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Kensington Expands Distribution Partnership With Penguin Random House

Penguin Random HouseKensington Publishing, an independent publisher that has been in business for 40 years, has signed a five-year expanded sales and distribution agreement with Penguin Random House Publisher Services.

Under the terms of the deal, Penguin Random House will continue to distribute books from the independent publisher and will expand its partnership to take advantage of additional Penguin Random House’s sales and distribution services.

“Having our global print and digital sales all under one roof will give us greater control of our business, while Kensington will continue to sell the wholesalers, mass merchandisers and book jobbers, as we have in years past,” stated Steven Zacharius, President and CEO of Kensington Publishing Corp. “This combination of efforts will take our company to a new level in the industry.”

Orca Trainer John Hargrove Lands Book Deal

orcaJohn Hargrove, a killer whale trainer and a former employee of SeaWorld theme park, has landed a book deal with Macmillan.

Hargrove recently appeared in a documentary called Blackfish which explores the dangers that captive orcas pose for both the animals in question and human beings. In an interview with The Wrap, Hargrove claims that the movie only “scratched the surface.”

In his memoir, entitled Beneath the Surface, Hargrove will share “extraordinary stories of the whales he worked with and came to love, his experiences in and out of the water, and his determination to advocate for this being the last generation of killer whales in captivity.” The publisher will release the book in spring 2015.

St. Martin’s Press to Publish Companion Book to CNN Series on Jesus

stmartins304St. Martin’s Press has inked a deal with television producers David Gibson and Michael McKinley to publish The Jesus Code, a companion guide to CNN’s TV series.

The book will come out next spring in time for the launch of the series. Like the show, the book will be a forensic and archaeological exploration of the Bible. The content will focus on six artifacts from the life and times of Jesus.

Check it out: “The Jesus Code book will explore more deeply the fascinating debates, controversial figures and forensic evidence which light the path of what we really know about Jesus and his world. Beyond the faithful, the book—like the series– will appeal also to the skeptical and curious readers of history and archaeology, as it takes viewers of the primetime TV series deeper into the story.”

 

Random House to Publish Book of Comedian Interviews Conducted by Judd Apatow

JuddFilmmaker Judd Apatow has landed a deal with Random House.

The New York Times reports that Apatow will compile a collection of interviews with 25 comedians for a book entitled Sick in the Head. Some of the people he spoke with include Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Lena Dunham, and Amy Schumer.

According to the Comic’s Comic, the publishing house will release the finished project in 2015. Apatow (pictured with Dunham) plans to donate the proceeds to the 826LA creative writing nonprofit.

YouTuber Zoe Sugg Signs Two-Book Deal With Penguin

zoesuggPopular YouTuber Zoe Sugg has signed a two- book deal with Penguin UK. Known as Zoella to her fans, Sugg regularly posts beauty and advice videos on YouTube. She counts almost 5 million subscribers and her videos have been viewed almost 200 million times.

She tweeted the news earlier today.

According to The Guardian the first novel, Girl Online, is slated for publication in November. It is the tale of  a 15-year-old girl’s relationship with an American pop star after her anonymous blog is exposed to the world.

Vivian Howard Inks Two-Book Deal With Little Brown

vivianhowardVivian Howard, star of the PBS show A Chef’s Life, has signed a two-book deal with Little Brown and Company. The first title, Deep Run Roots: Ingredients from My Corner of North Carolina, is slated for publication in 2015.

“Storytelling and cooking are two things I absolutely love to do, so the opportunity to tell the story of my region’s food through the lens of family and memory is big,” explained Howard in a statement. “Honestly, I hope I get to write lots about food, but I’m going to do everything I can to make sure Deep Run Roots is memorable, useful, and relevant.”

Howard opened Chef & the Farmer restaurant in a 100-year old mule stable in Kinston, NC, with her husband Ben Knight back in 2006. She is the star of the new PBS show, which premiered in September 2013.

Jennifer Lopez Lands Deal For ‘True Love’ Memoir

JLoEntertainer Jennifer Lopez (pictured, via) has landed a deal with Penguin imprint Celebra for her memoir, True Love.

According to USA Today, the publisher describes the project as “a revealing personal diary.” It chronicles Lopez’s “transformative two-year journey of how, as an artist and a mother, she confronted her greatest challenges, identified her biggest fears, and ultimately emerged a stronger person than she’s ever been.”

The book will contain never-before-seen photos. English and Spanish language editions will be simultaneously released on October 28, 2014.

Sony Signs Film Rights to Greenwald’s Book on Snowden

noplacetohideSony has reportedly acquired the film rights to Glenn Greenwald’s book  No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Security State.

According to a report in Variety, James Bond film producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli will produce the film. The film will be based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning book in which Greenwald reveals how he worked with Edward Snowden to unveil top-secret NSA about mass government surveillance. Salon has an excerpt from the book: Read more

YouTube star Toby Turner Inks Three-Book Deal

Toby TurnerYouTube star Toby Turner (pictured, via) has landed a deal with HarperCollins Children’s Books. Turner plans to create a trilogy of journal-style books based on his cartoon series, Tobuscus Animated Adventures.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show is an “illustrated pseudo-anime and follows two characters: the clueless but cheerful peter pan Tobuscus and his mature, long-suffering companion Gabuscus. Launched in late 2011, the eight-episode series averages 10 million viewers per episode.”

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Susie Brooks Lands Book Deal with Harlequin

corgiSusie Brooks, the creator of the Corgnelius Facebook page, has landed a book deal with Harlequin. To date, this popular page has drawn more than 48,000 “likes.”

This project, entitled The Life of Corgnelius and Stumphrey: The Cutest Corgis in the World, will feature pictures of her two dogs, Corgnelius and Stumphrey. In the past, BuzzFeed has dubbed Corgnelius “the Cutest Corgi Ever.”

The publisher will release the book on August 26, 2014. Brooks revealed on Facebook that she had been reserving “a lot of cute photos of Corgi & Stump Stump over the past year to use exclusively for this book, so I hope it’ll be exciting for both new fans and all you veteran, hardcore fans.” So far, this announcement has received more than 600 “likes.”

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