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Reagan Arthur Named Publisher of Little, Brown

Reagan Arthur, the editorial director of Little, Brown’s Reagan Arthur Books imprint, will be the next publisher and senior VP of Little, Brown. She will assume her new role on April 1st as Michael Pietsch becomes the new CEO of Hachette Book Group.

The release included this news: “In stepping into the role of Publisher, Arthur will retire the Reagan Arthur Books imprint she has led for three years.”

Arthur has worked at Little, Brown since 2001, earning her own imprint in 2008. She has edited Tina Fey, Joshua Ferris, Kate Atkinson, George Pelecanos and Ian Rankin.

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George Pelecanos & Crime in the City

Today novelist George Pelecanos toured Washington DC in Morning Edition‘s annual “Crime in the City” series.

We interviewed executive producer Madhulika Sikka on the Morning Media Menu this week, going behind the scenes at the series. Sikka sends reporters all around the world to interview crime novelists about the cities in their novels for the series.

She explained the selection process in the interview: “It helps if the books fit our criteria. Then we look at our resources and see where we can send people. We’ve got to make it work … It is very much a human reaction. Myself and my editor, we do the first pass on looking at things and what seems likely. My office is stacked high with Crime in the City books. and they are all great reads … we are really trying to Dehli in India, I’m hoping we will be able to that next week.”

Barack Obama’s Amazon Ranking Magic

9780316156493_154X233.jpgAfter President Barack Obama announced his summer vacation reading list this week, political journalists noticed that the chief executive’s seal of approval translated to some serious Amazon sales rank increases.

According to Politico, ‘The Way Home‘ by George Pelecanos rocketed up more than 30,000 spots on Amazon.com’s bestseller list on Tuesday, moving from from No. 33,349 to No. 328 following the presidential recommendation. The four other books on his ambitious, yet smooth-reading, list exhibited a similar rise through the online rankings on Amazon.

Here’s more from the article: “The others followed suit. ‘A Lush Life?’ From No. 74,289 to No. 10,295 on Wednesday. ‘Hot, Flat and Crowded?’ From No. 231 to No. 41 on Wednesday. “John Adams”? No. 14,301 to No. 7,067 on Wednesday. And “Plainsong” rocketed to to as high as No. 189 from its Monday position of No. 8,155.”

Beach Reading with President Barack Obama

9780312428228.jpgLike any good overachieving, obsessive reader, President Barack Obama is bringing a stack of five books on his vacation trip to Martha’s Vineyard.

According to Time Magazine, the list includes: “Hot, Flat and Crowded” by Tom Friedman, “John Adams” by David McCullough, “Lush Life” by Richard Price, “Plain Song” by Kent Haruf, and “The Way Home” by George Pelecanos. Earlier this year, the literary president was caught reading books by novelist Colson Whitehead and Joseph O’Neill.

Here’s a hardboiled excerpt from “Lush Life,” one of this GalleyCat editor’s favorite reads from the list: “The Quality of Life Task Force: four sweatshirts in a bogus taxi set up on the corner of Clinton Street alongside the Williamsburg Bridge off-ramp to profile the incoming salmon run; their mantra: Dope, guns, overtime; their motto: Everyone’s got something to lose.” (Via Book Bench)

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.”