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Paula Deen Books to Return This Fall, Distributed By HBG

Paula Deen returns to book publishing this fall, issuing her titles through Paula Deen Ventures, the company she launched in early 2014 with backing from Najafi Media. The company announced an agreement with Hachette Book Group to sell and distribute her titles throughout the world. The first planned new title…

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Another Found Manuscript: Dr. Seuss's What Pet Should I Get?

In the fall of 2013 the late Ted Geisel's widow Audrey and the author's longtime secretary and friend Claudia Prescott rediscovered an original unpublished manuscript and sketches -- along with other materials -- first found shortly after Ted's death in 1991, while cleaning his office space. Random House Children's will publish the rediscovered WHAT…

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Forthcoming: Tor.com's List, and Not the Watchman Cover

The Tor.com publishing imprint announced last May will begin publishing 3 to 4 titles a month starting in September. A blog post introduces six of their early titles, as senior editor Lee Harris writes: "We've been working hard to find some great novellas to launch our line, and we’ve been…

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People, Etc.

Director of order management at Simon & Schuster Francine Leinheiser will retire on February 27 after more than 38 years with the company, and 12 years in her current position. In a statement, vp, distribution & fulfillment Dave Schaeffer praised Leinheiser as "a true Simon & Schuster lifer," adding: "We…

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Cynthia Bond's RUBY is Latest Oprah Pick; Krakauer's MISSOULA to Publish April 21

Oprah's revived Book Club, which now only picks books about once a year, has selected Cynthia Bond's debut novel RUBY as its latest choice. (Its previous selection, in early 2014, was THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd.) The novel was published in hardcover last April by Hogarth to…

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Still More On Harper Lee's GO SET A WATCHMAN

Over the weekend pieces from the NYT, WSJ, and the AP filled in some blanks about the discovery of Harper Lee's GO SET A WATCHMAN and how cognizant Lee is about the novel's forthcoming publication on July 14. Though the Harper Collins press release from last week said the manuscript was…

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Buzz Books for Spring/Summer, and Winter Institute: Fiction

As usual, our free adult spring/summer Buzz Books ebook sampler opens with Sarah Weinman's broader surveys of over 100 notable books from the forthcoming season. This is the second portion of those overviews, which we are running in advance of the ABA's annual Winter Institute next week in Asheville, NC. (Added to…

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More Details From Harper and Nurnberg On Forthcoming Harper Lee Novel

The rediscovery and forthcoming publication of Harper Lee's GO SET A WATCHMAN dominated Tuesday's cultural news cycle, as excitement over the novel, said to have been written in the 1950s and set 20 years after the events depicted in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, was played against some skepticism over Lee's current…

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Buzz Books for Spring/Summer and Winter Institute: Nonfiction

As usual, our free adult spring/summer Buzz Books ebook sampler opens with Sarah Weinman's broader surveys of over 100 notable books from the forthcoming season. We'll be running portions of those overviews the next couple of days in advance of the ABA's annual Winter Institute next week in Asheville, NC.  You…

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True: Harper Lee to Publish Second Novel with Harper

The AP reported on Tuesday that HarperCollins will issue Harper Lee's second novel, GO SET A WATCHMAN, on July 14, with a planned North American first printing of 2 million copies. The book is "essentially a sequel" to TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, though it was written first. The 304-page book…

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