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Chronicle Books Shares Holiday Video

Chronicle Books has sent out its fifth annual holiday video. The holiday greeting was created by the publisher in-house. For this year’s video, they built the Little Free Library. It will be given away during National Library Week next year.

We’ve embedded the video above for you to enjoy.

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Jesse Ventura is Suing HarperCollins Over American Sniper

UnknownFormer wrestler Jesse Ventura is suing publisher HarperCollins for defamation of character.

Ventura asserts that the memoir American Sniper by  the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle contains a derogatory story about the former Minnesota Governor that Ventura claims never took place. He’s already won a lawsuit against Kyle’s estate.

The StarTribune has more:

The new lawsuit says the publicity and controversy “generated by the false and defamatory story about Ventura substantially increased sales of ‘American Sniper,’ thereby generating millions of dollars in revenues and profits for Harper Collins.”

“American Sniper” has been turned into a movie directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper with a limited release in theaters on Dec. 25. There has been no indication that the incident involving Ventura is included in the movie.


Melville House to Publish The Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture

Senate CoverMelville House plans to publish The Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture.

This book will contain the results of the Senate committee’s study of the detention and interrogation techniques utilized by the Central Intelligence Agency in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. A release date for both the paperback and eBook editions has been scheduled for December 30th.

Here’s more from the press release: “Five years in the making, the report was officially declassified in April, but its release was delayed until yesterday, when a heavily redacted version of the report was made public. Called by the New York Times ‘a portrait of depravity that is hard to comprehend and even harder to stomach,’ the report proved to be a harsh and broad indictment of the C.I.A.’s response to the September 11 terror attacks. In addition to detailing the scope and severity of interrogation techniques employed by the C.I.A, the report also found that the agency had repeatedly misled both the public and the White House.”

AAP Honors Educational Publishing Leaders

AAP.Logo.Blue.RGB.Screen.ResolutionThe Association of American Publishers (AAP) has revealed the winners of the Lamplighter Honors, an award that celebrates “individual excellence in educational publishing.”

During this year’s awards ceremony, which took place last night, Frank Ferguson, founder of Curriculum Associates, was added to the Educational Publishing Hall of Fame.

This year’s Visionary Award winners include: Todd Brekhus, President of Capstone Digital and Karen Cator, President and CEO of Digital Promise. Corinne Burton, President of Teacher Created Materials, won the Member of the Year award. Kathy Hurley, Executive Vice President of Education Alliances at the Pearson Foundation, took the Ambassador Award

AAP launched the On the Rise award category for the first time this year. Winners include: Tyler Bosmeny, the co-founder and CEO of Clever; Jocelyn Leavitt the CEO and co-founder of Hopscotch; and Christopher Rogers, the Media & Technology Specialist at Greene Street Friends School, as well as the Founder and Lead Director of JustMaybeCo.

Jeff Koons Designs Cover For New Brian Grazer Book

briangrazerSimon & Schuster has revealed the cover image for Brian Grazer’s new book A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life. Artist Jeff Koons created the design for the Academy Award–winning producer’s book.

“When we began discussing a design for the jacket of my book, Jeff Koons was the first person I thought of,” said Grazer in a statement. “His pieces have always spoken to me – they are suffused with positivity. My curiosity conversation with him was one of the earliest and most memorable I’ve had, and I remember being especially struck by how generous and genuinely interested he was, in everything. Curiosity is a very natural thing for him – it is the foundation of his work, and his energy as a human being.”

The book, which was written in collaboration with business journalist Charles Fishman, features Grazer’s weekly “curiosity conversations” which have inspired his filmmaking.

Simon & Schuster Reorganizes Digital & Marketing Departments

Simon & Schuster LogoSimon & Schuster is combining its digital department with its corporate marketing department in order to tap the full potential of its digital tools, the company reported today.

Liz Perl has promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, and will lead this newly formed group. At the same time Ellie Hirschhorn, the publisher’s current Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer, is leaving the company.

Here is more from Carolyn Reidy’s letter to staffers:

Liz is perfectly suited to lead this integrated team. Newly reporting to Liz in this position will be Sue Fleming, Vice President, Executive Director of Content and Programming; Ken Judy, Vice President, Technology; David Krivda, Vice President, Product Development; Kevin Myers, Associate Manager, Production; and Adrian Norman, Vice President, Marketing and New Products.

This newly formed digital and marketing group will be prepared to run the publisher’s websites, as well as use digital marketing channels including social media, author videos, email and mobile marketing.

HarperOne Launches New Book Line

harpercollins-304HarperCollins’ imprint dedicated to “books that change lives” HarperOne has launched a new line.

HarperElixir will publish books in the Body, Mind, Spirit category. The list’s first titles will debut in Fall 2015. The first release will be a new book by bestselling author Don Miguel Ruiz. HarperOne SVP, Associate Publisher Claudia Boutote will run the new line. Libby Edelson has joined the staff as Senior Editor.

“Forming Elixir is an effort to zero in on a distinct category that has long been one of the cornerstones of our business. Body, Mind, Spirit books have been and continue to be a growing area in the U.S. and overseas, and we feel it is time to sharpen our focus,” explained Mark Tauber, SVP and Publisher of HarperOne, in a statement. “Claudia’s publishing experience and talent, as well as her personal passion for this category made her the natural choice to lead the line.”

Octopus Publishing Acquires Photo Publishing House Ilex

ilexOctopus Publishing Group, a division of the Hachette Book Group, has acquired Ilex Press, a publisher of illustrated international reference books, in a deal whose terms were not disclosed.

Mostly publishing art and photography titles, Ilex “exists to address the new creative needs which are constantly being unveiled by the fast moving pace of the modern media, digital technology and popular culture,” according to the publisher’s website.

As of this month, Ilex will become an imprint of Octopus Publishing Group. The acquisition includes backlist titles such as a number of bestsellers from international photographer and writer Michael Freeman. According to Octopus, Ilex titles will be distributed from the LBS warehouse at Littlehampton.

“We have long-admired the Ilex list for its quality and creativity,” stated Alison Goff, Chief Executive of Octopus. “The titles Ilex publish are essential reference for anyone working in the field of new media design and we look forward to working with the many talented authors and photographers on the list.”

Running Press & HBO to Partner Together For 3 ‘Game of Thrones’ Projects

gotd304Running Press has formed a global partnership with HBO. According to the press release, the two companies plan to develop three Game of Thrones products.

The first project, a mini-book entitled Game of Thrones: In Memoriam, will feature “a photo and fact-filled memorial to some of the most memorable characters who have died during the course of the first four seasons. The book includes quotes and brief character profiles and is fully illustrated with series photography throughout.”

The two other projects will both be mini-kits; one will be called Game of Thrones: Stark Direwolf and the other has named Game of Thrones: Hand of the King Wax Seal. This publishing program is scheduled to launch in April 2015.

Weinstein Books to Publish Ebola Memoir

WeinsteinBookslogo“The love of my life and the father of my son came to America to marry me. It was supposed to be the first happy day of a new life of joy for us all. But before we could make our new family, he died a terrible death in a quarantined room… I am writing this book to tell people about Eric, about our love story, about our family, and about my faith that has been tested but not broken.”

These are the words of Louise Troh, whose fiancé Thomas Eric Duncan became the first man on American soil to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus, and then, the first to die of the disease in America. She will tell her story for the first time in a book to be published in April 2015 by Weinstein Books, which is a joint venture of The Weinstein Company and The Perseus Books Group.

Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, said, “This is a heartbreaking, emotional family story. Spanning continents and decades, Louise shows faith and grace through it all.”

According to AP, Troh says she will use part of the book proceeds for a down payment on a new home.