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Briefs: Emeritus Pope Benedict's 'Last Testament'; Rakuten Takes Minority Stake in getAbstract; and More

Forthcoming Bloomsbury will publish Emeritus Pope Benedict's Last Testament worldwide in November, in which the retired pope will formally break his silence after being the first Pope to resign from his position in 750 years. Bloomsbury says Pope Benedict will address "controversies and reveals how at his late age, governing…

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North Atlantic Books executive director and publisher Doug Reil will step down after nine years with the company and three years in his current role. Succeeding Reil as interim publisher is Tim McKee, who said in the announcement: "I am excited to continue North Atlantic Books' dynamic tradition of publishing cutting-edge…

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Stephenie Meyer Thriller Announced for November; Candlewick Adds Rowling Film Tie-Ins

Little, Brown announced the world English publication on November 15, 2016 of Stephenie Meyer's THE CHEMIST. Meyer writes in the release: "THE CHEMIST is the love child created from the union of my romantic sensibilities and my obsession with Jason Bourne/Aaron Cross. I very much enjoyed spending time with a different…

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Briefs: Johnson's Book on Shakespeare Delayed or Cancelled, and More

Newly appointed UK foreign secretary and Brexit campaign leader Boris Johnson's forthcoming book on Shakespeare, scheduled for release on November 15 from Hodder & Stoughton and Riverhead, will not be published this year, and may not be published at all according to the Daily Mail. They report Johnson "is believed…

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Talese Disavows Disavowal; Publication Moves Forward

Publisher Grove Atlantic sent out a statement early Friday afternoon in which a calmer author Gay Talese takes a softer position than he expressed to the Washington Post about his forthcoming book, The Voyeur's Motel. "When I spoke to the Washington Post reporter, I am sure I was surprised and upset…

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Talese Disavows Forthcoming Book After Discrepancies Emerge

Gay Talese's new book The Voyeur's Motel has stoked controversy since a lengthy excerpt was published by the New Yorker in April, describing how a Colorado motel owner repeatedly spied on guests throughout the 1970s and 1980s. But the Washington Post recently uncovered property records that showed the subject of the…

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Forthcoming: Gaiman's Norse Mythology, Follow-Up to Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep

Neil Gaiman's NORSE MYTHOLOGY, a retelling of the Norse myths, was announced for publication in February 2017 -- available for pre-order now -- and it will come from a new publisher for Gaiman, Norton. The publisher commissioned the book, via editor Amy Cherry. She notes in the announcement, "Neil Gaiman is a mythic…

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Forthcoming: New Novels from Coehlo, Lamb on November 22; and More

Publication Announcement Bestselling author of The Alchemist and other works Paulo Coelho has a new novel, THE SPY, based on the life of Mata Hari, on the way from a new US publisher, Knopf. Edited by Anne Messitte, the book will be published in the US on November 22, translated from the…

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Oprah's Memoir Postponed; Imprint to Launch with Cookbook

Oprah Winfrey's memoir THE LIFE YOU WANT -- originally slated as the lead title in her new imprint for Flatiron Books and scheduled for publication in January 2017 -- has been postponed. Instead, the line will launch on January 3 with a cookbook from Winfrey that ties in to her stake in…

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Meghan Deans will join Ecco on June 13 as marketing director. She has been at Little, Brown, most recently as director of social media. At Clarkson Potter, Kim Tyner has been promoted to assistant production director. Harper Christian reports that longtime employee and vp of custom product development Joseph "Scott" Harvey, 52, died…

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