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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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Michael McKenzie Promoted to Senior Publicity Director at Ecco

eccologo.pngThis week HarperCollins promoted Michael McKenzie to senior publicity director at Ecco.

Harper director of publicity Tina Andreadis announced the promotion in a staff memo. The Ecco imprint publishes a varied list of big-time authors, including: Russell Banks, Anthony Bourdain, and Charles Bukowski.

Here’s an excerpt: “Over the past three years at Ecco, Michael has delivered stellar campaigns–from the incredibly successful ‘The Story of Edgar Sawtelle,’ every Joyce Carol Oates book (and there are many!), to most recently, the amazing coverage for Patti Smith‘s book, ‘Just Kids.’ In addition to the Ecco list, Michael delivers wonderful campaigns for the Harper imprint, most notably all of Michael Chabon‘s works. Michael is dedicated to his authors and consistently delivers fabulous results.”

Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlist Announced

prizegiller.jpgA jury of three celebrated authors announced the 12-title longlist for Canada’s 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize today, vying for a prize of $50,000 (in Canadian currency).

The selections were made by authors Russell Banks, Victoria Glendinning, and Alistair MacLeod–narrowing down a collection of 96 books from 39 publishers. The award honors the memory of journalist Doris Giller. Here are the first five nominees. The complete longlist follows after the jump:

Margaret Atwood for “The Year Of The Flood.”
Martha Bailie for “The Incident Report”
Kim Echlin for “The Disappeared”
Claire Holden Rothman for “The Heart Specialist”
Paulette Jiles for “The Colour Of Lighting”

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