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More than 150 literary agents, whose clients include Danielle Jackson, V.E. Schwab and L.A. Chandlar, have signed an open letter to HarperCollins vowing to “omit” the publisher from upcoming book submissions until it reaches an agreement with striking employees. Around 250 entry- and mid-level staff members, from publicists to editorial assistants, have been on strike since Nov. 10, with the two sides differing over wages, workforce diversity and union security among other issues. No new talks are scheduled. A spokesperson for HarperCollins, the only major New York publisher that has a union, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A new book from the owner of a New Orleans craft cocktail bar is showing readers an elegant look at cocktails in a city known for drinking excess. Neal Bodenheimer founded Cure in 2009 and since then has gone on to open other bars and restaurants. His new book is titled “Cure: New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix ’Em." It showcases drinks created by Cure staff and well-known New Orleans drink staples such as the Sazerac or the Ramos Gin Fizz. The book includes essays about the city and its drinking culture. Bodenheimer says the book is a “love letter to the city from me.”
Advertising giant George Lois has died at age 91. Lois was a hard-selling, charismatic sloganeer and designer who fashioned some of the most daring magazine images of the 1960s. He also popularized such catchphrases and brand names as “I Want My MTV!” and “Lean Cuisine.” His Esquire magazine covers, from Muhammad Ali posing as the martyr Saint Sebastian to Andy Warhol sinking in a sea of Campbell’s tomato soup, helped define the go-go spirit of the ’60s. He later devised breakthrough strategies for Xerox and USA Today and suggested ads for MTV that featured Mick Jagger among others. His son says he died “peacefully” at home in Manhattan on Friday.
FILE - Jozef Pilsudski, the father of Polish independence in 1918, sits for a portrait on March 19, 1932, in Warsaw, Poland. More than 100 years ago, Pilsudski stated that the long-term security of Europe would need an independent Ukraine, according to a new biography of the Polish leader. The biography, “Józef Pilsudski Founding Father of Modern Poland” by Joshua D. Zimmerman is published by Harvard University Press. (AP Photo, File)
FILE - Polish dictator and military leader Marshal Jozef Pilsudski reviews troops in Warsaw on Nov. 5, 1927. Farsighted, analytical and determined, Pilsudski never managed to fulfill his hope for a Ukraine independent of Russia and connected to Europe. But he did, improbably, wrest his own homeland from the grip of tsarism and from Austria and Prussia. His story is the subject of a new biography, “Józef Pilsudski Founding Father of Modern Poland” by Joshua D. Zimmerman. (AP Photo, File)
A sweeping novel set in a low-income housing community in Indiana, Tess Gunty’s “The Rabbit Hutch” has won the National Book Award for fiction. On Wednesday night, the nonfiction prize went to Imani Perry’s “South to America,” and Sabaa Tahir’s “All My Rage” won for young people’s literature. In poetry, John Keene was cited for “Punks: New and Selected Poems,″ while Argentine-Spanish language author Samanta Schweblin and translator Megan McDowell won for best work in translation for “Seven Empty Houses.” Winners each received $10,000.
This combination of book cover images shows National Book Award winners, from left, "The Rabbit Hutch" by Tess Gunty, "South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation" by Imani Perry, "All My Rage" by Sabaa Tahir, and "Punks: New & Selected Poems" by John Keene. (Knopf/Ecco/Razorbill/The Song Cave via AP)