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Judy Platt Celebrates 35 Years at AAP

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Judy Platt with Salman Rushdie, Sept 2004

Judy Platt is celebrating her 35th anniversary at The Association of American Publishers. The organization honored Platt with a lunch in DC today. As Director, Free Expression Advocacy, Platt heads up the AAP’s Freedom to Read Committee and the AAP’s International Freedom to Publish Committee.

In her tenure with the group, Platt has led the AAP’s advocacy work against book censorship since before Banned Books Week started 32 years ago. She has been the AAP’s liaison with Banned Books Weeks since the movement began. During that time, Platt has seen book censorship movements evolve.

“I’d say that  in my early years at AAP the majority of censorship was focused on sexually explicit materials, or ‘pornography’ and efforts were  made to keep such materials away from adults as well as minors on the questionable assumption that access to such materials resulted in anti-social behavior,” she told GalleyCat via email. Read more

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Ronald Miskoff & Liz Fuerst Collaborate On ‘9/11 Stories: The Children’

911 Student Journalism ProjectRonald Miskoff and Liz Fuerst, two professors from the Rutgers University Department of Journalism & Media Studies, have compiled a digital anthology entitled 9/11 Stories: The Children.

The stories were sourced from the 9/11 Student Journalism Project. The participating student reporters spoke with 20 children who lost a parent and 1 parent who lost a child from the September 11th attacks.

The ibook itself contains original interviews, photographs, and videos. The funds generated by book sales will be donated to a 9/11 educational foundation under the direction of the North Jersey Media Group.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Hires Rick Wolff to Lead New Business Book Line

2bf32fcHoughton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has hired book editor Rick Wolff to launch a line of business books. In his new role as Senior Executive Editor, Wolff will develop and edit about 10-15 titles a year. He starts in HMH’s New York office on September 15th.

Wolff comes to HMH from Hachette Book Group where he has spent 23 years publishing business books. In his tenure, Wolff has served as the Editor-in-chief/publisher of Warner Business Books and Grand Central’s Business Plus imprint. He has been instrumental in editing and publishing many bestsellers including Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad.

“I have long wanted to expand our business publishing here at HMH, and Rick is the perfect person to lead that effort.  His experience is unparalleled, and his track record speaks for itself,” stated Bruce Nichols, Senior Vice President and Publisher at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

 

Eckhart Tolle Launches New Imprint at New World Library

Eckhart TolleWorld-renowned writer Eckhart Tolle (pictured, via) will launch the Eckhart Tolle Editions imprint at New World Library.

The executives behind this imprint have been working on two books: Susan Stiffelman’s Parenting with Presence and Steve Taylor’s The Calm Center: Spiritual Reflections and Meditations. Both titles are slated for a Spring 2015 release.

Here’s more from the press release: “Tolle will work to identify and develop titles for the line, most of them written by other teachers and authors he has encountered over his past two decades of teaching. He will write a foreword for each title in the imprint and use his formidable social media presence — 1.2 million Facebook fans, 345,000 Twitter followers, and 120,000 YouTube subscribers — to promote them. Eckhart Tolle Editions aims to reach a broad audience of spiritual seekers.”

German Art Book Publisher Gestalten to Bring Children’s Books to U.S. Market

26407-1Gestalten, a German-based book publisher that specializes in titles on art, architecture, design and photography for adults, is launching a new imprint in the U.S. catering to children.

Back in April, the company launched its first line of children’s books under the name Kleine Gestalten. The Little Gestalten imprint will bring English-language versions of the publisher’s kids books to small readers in the U.S. market.

Publishers Weekly has the scoop: “Little Gestalten’s kickoff titles reflect the eclectic nature of the imprint, which will also include non-book sidelines. Debut releases include Elsa and the Night by Jöns Mellgren, a bedtime story about a girl who hides the night in her cookie jar; The Zoo’s Grand Opening: An ABC and Counting Book by Judith Drews, which introduces an alphabetical menagerie of zoo animals; andIssun Bôshi: The One-Inch Boy by Icinori, a Japanese fairytale.”

Former Aide Pens ‘Nixon’s Secrets’ Book

Nixon-AdvisorRoger Stone, a writer and former aide to President Richard Nixon, has penned a new book entitled Nixon’s Secrets.

Stone (pictured, via) gave this statement in the press release: “Richard Nixon has been the subject of curiosity and public debate for six and a half decades. Since the time I served in his 1968 campaign, I have held a deep fascination with our 37th President and, as his friend, I had the rare opportunity to witness firsthand much of the history, key decision making, and people—both good and bad—that made for his complex and personae.”

The book features stories about the Watergate Scandal, an explanation for the 18.5 minute gap in the infamous White House tapes, and more. Skyhorse Publishing plans to release it on August 11, 2014. That date was selected to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation from office.

Kensington Publishing Spent 1.5 Years Negotiating 1 Year Amazon Contract

kensington 200Hachette and Amazon have spent months trying to negotiate a deal, which still seems to be miles away. How long will the negotiations be going on? It could be a while yet.

The Wall Street Journal revealed that the small publishing house Kensington Publishing spent 18 months battling Amazon to forge a one-year deal.

Check it out: “Steven Zacharius, president and chief executive of Kensington, said the deal took so long to resolve partly because ‘each person got entrenched and didn’t want to budge. But at a certain point there has to be compromise.’ Both sides gradually made concessions, he said, enabling them to reach agreement. Mr. Zacharius declined to discuss specifics of why it took so long to negotiate a new pact. Such contracts typically include the size of the discount that the publisher allows the retailer off its list prices, payment terms, and promotional funding. However, he characterized the final agreement as ‘a fair deal for both parties.’”

Alloy Entertainment Launches New Digital Imprint

alloyentertainmentAlloy Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Television Group, has partnered with Amazon Publishing to launch a digital-first imprint that will publish young adult and new adult novels, as well as commercial fiction.

The new imprint is called Alloy Entertainment. The imprint launches with three new titles: YA title Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand; coming-of-age story Every Ugly Word by Aimee Salter and sci-fi fantasy adventure Rebel Wing by Tracy Banghart.

Alloy Entertainment will be part of Amazon Publishing’s Powered by Amazon program, meaning that it will use Amazon’s marketing and distribution tools to reach readers.

 

 

Jack White is Getting Into the Book Business

thirdmanbooksWhite Stripes frontman Jack White has launched a book publishing company called Third Man Books.

The imprint launches with a poetry collection entitled Language Lessons, co-edited by Chet Weise and Ben Swank of Third Man Records, White’s record label. Poets that contributed work to the collection include: Dale Ray Phillips, C.D. Wright and Adrian Matejka. The title consists of a book, 5 broadsides of poems intended for framing, along with two vinyl records. The records feature musical recordings by artists including: William Tyler, Destruction Unit, Ken Vandermark and Sampson Starkweather.

According to the publisher’s website: “Third Man Books, Like Language Lessons, will be fearless, imaginative, and eclectic. We hope to be a welcome addition to what is already a very compelling and thrilling independent American literary landscape.”

NYPL to Display Rare Copy of Declaration of Independence

nypl logoThe New York Public Library is gearing up to exhibit a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence, which was handwritten by Thomas Jefferson.

The document will be on display in the Celeste Bartos Forum of the Library’s landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street from June 27 to July 3. The exhibit is free. Here is more about the historic form: “The Declaration of Independence was completed on July 1, but before it was ratified on July 4, several changes were made to the text, including the removal of Jefferson’s lengthy condemnation of the slave trade, an excision intended to appease delegates from Georgia and South Carolina. In the days after July 4, a distressed Jefferson wrote out several fair copies of his original text and sent them to five or six friends. The Library’s copy is one of the two copies that have survived intact.”

It will also be part of a naturalization ceremony that is scheduled for July 2nd.

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