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Jennifer Weiner Analyzes Gender Balance in NYT Fiction Coverage

Novelist Jennifer Weiner has made a count of men and women reviewed by the New York Times last year.

Overall, Weiner (pictured, via)  found that out of 254 fiction reviews, nearly 60 percent of the featured books were written by men. Her long essay also counted authors reviewed multiple times by the newspaper. Follow this link to read the whole report.

Check it out: “Finally, of the works of fiction whose authors were reviewed twice (either with two full reviews, or review plus roundup) and profiled, one was a woman and ten were men. The men who received two reviews plus a profile were David Foster Wallace, Albert Brooks, Julian Barnes, Kevin Wilson, Nicholson Baker, Tom Perrotta, Russell Banks, Jeffrey Eugenides, Haruki Murakami and Allan Hollinghurst. The only woman who received two reviews plus a profile was Tea Obreht.”

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Nielsen BookScan Analyzes the Booker Bump

Nielsen BookScan sales data tracking team has released a report studying the effects of the Booker bump in the UK. Novelist Julian Barnes saw a 473 percent increase in sales the week after he won the prize for The Sense of an Ending–jumping from 2,535 copies to 14,534 copies.

Oddly enough, sales for the entire Booker longlist saw sales rose week after the announcement, proving that winning isn’t everything. Follow this link to read free samples of all the books on the longlist.

Here’s more from the release: “Looking at the sales of the entire longlist the impact following the announcement of the shortlist in week 36 is clear – combined sales of all titles jumped from 9,285 the week preceding the announcement to 21,499 the following week, an increase of 132%. The announcement of the winner has a similarly positive effect on sales. Sales of all longlist titles grew from 17,829 the week before the award announcement to 35,781 the following week, representing an increase of 101%.”

Man Booker Shortlist Revealed

Canadian born novelist (who lives in Oregon) Patrick deWitt has joined the Man Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist with his novel, The Sisters Brothers. We interviewed deWitt about his work back in 2009.

The shortlist includes first-time novelists Stephen Kelman and A.D. Miller and four of the novels were published by independent publishers. The winner will be announced on October 18th. Below, we’ve linked to free samples of all the longlisted novelists.

Julian Barnes for The Sense of an Ending
Carol Birch for Jamrach’s Menagerie
Patrick deWitt for The Sisters Brothers
Esi Edugyan for Half Blood Blues
Stephen Kelman for Pigeon English
A D Miller for Snowdrops

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Ellah Allfrey Named Deputy Editor at Granta

1247759281848.jpgThe literary journal Granta has appointed Ellah Allfrey as deputy editor. Earlier this year, editor Alex Clark stepped down, making John Freeman the journal’s acting editor.

Allfrey is a publishing veteran with five years at Penguin Press and six years at Random House. Most recently, she served as senior editor at Jonathan Cape. Over the course of her career, she has edited Carmen Callil, Bettany Hughes and Julian Barnes. In addition she helmed Cape’s growing list of young African writers. Last week, GalleyCat covered the release party for Granta 107.

Allfrey had this statement: “This is a particularly exciting time to be joining Granta. While I am sorry to be leaving Cape, it’s an irresistible opportunity to work on a magazine that has published many of my favourite writers. I am delighted at the prospect of working with John and the team at Granta–finding the very best of new writing and building on the magazine’s reputation as one at the heart of cultural life.”

IMPAC Shortlist

Finally, the prize that has the three-digit longlist has whittled itself down to a shortlist of eight – and it’s guaranteed that the winner of the world’s largest literary fiction prize will be male:

A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry
Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
Slow Man by JM Coetzee
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Short Day Dying by Peter Hobbs
No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
Shalimar The Clown by Salman Rushdie

The winner will be announced on June 14.