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GalleyCatnip: Borders UK Struggles with Distributors

glennbeck23.jpgThree UK book distributors have temporarily stopped supplying Borders UK amidst worries about the company’s future. An anonymous sales director explained to The Bookseller: “We really hope they can get through this, everyone will try to help them. But if we don’t think we are going to be paid, we are going to have to stop supplying them.”

In addition, here are a few publishing headlines for your evening enjoyment…

Publishers Weekly reports that Random House will put out a paperback of National Book Award-winning “Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann months ahead of time, printing 100,000 copies for a Dec. 4th release date.

A Georgia woman won $100,000 in damages from a libel lawsuit, as a jury agreed that a fictional character in Haywood Smith‘s novel “The Red Hat Club” closely resembled the novelist’s old friend–portraying her as “a sexually promiscuous alcoholic.” (Via Sarah Weinman)

Next, the folks at Mediaite have launched a book club.

As Oprah Winfrey steps down from her show, many wonder who will replace her as publishing taste-maker. Mediaite senior editor Glynnis MacNicol thinks it will be conservative icon Glenn Beck (pictured). Listen to more Beck-ian book speculation on the Morning Media Menu.

NBA Nonfiction Winner T. J. Stiles on the Recession

That’s biographer T. J. Stiles talking about the recession on the floor of the glitzy National Book Awards yesterday. Stiles won the award for his biography of a wealthy man, “The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt,” but had some advice for surviving as a writer during these difficult economic times.

In addition, we interviewed NBA Fiction Winner Colum McCann about New York City and grace. Finally, we quizzed the nominees on Stephenie Meyer‘s bestselling Twilight Saga and interviewed

Last night Galleycat covered the 2009 National Book Awards, a combination of the Academy Awards ceremony, a fairytale ball, and a high school prom for writers.

NBA Fiction Winner Colum McCann on Grace

Novelist Colum McCann won the National Book Award for Fiction last night for “Let the Great World Spin.” “Stories are the purest form of engagement,” he explained in his acceptance speech. “We have to take this honor as a challenge.”

In this exclusive GalleyCat interview, McCann talks about New York City, the recession, and grace. We also got the author’s take on Stephenie Meyer‘s bestselling Twilight Saga.

Last night Galleycat covered the 2009 National Book Awards, a combination of the Academy Awards ceremony, a fairytale ball, and a high school prom for writers.

2009 National Book Awards Finalists Announced

nba.jpgThis afternoon the National Book Foundation announced the finalists for the 2009 National Book Awards. Find out more on the NBF site, but here are the fiction finalists:
Bonnie Jo Campbell for “American Salvage” from Wayne State University Press
Colum McCann for “Let the Great World Spin from Random House
Daniyal Mueenuddin for “In Other Rooms, Other Wonders” from W.W. Norton & Co.
Jayne Anne Phillips for “Lark and Termite” from Alfred A. Knopf
Marcel Theroux for “Far North” from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

The nonfiction finalists are:
David M. Carroll for “Following the Water: A Hydromancer’s Notebook” from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Sean B. Carroll for “Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species” from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Greg Grandin for “Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City” from Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt
Adrienne Mayor for “The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy” from Princeton University Press
T. J. Stiles for “The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt” from Alfred A. Knopf

The rest of the nominees follow after the jump…

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