Marion Cunningham, 90, author of cookbooks such as LEARNING TO COOK and THE FANNIE FARMER COOKBOOK, died Wednesday in an assisted-care home in Walnut Creek, CA from complications of Alzheimer's Disease. Her longtime editor at Knopf Judith Jones said in a statement that Cunningham "epitomized good American food...She was someone who had an ability to take a dish, savor it in her mouth, and give it new life. At a time when Americans were embracing all kinds of foreign cuisine, Marion Cunningham’s love and respect for American food helped The Fannie Farmer Cookbook once again earn a place in kitchens across America."
Penguin is teaming up with CafePress for an online store selling products based on picture book characters such as Betty Bunny, Corduroy, and Froggy. "We are thrilled to have a new home for our picture book characters on CafePress.com," director of licensing at Penguin Young Readers Group Lori Burke said in a statement. "The wide selection of quality products gives kids and parents a chance to connect with the characters that they love in a whole new way."
UK-based self-published author group Author Independent Alliance has enlisted AM Heath to sell translation rights for its books.
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis has partnered with Auryn on an interactive picture book iPad app WHERE DO BALLOONS GO? AN UPLIFTING MYSTERY, priced at $5.99.
Animator and creator of several shows for Nickelodeon Butch Hartman has teamed up with Ruckus Media to create two new interactive animated properties, TICKLE MONSTERS and THE GREEN WEENIE: POOCH PATROL, for the Ruckus Reader Platform. The two storybook apps will be available for iOS, Nook, and other mobile devices later this fall.