NBC also acquired a full copy, and sprinkled various anecdotes into their posted accounts of Wolff's "wildest claims" and "behind-the-scenes tales." The NYT let it be known by Wednesday night they had a copy, but did not file many distinctive extracts. A second official excerpt from the Hollywood Reporter (where Wolff is a columnist) landed overnight, also on an accelerated timetable. And The Times of London offered one small "exclusive extract" (in which former Prime Minister Tony Blair passed on to Jared Kushner a "juicy rumor: the possibility that the British had had the Trump campaign staff under surveillance, monitoring its telephone calls and other communications and possibly even Trump himself.")
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The NYT quotes a remark Bass made to New York Magazine in 1977: "It's a disease. I get an attack, something like a panic, of book-buying. I simply must keep fresh used books flowing over my shelves. And every day the clerks weed out the unsalable stuff from the shelves and bins and we throw it out. Tons of dead books go out nightly. And I bought 'em. But I just have to make room for fresh stock to keep the shelves lively." His daughter Nancy Bass Wyden now owns the store.
Award-winning Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld, 85, died Thursday in Tel Aviv.
National Book Award winner and former Young People's Poet Laureate Jacqueline Woodson has been named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. She said in a statement, "I think the work ahead of me is challenging. I don't believe there are 'struggling' readers, 'advanced' readers or 'non' readers. I'd love to walk away from my two years as Ambassador with the qualifiers gone and young people able to see themselves beyond stigma or oft-times debilitating praise. Martin Luther King Jr. said people should not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. In that regard, I think young people should not be judged by the level of their reading but by the way a book makes them think and feel. By the way it gives them hope. By the way it opens them up to new perspectives and changes them. I'm excited to have these conversations with some of the best conversationalists in our country--our young people."
At Liveright, Gina Iaquinta has been promoted to assistant editor.
Brennin Cummings has been promoted to assistant marketing manager for Putnam.
Book of the Month Club readers selected John Boyne's The Heart's Invisible Furies as their favorite book of 2017.
"With the launch of 'Now Read This', we're excited to expand the NewsHour's decades long commitment to coverage of books and the arts," Brown said in the announcement. "We'll seek out books that offer insight into the world we and The Times report on daily. And we'll provide our viewers and readers a unique engagement with leading authors." New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul added: "We're thrilled to team up with PBS NewsHour to spark thoughtful conversation about some of today's most timely and worthwhile books. Passionate readers now have a home to engage not only with other curious minds but also with the authors themselves. It will be a real treat to connect with readers of The Times and viewers of PBS NewsHour as they share ideas, ask questions and debate issues about what they are reading."
On Friday, Chicago public TV station WTTW launches the pilot episode of Amy's Book Hunt...with Amy Brent, featuring the daughter of renowned local bookseller, the late Stuart Brent. The Chicago Tribune calls it "a delightfully entertaining television program that will forever change the way you think about books. It is also, in a quiet way, a lovely tribute to her dad."
Brent tells the paper, "It's been a huge cultural phenomenon, the loss of independent bookstores. But with this show we want people to reconnect with books in what remains of the brick-and-mortar environment." The first episode shows Brent on a treasure hunt, going to used bookstore, yard sale, thrift shop and people's homes looking for books of hidden value.
Producer Gary Sherman comments, "The first time I met Amy, I was blown away. I knew she would be great on camera and she is. Her love of books comes through so powerfully. The way she talks about them. The way she looks at them. The way she touches them."
At Putnam, Carolyn Darr and Madeline Schmitz have each been promoted to associate publicist.
The LA Times names Kima Jones as a 2018 "literary breakthrough." She is the founder of Jack Jones Literary Arts, an LA-based book publicity firm that focuses on representing women of color. "With her discerning eye for literature, keen awareness of what makes a successful book in the digital age and drive to empower writers who have been marginalized in publishing, Jones is an important new voice on the national stage."
The UK's Costa category awards were presented, with the overall winner to be named January 30. The late Helen Dunmore, who died last June, won the poetry award for Inside the Wave. The other winners are:
First novel: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman
Novel: Reservoir 13, by Jon McGregor
Biography: In the Days of Rain, by Rebecca Stott
Children's: The Explorer, by Katherine Rundell