In a statement announcing the acquisition, Judy Clain, editor-in-chief of Little, Brown, called Ms. Rivers “an icon and a role model to millions.”
Ms. Bennetts, who met Ms. Rivers several times but never interviewed her, said in a statement that she was drawn to the biography because “Rivers’ career was also enormously significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for women in television and comedy and continually redefining the acceptable boundaries of truth-telling for women in public life.”
That’s one of the things children’s book author Keith Richards told Matt Lauer this morning on the Today show. The Rolling Stones guitarist’s tome Gus & Me, about the major formative influence played by grandfather “Gus,” is out today. The book is 32 pages long, with illustrations provided by Richards’ 29-year-old daughter Theodora.
In 2011, The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories was a New York Times bestseller. The success of this book has also paved the way for a second tome of “lost” Dr. Seuss stories coming out Tuesday.
Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories features an introduction by Charles D. Cohen, a Massachusetts dentist and avid Seuss collector. He had been trying for many years to get some stories published, in book form, that Theodor Geisel wrote for Redbook in the early 1950s. One scholar tells U-T San Diego staff writer John Wilkens that these transitional efforts essentially demonstrate how “Seuss became Seuss.” From the article:
During his Seuss research, Cohen kept finding references to the early magazine stories and eventually tracked down about 30 different ones from Redbook and other publications. He’d buy copies of the original magazines, upgrade when he found some in better condition, and sell the duplicates on eBay.
But there it is, nonetheless, detailed in the latest issue of Newsweek magazine. The litany of errors and fabrication committed by celebrity biographer C. David Heymann, who passed away two years ago in New York City:
It’s too bad CBS didn’t want to hear more, because all the celebrity bios Heymann wrote for them and other publishers — dealing with JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe — are riddled with errors and fabrications. An exhaustive cataloging of those mistakes would fill a book, so a sampling from his long career will have to suffice.
Thanks to a healthy amount of advance online sampling and a community rating of five hearts, A Little Something Different is out today as the first title for Macmillan Publishing’s new Young Adult imprint Swoon Reads. A first run of 100,000 copies of the book has been ordered for the U.S ., alongside simultaneous releases in the UK and Australia.
By bringing a reality-television-style talent competition to its digital slush pile, the publisher is hoping to find potential best sellers that reflect not editors’ tastes but the collective wisdom and whims of the crowd.
It’s been a while since Jeff Leshay earned his living as a journalist. But the newsroom and field notes he took in the 1990s, prior to easing into PR, proved invaluable for the writing of his first novel.
“I think it makes sense — write about what you know, as the saying goes,” said Alec Sirken, who worked with Leshay at CNBC and is now a producer for CBS News in New York. “Jeff certainly knows about the oil industry. He’d always talk about the characters he met who worked in the industry, so it’s not surprising that he remembered some of the tales and embellished them in a novel.”
We thoroughly enjoyed this week’s interview by VICE staff writer Matt Taylor with Ruben Castaneda, the Washington Post alum who once upon a time covered the crack beat while also, himself, regularly getting high on crack.
Castaneda’s book about this incredible and dangerous odyssey, Street Rising, was published at the beginning of the month. Here’s what Castaneda, who before the Post was with the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, he told Taylor when asked about the first time he tried the addictive drug:
“I was on a reporting assignment on the western edge of downtown LA in a pretty tough neighborhood. This very, very attractive young woman caught my eye. She gestured for me to come over, so I put the reporting aside for a moment and went over to flirt with her. Now, I was already, at this time, drinking heavily. In fact, I had already gotten pretty toasted that afternoon at Corky’s — a dive bar — so I was pretty impaired in judgment.”
Kelsey Duncan has settled into a life in New York City as a newspaper reporter. As a journalist, she thrives on telling other people’s stories. But it is her story, her life as a woman in her late twenties, that she sometimes wishes she could rewrite. Or at least rejuvenate with passion and excitement and fulfillment…
The sequel tome, Unraveled, came out in May. Per a write-up in the Belleville News-Democrat, Bell is a Midwestern stay-at-home mom of two children who, previously, was a newspaper reporter through 2005 after graduating with a journalism degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville:
“I gave up what I thought I would do for a career,” she said. “I didn’t regret it, but there was a hole there. As a writer, I think you need to keep feeding that passion.”
On break from his fantastic weekly BBC-TV talk show and equally fantastic Saturday morning BBC Radio program, Graham Norton is this summer whiling it away in New York City. This past weekend for example, there was time for a couple of top-notch Broadway shows:
Ha ha. Prior to that “glitter snog,” per an item by Fiona Gribben in Ireland’s Evening Herald, Norton put the finishing touches on autobiography #2. Slated for release in October, his new book is delightfully titled The Life and Loves of a He Devil:
This time round the Cork native is writing on the theme of love, telling stories of his Irish childhood and all the things he loved about home as a young boy, as well as the new loves and obsessions of his life.
Yesterday, Bill O’Reilly stepped into a New York recording studio to start putting together the audiobook for his forthcoming fourth historical-figure-death series. Killing Patton recounts the final days and mysterious December 21, 1945 passing of General George S. Patton.
If the past three years are any indication, O’Reilly will soon be celebrating another remarkable milestone related to this robust sideline career. From a report by tvgrapevine.com:
The unabridged audiobook will be published on September 23, 2014, simultaneously with the print edition of the hardcover book, joining Killing Lincoln, the top selling audiobook in the world in 2011, Killing Kennedy, the top selling audiobook in the world in 2012, and Killing Jesus, the top selling audiobook in the world in 2013.
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