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Booksellers Named National Book Awards Judges

Submissions for the 2014 National Book Awards opened on Tuesday for titles in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. The longlist will be announced September 10 and the finalists on October 15. The 65th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner, where the winners will be announced, will be held November 19 in New York City.

This year’s judging panels include a variety of writers and literary experts, including two booksellers: Sheryl Cotleur, the frontlist and backlist buyer for Copperfield’s Books in northern California, is serving on the fiction panel, and Dave Shallenberger, co-owner of Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, Georgia, is on the young people’s literature panel.

Michael Tamblyn Named President of Kobo

Kobo Inc. has appointed Michael Tamblyn as president in addition to his current role as chief content officer. Tamblyn will continue building on his current responsibilities with sales, publisher and industry relations, content acquisition, and merchandising for Kobo’s E Ink eReaders, Android tablets, and reading apps. He will report to Kobo CEO Takahito Aiki.

“We are entering an exciting time as we continue to evolve Kobo to capture new opportunities in each of the territories in which we operate,” said Tamblyn. “We will continue to focus on increasing profitability, growing our market share, succeeding with our incredible partners, and, above all, ensuring we deliver the very best eReading experience to the most passionate readers around the world.”

BEA’s Global Market Forum Speakers Announced

BookExpo America has revealed the speaker list for the Global Market Forum 2014: Books in Translation; Wanderlust for the Written Word. The Global Market Forum will bring together book industry professionals in a summit focused on issues and opportunities surrounding books in translation during the one-day conference on Wednesday, May 28.

Speakers at the forum will include Carol Brown Janeway of Knopf, John Siciliano of Penguin, Michael Reynolds of Europa Editions, and Sal Robinson of Melville House. Among the participating authors will be Joel Dicker and Marcos Giralt Torrente.      

NCIBA Reveals Book of the Year Winners

Bookstore members of the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association have selected the winners of the 2014 Book of the Year Awards, which recognizes books in a variety of categories that were published in 2013. The winning titles were highlighted in the NCIBA newsletter and are on the NCIBA website, as well as displayed on a full-color poster.

This year’s winners include A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra (Hogarth) for Fiction; Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach (W.W. Norton) for Nonfiction; and Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco by Gary Kamiya (Bloomsbury) for Regional.

See the full list of winners here.

NYPL Young Lions Awards Finalists Unveiled

The New York Public Library announced last week the five finalists for its Young Lions Awards:

  • In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, by Matt Bell (Soho)
  • Cartwheel, by Jennifer DuBois (Random House)
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, by Anthony Marra (Hogarth)
  • Happiness, Like Water, by Chinelo Okparanta (Mariner)
  • Snow Hunters, by Paul Yoon (Simon & Schuster)

The award recognizes the work of a writer under age 35 for a novel or short story collection, and the winner will receive $10,000. The 14th Annual Young Lions Fiction Award ceremony will take place on June 9, 2014. Bell, Marra, and Yoon are also finalists for 2014 Indies Choice Book Awards.

Winners Chosen for the Christopher Awards

The winners of the 2014 Christopher Awards, announced this week, will be honored at a gala in New York City on May 15. The authors of 10 books for adults and young people are among the winners who will be recognized for working toward affirming the highest values of the human spirit.

This year’s winners include Bob Dotson’s American Story (Viking Press/Penguin Group) in the category of Unsung American Heroes; Year of the Jungle by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic) in the category of War; and Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by K.G. Campbell (Candlewick) in the category of Believing in the Unbelievable.

See the full list of winners here.

Ingram Adds Two Clients

Ingram Publisher Services has added Clovercroft Publishing and Permuted Platinum to its list of publisher clients. Ingram is supporting U.S. sales and distribution for both companies.

Clovercroft Publishing, an imprint of Christian Book Services, focuses on publishing Christian titles in health and fitness, finance, business, and sales. Ingram will also support Clovercroft’s e-book distribution with CoreSource®.

A custom imprint of Permuted Press, Permuted Platinum will publish a subset of the Press’s horror and science fiction titles and will make its e-book titles available in print.