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7 Editors & 3 Agents Named Jerusalem International Book Fair Fellows

Seven editors and three agents from the U.S. and Canada have won fellowships to attend this year’s Jerusalem International Book Fair.

Selected as Zev Birger Jerusalem International Book Fair Fellows, the will attend special programs and seminars at the 26th biennial event, held from February 10 through 15 this year.

The complete list of fellows follows below…

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Denise Oswald Joins It Books as Senior Editor

Denise Oswald has joined the It Books as senior editor.

Oswald (pictured, via) was the former Soft Skull Press editorial director. She also helmed the Faber and Faber list at Farrar, Straus and Giroux for more than ten years.  Her authors included: Anne Carson, Billy Corgan, Neil LaBute, Jonathan Lethem, and Courtney Love.

During her tenure at Soft Skull, we covered Oswald’s Roller Derby book deal and her decision to publish a novel that was first serialized on Twitter.

Counterpoint Press Will Shutter New York Office

Today Publishers Weekly reported that California’s Counterpoint Press will close its New York office. The office was home Soft Skull Press, editorial director Denise Oswald, and associate editor Anne Horowitz.

Here’s more from the article: “Soft Skull will continue as an imprint from Counterpoint’s Berkeley office. Oswald and Horowitz will leave Counterpoint at the end of the month, but will stay on in a freelance capacity to publish all  books under contract.”

In 2009, the publisher hired Oswald as editorial director of Soft Skull Press and senior editor of Counterpoint to replace Richard Nash–who left the press to pursue new opportunities. Oswald spent nearly ten years at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, editing writers like Colin Beavan, Anne Carson, and Courtney Love.

UPDATE: Publishers Lunch broke the news this morning.

Kirkus Reviews Closes; Twittersphere Ponders Future of Book Reviews

kirkus.jpgAs news broke that Kirkus Reviews would close, the Twittersphere exploded with commentary from worried writers, readers, and publishers around the world–can the book review survive the loss of this magazine that has reviewed literature since 1933?

Novelist Colson Whitehead wrote this tribute: “Kirkus, you were always kind to me. Thanks for slightly reducing my prepub anxiety, agony and agita.”

Washington Post Book World fiction editor had these thoughts: “You’d think w 3 newspapers still running book reviews & more than a dozen bookstores left in US, Kirkus would have been rolling in the dough…Every time we lose 1 of these rare independent voices we grow more dependent on publicists, authors’ parents’ friends clogging blogs [with] praise.”

Literary blogger Edward Champion wrote: “What happens to all the books that can’t get coverage in the newspapers? Blogs can’t come close to picking up the slack.”

Soft Skull editor Denise Oswald had this response: “Yikes, is this going to make it even harder to sell in.”

Soft Skull Buys Novel Off Twitter

frenchrevolution.jpgOn Bastille Day earlier this year, author Matt Stewart published his his 480,000-character debut novel “The French Revolution” entirely on Twitter–writing at the revolutionary rate of one tweet every 15 minutes.

For his troubles, Stewart earned a GalleyCat post and a book deal. According to Publishers Marketplace, his book sold to Denise Oswald at Soft Skull. The deal was negotiated by Lisa Grubka at Foundry Literary + Media.

Stewart explained his microblogging achievement to GalleyCat: “It’s tremendously rewarding to see that publishers are embracing a terrific story–and innovative (and dare I say Dickensian!) ways to connect with readers.”

Denise Oswald’s Roller Derby Deal

softskull.jpgIn her first official acquisition since she took over as editorial director of Soft Skull Press and senior editor of Counterpoint, Denise Oswald bought “Down & Derby” by Alex “Axles of Evil” Cohen and Jennifer “Kasey Bomber” Barbee. Publication is tentatively set for Spring 2010.

Ted Weinstein represented the authors in this “balls-to-the-wall celebration of the sport of roller derby–both it’s history and it’s recent resurgence” written by roller derby aficionados. Both authors have some writing chops as well–Cohen hosts and reports for NPR’s “Day by Day” and Barbee works and writes for the WGA.

GalleyCat caught up with Oswald to find out what she saw in this new book: “I’m a big fan of Roller Derby. I’ve been going to bouts for several years now and think it’s just absolutely incredible. There’s an amazing punk-feminist aesthetic at work there. The girls in the league were so clearly not Varsity All-Stars in High School, and they’re not the mainstream culture’s idea of what an athlete should look like–neither physically nor aesthetically (well, maybe with the exception of Dennis Rodman’s fashion sense),” she explained.

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Boss Hog Headlines Book Party

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Last night memoirist, editor, and rock & roll scribe Mike Edison launched the paperback edition of “I Have Fun Everywhere I Go” with a blazing set by Boss Hog. So blazing, in fact, that one GalleyCat editor’s videocamera couldn’t handle the punk rock book party at the Manhattan club, Bowery Electric.

The camera worked, however. Here, Edison is pictured between cartoonist John Holmstrom and Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye. They were two of the many musical and literary stars at the event enjoying free beer and White Castle sliders.

GalleyCat caught up with Rachel Shukert, who is finishing her follow-up to “Have You No Shame?” Oddly enough, her new memoir combines the influences of Elizabeth Gilbert and George Orwell. We also chatted with Denise Oswald about her plans as the newly minted editorial director of Soft Skull Press.

Denise Oswald Outlines Soft Skull Plans

softskull.jpgIn her first official statement since taking the helm of Soft Skull Press three weeks ago, Denise Oswald assured readers: “I’m just an old school punk rock girl with a love of smart thinking, good writing, and culture both highbrow and gutter low.”

The publisher hired Oswald as editorial director of Soft Skull Press and senior editor of Counterpoint to replace Richard Nash–who left the press to pursue new opportunities. Oswald spent nearly ten years at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, editing writers like Colin Beavan, Anne Carson, and Courtney Love.

Here’s more from her inaugural post: “Although, as Soft Skull author extraordinaire Jonathan Evison was pointing out to me, Soft Skull may be the only place that I could land where my experience at FSG renders me a corporate suit worthy of suspicion. I’ll do my best to dispel any rumors to that effect … I’m looking forward to continuing our editorial mission, which at the moment seems to be obsessed with disaster, apocalypse, …and zombies.”

Denise Oswald Joins Soft Skull Press/Counterpoint as Editorial Director

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Soft Skull Press/Counterpoint has hired Denise Oswald as editorial director of Soft Skull Press and senior editor of Counterpoint. She will replace Richard Nash who left the press in February.

Oswald had worked as a senior editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, helming the Faber and Faber list for nearly ten years, editing writers like Colin Beavan, Anne Carson, and Courtney Love.

Counterpoint publisher Charlie Winton had this statement: “We are very excited about having Denise take the helm at Soft Skull. She has a distinguished track record and the perfect background for continuing to make Soft Skull one of the most interesting and dynamic voices in independent publishing. We are confident that she will be able to add an important dimension to the Counterpoint list as well.”