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Ted Cruz’s Scores $1.5M Book Advance

tedcruzTea Party senator Ted Cruz has reportedly pulled a $1.5 million advance from HarperCollins for his memoir. This is more than the $1.25 million advance that Sarah Palin earned for her memoir Going Rogue: An American Life.

In the book, the Texas senator will share his story from how he got into politics to his involvement in the 2013 government shutdown and his fight against Obamacare.

Here is more about the deal from The Washington Examiner:

The deal was negotiated by Keith Urbahn and Matt Latimer of Washington-based literary and communications firm Javelin. They also cut recent deals for former Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld and CBS investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson.

Zelda La Grange, Assistant to Nelson Mandela, to Pen Memoir

zeldaViking, an imprint at Penguin Random House, will publish a memoir written by Zelda la Grange; for many years, she served as an assistant to world leader Nelson Mandela.

Wendy Wolf, associate publisher and director of nonfiction at Viking, will edit the manuscript. The publisher has set a release date for Good Morning, Mr. Mandela on June 19, 2014. The author plans to donate a percentage of her royalties to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Here’s more from the press release: “Zelda la Grange grew up in South Africa as a white Afrikaner who supported the rules of segregation. Yet, a few years after the end of apartheid, she became the trusted assistant to Nelson Mandela. Now, she shares his lasting and inspiring gifts with the world.” (Photo Credit: Anton la Grange)

Julian Assange to Publish ‘When Google Met WikiLeaks’

wikileaksJournalist Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, has landed a deal with OR Books.

When Google Met WikiLeaks chronicles a conversation that took place in June 2011 between the infamous whistleblower and Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt. It contains an edited transcript of that conversation. The publisher plans to release the book in September 2014.

Here’s more from the press release: “Assange proposes a radical overhaul of the naming structure of the Internet, one which would revolutionize the way information is accessed. By coupling the intellectual content of a document to its online name—doing away with the haphazard URL system—Assange outlines a potential future for the Internet that would make it faster and much more difficult to censor.”

Rodale Books Acquires Lorraine Bracco’s New Health Book

braccoRodale Books has acquired actress Lorraine Bracco‘s upcoming health book for woman over 40. In To the Fullest: Clean Up Your Act and Be the Best You Can Be, Bracco will share exactly how she improved her overall health and lost more than 30 pounds, and give readers tips to do the same.

“I’ve learned from my own experiences that if you want to stay vibrant and dynamic after 40, you need to replace attitudes and habits that deplete you with positive actions for change,” stated The Sopranos star. “With this book, I will show women how to do just that—by telling my own story and offering women a plan for taking charge of their health and restoring their vitality.”

 

Editorial Director Jennifer Levesque acquired worldwide rights from David Vigliano, of Vigliano and Associates. The book is slated to publish in winter 2015.

HarperCollins to Publish Beowulf With Tolkein’s Notes

beowulfThe Tolkien Estate has signed a worldwide rights deal with HarperCollins to publish Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary by J.R.R. Tolkien.

This is the first time Tolkein’s notes have been published alongside the work. The author’s son Christopher Tolkien edited the work.

“The translation of Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien was an early work, very distinctive in its mode, completed in 1926: he returned to it later to make hasty corrections, but seems never to have considered its publication,” stated  Christopher Tolkien. “This edition is twofold, for there exists an illuminating commentary on the text of the poem by the translator himself, in the writt en form of a series of lectures given at Oxford in the 1930s; and from these lectures a substantial selection has been made, to form also a commentary on the translation in this book.”

The book is slated for publication in May.

Scott Westerfeld Lands Deal For ‘Afterworlds’ YA Novel

scottScott Westerfeld has landed a deal Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, for his new young adult novel, Afterworlds. The story follows Darcy Patel as she moves to New York City to establish her writing career; readers will follow both Darcy’s actual life story and the fictional one she hopes to publish.

Publisher Bethany Buck negotiated the deal with literary agent Jill Grinberg; Buck has secured North American, audio, and ebook rights. The book is scheduled to be released on September 23, 2014.

Westerfeld (pictured, via) had this statement in the press release: “Readers of YA are also lively and energetic producers – of fanfic, of original work, of reviews and blogs and manifestos. Afterworlds is an homage to all those who write to make themselves better readers, or the other way around.”

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers to Release Two Transgender Teen Memoirs

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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers will publish two memoirs written by transgender teens Arin Andrews and Katie Rain Hill.

Here’s more from the press release: “The then-couple received national attention when they were featured on 20/20 in July 2013, which detailed how Andrews and Hill supported each other through their transitions and ultimately fell in love. The clip immediately went viral and the Oklahoma teens have since been covered in numerous national and international media outlets. They are currently featured in the Barneys campaign ‘Brothers, Sisters, Sons & Daughters’ shot by Bruce Weber and starring transgender models.”

The video embedded above features the full 20/20 clip. Senior editor Christian Trimmer negotiated the terms for both deals and secured world rights. The publication date has been scheduled for September 30, 2014.

Touchstone Cancels ‘Straight to Hell’

GSElevatorTouchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, has pulled John Lefevre’s book Straight to Hell, a book behind the Twitter account @GSElevator which claims to document conversations overheard in the Goldman Sachs elevators.

“In light of information that has recently come to our attention since acquiring John Lefevre’s STRAIGHT TO HELL, Touchstone has decided to cancel its publication of this work,” explained the publisher in a press release.

The Twitter account, which counts more than 650,000 followers, has come under scrutiny recently. Lefevre was outed as working at Citigroup, not Goldman Sachs. In a column on Business Insider, Lefevre defended his actions, “GSElevator has never been an anonymous person. It’s not a person at all. It’s the embodiment or aggregation of “every banker,” a concentrated reflection of a Wall Street culture and mentality.”

 

Clinical Psychologist Meg Jay Inks Deal with Twelve For ‘Supernormal’

meg jayMeg Jay, Ph.D. has landed a deal with Hachette’s Twelve imprint for her new nonfiction book, Supernormal: The Secret World of the Heroic Child.

Jay (pictured, via) had this statement in the press release: “Our culture tends to romanticize upward mobility in all forms, but we sometimes forget about its complexities: secrets, exhaustion, alienation. Naturally, we are amazed by those who outperform their pasts, yet as we have focused on ‘How do they do it?’ we have forgotten to keep asking, ‘How does it feel?’ There is a void that lies between the literature on adversity and resilience which Supernormal will finally fill.”

Publisher Deb Futter negotiated the deal with William Morris Endeavor agent Tina Bennett. Jay, a respected clinical psychologist, has become well-known for her popular TED Talk, “Why 30 is Not the New 20.” As of this writing, the video has attracted more than 5.9 million views.

Rodrigo Corral Designs Cover For The Mountain Goats Rocker John Darnielle

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John Darnielle, best known for being a member of The Mountain Goats band, has signed a deal with Farrar, Straus & Giroux to pen his novel. The publisher will release Wolf in White Van on September 30, 2014.

The FSG blog revealed the cover for Darnielle’s novel; it was designed by famed artist Rodrigo Corral. We’ve embedded the image above–what do you think?

The Fault in Our Stars novelist John Green holds The Mountain Goats in high regard. Back in January 2013, they performed alongside Green and his brother Hank during their “Evening of Awesome” event at Carnegie Hall.

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