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James King Wins Breakthrough Novel Award

King_120._V226059187_.jpgJames King‘s novel, “Bill Warrington’s Last Chance,” has won Amazon and Penguin Group USA’s Breakthrough Novel Award.

The novel was picked out of thousands of entries filed by writers from 50 U.S. states and 21 countries around the world. It tells the story of a man diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease who kidnaps his 15-year-old granddaughter in an attempt to force reconciliation with his family.

Here’s more from the release: “[King] has been a corporate communications specialist for the past 20 years, but dreamt of becoming a fiction writer since the age of six. In 2006, with the support and encouragement of his wife and two children, King decided to pursue his dream. He entered the Master of Arts program in creative writing at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., and when he completed his degree in May 2008, he had written most of what would become the novel Bill Warrington’s Last Chance.”

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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Finalists

Gibson_120._V226059186_.jpgAmazon.com, Inc. announced the three finalists for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award today, today’s Book Stock Watch feature on a slow news Friday. The three finalists are: “Stuff of Legends” by Ian Gibson (pictured); “Bill Warrington’s Last Chance” by James King; and “In Malice, Quite Close” by Brandi Lynn Ryder.

GalleyCat has been tracking the stock performance of the major companies that influence the bookselling business. We created this chart with eight publicly-traded publishing stocks hand-picked by GalleyCat readers–including company name, symbol, current stock price, and price increase or decrease at week’s close.

The McGraw-Hill Co. MHP 30.12 -0.38
Books-A-Million, Inc. BAMM 6.08 -0.1
Borders Group, Inc. BGP 2.18 0.08
Amazon.com, Inc. AMZN 73.6 -1.51
Barnes & Noble, Inc. BKS 22.42 0.19
Wiley John & Sons Inc. JW.A 31.03 0.16
Scholastic Corporation SCHL 19.07 0.16
News Corporation NWS 9.96 -0.26