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James Dashner to Pen a New ‘Maze Runner’ Prequel

James DashnerJames Dashner (pictured, via) will pen a new prequel novel for The Maze Runner series.

Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, has scheduled The Fever Code for publication in 2016. According to the press release, this new story “delves into the time before the Maze, and will tell the story of how Thomas, Teresa, and the Gladers found themselves in the Maze, and how the Maze itself was created.”

Publisher Beverly Horowitz negotiated the deal with Michael Bourret, vice president of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. Executive editor Krista Marino will edit the manuscript.

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Sophie Kinsella Signs Deal For YA Novel

Sophie KinsellaShopaholic series author Sophie Kinsella (pictured, via) has landed a deal for her first young adult novel. Finding Audrey will  be released in Summer 2015 in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

Annie Eaton, the fiction publisher at Random House Children’s Publishers, negotiated with Philippa Milnes-Smith and Araminta Whitley at the LAW literary agency. Eaton secured acquired United Kingdom and Commonwealth rights.

Here’s more from The Bookseller: “Finding Audrey, described as a mix of ‘family comedy, romance and personal discovery,’ is about a teenage girl recovering from social anxiety. Along the way she is helped, and sometimes hindered, by her chaotic family.”

Journalist Leslie Bennetts Lands Deal For Joan Rivers Biography

Joan RiversVanity Fair entertainment reporter Leslie Bennetts has landed a deal with Little, Brown to pen a biography about the late Joan Rivers. Rivers (pictured, via) died in early September 2014.

Prior to her passing, Bennetts met Rivers several times. According to The New York Times, Bennetts explained in a statement that she was drawn to this story because “Rivers’s career was also enormously significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for women in television and comedy…”

To write the book, Bennets plans to conduct interviews with friends, other comedians, and business associates The publishing house has scheduled a release date for 2016.

Tony Robbins to Publish His First Book in Almost 20 Years

Tony RobbinsTony Robbins, a renowned author and speaker on personal development, has written his first book in almost two decades.

Simon & Schuster will release Money: Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom on November 18, 2014. With this project, Robbins (pictured, via) aims to help readers attain financial freedom. He interviewed 50 financial experts to write this book. To learn more about Robbins, check out his TED talk.

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The Mother of a Columbine High School Shooter Signs Memoir Deal With Crown

CrownSusan Klebold has landed a memoir deal with Crown Publishers. She is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of two men who committed the 1999 Columbine High School massacre.

According to The Associated Press, Susan “was compelled to share her story after the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and other schools.” She plans to donate any money she receives from this project to mental health research and various charities.

Crown has not yet established a title or release date for this nonfiction book. In the past, Susan has publicly spoken about her feelings about the Columbine situation in an O magazine essay and in interviews that were later included in Andrew Solomon’s book, Far From the Tree. (via Time)

Kenneth Oppel & Jon Klassen Ink Deal With Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Oppel & KlassenPrintz Honor-winning writer Kenneth Oppel and Caldecott Medal-winning artist Jon Klassen will partner to create a middle grade novel entitled The Nest.

The story follows a boy named Steve as he and his family navigates through the difficulties of caring for Steve’s sick baby brother. This will be the first time Oppel (pictured, via) and Klassen (pictured, via) collaborate on a book project.

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers publisher Justin Chanda negotiated the deal with Writer’s House literary agent Steve Malk. Chanda will edit the manuscript. A release date has been scheduled for Fall 2015.

E.R. Frank Inks YA Novel Deal With Atheneum Books for Young Readers

er-to-use-310x274E.R. Frank, an award-winning children’s books author and psychotherapist, will be publishing her first novel in ten years.

Frank’s (pictured, via) new book, entitled Dime, features an intense story about teen prostitution. Atheneum Books for Young Readers has scheduled a release date for summer 2015.

Publisher Justin Chanda negotiated the deal with Compass Talent literary agent Heather Schroder. Chanda will edit the manuscript himself.

Harlan Coben Inks Four-Book Deal With Dutton

coben2Author Harlan Coben has landed a four-book deal with Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Ben Sevier, vice president and editor-in-chief at Dutton, will continue to edit Coben’s manuscripts. Lisa Erbach Vance of the Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency negotiated the deal on Coben’s behalf.

Here’s more from the press release: “With more than 60 million books in print in over 40 languages worldwide, Coben’s last seven consecutive novels including his most recent, Missing You, have all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and on lists around the world…Coben’s third young adult novel featuring Mickey Bolitar, Found, went on sale this week and his next adult stand-alone thriller, The Stranger will come out on March 24th, 2015.” (Photo CreditClaudio Marinesco)

Gene Luen Yang & Mike Holmes to Collaborate On ‘Secret Coders’ Comic Series

Secret CodersGraphic novelist Gene Luen Yang will be writing a middle grade grade comic series entitled Secret Coders. Cartoonist Mike Holmes has signed on to create the illustrations.

The story follows two prep school students named Hopper and Eni who develop a friendship and a passion for computer coding. In an interview with Wired, Yang explained the inspiration behind this project: “I started collecting comics in the fifth grade, and I started coding in the fifth grade. I’ve always wanted to bring them together.”

Yang, a high school computer science teacher, revealed on Twitter that “Secret Coders is a love letter to my favorite programming language of all time: Logo.” First Second Books will release the first installment on September 29, 2015.

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.

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