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Apr 9, 2013 @ 5:55:00 pm

Margaret Thatcher, the best thing to happen to publishing in the UK since Harry Potter.

Pamela Paul, a features editor at the New York Times Book Review, will replace Sam Tanenhaus as editor of that publication. Tanenhaus, who took over the magazine back in 2004, will now be a writer-at-large for the New York Times, with a focus on “the ideological and historical roots–and emerging character — of today’s roiling political movements.”

Haruki Murakami, Karen Russell, Arthur Phillips, Michel Houellebecq and Julie Otsuka are among the writers on the shortlist for the $130,000 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, which will be announced on June 6.

Dwight Garner singles out three books of profiles that were published before “celebrity-industrial complex was fully formed, when a journalist could still push past an artist’s P.R. phalanx and come back with a story that possessed real feeling and offbeat detail.”

Jake Gyllenhaal is narrating the new audiobook version of The Great Gatsby.

Margaret Thatcher’s death has produced a “publishing flurry,” with two biographies coming out this month, and a number of old books being reprinted. It has also generated a number of literary remembrances, including one by Ian McEwan in the Guardian: "Margaret Thatcher: we disliked her and we loved it."

Since the publication of Sheryl Sandberg’s female empowerment/corporate self-help book Lean In, Buzzfeed editor Ben Smith says that at least two women have cited the book during salary negotiations. And he’s not the only one: New York Times editor Jill Abramson told Smith that Timeswomen have also started to lean in. "I do think the book and all the attendant publicity have emboldened some women to speak up more directly about compensation, which is, of course, a welcome development," Abramson said in an email.