In a major upset, neither Cormac McCarthy nor Lawrence Wright won a James Beard award for THE ROAD or THE LOOMING TOWER, respectively, although to be fair to those exceedingly well-decorated authors, it might have had something to do with the fact that the James Beard awards honor chefs and cookbooks.
There is some actual big-time publishing news in This Week in Publishing – earlier in the year Perseus purchased the Avalon Publishing Group, and now word has come down that Perseus is closing down the Carroll & Graf and Thunder’s Mouth imprints. Perseus will incorporate some of Avalon’s staff in its Park Avenue headquarters, and will close Avalon’s offices. The Publisher’s Weekly article is here.
In related news, former Avalon head and PGW founder Charlie Winton will be spinning off the Counterpoint imprint from Perseus and will start a new publishing venture called Counterpoint LLC.
Have a great weekend!