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Hillary Clinton Signs Book Deal with Simon & Schuster

It has been a busy week for Simon & Schuster. On Monday, the publishing house gave Cat Marnell $500,000 to write a book, and now it has a deal with Hillary Clinton to pen a memoir.

According to the company, Clinton’s book will focus on how she’s going to win the 2016 election. Kidding! It will focus on “sharing key decisions and experiences as Secretary of State and her ideas for how the United States can address the challenges of a dramatically changing world in the 21st century.”

“Hillary Clinton’s extraordinary public service has given her a unique perspective on recent history and the challenges we face,”  said Jonathan Karp, president and publisher of Simon & Schuster, in a statement. “This will be the ultimate book for people who are interested in world affairs and America’s place in the world today.”

The book will publish in 2014, two years before Clinton becomes president.

By the way, Mediabistro editors will be at tomorrow’s Women in the World conference where Clinton keynotes in the morning. Look for coverage on FishbowlNY tomorrow.

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Fahrenheit 451 Wisecracks Burning Up the Internet

On Twitter this morning, the New York Post wondered about “the burning point of a Kindle.” The folks at Apple’s iBookstore in Cupertino meanwhile questioned whether the future-arrived date of November 29, 2011 is the day they can legitimately burn their hard copy version of Fahrenheit 451.

All because 91-year-old author Ray Bradbury has finally relented and allowed Simon & Schuster to publish an e-book version of his classic 1953 tome. Per the AP wire story:

In a statement released Tuesday, Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp said the new e-book was “a rare and wonderful opportunity to continue our relationship with this beloved and canonical author and to bring his works to new a generation of readers and in new formats.”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Gets Literary

Arnold Schwarzenegger has a memoir in the works. Simon & Schuster announced today that our fair former Governator/Gropenator has begun work on an autobiography with the tentative title Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.

“Truly, Arnold is one of the most fascinating figures of our time, and one of the greatest success stories in the world,” Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp said in a press release. “Nobody has a life story even close to his.”

Tough to dispute that. Doesn’t mean we’ll be giving him our money though. If the libraries weren’t broke thanks in part to his tenure as governor, maybe we’d be able to pick a copy up there.

Amazingly, this will be Schwarzenegger’s second book. He published The Education of a Bodybuilder back in 1977.

Separate Tables for Jann Wenner and Neal Boulton

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— DIANE CLEHANE

We were grateful that several faithful Lunch readers emailed to let us know  Bill Clinton was at Michael’s yesterday. Thanks guys! I guess Mr. Clinton didn’t get the memo stipulating that all A-listers book their lunch dates for Wednesdays. Oh, well. Seems the former president was lunching with Harvey Weinstein to settle a bet on Harvey’s little production company winning an Oscar for The King’s Speech. These two under-the-radar guys were accompanied by a squadron of (Clinton) handlers and Secret Service men who were stationed all over the restaurant.  Sorry we missed all the excitement!

Today, things got off to a slightly late start (1:00 pm is the new noon if you’re keeping tracking of such things), but the dining room quickly filled up with plenty of master of the universe types (Barry! Woody!) who are always interesting to observe in their  natural habitat.  All I can say is french fries must be brain food.  I expect the place to be going full-tilt tomorrow night when The Kelly Gang hosts The 7th Annual Kelly Gang St. Patrick’s Day Benefit. The organization’s founders include The New York Post’s Keith Kelly, House Beautiful publisher Kate Kelly Smith and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. The ‘Gang’ is back in full swing after taking a hiatus last year and is expecting a huge turnout to raise money for this year’s beneficiaries: Catholic Relief Services in Haiti and Tuesday’s Children. So, if you’re looking for a great St. Pat’s celebration that is doing a lot of good, stop by Thursday night and bring your checkbook.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Legendary crooner Neil Sedaka, sporting sneakers and a jaunty beret with a chic looking lady and a fellow we didn’t get to meet. We overheard Neil say that his son, Marc Sedaka, was on the Today show this morning alongside wife Samantha to talk about Marc’s new book, What He Can Expect When She’s Not Expecting. The book deals with how a spouse can support a wife’s struggle with infertility. Talk about an evolved man! Impressive.

2. Jets owner Woody Johnson, who hobbled in on crutches. Hope you’re on the mend soon.

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong with Peter Jennings’ widow, Kayce Freed.  Kayce, a former producer of 20/20, is the co-founder of The Documentary Group which produced the much lauded To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports for ABC News which chronicled his recovery from his near fatal brain injury.

4. Barry Diller and an unidentified important looking gent

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Jonah Goldberg is Still a Tool

liberalf.jpgJonathan Karp, who was on Talk of the Nation yesterday (we podcast a day behind) had a piece in the Washington Post where, as a publisher discussed the state of the industry. His conclusion: Too many of what he deems ‘disposable’ books.

He writes:

Visit your neighborhood superstore, and you will be overwhelmed with ephemera: self-aggrandizing memoirs by recovering addicts; poignant portraits of heroic pets; hyperbolic ideological tracts by insufferable cable TV pundits; guides to staying wrinkle- and toxin-free; odes to Warren Buffett and Jesus Christ; manifestos for fixing America in 12 easy steps; manly accounts of the best athlete/season/team ever; and glittery novels about British royalty, love-starved shoppers, mournful cops and ingenious serial killers. (There are more novels about serial killers than there are actual serial killers.)

He continues:

…political provocateurs such as Jonah Goldberg, whose pointless thought exercise “Liberal Fascism” is just the latest example of what the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan once termed “boob bait for the bubbas.” Authors such as Goldberg serve up red meat for their constituencies while cable broadcasters fill airtime with their extreme, quasi-entertaining notions — in this case, the “parallels” between Nazi policies and those of such Democratic leaders as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Books of this ilk have always existed. But in the past, they’ve been balanced by substantive books, crafted by monomaniacal authors who devoted years to the work.

The good news is he didn’t mention that Goldberg is employed at the LA Times. We got to save a little face there.

How Not to Talk To Your Kids–Bronson and Merryman Sell the Book

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Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman have sold a book based on their New York magazine story, How Not to Talk to Your Kids: The Inverse Power of Praise. Publisher Jonathan Karp of Twelve has worked with Bronson before, and the whole “new science of parenting” is so popular–look for the book in 2009.