People, Etc.

Jandra Sutton has left Turner Publishing, where she was the head of marketing, to pursue freelance work in marketing, social media strategy, and publicity. She can be reached at

The James Tait Black Prizes have been awarded to Jim Crace for his novel HARVEST and to Hermoine Lee for her biography PENELOPE FITZGERALD: A Life.

John P. Vallier Sr., 88, a longtime Simon & Schuster executive, died August 18. He joined S&S in 1958 and retired in 1992 as vp, regional sales.

One of the few Hachette titles kept its Amazon discount throughout the ongoing dispute between the two companies was THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt. While the WSJ does not specifically delve into why that was (Amazon, of course, did not comment), it does report on the Pulitzer Prize winner's print sales to date, 583,000 hardcover copies tracked by Bookscan (or more than 600,000 copies to factor in the 15 or so percent of sales Bookscan does not account for.)