May 15-31, 2004 Edition PEOPLE Mystery Writers Honor Erik Larson’s Work With 2004 Edgar
SEATTLE, WA/5/6/04Erik Larson of Seattle won the 2004 Edgar Award last week from the Mystery Writers of America. The Devil in the White City : Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America (Vintage, February 2004), was named the best fact crime book of the year. The story is set in 1893 at the Chicago World’s Fair.
Larson, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, narrowly missed receiving the National Book Award for nonfiction a few montsh ago. He came in as a finalist but did not earn the top award. He reportedly is thrilled to win the Edgar (named after Edgar Allan Poe), an award he has always coveted.Borders Names New Audio Buyer 5/6/04Borders has promoted Pam Promer from assistant buyer of genre fiction to new audio buyer. She succeeds Johnny O’Toole, who has been assigned to another post inside Boders. Clay Farr, who oversaw the entire audio division, left the company to become national accounts manager for Perseus Books Group. Oakes to Move From Penguin Putnam to St. Martin’s NEW YORK, NY/5/6/04Sheila Curry Oakes, an acquiring editor for the Perigee and Putnam imprints at Penguin Putnam, will leave the company to join St. Martins Press on June 1 as executive editor. At St. Martin’s she will acquire hardcover and paperback books on health, fitness, self help, parenting, childcare, and reference.