Friday, April 07, 2017

Publishers Lunch


Today's Meal

The American Booksellers Association announced the finalists for the 2017 Indies Choice Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, with the winners to be announced May 3. The nominees include:

Adult Fiction
A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles (Viking)
Britt-Marie Was Here, by Fredrik Backman (Atria)
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett (Harper)
Darktown, by Thomas Mullen (Atria/37 Ink)
LaRose, by Louise Erdrich (Harper)
The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)

Adult Nonfiction
Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah (Spiegel & Grau)
Hero of the Empire, by Candice Millard (Doubleday)
The Glass Universe, by Dava Sobel (Viking)
The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben (Greystone Books)
The Hour of Land, by Terry Tempest Williams (Sarah Crichton Books)
Truevine, by Beth Macy (Little, Brown)

Adult Debut
Be Frank With Me, by Julia Claiborne Johnson (William Morrow)
Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi (Knopf)
Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren (Knopf)
The Atomic Weight of Love, by Elizabeth J. Church (Algonquin)
The Girls, by Emma Cline (Random House)
When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi (Random House)

Young Adult
The Sun Is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon (Delacorte Press)
Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys (Philomel Books)
The Serpent King, by Jeff Zentner (Crown Children's)
Girl in the Blue Coat, by Monica Hesse (Little, Brown Children's)
Kids of Appetite, by David Arnold (Viking Books Children's)
The Reader, by Traci Chee (Putnam Children's)

Middle Grade
As Brave As You, by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)
The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Children's)
The Inquisitor’s Tale, by Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illus.) (Dutton Children's)
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, by Leslie Connor (Katherine Tegen Books)
The Best Man, by Richard Peck (Dial Books)
When the Sea Turned to Silver, by Grace Lin (Little, Brown Children's)

Picture Book
School’s First Day of School, by Adam Rex, Christian Robinson (Illus.) (Roaring Brook Press)
Preaching to the Chickens, by Jabari Asim, E.B. Lewis (Illus.) (Nancy Paulsen Books)
There’s a Bear on My Chair, by Ross Collins (Nosy Crow)
Ada’s Violin, by Susan Hood, Sally Wern Comport (Illus.) (Simon & Schuster Children's)
Du Iz Tak?, by Carson Ellis (Candlewick)
When Green Becomes Tomatoes, by Julie Fogliano, Julie Morstad (Illus.) (Roaring Brook Press)

At Penguin Press, William Heyward and Christopher Richards have both been promoted to editor.

Laura Crockett has been promoted to associate agent at TriadaUS.

At Sourcebooks, Kelly Lawler has being promoted to associate creative director, as Brittany Vibbert moves up to art director.

Duquesne University is determined to close its well-regarded press after 90 years of operations, having
rejected a budget proposal that would have trimmed the press's operating deficit by two-thirds. The Association of America University Presses persists in trying to rally support for the press, and joins others in contrasting the low-six-figure deficit at the press with the "unveiling of plans to invest $40 million in the refurbishing of the basketball arena." They note: "In AAUP's view – and indeed in the view of many other observers both on- and off-campus – these consumption choices seem inconsistent with the institutional mission and aspirations of a national research university."

Judy Blume will
receive the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E. B. White Award, a lifetime achievement award for young people's literature. Elizabeth Kolbert will receive their nonfiction prize; Dana Spiotta won the John Updike Award for a midcareer writer; and Karan Mahajan won an award for a young writer of "considerable literary talent." Paul Beatty, Ayad Akhtar, Chris Bachelder, Kathleen Graber, Jennifer Haigh, Dominique Morisseau, Richard Sieburth and Luis Alberto Urrea all are receiving prizes for literary excellence.

Alec Baldwin welcomed visitors to the
Facebook page for his just-released Nevertheless by complaining about his publisher: "The published edition contains SEVERAL typos and errors which I was more than a little surprised to see. The editors at Harper Collins were, I imagine, too busy to do a proper and forensic edit of the material. Therefore, the first posting here, in the coming weeks, will be an index of corrections and amendments to the text in order to bring it more in line with my original intent."

That makes for some sensational coverage, but note that the first error he needs to clarify seems to stem simply from his own writing: "Now, my first correction/amendment: When I write that I am 'in love' with Megan Mulalley or Kate McKinnon or Tina Fey, I mean that I am in love with their talent. As a happily married man who wants to stay that way (ahem), I wanted to clarify that."

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