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Harper Lee Repudiates Marja Mills Book, Again; Mills Affirms Her Experiences

When Penguin Press announced their acquisition of Marja Mills's THE MOCKINGBIRD NEXT DOOR: LIFE WITH HARPER LEE in 2011, saying it was written with "direct access to Harper and Alice Lee," Harper Lee's attorneys released a letter in which the renowned author said, " I have not willingly participated in any book…

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Tyndale Shelves Pastor Mark Driscoll's Next Book

Tyndale House has severely curtailed its ties with megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll, who had been under fire for using Result Source to boost his NYT bestseller list ranking, and was the subject of accusations of plagiarism and improper attributions as well. The Daily Beast reports the publishing house has put…

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Samhain Publishing owner Christina Brashear has returned to the operational role of publisher and "her first order of business was to restructure the editorial team." Publisher Lindsey Faber is leaving and will serve a consulting role, and editorial director Heather Osborn will become a freelance editor. Brashear says, "Samhain will be…

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CBS News Breaks Corporate Partner Simon & Schuster's Clinton Embargo

After all the minor stories about Hillary Clinton's forthcoming book HARD CHOICES -- including meta-stories about the management of the rollout and the willingness of the media to bite for each nibble offered -- it's Simon & Schuster's corporate brethren at CBS News that "purchased a copy at a bookstore"…

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Amazon Recommends Two Hachette Books They Aren't Selling

Lily King's EUPHORIA -- one of our Publishers Lunch Spring/Summer Buzz Books -- tops Amazon's best books of June list as their Spotlight pick, along with Courtney Maum's I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN WITHOUT YOU as the Featured Debut. More curious, however, is that two of the titles the bookseller's…

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Booksellers See HRC

One prominent event at Book Expo on Friday was unlisted appearance by Hillary Clinton in advance of the June 10 release of HARD CHOICES. Hosted by Simon & Schuster, she addressed a group of about 120 booksellers. The publisher says that Clinton "spoke briefly about her experience writing the book,…

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Forthcoming: Jeter's First List, O'Reilly's Next Killing

Derek Jeter's Jeter Publishing co-publishing partnership with Gallery and Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing announced their first three titles Thursday at BEA. Two of those books are by or about...Derek Jeter: a middle grade novel, THE CONTRACT, written with Paul Mantell, for publication September 23, "based on Jeter’s own childhood…

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People: Remembering Oscar Dystel, and More

Former ceo of Bantam Books Oscar Dystel, 101, "widely acknowledged as one of the great architects of modern trade publishing", died Wednesday morning. As chief executive and publisher of Bantam from 1954 through 1978 (with another two years as chairman) Dystel was responsible for some of the most successful paperbacks…

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Author's Note Previews Hillary Clinton's Forthcoming HARD CHOICES

Simon & Schuster released a four-page author's note that will accompany Hillary Clinton's forthcoming memoir HARD CHOICES, publishing on June 10. In the note, Clinton said she wishes "we could go back and revisit certain choices," as is "usually the case with the benefit of hindsight." But, she adds, "I'm proud…

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Hachette Promises to "Spare No Effort" In "Exploring All Options" in Dispute with Amazon

Hachette Book Group issued a new statement Friday evening in the wake of Amazon's removal of pre-order capabilities on forthcoming Hachette titles, which itself stemmed from an ongoing dispute over terms. "We are determined to protect the value of our authors' books and our own work in editing, distributing, and…

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