linked visual lists at Bookateria.

In Penguin's announcement of 2012 results yesterday, they expanded on the early January news that Thomas Pynchon's new novel BLEEDING EDGE is on the way later this year with a pub date--September 17--and a one-line description: "It is 2001 in Silicon Alley, New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11." Our Sarah Weinman's Twitter post on the report has already been retweeted over 500 times. Meanwhile, Pynchon's UK publisher Jonathan Cape told the Guardian the author is "still writing" the manuscript and has not shown it to his editor there yet.