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1. Cover Unveiled for New Veronica Rossi Book

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Author Veronica Rossi has unveiled the cover for her forthcoming book, Riders.

We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think? Tor Teen, an imprint at the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, has set the publication date for February 02, 2016.

Over on Twitter, Rossi shares this bit of advice for fellow writers: “Always write what’s in your heart. Don’t let anyone tell you you don’t deserve to be heard. You do.”

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2. Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

When to Rob a Bank Cover (GalleyCat)We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending May 24, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #3 in Hardcover Fiction) Seveneves by Neal Stephenson: “A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space. But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain.” (May 2015)

(Debuted at #12 in Hardcover Nonfiction) When to Rob a Bank by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner: “When Freakonomics was first published, the authors started a blog—and they’ve kept it up. The writing is more casual, more personal, even more outlandish than in their books. In When to Rob a Bank, they ask a host of typically off-center questions: Why don’t flight attendants get tipped? If you were a terrorist, how would you attack? And why does KFC always run out of fried chicken?” (May 2015)

(Debuted at #14 in Hardcover Nonfiction) The Quartet by Joseph J. Ellis: “The Quartet is the story of this second American founding and of the men most responsible—George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison. These men, with the help of Robert Morris and Gouverneur Morris, shaped the contours of American history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation, manipulating the political process to force the calling of the Constitutional Convention, conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia, orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions, and, finally, drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settlement.” (May 2015)

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3. IDW to Publish Print Edition of Strange Nation

Strange Nation CoverWriter Paul Allor and artist Juan Romera have landed a deal with IDW Publishing.

IDW will release the print edition of Strange Nation in August 2015. The first issue was digitally published by Monkeybrain Comics back in October 2013. Altogether, Allor and Romera created eight installments for this comics series.

According to the press release, the story follows a character named Norma Park who “uncovered the terrifying truth about a dangerous conspiracy involving aliens, Sasquatch and doomsday cults! Now Norma finds herself fired from her prestigious newspaper and working at the supermarket tabloid Strange Nation. But nothing will keep Norma from sharing her terrible knowledge with the world!”

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4. Don Quixote Project Featured On Kickstarter

The Restless Books team hopes to raise $20,000 to publish a 400th anniversary edition of Miguel de Cervantes’ beloved novel, Don Quixote. This book, slated for release in October 2015, will be the first title from the “Restless Classics” program. We’ve embedded a video about the project above.

Here’s more from the Kickstarter page: “Our mission is to bring great books from overlooked corners of the world to American readers who are not content to limit their imaginations to our borders. We’ll be publishing English-language editions of fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, travel writing, science fiction and more from everywhere from Cuba to China, Pakistan to Chile, Mexico to Uzbekistan. With Restless Classics, we want to bring older books that still speak to our time and place—and especially to our ‘restlessness’—back into the conversation.”

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.

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5. Publisher & Ad Agency Create a Children’s Book That Can Transform Into a Tree

Mi Papa Estuvo en la Selva Cover (GalleyCat)Argentinian publisher Pequeno Editor and ad agency FCB Buenos Aires teamed up to launch the Tree Book Tree program. The mission behind this venture is to create books that can become trees once they are planted into the ground.

The Huffington Post reports that the “tree book” features a children’s story called Mi Papá Estuvo en la Selva (which translates to My Dad Was in the Jungle in English). Click here to watch a video to learn more about this program.

According to Adweek, the materials used to make these “”hand-stitched” books include “acid-free paper, jacaranda seeds, and ecologically friendly ink.” The executives hope “to teach kids 8-12 where books come from—not the Internet, as some probably believe.” (via Good Magazine)

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6. Cover Revealed for First Issue of New Jughead Series

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After the executives at Archie Comics shut down their Kickstarter campaign, the team pledged to move forward with three new series projects: Betty & Veronica, Life with Kevin, and Jughead. The main cover for issue No. 1 of the new Jughead series has been unveiled. We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think?

The first cover was designed by artist Erica Henderson. Illustrator Chip Zdarsky created a variant cover (embedded below). The publication date has been scheduled for October 7th.

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7. Gloria Steinem Inks Deal

Gloria Steinem Cover (GalleyCat)Famed feminist activist Gloria Steinem has landed a book deal.

According to USA Today, this projects marks the first time Steinem has written a book in over 20 years. Penguin Random House will release My Life on the Road on October 27th.

Entertainment Weekly reports that this memoir focuses on Steinem’s “experiences on the road and the people she met who influenced her life. Steinem will detail her encounters with both famous faces and not-so-familiar names, all of whom were important to Steinem’s journey. She’ll also write about how the nomadic state of her life also played a major role in her roles as a journalist and activist.”

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8. Troy Little to Adapt a Hunter S. Thompson Book

Fear & Loathing in Las VegasComics artist Troy Little has landed a deal with IDW Publishing. Little plans to adapt the Hunter S. Thompson novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream.

The publisher has partnered with the Thompson estate for this project. Top Shelf Productions, an IDW imprint, has scheduled the release date for October 2015.

Thompson’s book was initially published as a two-part series in 1971 by Rolling Stone magazine. According to the press release, the story “follows Thompson analogue Raoul Duke on the mother of all Vegas benders, as he and his attorney Dr. Gonzo cover a motorcycle race, crash a drug-enforcement convention, and rack up obscenely large room-service bills, all while dosed to the gills on a truly spectacular assortment of mind-altering substances.”

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9. Cover Revealed for New Cindy Pon Book

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The cover has been unveiled for Cindy Pon’s forthcoming book, Serpentine. We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think?

According to the publisher’s Tumblr page, the story was “inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.” The publication date has been set for September 8th.

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10. Skyhorse & Salon to Launch the Hot Books Imprint

skyhorsepublishing304Skyhorse Publishing and Salon founder David Talbot are partnering together to launch a new investigative imprint called “Hot Books.” According to the press release, the Hot Books mission is to “ignite national debate on the most urgent problems facing the country, filling the investigative gap left by newspapers and magazines as they cut their budgets for in-depth reporting.”

The editorial team at Hot Books will acquire manuscripts that focus on “controversial issues” written by “fearless authors.” Some of the titles slated for release include Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Dick Russell’s Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Rebecca Gordon’s American Nuremberg, and Mark Hertsgaard’s Bravehearts.

Skyhorse and Salon will build a “co-branded digital platform” for this new venture. The Salon website will feature content from Hot Books titles such as excerpts, scoops, and author interviews.

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11. Cover Revealed For New Stephen King Book

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

The cover for Stephen King’s The Bazaar of of Bad Dreams has been unveiled. We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think? Follow this link to see the animated version of this jacket design.

Each short story in this collection is accompanied by a passage of commentary from King on his writing process. Some of the pieces featured in this book include “Batman and Robin Have an Altercation,” “Blockade Billy,” and “Drunken Fireworks.” Scribner, an imprint at Simon & Schuster, has scheduled the release date for November 3rd.

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12. Noelle Stevenson, Tom Brokaw, & Dr. Seuss Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

Nimona Cover (GalleyCat)We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending May 17, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #8 in Young Adult) Nimona by Noelle Stevenson: “Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.” (May 2015)

(Debuted at #12 in Hardcover Nonfiction) A Lucky Life Interrupted by Tom Brokaw: “Tom Brokaw has led a fortunate life, with a strong marriage and family, many friends, and a brilliant journalism career culminating in his twenty-two years as anchor of the NBC Nightly News and as bestselling author. But in the summer of 2013, when back pain led him to the doctors at the Mayo Clinic, his run of good luck was interrupted. He received shocking news: He had multiple myeloma, a treatable but incurable blood cancer.” (May 2015)

(Debuted at #14 in Children’s Illustrated) Seuss-Isms! by Dr. Seuss: “The one and only Dr. Seuss dispenses invaluable advice about life in this collection of his most memorable quotes. Featuring over sixty pages of cherished Seuss art and quotes from such classics as The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hatches the Egg, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, and many more, this humorous and inspiring collection is, indeed, a perfect gift for those just starting out…or those who are already on their way!” (January 2015)

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13. Mindy Kaling & BJ Novak May Collaborate On a Book

Mindy Kaling & BJ Novak (GalleyCat)Rumors have been buzzing that actors Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak plan to collaborate on a new book together. According to Jezebel, they will earn $7.5 million for this project.

Kaling and Novak (pictured, via) both starred in the American version of The Office T.V. show, but off-camera these two have been involved with one another in a complicated romance. Their off-and-on relationship will be the focus of the project. Reportedly, this couple will make a formal announcement about the book during a panel at BookCon 2015.

Here’s more from the New York Daily News: “Kaling soon may have fodder for another book after this is all over. While the collaboration with Novak is to be published by a yet-to-be-named Random House imprint, her essay collection is being put out Sept. 29 by Crown Books — a direct competitor. There’s a rumor among publishing insiders that Random House could be using Kaling and Novak’s book to launch a new imprint that could appeal to authors with sensibilities and followings similar to those of the two ‘Office’ stars.” (via Vulture.com)

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14. Harlequin & HarperCollins to Launch New Audio Imprint

Harlequin Logo (GalleyCat)Harlequin and HarperCollins Publishers will launch a new imprint called Harlequin Audio. The executives at this imprint will produce audio editions of books on the Harlequin list.

For the first year of operations, the team behind Harlequin Audio plans to release 200 titles. The inaugural roster of audiobooks will come out on June 30th.

Here’s more from the press release: “Harlequin Audio, in conjunction with HarperAudio, will work directly with digital audio distributors to provide full distribution to the retail and library markets. Furthermore, Harlequin Audio will distribute physical CD versions of all titles through relationships with Blackstone Audio and Midwest Tape.”

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15. Jeff VanderMeer Inks Deal With Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Jeff VandeMeer (GalleyCat)Author Jeff VanderMeer has inked with Macmillan for a new novel.

Borne is slated to be released in 2016. Sean McDonald, an executive editor and vice president at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, negotiated the deal with Sally Harding, a literary agent at The Cooke Agency.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Borne is set in the future, where a woman named Rachel, scavenging for usable detritus, stumbles upon a creature she calls the Borne, whose origins and composition are mysterious. Is it an animal or plant? A deity, or a cruel experiment?” (Photo Credit: Kyle Cassidy)

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16. Stan Lee Inks Deal for Graphic Memoir

Stan LeeThe legendary Stan Lee plans to write a graphic memoir. Lee himself designated comics artist Colleen Doran to create the illustrations for this project.

The Touchstone imprint will publish Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir on October 6th. The publisher also plans to produce a deluxe slipcase ‎edition; Lee will sign a limited number of these particular books. Senior editor Matthew Benjamin negotiated the deal with the team at the Susan Crawford literary agency.

Lee had this statement in the press release: “As Marvel just celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary, I thought maybe it’s time for a look at my life in the one form it has never been depicted, as a comicbook…or if you prefer, a graphic memoir. It strikes me as a horrendous oversight that I haven’t done it before! If I didn’t know everything about my life already, I’d envy your voyage of discovery!”

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17. Cover Unveiled for New Cindy Crawford Book

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The cover for Cindy Crawford’s forthcoming book, entitled Becoming, has been unveiled.

Vanity Fair reports that the jacket showcases a picture taken by the acclaimed photographer Herb Ritts. We’ve embedded the full image for above—what do you think?

This project features essays written by Crawford and approximately 150 photographic pieces. The team at  Rizzoli has scheduled the publication date for September 29th.

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18. Chelsea Clinton Inks Deal for Middle Grade Book

Chelsea Clinton Cover (GalleyCat)Chelsea Clinton has landed a deal with Penguin Young Readers. She intends to write a middle grade book entitled It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going.

For this project, Clinton will address a variety of different issues including poverty, education, equality, epidemics, and climate change. Executive editor Jill Santopolo will edit the manuscript. The publication date has been scheduled for September 15th.

Clinton had this statement in the press release: “In It’s Your World, I try to explain what I think are some of the biggest challenges facing our world today, particularly for young people. I also explore some of the solutions to those challenges and share stories of inspiring kids and teenagers doing amazing work to help people and our planet have brighter and healthier futures. My hope is that the book will inspire readers to realize that they can start making a difference now, in their own way, for their family, their community, and our world.”

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19. Archie Comics Team Shuts Down Kickstarter Campaign

archie comics logoThe executives at Archie Comics have cancelled their Kickstarter campaign. It was shut down five days after its launch due to widespread criticism from both fans and industry professionals.

If the crowdfunding venture had been successful, the funds would have gone towards accelerating the publication of three new series: Jughead, Betty & Veronica, and Life with Kevin. Despite this set back, the Archie Comics team still plans to move forward with these projects.

In an interview with Comic Book Resources, publisher Jon Goldwater gave this statement: “Very broadly, Jughead will come first, sooner than you’d think. Probably October. Then we’ll take a pause, figure out the rollout of the other two and how to best position them in the market. It’s going to take longer than we’d hoped, obviously, but these titles are top priority for us, and we want to make sure our fans get the best books possible.” (via The Hollywood Reporter)

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20. Def Leppard Guitarist Phil Collen Inks Memoir Deal

Phil Collen Memoir (GalleyCat)Rocker Phil Collen, best known as the lead guitarist for the band Def Leppard, has inked a memoir deal. Collen will collaborate with journalist Chris Epting to write Adrenalized.

Atria Books editorial director Peter Borland negotiated the deal with Foundry Literary+Media agent Peter McGuigan. A release date has been scheduled for October 27th.

Collen gave this statement in the press release: “It’s fascinating for even me to look back at my life from working in a factory at 16 years old to eventually traveling the world selling over one hundred million records and all the experiences that come with that journey. I realize that there is a constant evolution of ‘me’ that is still a work in progress even as I continue to be vital and dynamic in my same occupation for the past 35 years well into my late fifties.”

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21. Lydia Hess to Create Two New Coloring Books For Adults

Sacred SymbolsArtist Lydia Hess has inked a deal with the HarperElixir imprint to create two new coloring books for adults. The theme of these two books, Sacred Nature and Sacred Symbols, will focus on spirituality.

Each title will feature 50 illustrations. The release date has been set for October 6th.

Publisher Claudia Riemer Boutote had this statement in the press release: “Coloring Books for the Soul are a unique addition to the rapidly growing adult coloring book category. The sacred elements of nature and mystical symbols illustrated in Lydia Hess’s unique scratchboard-montage style provide a creative outlet for adults to replace stress and anxiety with imaginative, inspired expression and a soul nourishing experience.”

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22. Sabaa Tahir Inks Deal With Razorbill

An Ember in the Ashes (GalleyCat)Young adult writer Sabaa Tahir has landed a deal with Penguin Young Readers Group. The Razorbill imprint will publish Tahir’s sequel for An Ember in the Ashes.

The company executives have ordered a first printing of 250,000 copies for this book. The release date has been tentatively scheduled for April 2016.

Here’s more from the press release: “In her next novel, Tahir takes readers into the heart of the ruthless Martial Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers and haunted by the events of An Ember in the Ashes, Laia and Elias must outwit their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.”

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23. Cover Unveiled For New Jennifer Weiner Novel

Who Do You Love Cover (GalleyCat)

The cover for Jennifer Weiner’s forthcoming novel has been unveiled. We’ve embedded the full image for Who Do You Love above—what do you think?

US Weekly reports that this project marks the first time Weiner wrote a love story. Atria Books has set the publication date for August 11th.

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24. Annie Dillard Lands Deal With Ecco

Annie Dillard (GalleyCat)Author Annie Dillard has inked a deal with HarperCollins.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the Ecco imprint will publish an new essay collection curated by the Pulitzer Prize winner. Some of the pieces featured in The Abundance include “Total Eclipse,” “Expedition to the Pole,” and “This is the Life.”

Novelist Geoff Dyer will contribute the foreword. According to Dillard’s website, the book will be released either later this year or in 2016. (Photo CreditPhyllis Rose)

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25. Barbra Streisand Lands Memoir Deal With Viking

Barbra Streisand (GalleyCat)Beloved singer and actress Barbra Streisand (pictured, via) has signed a memoir deal with Penguin Random House. The Viking imprint has set the publication date for 2017.

Robert Barnett, an entertainment lawyer at Williams & Connolly, represented Streisand throughout the negotiations process. Rick Kot, an executive editor, will edit the manuscript.

Publisher Brian Tart gave this statement in the press release: “Barbra Streisand’s memoir is the entertainment story that has been on the top of every publisher’s wish list for years. She has led one of the most fascinating and accomplished careers in show business. There are over fifty unauthorized biographies about Ms. Streisand that are full of myths and inaccuracies, and she is finally going to tell her own story.”

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