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‘The Beach Boys’ Singer Mike Love Inks Memoir Deal

Blue-Rider-Logo_200Mike Love, best known as one of the founding members of The Beach Boys, has inked a memoir deal with Blue Rider Press.

James S. Hirsch, a journalist and biographer, will help Love with writing this project. The publisher plans to release the book in the Summer 2016.

Here’s more from The Associated Press: “According to Blue Rider, the 73-year-old Love will discuss his ‘complex’ relationship with Brian Wilson, his cousin and the Beach Boys’ leader during their peak years in the 1960s. Love and Wilson have fought over songwriting credits and creative control of the group.” (via Entertainment Weekly)

Chris Colfer to Work On Multiple New Book Projects

201575_215x340Glee star Chris Colfer has landed a deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for several new projects. Editorial director Alvina Ling will continue to work with Colfer on his manuscripts.

According to The Associated Press, Colfer plans to write two more installments for the Land of Stories middle grade series. Book four will come out in July 2015 and book five will follow in July 2016.

Colfer has also agreed to create two picture books set in the Land of Stories universe. He will also be working on a new young adult novel that stars “a young actor and his fans on ‘a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country road trip.’”

Singer Mary Lambert Performs Slam Poetry

Many people may not know that Mary Lambert, the singer featured on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ hit trackSame Love,” is an award-winning spoken word poet. The video embedded above features Lambert performing a slam poetry piece called “Pistol Whip.” What do you think?

Ellen DeGeneres Inks Deal With Grand Central Publishing

EllenTalk show host Ellen DeGeneres (pictured, via) has landed a deal with Grand Central Publishing to write a book about interior design.

According to the press release, “DeGeneres, who has bought and renovated over a dozen properties, most recently launched a line of home goods on QVC and will launch Ellen’s Design Challenge, a new show on HGTV, in January of 2015.” Home will be released in Fall 2015.

Deb Futter, the editor-in-chief of hardcovers at the imprint, negotiated the deal with Esther Newberg, a literary agent of ICM Partners. Karen Murgolo, editorial director of Grand Central Life & Style, will edit the manuscript.

Christopher Nolan Has Written An ‘Interstellar’ Comic

Christopher NolanHave you seen the movie Interstellar? Director Christopher Nolan (pictured, via) wrote a comic to reveal a back story for two characters: Dr. Mann (played by Oscar winner Matt Damon) and his robot SKIPP.

Wired posted “Absolute Zero” in its entirety on the magazine’s website. The 7 page comic will also appear in the print edition; Nolan is serving as the guest editor for this issue which focuses on themes of time, space, and multiple dimensions. Animator Sean Gordon Murphy created the artwork for this project.

Here’s more about the comic book: “Before Cooper left his daughter to find humanity a new home in space, there were the Lazarus missions. Led by Dr. Mann, this was NASA’s first attempt to locate a hospitable exoplanet. So what happened to Mann on the other side of the wormhole? We teamed Christopher Nolan with award-winning comic-book artist Sean Gordon Murphy to tell Mann’s story.” (via The Hollywood Reporter)

Amanda Palmer Stars in Book Trailer

Rock star Amanda Palmer unveiled a book trailer for The Art of Asking. She became inspired to write her new nonfiction book after she gave a TED talk in 2013. In the video embedded above, Palmer plays piano and shares her ideas on asking—do you have any regrets about not asking for something?

At the night of the book launch, she celebrated the publication with an event at Porter Square Books. Click here to listen to her lead the crowd in singing the “Happy Birthday” song to her husband Neil Gaiman. Do you predict that Gaiman and Palmer may collaborate on a writing project one day together?

Sean Bean to Star in ‘The Frankenstein Chronicles’

Sean Bean 200Sean Bean, an actor who has appeared in multiple book adaptations such as Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring movie and the Game of Thrones HBO series, will star in a new six-part crime show called The Frankenstein Chronicles.

Bean (pictured, via) will play the main protagonist, Inspector John Marlott. Production is set to take place in Northern Ireland starting in January. The story was inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Follow this link to download a free digital copy of the book.

Here’s more from Deadline: “Set in 1827 London, the drama begins when Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel recruits Marlott after a successful operation by Thames River Police to apprehend a gang of opium smugglers. As Marlott stands on the water’s edge contemplating the arrests, he makes a shocking discovery: A corpse washed up on the shore is not what it seems at first glance. Instead, it’s a crude assembly of body parts arranged in a grotesque parody of a human form. The mutilated child-like body leaves an indelible impression on Marlott who is tasked by Peel with tracking the perpetrator of this heinous crime.”

Stephen Colbert Stars in Comic Book

PPStephenColbertBluewater Productions has created a biographical comic book profiling The Colbert Show host Stephen Colbert.

According to the press release, Hal Hilden wrote the story and Kelly Brine created the artwork.

For Hilden, the “goal was to write a fun little biography, mixing fact with fiction, that hopefully one of Stephen Colbert’s many personas would enjoy reading.”

Eddie Izzard Lands Memoir Deal

Eddie IzzardEnglish stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard (pictured, via) has inked a deal with Blue Rider Press. According to SFGate, “the book will detail Izzard’s career from London street performer to his work onstage and in Hollywood.”

Executive editor Sarah Hochman managed the acquisitions process for this memoir. The publisher has not scheduled a definite publication date; it may be in the Winter of either 2015 or 2016.

Stephen Fry Narrates ‘You Have to F***ing Eat’ For The UK Audiobook

English comedian Stephen Fry served as the narrator for the United Kingdom edition of the You Have to F***ing Eat audiobook. The animated video embedded above features Fry’s recitation.

Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston read the story for the American edition of this audiobook. According to an announcement on Canongate TV website, “Fyy and Cranston follow in the footsteps of celebrities including Samuel L. Jackson, Noel Fielding, Thandie Newton, and Werner Herzog, all of whom saw their recordings of Mansbach’s earlier bestseller, Go the F*ck to Sleep, rack up millions of hits.”

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