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New Truman Capote Stories Discovered

Truman CapoteA Swiss publisher named Peter Haag unearthed several of Truman Capote’s (pictured, via) lost writings. Haag made this discovery while researching at the New York Public Library.

Four short fiction pieces have been translated into German and featured in a publication called ZEITmagazin. Random House will release the English edition of this new Capote collection, which contains 20 stories and 12 poems, in December 2015. Executive editor David Ebershoff is editing the book

Here’s more from The New York Times: “Capote, who died in 1984, at 59, is believed to have written these works between the time he was 11 and 19, although not all are dated. Mr. Haag, whose house, Kein & Aber, based in Zurich, publishes Capote in German, said he and Anuschka Roshani, Capote’s German-language editor, came across the writings on one of their frequent trips to the New York library’s manuscripts and archives division looking for clues to the fate of Capote’s unfinished novel, Answered Prayers.”

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Cover Revealed For New Sara Gruen Novel

At the Water's Edge

Water For Elephants novelist Sara Gruen has penned a new book entitled At the Water’s Edge. The jacket was unveiled today—what do you think?

According to the Water For Elephants movie fan page, the story features “a privileged young woman’s moral and sexual awakening as she experiences the devastations of World War II in a Scottish Highland village.” Spiegel & Grau, an imprint at Penguin Random House, will release the book on June 02, 2015.

Australian Readers Encouraged to Decorate New Haruki Murakami Book Cover

TazakiRandom House Australia will include a sheet of stickers with the first edition printings of Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and the Year of His Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami.

Here’s more from the publishing house’s blog post: “[The] front cover design is an elegant abstract image representing the five main characters in the book, the close childhood friends Mr. Red, Mr. Blue, Miss White, Miss Black and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki. Tsukuru means ‘to make’ or ‘to build’, and this is the concept behind the stickers, which encourage the reader to decorate the novel themselves.”

We’ve embedded an image featuring the sticker images below. Creative director Suzanne Dean, who designed the book jacket, commissioned five Japanese artists to create each sticker. As is the case with the U.S. and U.K. editions of this book, the publisher plans to release it on August 12, 2014.
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Penguin Random House Has Formed a Consumer Marketing Group

penguin&randomhousePenguin Random House has formed a division dedicated to marketing directly to consumers called the Consumer Marketing Development and Operations Group.
The department will help market specific titles, individual authors and even specific genres within each of its U.S. publishing groups. The entity will also be tasked with developing company-wide digital programs, platforms and partnerships. Amanda Close will lead the new group as Senior V.P. and Director.
“By approaching marketing development this way,” stated Madeline McIntosh, U.S. President and Chief Operating Officer, “both from within publishing and from a broader corporate standpoint, we will be able to most effectively expand our consumer-focused capabilities, and deliver value for our publishers, authors, booksellers, and readers.”

Random House & Politico Team on ‘The Bookshelf Blog’

bookshelfRandom House has partnered with Politico’s Bookshelf to create a new blog dedicated to political books called, ‘The Bookshelf Blog.’ The blog is an extension of the Politico Bookshelf, which launched back in 2011 and includes books from a variety of publishers on current events, politics, history, and biography.

Random House’s Joe Muscolino will write the blog which will cover politics and publishing, exploring political book deals, political book trends, required reading and the like. His posts include one about the film adaptation of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s new book Bully Pulpit (DreamWorks optioned the rights), Judy Blume’s take on censorship, as well as a piece on political adviser’s Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. take on Esquire.

The blog is divided into a number of categories. There is a section for book news, an area for book release updates, as well as required reading lists. There is also a Friday column dedicated to freedom of speech called, “First Amendment Fridays.”

Ballerina Michaela DePrince Lands Book Deal

18-year-old ballet dancer Michaela DePrince has signed a book deal to write her memoir.

DePrince appeared in the 2011 documentary, First Position. Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers will publish the book in fall 2014.

Executive editor Erin Clarke negotiated the deal with Full Circle Literary agent Adriana Dominguez. DePrince’s adoptive mother, Elaine, will co-write the book.

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Crown Publishing Group Names Four New VPs

The Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, has named four publicity directors as vice presidents.

Here are the directors, with their new titles: VP, director of publicity Tammy Blake (Crown Archetype, Harmony, Crown Forum, and Three Rivers Press imprints), VP, director of marketing & publicity Tara Gilbride (Crown Business imprint), VP, director of publicity Annsley Rosner (Crown Publishers, Hogarth, and Broadway Books imprints) and VP, director of publicity Kate Tyler (Clarkson Potter imprint).

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Penguin and Random House Merger Complete

The merger of Penguin and Random House took effect today. You can visit the new Penguin Random House webpage.

According to the company, the new mega-publisher counts more than 10,500 employees in nearly 250 imprints and publishing houses. In all, they publish over 15,000 new titles every year. Random House issued this press release:

The global senior executive team for Penguin Random House was announced today by Chief Executive Officer Markus Dohle, following the closing of the transaction by shareholders Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA and Pearson this morning to formally establish the venture. Bertelsmann owns 53% and Pearson 47% of the company.

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Jason Rekulak Named Quirk Books Publisher

Jason Rekulak has been promoted to publisher of Quirk Books. In addition, Brett Cohen has been promoted to president at Quirk Books and David Borgenicht will take the role of Quirk Productions CEO.

Rekulak acquired and edited many of the house’s bestsellers including the mash-up title Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and the young adult novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

A number of other publishing organizations have also announced promotions this week…

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Betsy Snyder: ‘Give yourself a poetry challenge’

Happy National Poetry Month! All throughout April, we will interview poets about working in this digital age. Recently, we spoke with award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Betsy Snyder.

In the past, Snyder (pictured, via) has published two picture books that feature haikus, Haiku Baby and I Haiku You. She has been celebrating poetry by tweeting one haiku a day all month long. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

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