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1. Walter Isaacson to Serve as Keynote Speaker at BEA

Famed biography writer Walter Isaacson has been named this year's keynote speaker at the forthcoming BookExpo America (BEA) conference. The Slate Group editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg will sit with Isaacson for an interview. According to the press release, the two will discuss Isaacson's forthcoming book, The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, which is slated for release in October 2014. This event will take place on May 30th.

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2. Walter Isaacson’s New Book is Coming in October

isaacsonSimon & Schuster will publish Walter Isaacson‘s new book The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, this October.

The latest work from the biographer of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin, explores how creativity, science and technology intersects. Here is an excerpt:

The computer and the internet are among the most important innovations of our era, but few people know who created them. They were not conjured up in a garret or garage by solo inventors suitable to be singled out on magazine covers or put into a pantheon with Edison, Bell, and Morse. Instead, most of the innovations of the digital age were done collaboratively. There were a lot of fascinating people involved, some ingenious and a few even geniuses. This is the story of these pioneers, hackers, inventors, and entrepreneurs—who they were, how their minds worked, and what made them so creative. It’s also a narrative of how they collaborated and why their ability to work as teams made them even more creative.”

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3. Steve Jobs Authorized Bio Will Include His Resignation

Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple last night, generating thousands of tweets, articles and tributes. As Jobs steps back, Simon & Schuster said that Walter Isaacson‘s biography of the tech leader will include his resignation when it comes out on November 21st.

Here’s more from PC Mag: “Simon & Schuster spokeswoman Tracey Guest told PCMag that Isaacson ‘speaks to Jobs regularly and is still working on the final chapter of the book.’ … The book promises interviews with Jobs’ ex-girlfriends, foes, family, and fired colleagues. Furthermore, Jobs apparently didn’t demand to review the book before it went to print. There are plenty of unauthorized biographies of Jobs, but this is the first written with his blessing.”

Above, we’ve embedded a video of Jobs introducing the Macintosh computer in 1984. Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography will sell for $19.50 in hardcover on Amazon and the Kindle price is set at $16.50. (Via Publishers Weekly)

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4. E.L. James Makes TIME 100 List

Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James debuted on TIME magazine’s TIME 100 list this year, joining comedians turned writers and Steve Jobs’ biographer on the prestigious list.

TIME editor-at-large Brenda Luscombe wrote: “Six months ago she was Erika Leonard, a mother of two who dabbled in saucy stories for the Web. Now she’s E.L. James, publishing phenomenon, whose Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has deeply stirred booksellers, Hollywood and, apparently, many, many mothers. Reading may never be the same.”

The TIME 100 list also included features about Ann Patchett (written by Elizabeth Gilbert), Walter Isaacson (written by Madeleine Albright), Stephen Colbert (written by Garry Trudeau), Chelsea Handler (written by Kathy Griffin), and Asghar Farhadi (written by Richard Corliss).

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5. E.L. James Makes TIME 100 List

Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James debuted on TIME magazine’s TIME 100 list this year, joining comedians turned writers and Steve Jobs’ biographer on the prestigious list.

TIME editor-at-large Brenda Luscombe wrote: “Six months ago she was Erika Leonard, a mother of two who dabbled in saucy stories for the Web. Now she’s E.L. James, publishing phenomenon, whose Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has deeply stirred booksellers, Hollywood and, apparently, many, many mothers. Reading may never be the same.”

The TIME 100 list also included features about Ann Patchett (written by Elizabeth Gilbert), Walter Isaacson (written by Madeleine Albright), Stephen Colbert (written by Garry Trudeau), Chelsea Handler (written by Kathy Griffin), and Asghar Farhadi (written by Richard Corliss).

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6. Aaron Sorkin to Write Film Adaptation of Steve Jobs Bio

Sony Pictures Entertainment will adapt Walter Isaacson‘s bestselling biography of Steve Jobs, with The Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin writing on the script.

Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal had this statement:  “Jobs’ story is unique: he was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but of all time. There is no writer working in Hollywood today who is more capable of capturing such an extraordinary life for the screen than Aaron Sorkin; in his hands, we’re confident that the film will be everything that Jobs himself was: captivating, entertaining, and polarizing.”

Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin and Guymon Casady will produce the upcoming biopic.  Deadline Hollywood has the release.

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7. Authorized Steve Jobs Biography Coming in 2012

Biographer Walter Isaacson has landed a deal with Simon & Schuster to publish an authorized biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. iSteve: The Book of Jobs will be released in early 2012.

International Creative Management literary agent Amanda Urban negotiated the deal with editorial director Alice Mayhew. The manuscript has also been acquired by several worldwide publishers including Little, Brown Book Group (UK), Companhia das Letras (Brazil), and China CITIC Press (China).

According to the press release, Isaacson spent three years interviewing Jobs, his family members, Apple colleagues, and competitors to write this book. He has written biographies of  Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Henry Kissinger.

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8. Einstein’s Eyes: Chilling Story Behind the Famous Photograph

Last night I came across a chilling story behind a famous photograph of Albert Einstein.

The portrait was taken by Philippe Halsman, a photographer who had escaped Nazi Germany with Einstein’s help. Meeting together in 1947, Halsman held a camera while he chatted with Einstein. He asked Einstein if he believed there could ever be a lasting peace.

Einstein answered with weary resignation,

“No, as long as there will be man, there will be war.”

According to Walter Isaacson, from page 494 of the fine book, Einstein, that I described on Monday:

“At that moment Halsman clicked his shutter and captured Einstein’s sadly knowing eyes for what became a famous portrait.”

Here’s the Halsman photograph. You can almost see the thought lingering behind his eyes.

While I surfed that up, I also caught another wave — a copy of the first page of the letter that Albert Einstein wrote to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, alerting him about the potential of “extremely powerful bombs of a new type.” This was the letter that set the Manhattan Project into motion. As a side note, though this was a matter of utmost urgency, it required two months for the letter to be finally delivered into the President’s hands.

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