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Motoko Rich

Motoko Rich

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Stephen King Story Features Motoko Rich Cameo - Posted April 17, 2011
Novelist Stephen King published "Herman Wouk Is Still Alive" in The Atlantic this month, a dark exploration of aging and tragedy. The new short story also features a cameo appearance by former New York Times... [AllTwitter]

Stephen King Story Features Motoko Rich Cameo - Posted April 17, 2011
Novelist Stephen King published "Herman Wouk Is Still Alive" in The Atlantic this month, a dark exploration of aging and tragedy. The new short story also features a cameo appearance by former New York Times... [GalleyCat]

NYT's Chan Flees D.C. for Manhattan - Posted February 17, 2011
Sewell Chan, a reporter in the NYT Washington bureau is leaving to become Deputy Op-ed Editor at the NYT in NYC. Motoko Rich, ... [FishbowlDC]

Motoko Rich Leaves Publishing Beat; Will Cover Economic Beat - Posted April 8, 2010
NY Times publishing reporter Motoko Rich is switching to the economic beat. She will now focus her reporting efforts on the economy and "how it is affecting workers, consumers, companies and institutions big and small." The news came from an internal memo earlier this w... [GalleyCat]

Google to Sell Digital Books - Posted June 1, 2009
Nearly every panel discussion and meeting at BEA mentioned digital books in one form or another. Not to be left out, Google promised to create a digital bookselling platform by the end of the year. The NY Times reported Google's BEA promise to enter into the digital book marketplace. W... [GalleyCat]

Margaret B Jones, Margaret Seltzer, Peggy --Aw to Hell With It! - Posted March 4, 2008
Motoko Rich owns the Peggy Seltzer story, and don't even think of nabbing a tiny bit of it. Rich writes about the deep thinking that went on at Riverhead. They all knew about the author's various names: Ms. Seltzer told her editor and her p... [FishbowlLA]

Eliot Fremont-Smith Dies at Age 78 - Posted September 7, 2007
Eliot Fremont-Smith, the former New York Times and Village Voice book critic, National Book Critics Circle President and editor-in-chief of Little, Brown when it was still based in Boston, died Wednesday in Mount Pleasant, S.C., where he lived. He was 78. The cause was heart failure, his wife, Leda Fremont-Smith, said... [GalleyCat]

Ann Packer's Dark World - Posted September 4, 2007
Yesterday's NYT featured Motoko Rich's profile of Ann Packer, who shot to fame a few years ago with THE DIVE FROM CLAUSEN'S PIER and now returns with SONGS WITHOUT WORDS. Knopf, says Rich, is hoping that the new book, with its moral complexity and dark themes, will repeat the success of... [GalleyCat]

Another "Unexpected" Publishing Success Story - Posted August 9, 2007
The New York Times' Motoko Rich reports on the bestseller status of former Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell's LONE SURVIVOR, a dramatic memoir of his time in Afghanistan. Luttrell's book, with 275,000 copies in print, describes how was the only one of four men on the mission to survive after a viole... [GalleyCat]

Simic Named New Poet Laureate - Posted August 2, 2007
The New York Times' Motoko Rich reports that Charles Simic is to be named the country s 15th poet laureate by the Librarian of Congress today. He succeeds Donald Hall, a fellow New Englander, who has been poet laureate for the past year. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Simic, a native... [GalleyCat]

The NYT Discovers the Skinny Bitches After Everybody Else - Posted August 1, 2007
But to the paper's credit, at least in the online version of Motoko Rich's article they link to a whole bunch of UK-based articles on Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, the slender authors of the bestseller that has sold in a steady stream since Running Press released i... [GalleyCat]

HP-1: Getting the Party Started - Posted July 20, 2007
Motoko Rich rounds up parties and is clearly getting tired of having to write about all things Harry for the past week-plus. [NYT] More parties in the Boston area. [Boston Globe] Saying ... [GalleyCat]

Dorothy Parker Anthology Lawsuit Trial Begins - Posted July 17, 2007
The NYT's Motoko Rich gives an overview of LA-based lawyer Stuart Silverstein's ongoing, long-running lawsuit against Penguin for using Silverstein's book NOT MUCH FUN: THE LOST POEMS OF DOROTHY PARKER as an uncredited source for their own anthology. The issue in questio... [GalleyCat]

Talk to the Animals for Publishing Succcess - Posted July 16, 2007
Cats and dogs and elephants and lions and tigers...okay, the last two haven't figured into bestselling novels or non-fiction yet, but maybe that's just a matter of time, if one continues the trend line pinpointed in Dwight Garner's piece in the New York Times' Week in Review section, which he ... [GalleyCat]

NYT Discovers Water For Elephants After Everybody Else - Posted July 11, 2007
Like Publishers Marketplace, I have to wonder: what took so long for Motoko Rich's profile of Sara Gruen to run when WATER FOR ELEPHANTS stormed the bestseller lists last summer? I'm guessing it's the news that ... [GalleyCat]

Today's Obligatory Harry Potter Roundup - Posted June 27, 2007
With the publication date of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS less than a month away, expect the volume of stories to increase (even if the quality, or significance, may not correlate.) Today we have a few choice morsels including: A rare first edition bought by a UK schoolgirl fetched 9,000 pounds.... [GalleyCat]

Who Spiked the Water at 1745 Broadway? - Posted June 11, 2007
It's been a very strange week for the world's largest publishing company. First we had Wednesday's surprise announcement that Crown svp and publisher Steve Ross would be moving to Collins, with ... [GalleyCat]

BEA: Reactions in Print - Posted June 4, 2007
Motoko Rich concentrates on the digital aspects of BEA. The Washington Post's Bob Thompson covers the convention for the paper, also got an advance look at ... [GalleyCat]

Publishing Statistics Galore - Posted June 4, 2007
During BEA, the Book Industry Study Group released statistics on book sales and buying habits during 2006, reports the New York Times' Motoko Rich. Publishers sold 3.1 billion books in 2006, up just 0.5 percent from the 3.09 billion sold the year before, according to Book Industry Trends 2007, an annual... [GalleyCat]

Hillary Books: What's the Rush? - Posted May 22, 2007
For those keeping score, last month Knopf announced that it was publishing Carl Bernstein's 640-page book A WOMAN IN CHARGE: THE LIFE OF HILLARY CLINTON, originally planned for the fall, on June 19, surprising Little, Brown, which was scheduled to publish its own Hillary book by Jeff Nerth and Don Van... [GalleyCat]

S&S Turns to Public for Help with Book Projects - Posted May 21, 2007
Between last year's disastrous alliance with the Sobol Awards, its strange love of American Idol-style contests and the brand new fi... [GalleyCat]

Writers Slash Their Not-So Favorite Books Into Pieces - Posted May 21, 2007
Earlier this month, Wall Street Journal theater critic Terry Teachout espoused the joys of brevity in books in his most recent "Sightings" column on Orion's plans to publish abridged editions of classic novels. Now the New York Times' Motoko Rich pushes the idea forward in a not-entirely-serious vein, aski... [GalleyCat]

More on S&S's Boilerplate Contract Changes - Posted May 18, 2007
Simon & Schuster's boilerplate contract change to exclude a minimum threshold for determining whether a book should stay in print or not continues to get traction. AP's Hillel Italie offers his own summary but also include... [GalleyCat]

Of Course, Why We Need A Second Sequel Is Another Story - Posted May 16, 2007
Were you waiting with bated breath for a second sequel to Margaret Mitchell's iconic novel (and debut at that) GONE WITH THE WIND? Did Alexandra Ripley's SCARLETT heighten your anticipation sooooo much that there had to be more? Well if so, you'll be interested in Motoko Rich's piece on the trials... [GalleyCat]

An Author-Surfer Collaboration - Posted May 9, 2007
The New York Times's Motoko Rich reports on what may seem to be an unusual collaboration between an author and its subject. Susan Casey, a former creative director at Outside magazine, has just signed a book deal for about $1 million with Broadway Books to write about the sc... [GalleyCat]

Ronald Reagan Diaries to be Published - Posted May 3, 2007
Late former president Ronald Reagan's private diaries, once the subject of argument over whether excerpts would be produced as part of the Iran-contra trial of former national security adviser John M. Poindexter, are being published for all the world to see later this month by HarperCollins, ... [GalleyCat]

For "Mommy Book" Authors, Buzz Doesn't Equal Sales - Posted April 25, 2007
The New York Times' Motoko Rich reports on how people feel about Leslie Bennetts' THE FEMININE MISTAKE and other hot-button books that address the core question of whether women should stay at home with their children or work. And the surprising - or perhaps not so surprising - conclusion is that... [GalleyCat]

Can There Be Life After Harry Potter? - Posted February 2, 2007
Though Julie Bosman and Motoko Rich don't flat-out ask this question in their New York Times piece about the Harry Potter VII publication date announcement, this paragraph mid-way expresses the sentiment just as clearly:It is hard to imagine how the publishing industry will ever replace the sens... [GalleyCat]