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Ylvis Lands Deal for ‘What Does the Fox Say?’ Picture Book

fox coverYouTube sensation Ylvis has signed a picture book deal with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. The Norwegian comedic duo has written a story based on their hit song, “The Fox.” Follow this link to view the music video.

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing president Jon Anderson negotiated the deal with the Creative Artists Agency. Senior editor Christian Trimmer will edit the manuscript. A release date has been scheduled for December 10, 2013.

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‘The Harvard Lampoon’ Parodies ‘The Hobbit’

9781476763675The Harvard Lampoon has written a Hobbit parody entitled The Wobbit.

Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint will release the book in paperback format on November 26th. A reading event for this title will take place on December 12th at the Harvard Coop.

Here’s more from the press release: “When Aaron Sorkinshield and his band of Little People embark on a quest across Widdle Wearth to reclaim the hoard of Academy Awards stolen from them by the lonely Puff the Magic Dragon, senile wizard Dumbledalf suggests an unlikely and completely unqualified accomplice: Billy Bagboy, an unassuming wobbit dwelling in terrorist-riddled Wobbottabad. Along the way, the company faces internet trolls, moblins, one really big spider that must be at least an inch and a half wide, and slightly worse.”

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Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing to Launch a New Science-Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror Imprint

chandaSimon & Schuster plans to create a new imprint specializing in science fiction, fantasy, and horror books “for readers of all ages.”

Jon Anderson, executive vice president and publisher of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, will oversee the not-yet-named imprint. In an interview with Publishers Weekly, he revealed that this imprint will acquire books for readers of “YA and above.”

Anderson expects the imprint to publish 12 to 15 hardcover titles on a yearly basis. Justin Chanda (pictured) has been named publisher. The editorial team includes Joe Monti as executive editor and Navah Wolfe as editor. (via Tor.com)

Simon & Schuster And Barnes & Noble Have Settled Their Issues

Simon & Schuster and Barnes & Noble have resolved their business problems and the book retailer. The companies released a joint statement explaining that they will work together to market and distribute books.

According to reports, the retailer had had a dispute with the publisher over book pricing. The spat resulted in Barnes & Noble stocking less Simon & Schuster titles.

The companies did not explain how they resolved the conflict. Carolyn K. Reidy, president/CEO of Simon & Schuster wrote in an email written to authors and agents:

While my greatest preference would be that the events of recent months had not happened, we are all pleased that once again we can focus entirely on the most important and enjoyable part of our business: bringing your books to readers everywhere and helping you find the audience your books deserve.

8-Year-Old Girl & 10-Year-Old Girl Land Book Deal

Would you take advice from elementary school students?

Simon & Schuster will publish Isabelle & Isabella’s Little Book of Rules in October, written by Isabelle Busath (age 10) and Isabella Thordsen (age 8). This book contains Busath and Thordsen’s rules of life such as “recycle,” ”don’t bite the dentist,” and “protect this rule book.”

The girls originally caught media attention when their lost handwritten manual was returned to them by good samaritan Raymond Flores.

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Oprah Winfrey & Forest Whitaker Read on ‘The Butler’ Audiobook

Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Emmy Award-winning talk show host Oprah Winfrey and Lincoln actor David Oyelowo will lend their voices to the audiobook edition of  The Butler: A Witness to History.

Atria Books’ 37 INK imprint will publish the print edition of Wil Haygood’s nonfiction book; a biography that profiles an African-American butler named Eugene Allen who was employed at the White House for 34 years.

The three actors will all star in adaptation of the novel, directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lee Daniels.

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Andrew Dice Clay Lands Book Deal for a Memoir

Comedian Andrew Dice Clay has inked a deal with Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint for a memoir entitled The Dirty Truth.

Vigliano Associates literary agent David Vigliano negotiated the deal with senior editor Matthew Benjamin.  Here’s more from the release:

From humble beginnings at smalltime gigs in Brooklyn to performing in front of stadium-sized crowds, Andrew Dice Clay roared to fame in the 1980s, becoming the only comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden two nights in a row. But his edgy material came at a price; he was forced into exile. Now, Dice is back, selling out performances as well as starring in Woody Allen’s new film, Blue Jasmine, in theatres July 26, 2013.

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Algonquin Hotel Opens the Simon & Schuster Suite

Simon & Schuster has partnered with the Algonquin Hotel to create the Simon & Schuster Suite and organize a series of author events. Would you stay there?

The suite includes a bookcase filled with a selection of literary classics and modern bestsellers, an advanced copy of a soon-to-be-released book courtesy of the publisher and complimentary breakfast.

Author Chuck Klosterman will kickoff the event series. The debut event, scheduled to take place on July 8th, will celebrate the launch of his new book, I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined).

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Melissa Gilbert Inks Deal for Picture Book

Little House on the Prairie actress Melissa Gilbert will write her debut picture book.

Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, will release Daisy and Josephine on January 28, 2014. Associate editor Sylvie Frank will edit the manuscript. Artist Julia Kuo will create the illustrations. Here’s more from the release:

Daisy and Josephine tells the story of a little girl named Daisy who often travels with her father for his job. She is very shy and gets lonely on these trips so her father surprises her with an endearingly peculiar puppy named Josephine. Can this rambunctious new pet draw Daisy out of her shell?


Rick Springfield To Publish His First Novel

Rock star Rick Springfield has sold his debut novel to Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint.

The publisher will release Magnificent Vibration in May 2014, a novel about a man who gets “a 1-800 phone connection to God via an inscription in a mysterious self-help book.”

Publisher Stacy Creamer will edit the manuscript. She negotiated the terms of the deal with Foundry Literary + Media agent David Patterson. Patterson worked on behalf of Dana Borowitz and the United Talent Agency.

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