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Whiting Award Winners

The Whiting Awards were announced in a ceremony Wednesday evening. The ten winners of the $50,000 prize are: Fiction Jen Beagin (Pretend I’m Dead, Triquarterly Books) Kaitlyn Greenidge (We Love You, Charlie Freeman, Algonquin) Lisa Halliday (Asymmetry, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in 2018) Tony Tulathimutte (Private Citizens, Morrow) Nonfiction Francisco Cantú…

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Briefs: Talking Leaves to Close One Store, Norton Expands, and More

Bookselling Buffalo's Talking Leaves Bookstore is closing their Main Street store after 42 years in the University Heights neighborhood and will consolidate inventory in their Elmwood location over the next three months. "Significant changes in book buying habits and in the University of Buffalo neighborhood are major factors in this…

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Awards: Erdrich and Desmond Lead NBCC Winners, And More

On Thursday night, the National Book Critics Circle presented their 2016 book awards to: Fiction LaRose, by Louise Erdrich (Harper) General Nonfiction Evicted, by Matthew Desmond (Crown) Autobiography Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren (Knopf) Biography Shirley Jackson, by Ruth Franklin (Liveright) Criticism White Rage, by Carol Anderson (Bloomsbury) Poetry House of Lords…

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People, Etc.

Hollands Diep will publish of the forthcoming books by former president Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in Dutch. At Abrams, Melanie Chang has been appointed to the new role of vice president of children's marketing and publicity. Chang will oversee marketing and publicity for the Abrams Children's, Amulet, and Appleseed imprints. Liz…

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Adichie's "Americanah" Is First One Book, One New York Selection

The New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment has selected Americanah by Chimanada Ngozi Adidie as the winner of its inaugural "One Book, One New York" program. As part of the program, New Yorkers will be encouraged to read the book and participate in a slate of free open-to-the-public events…

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People, Etc.

Tattered Cover director of buying Cathy Langer will retire in March 2018, more than 40 after joining the store. Adult frontlist buyer Stephanie Coleman will take over Langer's position after she leaves. The Denver Post has a profile of Langer, as incoming co-owner Len Vlahos tells the paper she is among "an…

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International: Obamas' French Publisher, New Harlequin Line, and Awards

Hachette Livre's Fayard became the first publisher outside of the Penguin Random House family to announce that it has licensed rights, in France, to the forthcoming books by former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama. They also publish Hillary Clinton in French. Harlequin announced the launch of Harlequin…

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People, Etc.

At Chronicle Books, AiLing Tjan has been promoted to accounting supervisor, while Barrett Hooper is now senior financial analyst and Christina Mott moves up to distribution client account manager. Ingram Content Group has tapped poetry writer and bookseller Stephen Sparks to launch a poetry newsletter called Little Infinite. Sparks owns Point Reyes Bookshop…

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Abrams has announced more details about their new nonfiction imprint under Jamison Stoltz, which will launch in May, called Abrams Press. The inaugural release will be Michael Ruhlman's Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America, a look at food issues through the lens of the supermarket, due out May…

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Strout Leads April Library Reads List

Elizabeth Strout's novel Anything Is Possible tops the April Library Reads list. The list also includes Omar El Akkad's American War, an excerpt of which you can start reading now in both our big Buzz Books 2017: Spring/Summer, and our slimmer just-released April Buzz Books Monthly. The rest of the list features: Beartown,…

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