Daily News from Poets & Writers

John Sterling Steps Down as President of Holt

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John Sterling is stepping down as president and publisher of Henry Holt after nine years in the position, and will become executive vice president and editor-at-large at Macmillan, Holt's parent company. Sterling leaves the helm after a record-breaking year for Holt in terms of sales, profits, and bestsellers.

Obama Beats Clinton (Wins Grammy Award)

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Barack Obama prevailed last night over two former presidents—Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter—to win a 2008 Grammy Award for the spoken-word recording of his book The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (Random House Audio, 2006). Obama received his first Grammy in 2005 for the audio recording of Dreams From My Father (Random House Audio, 2005).


Amazon Acquires Digital Audio Provider Audible

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Amazon announced yesterday plans to acquire Audible, Inc., the largest provider of digital audio in the United States, for approximately three hundred million dollars. Audible carries nearly eighty thousand spoken-word audio offerings, including audiobooks, newspapers and magazines, and podcasts.

Daniel Menaker to Host Online Book Program

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A new online book program, Titlepage, will premiere on the Web site titlepage.tv on March 3, the New York Times reports. The show will present "passionate conversations about books," according to the program's Web site, with each episode featuring a round-table discussion among a group of authors and host Daniel Menaker, the former fiction editor of the New Yorker who stepped down as executive editor in chief of Random House last June.

Steven Hall and Peter Godwin Win Borders Original Voices Awards

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Borders announced on Wednesday the winners of the 2007 Original Voices Awards. Steven Hall won in fiction for his debut novel, The Raw Shark Texts (Canongate), and Peter Godwin won in creative nonfiction for When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa (Little, Brown). Each will receive $5,000 at a ceremony in March, and their winning books will be highlighted at Borders outlets nationwide.

Indie Melville House Moves From Hoboken to Brooklyn

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Independent publisher Melville House recently moved its offices from Hoboken, New Jersey, to the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. The new location includes adequate space for a bookstore, which will open its doors this Saturday, as well as a venue for literary events.