Penguin Publishing Group will import their version of the Penguin Life line in the UK, across three imprints: Starting in January 2020, titles that focus on inspiration, personal development, lifestyle, and healthy living will come from Viking Life, Penguin Life, and Pamela Dorman Books. Starting with will four titles, together the lines expect to publish 15 “life” titles in 2020.
As Viking says in the release, “The editorial, publicity, and marketing groups at all three imprints have been deeply involved in lifestyle and wellness books to great success, and the time has come to define these books within a program to better represent how important and successful these books are on these lists.” Viking president and publisher Brian Tart says, “I have watched my Viking UK colleagues’ success with their Penguin Life program with great admiration. Although we will not be formally aligned with them, I thought we could use their model as inspiration and tailor it for our American audience. This will help Viking maximize the success of lifestyle and wellness books, and show our commitment to finding the widest possible audience for these books.”
Little, Brown’s new illustrated imprint led by editorial director Michael Szczerban, previously announced last fall, will be named Voracious. It launches this fall, “driven by twin forces: appetite and curiosity. We have an appetite for food, but more broadly for enjoyment and pleasure, for meaningful new experiences, for narrative and self-improvement and the things that tickle our brains.
The book former Secretary of Defense James Mattis signed to write in late 2013 will be published July 16 by Random House. CALL SIGN CHAOS: Learning to Lead, co-written with Bing West, as originally planned will “convey some of the lessons I learned in 43 years of service for those who might benefit, whether in the military or in civilian life,” Mattis said. “I’m old-fashioned: I don’t write about sitting Presidents, so those looking for a tell-all will be disappointed. I want to pass on the lessons and experiences that prepared me for challenges I could not anticipate, not take up the hot political rhetoric of our day.”
Amazon Studios will release Mindy Kaling‘s film Late Night in June (she co-wrote, produced and stars in the movie, which Amazon bought at Sundance) and has extended that relationship to include an essay collection to be released in summer 2020 through Amazon Original Stories, Amazon Publishing’s line of short works. Kaling will narrate the Audible audiobook version. They say the edition will “share her charming and intimate reflections on life changes—big and small—from the past few years.”