This Week in Publishing: Man Booker Prize 2015, Public Scholar, Alchemy of Book Publishing

Man Booker Prize Longlist 2015

In an article published by The Guardian on Wednesday, the longlist for the Man Booker Prize was announced. This is only the second year that the award has been open for writers of every nationality. Thirteen names comprise the list, including a well-known literary agent, Bill Clegg, who has taken the spotlight with the news. Four other American authors join three British authors, as well as the first Jamaican author to be nominated for the prize. Nigeria, New Zealand, and India are also represented in this year’s nominations.

$1.7 Million in Grants for Nonfiction

As a part of the new Public Scholar grant program, the National Endowment for the Humanities is giving out $1.7 million grant dollars to fund the publication of 36 nonfiction titles.

“NEH Public Scholar books will make important and exciting discoveries in fields such as history, literature, linguistics, and archaeology accessible to readers everywhere, and serve as an example of how humanities scholarship can benefit the common good,” said NEH Chairman William Adams, as was reported in a press release on NEH’s website.

Click here for a full list of the upcoming titles.

The Alchemy of Book Publishing – Podcast

How does a publisher decide on how a book is presented and created? What goes into that decision-making process? Data informs a lot of decisions in today’s world, but how much bearing does it have on the thought that goes into the production and promotion of a book?

In a podcast on fivethirtyeight.com, Little, Brown and Co. senior vice president and publisher Reagan Arthur, along with the deputy marketing director Miriam Parker, talk about their approach to marketing books and engaging with the audiences that exist already.

Click here for the podcast.

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(Featured Image source: the Booker Prize Foundation)

Allison Bucknell

On any given day, you’ll find Allison with a book in her hand and a crossword puzzle in progress. Currently a student in Pace University’s Masters in Publishing program, she is pursuing a career in the editorial field, and has a strong interest in creative non-fiction.


About Allison Bucknell

On any given day, you’ll find Allison with a book in her hand and a crossword puzzle in progress. Currently a student in Pace University’s Masters in Publishing program, she is pursuing a career in the editorial field, and has a strong interest in creative non-fiction.

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