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Dianna Dilworth

Dianna Dilworth is Editor of Mediabistro's digital publishing blog AppNewser and a contributor to GalleyCat. As a freelance writer, she has been covering technology, design and digital marketing for the last decade for publications including: The Architectural Record, The Believer, Businessweek, California Home & Design, DMNews, Dwell and PRWeek. She is also the author of the upcoming book, Mellodrama: The Mellotron Book, from Bazillion Points, a book that will change the way you hear the flutes at the beginning of The Beatles' song "Strawberry Fields Forever."

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Hires Rick Wolff to Lead New Business Book Line

2bf32fcHoughton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has hired book editor Rick Wolff to launch a line of business books. In his new role as Senior Executive Editor, Wolff will develop and edit about 10-15 titles a year. He starts in HMH’s New York office on September 15th.

Wolff comes to HMH from Hachette Book Group where he has spent 23 years publishing business books. In his tenure, Wolff has served as the Editor-in-chief/publisher of Warner Business Books and Grand Central’s Business Plus imprint. He has been instrumental in editing and publishing many bestsellers including Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad.

“I have long wanted to expand our business publishing here at HMH, and Rick is the perfect person to lead that effort.  His experience is unparalleled, and his track record speaks for itself,” stated Bruce Nichols, Senior Vice President and Publisher at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

 

Sticky Note Portraits Book on Kickstarter

postitnotesChristopher Locke hopes to raise $6,000 on Kickstarter to fund a book of portraits drawn on sticky notes.

Locke, a school teacher and artist, keeps himself focused in meetings by making drawings on Post-It notes. With the new school year, he is looking for a project and a way to teach his students about commitment to a long-term endeavors. For the Sticky Note Portraits project, Locke will draw portraits of donors who give $20 or more and publish them all into a collection. His goal is to draw hundreds of people. Read more

Barnes & Noble Revenues Down 7% in Q1 2015

barnesandnobleBarnes & Noble’s consolidated revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 were $1.2 billion, a 7 percent drop compared to the same quarter last year. First quarter consolidated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization increased to $30 million, up from a loss of $9 million last year.

The Retail segment, which includes sales from bookstores and BN.com, recorded revenues of $955 million during the quarter, representing a 5.3 percent drop from last year. NOOK only lost $5 million during the quarter, as opposed to the $50 million the company lost during the same quarter last year. This is attributed to Nook expenses, which declined $27 million during Q1 2015 as compared to Q1 2014, while Nook’s gross profit increased $13 million.

“Retail Core comparable sales continued to benefit from improving physical book industry trends, merchandising initiatives and store promotions, such as our Get Pop-Cultured campaign, which was able to create excitement and incremental traffic and sales into our stores,” stated Michael P. Huseby, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble. ”College continued to acquire new school contracts and increased both functionality and title count for Yuzu, our digital education platform. NOOK continued to reduce losses and launched its first co-branded tablet in partnership with Samsung, our first new tablet in almost two years.”

Ursula LeGuin to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Ursula K. LeGuinSci-fi novelist Ursula K. Le Guin will received the National Book Awards 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Le Guin will be honored at the 65th  National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York on November 19th. Author Neil Gaiman will present her with the award.

“Ursula Le Guin has had an extraordinary impact on several generations of readers and, particularly, writers in the United States and around the world,” stated Harold Augenbraum, Executive Director of The National Book Foundation. “She has shown how great writing will obliterate the antiquated—and never really valid—line between popular and literary art. Her influence will be felt for decades to come.”

The award was created in 1988 and Le Guin will be the twenty-seventh author receive the honor. She joins Toni Morrison, E.L. Doctorow, John Ashbery, Joan Didion, Elmore Leonard, Norman Mailer and Tom Wolfe among others.

As usual, GalleyCat will be reporting live from the awards event, check back in November for our live coverage.

Usher to Host Scholastic Event That Promotes Reading

biggerthanwordsScholastic has partnered with R&B singer Usher for a new program designed to encourage reading among children.

The initiative is called “Open a World of Possible,” and was put together with the idea of promoting reading in the classroom, as well as at home. To push this message, Usher will appear on a live webcast hosted by Scholastic called “Bigger than Words.”

On November 6, 2014 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, Usher will talk about the importance of books live from Scholastic’s headquarters in New York. Teachers and parents are encouraged to watch the event live by registering at this link. Read more

Booktrack & Hugh Howey Reveals Winners of Writing & Sound Design Contest

Unknown1Author Hugh Howey, digital writing community Wattpad and eBook soundtrack company Booktrack have revealed the winners of their collective new writing and audio production contest.

Elodie West has won the prize for best work of fan fiction based on Howey’s recent bestseller Half Way Home for her submission World EaterJamie Terry has won the  prize for the best soundtrack to accompany a chapter from Howey’s book. Both creators will receive $5,000 for their winning submissions. In addition, Terry has earned the opportunity to co-produce a soundtrack for Howey’s latest novel The Hurricane. Howey will also give West editorial feedback on up to 10,000 words of original writing.

More than 200 people entered during the two-month contest period. The judges narrowed it down to 10 finalists. All finalists will receive $1,000 prizes for their submissions. Here is more about the finalists from the press release: Read more

Barnes & Noble is Seeking Kids’ Nominations for My Favorite Teacher Contest

myfavoriteMiddle school and high school students can nominate their teacher the My Favorite Teacher Contest at Barnes & Noble.

Kids are encouraged to compose essays, poems or thank-you letters describing their appreciation and admiration for a teacher. Follow this link for the entry form and official rules.

Participating schools must collect the essays and turn them in at their local Barnes & Noble store by March 1, 2015. Students who would like to nominate a teacher from a school that is not participating can turn in their entires directly to the store or mail in entries.

The contest includes for a variety of prizes for local and regional winners. Check it out: Read more

Rizzoli Bookstore to Reopen in New Location

rizzoliAfter shutting its doors in April, the storied New York City bookstore Rizzoli will reopen its doors next spring in a new location.

The Rizzoli Bookstore will be located near Madison Square Park at 1133 Broadway at 26th Street. The store will be located in a  5,000 square foot retail space in the Beaux-Arts Saint James building.

“For fifty-plus years the Rizzoli bookstore in New York City has attracted the discerning consumer of erudite,beautifully produced volumes on art, design, interiors, fashion, as well as literature, and important non-fiction books,” stated Laura Donnini, CEO of RCS Libri’s book division, the store’s parent company. “Based on extensive market research in advance of the re-opening, we expect this customer—both New York-based, and visiting from all points national and international—to embrace the 21st centuryversion of their favorite bookstore.”

Former NYC Police Chief Ray Kelly Signs Book Deal With Hachette

hachetteRay Kelly is writing a memoir.

The former NYC Police Commissioner, known for his work slashing crime in NYC, establishing a counter-terrorism operation post 9/11 and the controversial stop-and-frisk policy, has  signed a book deal with Hachette Books. The untitled memoir is slated for release next fall.

AP has more: According to Hachette, Kelly will cover his decades in law enforcement and offer advice on leadership. He will discuss his relationship with former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other government officials and will take on criticisms he faced, including for the monitoring of Muslims and for the department’s “stop-and-frisk” policy, which a judge ruled last year sometimes discriminated against minorities.

Jason Segel Gets Into New Fiction With New Kids Book Series

UnknownRandom House Children’s Books has published the first installment in a series of middle-grade fiction books by actor Jason Segel and bestselling author Kirsten Miller.

Nightmares!, the first in a trilogy by The Muppets star, is about a boy named Charlie and his kids who must face their nightmares in order to save their town. It’s a kind of children’s version of Nightmare on Elm Street.

Check it out: “What Charlie doesn’t know is that his problems are about to get a whole lot more real. Nightmares can ruin a good night’s sleep, but when they start slipping out of your dreams and into the waking world—that’s a line that should never be crossed.”

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