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Les Pockell Has Died

grand_central23.gifLes Pockell, the former associate publisher and vice president at Grand Central Publishing, passed away at 68-years-old.

Before moving to Warner Books–the imprint that would later become Grand Central–Pockell had worked at St. Martin’s Press, Doubleday, and Book-of-the-Month Club. He edited a variety of books, from The 101 Greatest Business Principles of All Time to the mysteries of Donald Westlake to the children’s work of John Lithgow. Slice Magazine has a comic tribute to his encyclopedic knowledge about the world.

Here’s more from the AP: “Grand Central publisher and executive vice president Jamie Raab said she liked to call him ‘The Professor’ because Pockell knew so much about so many subjects and would become visibly animated in discussion, his hands ‘flailing’ everywhere.” (Via Sarah Weinman)

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The No eBook List: Who Are Your Favorite Authors Lacking Digital Editions?

fav auth no ebook.pngAs some Amazon Kindle readers grow more militant about the availability of digital books, our digitally obsessed sibling eBookNewser is building a giant list that answers the question: Who are your favorite authors lacking digital editions?

Here’s more from the post: “We want to compile a long, expandable list of great authors who don’t have eBooks available. Let’s tell publishers, agents, and authors that we want their eBooks. Who are your favorite writers–in any genre–whose works aren’t available in eBook form?”

Checking out eBookNewser’s list, we’ve spotted these three major writers who we’d love to see in digital formats: crime novelist Donald Westlake, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, and Chilean novelist Roberto Bolano.

At the Edgar Awards

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If there was a theme to last night’s packed Edgar Awards ceremony, it would have to be the element of surprise. Like Jason Goodwin‘s Best Novel win, so surprising editor Sarah Crichton that in her acceptance speech, she admitted she discouraged Goodwin from coming over from England to attend (though she did attempt to reach him immediately afterwards by cell phone.) Alex Berenson‘s first novel win was deemed so unexpected that the book’s editor, Mark Tavani, expressed some degree of surprise afterwards. Stephen King’s speech was sharp and eloquent and almost happened prematurely, when, after a funny intro by fellow Rock Bottom Remainders Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry, King got up to speak (with standing ovation to boot) and was recalled – because Donald Westlake was supposed to speak first. Still, I rather doubt anyone in the room really minded the accidental standing O to one of the genre’s greats.

More scattershot highlights here, and Al Roker generally did a good job as emcee – and kept the ceremony moving so swiftly its 9:45 end time was likely a modern-day record…