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Joanna Coles, Wendy Williams and the Inside Story on the New JFK Book

LunchAtMichaelsForget about having to dig out a coat for the first time this season to ward off this morning’s chilly temps, the real sign of fall here is that the power lunch scene is back in full swing at Michael’s. Today the dining room was full of famous faces (Al Roker and wife Deborah Roberts at separate tables, Wendy Williams, Star Jones); entertainment bigwigs (Tad Smith, Nick Verbitsky); social swans (Margo Nederlander and pals); and more spinmeisters than there are Kardashian tabloid covers on any given week. You get the picture.

Fall also means the launch of a plethora of “important” titles and made-for-gift-giving books. I was joined today by Steve Koepp, editorial director of Time Home Entertainment, the book publishing division of Time Inc., who gave me the inside story on the company’s impressive and incredibly diverse fall list. He came toting three books to illustrate the point: the just-published Zoom: Surprising Ways to Supercharge Your Career by Daniel Roberts, born out of Fortune‘s compulsively readable “40 Under 40″ annual list and featuring original interviews from headline-making top execs, including Marissa Mayer and Under Armour founder Kevin Plank; LIFE‘s bookazine The Wizard of Oz: 75 Years Along the Yellow Brick Road; and JFK: His Enduring Legacy (published by Time as both a book and bookazine).

Steven Koepp and Diane Clehane

Steven Koepp and Diane Clehane

Between bites of Cobb salad, Steve told me the book business is, in fact, thriving over at Time Inc. thanks to the company’s multi-pronged approach to reaching all different readers with books that often connect them back to those people and eras that “resonate” and seem to grow more iconic over time. This is certainly true with The Day Kennedy Died from Life, which Steve described to me as “magisterial.” Certainly sounds like it. Due out Oct. 15, ahead of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the book is full of fascinating reporting, artifacts and images from Nov. 22, 1963. In fact, there is so much material that has been thoughtfully assembled that the book comes with a magnetic closure to hold a full-size exact replica of the issue of Life published immediately after Kennedy’s assassination as well as a gatefold with the entire Zapruder film — all 486 frames — published for the first time. Reporting includes the “centerpiece” of the book: a narrative by Dick Stolley, then the magazine’s Los Angeles bureau chief who flew into Dallas after the shooting and recounts his experience covering the event that made the world stand still. Read more

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Steve Koepp Returns to Time Inc.

Steve Koepp – who left Time Inc. via a buyout in 2009 to join rival Newsweek – has returned to Time Inc. to work as Editorial Director for its book venture, Time Home Entertainment.

The New York Post reports that Koepp will be responsible for creating book projects from various Time magazines, including Fortune (where Koepp was an Executive Editor), Essence and Entertainment Weekly.

Tina Brown Taps Two Former Time Staffers To Oversee Newsweek

As the Newsweek/Daily Beast deal awaits finalization, Tina Brown is not slowing down the hiring process.  The New York Post reports that Brown has turned to Steve Koepp and Arthur Hochstein to manage Newsweek while the merger is completed.  Koepp has previously served as an editor at Time magazine and Hochstein was Time’s art director as well as an interim creative director at Bloomberg’s Businessweek.

Koepp and Hochstein will begin work at Newsweek while current editors Dan Klaidman and Nisid Hajari continue in their interim editor roles through the end of January.  Brown plans to roll out the newly designed Newsweek/Daily Beast in April.

Surveying The Damage Of Yesterday’s Time Inc. Cuts

fortune.jpgTime Inc. slashed a number of jobs yesterday as part of its goal to cut its budget for next year. Among the casualties was quarterly spin-off magazine InStyle Weddings, which was shuttered, costing around nine people their jobs. But the carnage didn’t stop there; Fortune and Sports Illustrated also suffered losses.

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Time Inc. Closes Door on Buyouts Today

6a00d83455e65969e20120a653371f970b-320wi.jpgAs People magazine celebrates Johnny Depp as the “Sexiest Man Of The Year” (again), everything is not well in the state of People‘s publisher Time Inc. The company is still looking to trim $100 million from its budget through layoffs and buyouts, which could include up to 90 editorial positions at Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Time magazine and Money.

According to Keith Kelly in today’s New York Post, layoffs at Time are only a hair away, as the publisher should find out today how many people from their titles have stepped forward to accept buyouts.

Kelly already has the name of one high-ranking staff member who is gracefully bowing out of the competition: Fortune managing editor Steve Koepp, who has worked at Time Inc. for 29 years, will be taking one of the buyout offers. Another top Time Inc. editor, Time.com managing editor Josh Tyrangiel, has also removed himself from the staff, by accepting the top editor position at BusinessWeek. Fortune is looking to layoff 40 staffers compared to 12 at Time magazine, Kelly reports. (We’re hearing the number at Fortune might actually be closer to 25.)

Time Runs Out For Buyout Volunteers; Layoffs LoomNew York Post

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