Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

The National Book Awards longlists will roll out Tuesday through Friday this week, and the actual finalists will be announced on October 4. Winners will be named on November 15. First up is Young People's Literature longlist, which includes two previous nominees (Reynolds, the only man on the list, and Williams-Garcia) and current top bestseller Angie Thomas. Five of the titles are from HarperCollins imprints:

Elana K. Arnold,
What Girls Are Made Of (Carolrhoda Lab)
Robin Benway,
Far from the Tree (HarperTeen)
Samantha Mabry,
All the Wind in the World (Algonquin Young Readers)
Mitali Perkins,
You Bring the Distant Near (FSG Children's)
Jason Reynolds,
Long Way Down (Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)
Erika L. Sánchez,
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (Knopf Children's)
Laurel Snyder,
Orphan Island (Walden Pond Press)
Angie Thomas,
The Hate U Give (Balzer + Bray)
Rita Williams-Garcia,
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground (Amistad)
Ibi Zoboi,
American Street (Balzer + Bray)

At Transatlantic Agency, Samantha Haywood, has bought controlling interest in the agency from co-founder David Bennett and is now president of the firm. Bennett will serve as chairman emeritus, and co-founder Lynn Bennett stays on as treasurer.

Also at Transatlantic, Rob Firing has joined as speakers' agent and literary agent, working tocreate a speakers' division. He was senior director of publicity, communications, and speakers' bureau at Harper Canada.
Marilyn Biderman, previously of Marilyn Biderman Literary Management, joins as senior literary agent, bringing her clients with her.

Bennett says of the changes, "Lynn and I are thrilled to be passing the torch to Samantha Haywood at a time when the agency is thriving and expanding. Samantha Haywood has always led by example, and will contribute dynamic energy and vision necessary to drive the company’s continued success."

Ben Adams has been promoted to executive editor at Public Affairs.

The Books for a Better Life Awards, which helps to raise money to fight multiple sclerosis, will go on hiatus for 2018. Founder and chair of the awards' executive committee Scott Manning is stepping down from that position, and the organization needs "to re-direct staffing resources to other fundraising challenges." Manning says in the announcement, "We are looking at other options, and hope to come back with a revised program in the near future."

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