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1. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to Donate $15,000 to Water for South Sudan

Long Walk to Water Cover (GalleyCat)Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) announced that more than 1 million copies of A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park have been sold. The publisher first released this book back in 2010.

The two-time Newbery Medal winner drew inspiration from the life story Salva Dut, one of the lost boys of Sudan, to write this novel. In honor of this momentous occasion, the publisher will donate $15,000 to Dut’s nonprofit organization, Water for South Sudan (WFSS).

Here’s more from the press release: “This source will provide fresh, accessible water to thousands of South Sudanese and allow hundreds of children (especially girls) to attend school regularly, rather than spending their days walking to and from the nearest well. HMH is also launching a matching gift campaign for employees in order to raise an additional $15,000 to furnish another well.” To learn more about Park’s book, watch her talk given at the TEDxBeaconStreet conference: “Can a Children’s Book Change the World?

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2. Open Road Books Now on Hoopla Digital

Open Road Integrated Media has teamed up with app maker hoopla digital to add its e-book catalog to hoopla’s app.

Titles including: The Color Purple; Up the Down Staircase; Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee; M.C. Higgins the Great and The Hero and the Crown will all be available through Hoopla’s content library.

Hoopla digital works with North American public libraries to distribute e-books and interactive content to patrons through computers and mobile devices. Their catalog includes more than 440,000 movies, TV shows, albums, e-books, audiobooks and comics.

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3. News Corp Revenues $2.16 B in Q2, Down 4%

News Corp, the umbrella company that owns HarperCollins, earned $2.16 billion in revenue in fiscal Q2 2016, down 4 percent from the comparable quarter last year.

The company attributed the drop to several factors including “lower consumer revenues at the Book Publishing segment.”

Revenues also suffered from foreign currency fluctuations of $141 million and the adjusted revenues only declined 1 percent. The company also reported lower advertising revenues at the News and Information Services segment.

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4. Ishmael Beah Lands Two-Book Deal

Ishmael Beah 200 (GalleyCat)Ishmael Beah has signed a deal with the Penguin Random House imprint, Riverhead Books. He plans to write a novel and a memoir.

According to the press release, the novel, entitled The Lively Skeletons of Every Season, “presents the riveting story of five young people living as an ad hoc family in an abandoned airplane in an unnamed African country, attempting to understand its colonized past and to navigate its rapidly shifting future.” The memoir, Beah’s second, will chronicle his “transition to life in America” following his move from Sierra Leone.

Rebecca Saletan, a vice president and editorial director at the imprint, will edit both of Beah’s manuscripts. At this point in time, the publisher has not announced the release dates for either of these projects. (Photo Credit: John Madere)

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5. Cover Unveiled for Box Brown’s Tetris Graphic Novel

Tetris Graphic Novel (GalleyCat)

The cover has been unveiled for Box Brown’s forthcoming graphic novel, Tetris: The Games People Play. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?

According to Kotaku, this project will focus on Alexey Pajitnov’s beloved video game. First Second Books has scheduled the publication date for October 2016. (via Box Brown’s Blog)

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6. Kiera Cass and Brandon Sanderson Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

Siren Cover (GalleyCat)We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending Jan. 31, 2016–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #2 in Young Adult) The Siren by Kiera Cass: “Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human—a kind, handsome boy who’s everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger…but Kahlen can’t bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?” (Jan. 2016)

(Debuted at #9 in Children’s Illustrated) Ollie’s Valentine by Olivier Dunrea: “Ollie is looking. Looking for a valentine. Gossie, Gertie, Peedie, and BooBoo all have valentines, but Ollie wonders who will be his. His search leads him to a special valentine of his very own—a surprise for Ollie and readers!” (Dec. 2015)

(Debuted at #10 in Hardcover Fiction) The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson: “The Bands of Mourning are the mythical metalminds owned by the Lord Ruler, said to grant anyone who wears them the powers that the Lord Ruler had at his command. Hardly anyone thinks they really exist. A kandra researcher has returned to Elendel with images that seem to depict the Bands, as well as writings in a language that no one can read. Waxillium Ladrian is recruited to travel south to the city of New Seran to investigate. Along the way he discovers hints that point to the true goals of his uncle Edwarn and the shadowy organization known as The Set.” (Jan. 2016)

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7. ‘Mrs Ribeiro’ Poetry Video Goes Viral

Sarah Kay, a spoken word poet and the founder of the Project V.O.I.C.E. organization, honored an inspirational teacher by crafting a piece called “Mrs Ribeiro.” The video embedded above features her performance at Inner City Arts in Los Angeles.

The poem can be found in Kay’s 2014 collection, No Matter the Wreckage. To check out more of her work, click on these links to listen to a reading of  The Typea reading of Montauk, and her talk on the TED 2011 stage.

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8. The Martian Audiobook Receives 100,000 Fan Ratings

themartianThe audiobook edition of The Martian has drawn 100,000 fan ratings on the Audible website. The company released this audiobook back in March 2013.

Here’s more from the press release: “In addition to the 100,000 people who positively ‘rated’ the audiobook, it also enjoys a superb 4.8 out of 5-star average, and has had a continuous presence at the top of Audible.com’s bestsellers list. The Martian’s achievements demonstrate the burgeoning global popularity of audiobooks and their ascent as a rival to other entertainment mediums like books, television, and film.”

Andy Weir’s popular science-fiction novel was adapted into a critically acclaimed movie starring Matt Damon. Click on these links to watch the first trailer, the second trailer, and the third trailer.

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9. Fox News Journalist Megyn Kelly Inks Deal With Harper

Megyn Kelly (GalleyCat)Megyn Kelly has signed a book deal with the Harper imprint. The Fox News journalist (pictured, via) has become well-known for questioning the temperament of Donald Trump, a Republican presidential candidate, during a debate held in August 2015.

Lisa Sharkey, the senior vice president director of creative development, acquired the manuscript. Matt Harper, an executive editor, will edit this project.

According to the press release, this book will mark Kelly’s debut as an author. The release date has been set for Fall 2016.

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10. Shakespeare’s Reading List: INFOGRAPHIC

Oxford University Press has created an infographic called Shakespeare’s Reading List.

The infographic explores early national literacy rates in England; the production costs of bookmaking; along with the writers that influenced Shakespeare.

We’ve got the entire infographic for you to explore after the jump.


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11. Zac Posen Inks Book Deal With Rodale

Fashion designer Zac Posen has inked a cook book deal with Rodale Books.

Posen has been a chef for many years, cooking with ingredients in his rooftop garden. He has cooked alongside the likes of  Eric Ripert, Martha Stewart, Mario Batali, Marcus Samuelsson and Giada De Laurentiis and has built a popular social feed at #CooingWithZac. The book, Cooking With Zac, is based on Posen’s homegrown recipes.

“My love for fashion design and food have really developed hand in hand,” stated Posen. “When it comes to food, I believe in a balance between healthy food based on fresh, local ingredients, and decadent desserts.”

Rodale Books Senior Editor Marisa Vigilante acquired the world rights from agent David Kuhn of Kuhn Projects. The book is slated for publication in 2017.

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12. Animated Suicide Squad Trailer Remake Goes Viral

What would have happened if the executives at Warner Bros. Pictures decided to shoot a Suicide Squad animation movie? A YouTube creative known as Reuven White took on the task of re-creating an animated version of the movie trailer.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the video (embedded above) features “clips culled from Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited, and other TV shows from the DC animated universe.” The Suicide Squad movie, helmed by David Ayer, will be released on Aug. 5.

Click on these links to watch a first look video and an official trailer. Who’s your favorite villain from the world of commics? (via The Mary Sue)

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13. Harvard Common Press Acquired by Quarto Publishing Group USA

Harvard Common Press (GalleyCat)Quarto Publishing Group USA has acquired the Harvard Common Press. HCP primarily publishes books on cooking and childcare.

Dan Rosenberg, the editorial director of HCP, will continue to hold this position. Bruce Shaw, the president and publisher of HCP, and Adam Salomone, the associate publisher of HCP, will both serve as advisors for Quarto.

CEO Ken Fund had this statement in the press release: “We’re excited to bring The Harvard Common Press into the Quarto family of publishers. Quarto is focused on acquiring niche imprints or businesses that align with our vision to publish books that inspire, educate, create or entertain. We continue to look for acquisitions in these categories and this has accelerated since the successful launch of QuartoKnows.com in 2015.”

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14. Spiderwick Chronicles Art Exhibit on View at the Jean Cocteau Cinema

The Spiderwick Chronicles (GalleyCat)The Jean Cocteau Cinema will host an art exhibit on The Spiderwick Chronicles series. It will showcase illustration pieces by Tony DiTerlizzi.

The artwork will be on display throughout the month of February. In addition to this exhibit, the cinema will also host screenings of the 2008 film adaptation.

On March 1, DiTerlizzi will appear and sit down for a conversation with George R.R. Martin. Martin, the author behind the the A Song of Ice and Fire series, is actually the owner of this Santa Fe-based movie theater.

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15. C. Spike Trotman to Create a Josephine Baker Graphic Novel

Josephine Baker (GalleyCat)C. Spike Trotman has signed a deal with First Second Books. He plans to create a biographical graphic novel profiling Josephine Baker.

Black Pearl will feature details on Baker’s rise to fame as an international entertainer, her love life, and her stance on politics. The publisher will release Black Pearl: The Graphic Life of Josephine Baker in 2018.

Trotman gave this statement about the project: “I’ve admired Josephine Baker since college, she’s symbolic of so much, to me. Triumph over adversity, for starters. Going your own way. And I’m eager to  have a chance to paint a down-to-earth picture of her, one with a lot of truth to it.”

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16. CBS to Air a Special Crossover Episode Between The Flash and Supergirl

Flash Supergirl (GalleyCat)DC Comics and CBS announced their plans for a crossover between two mighty comic superheroes, The Flash and Supergirl. No details about the plot for this special episode of Supergirl have been revealed.

Barry Allen (played by Grant Gustin) will meet Kara Danvers (played by Melissa Benoist) in her Earth hometown, National City. In the past, both actors appeared on the hit TV series, Glee. The air date has been scheduled for March 28.

Here’s more from the announcement on the DC Comics website: “Requests for Supergirl to cross over with either The Flash or Arrow have been loud and frequent among fans, particularly since the three shows share executive producers. This actually isn’t the first time characters from The CW’s shared DCTV universe have bumped into a character from a series originally launched outside of that universe. Earlier this season, Matt Ryan’s John Constantine made an appearance on Arrow, after having previously debuted on NBC’s now-canceled Constantine.” (via Nerdist)

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17. Amazon May Launch Hundreds of Bookstores

amazonlogoRumors have ignited that Amazon may launch hundreds of brick-and-mortar bookstores. The online retailer’s first shop, located at Seattle’s University Village shopping center, opened its doors in late 2015.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Sandeep Mathrani, chief executive of General Growth Properties, publicly stated that Amazon has plans to open 300 to 400 bookstores. At this point in time, no announcement has been made by Amazon executives.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “Even if Amazon is not planning to go nationwide with its stores anytime soon, any expansion of its brick-and-mortar presence is likely to send shivers down the spines of other booksellers. Amazon’s success as an online retailer of physical and electronic books has already devastated chains like Borders and seriously wounded Barnes & Noble. Independent booksellers, though, are seeing sales growth in many parts of the country, showing how reluctant some book fans have been to give up browsing store shelves.” (via BuzzFeed)

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18. Publishing Jobs: BenBella, Random House, Write Stuff

This week, BenBella Books is hiring an editor/senior editor, while Random House needs a senior manager of consumer shows and conferences. Write Stuff is seeking a senior editor, and Routledge/Taylor & Francis is on the hunt for an editorial assistant. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Find more great publishing jobs on the GalleyCat job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented GalleyCat pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

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19. Paul Morley to Write a David Bowie Biography

Rocker David Bowie (GalleyCat)Paul Morley has landed a deal with the Simon & Schuster imprint, Gallery Books. The music journalist plans to write a biography profiling the late David Bowie.

Bowie (pictured, via), a beloved actor and rock star, passed on earlier this year. Morley’s book, entitled The Age of Bowie, will be released in late 2016.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “In addition to chronicling the prime of the rock legend’s career, the biography will also detail the final year of his life, in which he kept his illness from public view while completing the album ‘Blackstar,’ which was released days before his death. Mr. Morley contributed his knowledge of Mr. Bowie to the 2013 exhibition ‘David Bowie Is…” at the Victoria & Albert Museum.” (via Flavorwire)

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20. Marissa Meyer Inks Two Book Deal

Marissa Meyer (GalleyCat)Marissa Meyer has landed a deal with the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. She plans to write a young adult duology of graphic novels called Wires and Nerves.

Meyer (pictured, via) revealed in a blog post that she has had an aspiration to write a graphic novel since she was a teenager. The story takes place within the Lunar Chronicles universe; it will pick up after the events described in the fourth installment of the main series Winter.

The Washington Post reveals that Douglas Holgate will create the illustrations for this project. The first book will be released in January 2017.

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21. The Weird Writing Practices of Authors: INFOGRAPHIC

The team at TrustEssays.com has created an infographic called “10 Weird Writing Habits of Famous Authors.” The piece features insights into the writing practices of Truman Capote, Ernest Hemingway, and Flannery O’ Connor.

We’ve embedded the full image below for you to explore further—what do you think? To learn more about some of your favorite writers, follow these links to view infographics on “The Day Jobs That Inspired Famous Authors,” “Writing Tips From Famous Authors,” and “Exploring the Careers of Famous Authors.” (via Lifehack)

Weird Work Habits Infographic

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22. Passion Sparks in the Me Before You Movie Trailer

A new official trailer has been unveiled for Me Before You. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Emilia Clarke as Louisa Clark and Sam Claflin as William Traynor.

TIME reports that the story for this film adaptation comes from Jojo Moyes’ 2012 romance novel. The author “worked on the screenplay with Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber.”

According to USA Today, the movie “features a genre-covering swath of British stars, including Doctor Who’s Jenna Coleman (as Louisa’s sister), Harry Potter’s Matthew Lewis (as Louisa’s longtime boyfriend) and Game of Thrones star Charles Dance (as Traynor’s father).” The theatrical release date has been set for June 3. (via E! Online)

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23. HarperAudio Seeks NYU Student Radio Dramas

HarperAudio, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, is running a radio drama contest for NYU students.

The contest invites writers to submit an original script for a radio play. The grand prize winner will earn a publishing agreement with HarperCollins, which includes an audio production of their script.

The contest is open to students currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate programs and alumni (who graduated no earlier than 2013) of Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Submissions will be accepted through March 1, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST.

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24. Cover Unveiled for New Matt Wallace Novel

Pride's Spell Cover (GalleyCat)

The cover has been unveiled for Matt Wallace’s forthcoming science fiction book, Pride’s Spell. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?

According to a B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog post, this project will be the third installment of the Sin du Jour series. Tor Books has scheduled the publication date for June 21.

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25. McDonald’s Is Giving Out Books in Happy Meals

McDonald’s is giving away children’s books in its Happy Meals through Feb. 15.

Customers will get one of four books including: Paddington by Michael Bond, illustrated by R. W. Alley; Clark the Shark Takes Heart by Bruce Hale, illustrated by Guy Francis; Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond; and Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is Cool by Kimberly and James Dean.

The corporation will distribute more than 17 million books through this promotion.

(Via The Los Angeles Times).

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