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Colin Harrison Promoted to EIC of Scribner

Simon & Schuster has promoted Colin Harrison to VP, editor-in-chief of its Scribner imprint.

Harrison has spent 11 years at the publisher, but he has also written seven novels, including Break and Enter, Manhattan Nocturne and Risk. At Scribner, he worked on many books, including Sam Gwynne’s Empire of the Summer Moon, Doug Stanton’s Horse Soldiers and Dan Okrent‘s Last Call. Previously, he had served as deputy editor at Harper’s.

Here’s more from publisher Nan Graham‘s memo: “Colin has brought prestige and profitability to the house. He began with a bang, acquiring Anthony Swofford’s Jarhead the week before he was officially employed, and went on to publish a range of stellar titles from the mega-New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog to literary gems by Ron Hansen, and Carol Sklenicka’s Raymond Carver … His alliances with colleagues in all departments at Simon & Schuster, his eloquence, conviction and savvy when launching a book, his teacher’s instincts, and his solidarity with our staff make him an ideal Editor-in-Chief for Scribner.”

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Jon Krakauer Publishes Greg Mortenson Expose

Journalist Jon Krakauer has published an expose of author Greg Mortenson with a new long form journalism site, Byliner. Follow this link before April 20th to download a free PDF copy; a Kindle Single edition will be published on Wednesday.

Following a 60 Minutes report questioning the veracity of Mortenson’s memoirs, Viking will review his work. Upcoming issues of Byliner will feature work by William Vollmann and Anthony Swofford.

Here’s more about the Byliner essay: “Mortenson has built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children’s crusader, and he’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also not what he appears to be. As acclaimed author Jon Krakauer discovered, Mortenson has not only fabricated substantial parts of his bestselling books Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools, but has also misused millions of dollars donated by unsuspecting admirers like Krakauer himself. This is the tragic tale of good intentions gone very wrong.”  (Via Paul Bogaards) Read more

Lit Mags Unite for NYC Extravaganza

elliott.jpgAs BookExpo America consumes New York City this weekend, three literary journals–The Rumpus, McSweeney’s, and Smith Mag–teamed up for an epic literary event at Highline Ballroom on May 30th. The line-up includes: comedians Todd Barry and Eugene Mirman, Nada Surf musician Matthew Caws; authors Anthony Swofford, Jessica Anthony, James Hannaham, and Amy Tan.

To find out more about the event, GalleyCat caught up with Stephen Elliott, the founder of the online literary site, The Rumpus. “Sometimes, especially in recent times, I’ll be hanging out with a bunch of writers or publishing people, and they’re so sad. For writers that not unusual. As a group we’re generally dissatisfied and the failing bookstores and magazines is just one more peg to hang that coat on. That has nothing to do with the state of the economy or how many books we’ve sold. It’s just part of our makeup and it’s probably one of the things that drives many of us to write,” Elliott explained.

“We think we’ll publish a book and it will make us happy. We’ve always thought that and it’s never been true … From the beginning The Rumpus has been a boost for everyone that cares about good books. One of our mottos is ‘Three celebrations for every complaint … We wanted to have a really positive event, do something fun, cheer everybody up if they’re feeling down, and celebrate celebrating if they’re not.”

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Sloan Harris Promoted at ICM

Publishers Marketplace reports that Sloan Harris has been promoted to co-head of publications at ICM, which in Variety’s words “essentially establishes him as heir apparent to run the agency’s Gotham-based powerhouse book operation in the years to come.” The 44-year-old agent will share his new title with Esther Newberg, who has run the book department with fellow EVP Amanda Urban since 1988. Urban is dropping the co-head role; instead, she will turn her attention to running the agency’s international book biz, especially the London office, which she set up several years ago.

Some of Harris’s most notable clients include Hampton Sides, Anthony Lane, Vince Flynn, Anthony Swofford, Michael Paterniti, Susan Casey and George Pelecanos. ICM co-president Chris Silbermann said in a statement that “Sloan has the best of both worlds here. He is a 17-year veteran who is at a time and place in his career where he’s stepping up and taking on managerial responsibility, a growth that has happened organically. At the same time, he is supported by Esther and Binky, who are two of the best publishing agents of their generation and who have built the preeminent publishing agency in New York. We are set up for future growth and a fluid evolution. This is about embracing change while keeping the stability that the department has always had.”