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Cass Sunstein, a Harvard professor, has signed a deal with the HarperCollins imprint, Dey Street Books. Sunstein plans to write a book entitled The World According to Star Wars.
According to the press release, this book will feature “an exploration of George Lucas’s masterpiece as it relates to the arc of history, rebellions, politics, law, economics, fatherhood, and culture. Sunstein will demonstrate that the Star Wars series is all about serendipity and freedom — about the clouded nature of the future, the dismal failures of plans, and the inevitability, in our lives and our society, of ‘I am your father’ moments, which cast a new light on everything that has gone before.”
Julia Cheiffetz, an executive editor, negotiated the deal with Sarah Chalfant of the Wylie Agency. The publisher will release the book in May 2016.
The cover has been unveiled for Kate Elliott’s forthcoming book, Poisoned Blade. According to the NOVL blog, the story for this project will serve as a sequel for her 2015 young adult novel, Court of Fives.
We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think? Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has scheduled the publication date for Aug. 16, 2016.
To help fans cope with the wait, Elliott has written a companion novella entitled Night Flower. The publisher will release it as an eBook on Dec. 08, 2015.
Svetlana Alexievich, a Nobel Prize-winning writer from Belarus, has signed a deal with Random House.
According to The New York Times, the publisher will produce and release the English translations of three of her books. Each of these works features “oral histories compiled from extensive interviews.”
The Associated Press reports that Second-Hand Time will be released in Summer 2016. War’s Unwomanly Face and Last Witnesses will both follow in 2017. (Photo Credit: Margarita Kabakova/Ersatz AB)
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Attorney Rabia Chaudry has signed a deal with St. Martin’s Press. She plans to write a book about the case of Adnan Syed entitled Adnan’s Story.
Here’s more from the press release: “On February 28, 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life plus thirty years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. Since his arrest, Syed has consistently maintained his innocence. Rabia Chaudry, a family friend and attorney, believed in his innocence and advocated on his behalf. By 2013, however, after almost all appeals had been exhausted, things looked bleak. That’s when Chaudry contacted Sarah Koenig, a producer at This American Life, in the hopes of bringing greater attention to Adnan’s story. Koenig’s investigation turned into Serial, an international phenomenon and Peabody Award-winning podcast.”
Chandry, who shares a friendship with Syed, has received his permission to work to this project. It will feature letters written by Syed from prison. new evidence about Syed’s case, and personal thoughts from Syed himself. The release date for Chaudry’s book has been set for September 2016. Season two and season three of the Serial podcast has been scheduled to come out in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. Follow this link to listen to the episodes from the first season of Serial.
Lauren Oliver announced that The Book of Shhh will be released in May 2016.
This fictional book appears in the Delirium trilogy. Oliver’s young adult series features a dystopian story where love is regarded as a disease.
According to Oliver’s blog post, The Book of Shhh will contain “previously unreleased passages from the prominent religious, social, and scientific compendium of the Delirium world.” HarperTeen will publish it as an eBook and make it available free of charge.
The cover has been unveiled for Mary Robinette Kowal’s forthcoming book, Forest of Memory. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
According to Tor.com, Christine Foltzer served as the designer and Victo Ngai created the artwork for this project. Tor/Forge, a division at Macmillan Publishers, has scheduled the release date for Mar. 08, 2016.
Ballerina Misty Copeland has signed a deal with the Hachette imprint, Grand Central Life & Style. She plans to write a health and wellness book entitled Ballerina Body.
The New York Times reports that Copeland (pictured, via) will discuss diet, exercise programs, and tips. She plans to share information that will be applicable for both dancers and laymen. The publication date has been scheduled for early 2017.
Here’s more from The New Pittsburgh Courier: “Copeland, the first African-American woman to become the American Ballet Theatre’s principal dancer, is a member of President Barack Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. Copeland said in a statement issued by her publisher that she wanted to show ‘all athletes have to take care of themselves from the inside out.’ Her previous books include the memoir Life in Motion and the picture book Firebird.” (via Elle)
The cover has been unveiled for Brenna Yovanoff’s forthcoming book, Places No One Knows. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
Entertainment Weekly reports that the story stars Waverly Camdenmar who “dreams herself into the bedroom of the school’s resident bad boy-loser, Marshall Holt, and actually wakes up there.” Delacorte Press, an imprint at Penguin Random House, has scheduled the publication date for May 17, 2016.
A number of staff changes have been made at Melville House.
One staff member has received a promotion. Henceforth, Julia Fleischaker will hold the position of director of marketing and publicity.
The company has also recruited several new hires. Chad Felix has been hired to serve as manager of direct sales and library marketing. Ena Brdjanovic has left HarperCollins to take on two roles: director of digital marketing and editor of the MobyLives blog. Kait Howard has been brought on as a publicist.
Kel McDonald hopes to raise $29,000 on Kickstarter. She intends to use the funds to create a new comics anthology called Cautionary Fables and Fairytales: Asia Edition.
According to the Kickstarter page, the completed book will be “a 250-page long black and white volume of damn awesome comics inspired by tales from China, India, Japan, Tibet, and more!” We’ve embedded a video about the new project above.
Welcome to our Kickstarter Publishing Project of the Week, a feature exploring how authors and publishers are using the fundraising site to raise money for book projects. If you want to start your own project, check out How To Use Kickstarter to Fund Your Publishing Project.
We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending Nov. 15, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.
(Debuted at #4 in Hardcover Fiction) The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King: “There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. ‘Afterlife’ is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors.” (Nov. 2015)
(Debuted at #4 in Children’s Fiction Series) The Lunar Chronicles: Winter by Marissa Meyer: “Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.” (Nov. 2015)
(Debuted at #15 in Hardcover Nonfiction) Troublemaker by Leah Remini and Rebecca Paley: “Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood. But being a troublemaker has come at a cost. That was never more evident than in 2013, when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology.” (Nov. 2015)
Chuck Sambuchino and the Writers Digest team have chosen the three winners of the Worst Storyline Ever Contest 2.0.
Here are the winners, and their winning Worst Storylines. Drum roll please…
After his wife leaves him, an old, bald, former 80s rock star goes on a quest to reunite with his first love— his hair–but is he brave enough to endure a hair transplant or must he settle for a cheap wig in order to sport those big, long locks once again?
Jennifer Ruth Jackson
Karl wants nothing more than to watch the kitchen linoleum curl all summer long but, when his wife insists on doing a time-lapse project of the event, Karl’s “me time” becomes a forced “we time” he soon resents.
When a family intervention forces hemophobic vampire Bartholomew into a job at a blood bank to face his fears, he is soon enlisted by coworker, Estella, to drain the vault and make a run for it—awakening Bart to a whole new world of adventure and black market blood lust, with a girl he discovers is just his type.
Congrats to the winners!
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Artist Marty Noble has signed a two-book deal with Skyhorse Publishing. She plans to create two adult coloring books: Sugar Skulls and Peaceful World.
Sugar Skulls will be released in January 2016 and Peaceful World will follow in March 2016. Each book contains 48 elaborate line illustrations.
Here’s more from the press release: “To make it easier for budding artists, the pages are perforated and printed on one side, allowing colorists to remove and display their finished designs easily…Since 2013, coloring books targeting adults have topped bestselling charts, selling more than 1.5 million copies in more than 22 languages.”
Markus Dohle, the CEO of Penguin Random House, announced that Don Weisberg, the current president of Penguin Young Readers, will be leaving the company. Weisberg has accepted the position of president of Macmillan Publishers U.S.
Jen Loja, a senior vice president and associate publisher, has been appointed as Weisberg’s successor. Loja’s start date has been scheduled for Dec. 1.
Weisberg has been at the head of Penguin Young Readers since 2008; he has devoted almost three decades to a career in publishing. Loja joined the division back in 2009; she brings with her more than ten years of experience in this industry.
The cover has been unveiled for a new edition of Nina Allan’s The Race. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
According to Tor.com, Julia Lloyd served as the designer on this project. The publication date has been scheduled for July 2016.
The teams at Grand Central Life & Style, a Grand Central Publishing imprint, and goop, a digital publication focused on lifestyle content, have formed a new imprint called goop press. Goop was founded by Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and currently headed by CEO Lisa Gersh.
According to the press release, “acquisitions and editorial decisions will be made by a team of goop editors, including founder and curator Paltrow, CEO Gersh, and editorial director Elise Loehnen, with Grand Central Life & Style’s VP, editorial director Karen Murgolo.” The staff at goop press plan to release “one goop-branded book” and three other projects on a yearly basis.
In April 2016, a new cookbook by Paltrow entitled It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook will be published. Paltrow had this statement about this new venture: “With so much incredible content now being produced at goop.com on a daily basis, we’re excited to memorialize it for audiences across the world.”
Kwame Alexander has signed a four-book deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. Arielle Eckstut, of the Levine, Greenberg, Rostan Literary Agency, negotiated the agreement on Alexander’s behalf.
According to the press release, Alexander plans to write a prequel to his 2015 Newbery Medal-winning young adult novel Crossover entitled Rebound. The publication date for this book has been set for Spring 2018.
Alexander also has a new trilogy in the works. The story for this new series will follow “one young boy’s epic quest for freedom after being taken from his home in Ghana, and will cover the Middle Passage, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and beyond.”
Don DeLillo has signed a deal with the Simon & Schuster imprint, Scribner. He has written a new novel entitled Zero K.
Here’s more from the press release: “Zero K follows billionaire Ross Lockhart whose younger wife Artis Martineau has a terminal illness. Ross is a significant investor in a secretive, remote compound where death is controlled and bodies are preserved until medical advances can restore individuals to improved lives. Lockhart hopes Artis can benefit from this pioneering science.”
The publication date for this book has been scheduled for May 03, 2016. DeLillo was recently named the winner of the 2015 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation. In the past, he has been honored with the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
The Anne Frank Fonds, a Switzerland-based foundation, has decided to name Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank, as the legal co-author of his daughter’s famous diary. In the past, Otto was acknowledged as an editor, the writer behind the diary’s prologue, and the man who had the book published. This controversial change allows the organization to retain copyright to the Diary of a Young Girl until 2050.
Here’s more from The New York Times: “Six years ago, the foundation asked legal experts in various countries for advice on its copyright, according to Yves Kugelmann, a member of the foundation’s board. They concluded, he said, that Otto ‘created a new work’ because of his role of editing, merging and trimming entries from her diary and notebooks and reshaping them into ‘kind of a collage’ meriting its own copyright. Merely declaring Otto the ‘co-author’ on copyright filings extends the copyright, legal experts said, though such a stand could be tested in the courts. Readers would not see any changes on the books themselves, foundation officials said.”
Generally speaking, European laws dictate that copyright ends approximately 70 years following an author’s death. Anne passed away in a concentration camp back in 1945 while her father lived until 1980. Within the United States, the copyright for the diary will not end until 2047. The book was first published in this country back in 1952. (via The Seattle Times)
Chronicle Books has launched the 4th annual #GiveBooks campaign. The publisher has partnered with First Book and Gramming for Good for this charity venture.
Here’s more from the press release: “Since 2012, authors, booksellers, publishers and the general public will share their love of reading by flooding social media channels with tweets, pins and pledges using #GiveBooks. #GiveBooks also aims to encourage holiday shoppers to support local bookstores and give books as gifts this holiday season.”
Chronicle Books has pledged to donate 30,000 copies of the Star Wars Epic Yarns series to First Book. As the campaign progresses and the #GiveBooks hashtag becomes more widely circulated on the internet, a black and white illustration of a bookshelf will be filled with color on the GiveBooks.co website.
The cover has been unveiled for John Corey Whaley’s Highly Illogical Behavior. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
According to Entertainment Weekly, the story for this young adult novel follows a sixteen-year-old named Solomon who suffers from agoraphobia. Dial Books has scheduled the publication date for May 10, 2016.
Marvel has announced plans for a five-part mini-series starring Deadpool. The first issue of Deadpool and The Mercs will be published in February 2016.
Writer Cullen Bunn and illustrator Salva Espin have been recruited to work on this project. Four artists, Declan Shalvey, John Tyler Christopher, Mike Hawthorne, and Ron Lim, have signed on to create the main cover an action figure variant cover, a design variant cover, and a variant cover.
In an interview with IGN.com, Bunn explained that “this series spins right out of the main Deadpool book and the shenanigans Gerry Duggan is perpetrating over there. We’ve seen Deadpool hiring guys like Foolkiller, Terror, and Slapstick to run missions for him. This story focuses on that team in the thick of it and interacting with many Marvel characters. It just so happens that most of these characters want them dead.” (via The Hollywood Reporter)
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The cover has been unveiled for Justin Cronin’s The City of Mirrors. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
According to Entertainment Weekly, this book will be the final installment of the Passage trilogy. Ballantine Books has scheduled the publication date for May 24, 2016.