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James Patterson's BookShots for "People Who Don't Have Time to Read"

James Patterson announced his newest project, BookShots, a line of books 150 pages or less that will be published by longtime publisher Little, Brown and sold for under $5 each, available in print, digital and audio formats. The NYT reports BookShots "would be aimed at readers who might not want…

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Grand Central's Mass Market License for To Kill A Mockingbird Expires

Last year's publication of Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman meant big business not just for HarperCollins but also for Grand Central, which has licensed the mass market paperback rights for To Kill A Mockingbird for many years. According to Nielsen Bookscan, that mass market edition of TKAM sold almost…

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Briefs: Wimpy Kid 11, Booker International Candidates, and More

Book 11 in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will go on sale on November 1 in the US and "at least 20 international territories." Last year was the first coordinated global release for Jeff Kinney's series, and Israel and Korea have joined as new partners for the simultaneous laydown…

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Briefs: Schumer's 'Lower Back Tattoo' Publishes August 16; Zola Books Gets More Funding; and More

Amy Schumer's book will be published by Gallery on August 16 -- and it has retained the proposal name, THE GIRL WITH THE LOWER BACK TATTOO. Funding Zola Books closed another round of funding last week. The new round adds something under $3.4 million since the company's last announced funding in 2013.…

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Briefs: Hachette Book Group Sues Mottola: Lord of the Rings Coloring Book; and More

Hachette Book Group is suing music executive Tommy Mottola, seeking to recover a $150,000 advance for a memoir they say he never completed. The deal was announced in late 2010 and the manuscript had been due in 2012. The filing is not publicly available yet, but Page Six says "the…

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Scholastic, Little Brown UK Will Publish Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Play Script on July 31

Scholastic and Little Brown UK will publish the script book of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, an adaptation and continuation of JK Rowling's series, just after midnight on July 31. The play premieres on London's West End on July 30 and features Potter as a 35-year-old parent,…

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Briefs: Harper Pairs with Temple Hill, Final Days for St. Mark's, and More

Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey's film production company Temple Hill Entertainment has a new publishing agreement with HarperCollins in which the producers will "generate original ideas and opportunities for books and series," that Harper will publish under the Temple Hill Publishing banner. Petersen Harris at Temple Hill will serve as their vp, publishing…

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Bloomsbury UK Withdraws Book On Church of England -- To Little Notice

Last week, Bloomsbury UK recalled all review copies and withdrew from a planned February 11 publication That Was The Church That Was: How the Church of England Lost the English People, by Andrew Brown and Linda Woodhead. Part of what's remarkable is how little press coverage the unusual move drew. We…

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Harvard Common Press Sold to Quarto; Put Me In the Story Expands at BN; More From Basford

Quarto has completed their acquisition of The Harvard Common Press, as of February 1, adding hundreds of titles to their backlist along with over 25,000 recipes. HCP will become an imprint of Quarto, with editorial and production run out of Quarto's office in Beverly, MA and editorial director Dan Rosenberg keeping the same role. Harvard…

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Briefs: Foer's Next Novel, Now From FSG; and More

Jonathan Safran Foer's first novel in 11 years, HERE I AM, will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in September (Hamish Hamilton will publish the UK edition on September 29.) The NYT reports the novel, which FSG acquired as part of a three-book deal (which also includes another novel…

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