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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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Cal Morgan Named Executive Editor at the Harper Division

We’ve had a number of job changes in the publishing world this week.

Cal Morgan will leave his post as publisher at HarperCollins’ It Books imprint to serve as senior vice president and executive editor at the Harper division. Morgan will continue on as editorial director for Harper Perennial and Harper paperbacks.

Throughout his career, he has worked on projects with several celebrity authors such as Amy PoehlerAlan Cumming, and Tom Piazza.

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Jenny Han Lands Deal for Semi-Autobiographical YA Novel

Jenny Han has inked a deal for her “semi-autobiographical” young adult novel. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers will publish To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before in April 2014.

Publisher Justin Chanda negotiated the deal with Folio Literary Management senior vice president Emily Van Beek. Executive editor Zareen Jaffery will edit the manuscript. Here’s more from the release:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters…


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Lily Collins & Jamie Campbell Bower to Return in ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes’

Months before the release of the first Mortal Instruments adaptation, lead actors Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower have confirmed that they will return for the second installment of the franchise.

Director Harald Zwart will also be back to helm  City Of Ashes, the next film based on Cassandra Clare’s series. The film will hit theaters on August 23, 2013.

Follow this link to watch the official trailer for the City of Bones movie.

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