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Archives: June 2010

Tina Brown Hosts Book Party for Randall Lane

9781591843290L.jpgLast night GalleyCat mingled with financial journalists and publishing types at editor Tina Brown‘s Upper East Side apartment. The Daily Beast founder had thrown a party for author Randall Lane, a Daily Beast editor-in-large who wrote the new memoir, The Zeroes: My Misadventures in the Decade Wall Street Went Insane.

During the party, Brown gave a brief speech praising the book. “It would make a great musical,” she quipped. “I’d love to see Zeroes on Ice.” Lane followed up with his own short speech, summing up the crazy atmosphere of his book: “We were in the middle of something historic,” he said. “Not necessarily good, but historic.”

UPDATED: Yesterday the Daily Beast broke an excerpt from the book with some passages about financial guru Jim Cramer. Entitled “Jim Cramer Stock Touting Scandal,” you can read the whole essay here.

Jeffrey Toobin to Write Book about the Supreme Court & Barack Obama

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CNN analyst and New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin has inked a deal to publish a new book about the Supreme Court and President Barack Obama with Doubleday. Entitled The Oath: The Secret Struggle for the Supreme Court, the book is scheduled for 2012 release.

Toobin hit bestseller lists with his book, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court The Associated Press has a quote from Toobin: “The battle between a conservative court and a liberal president will be one of the central behind-the-scenes dramas of the Obama years.”

Embedded above is a video of Toobin discussing the Supreme Court on The Colbert Report. Our sibling blog TV Newser has an excellent piece about Toobin’s coverage of the Elena Kagan Supreme Court nomination hearings–detailing his “long friendship” with the Solicitor General.

Barry Petersen Shares Memoir Writing Advice

bp.jpgWhile his wife struggled with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, one journalist discovered that there were few resources to help family members cope with this lonely disease.

Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen, talking about his new memoir, “Jan’s Story: Love Lost to the Long Goodbye of Alzheimer’s.” He wrote the memoir to help guide other family members through the process of this painful illness.

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Petersen offered advice for aspiring memoirists: “When I approached this, I just said, ‘I’m going to write this the way it really happened.’ I tried to that. I didn’t try to sugarcoat it. I didn’t try to hide the criticism against me. I didn’t try to pretend that somehow I was the right person in every incident, because sometimes I was wrong.”

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Trailer Released

A new, two-and-a-half-minute long trailer has been released for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The video is embedded above.

The final installment of J.K. Rowling‘s popular series will be divided into two installments.

The first film will be released in November 2010 and the second installment is scheduled for a July 2011 release. Earlier this month, a Harry Potter theme park opened in Florida. In May, Rowling hinted that she was considering eBook options for the series.

Stephen Hawking to Publish New Book

hawking.jpgToday Bantam Dell announced that they will publish a new book by physicist Stephen Hawking about “the ultimate mysteries of the universe.” Entitled The Grand Design, the book is scheduled to be published September 7th.

The book will be co-written by physicist Leonard Mlodinow, author of The Drunkard’s Walk. Hawking (pictured, via) has written a few books, hitting the bestseller list with A Brief History of Time. He published his last book in 2001, entitled The Universe in a Nutshell.

Here’s more about the book, from the release: “According to Hawking, we are very close to an understanding, not just of the workings of our universe, but of its very beginnings. Drawing on forty years of Hawking’s own research and a recent series of extraordinary astronomical observations and theoretical breakthroughs, Hawking and Mlodinow examine the evidence for the existence of a ‘unified theory’–a single theory that can describe and explain all the forces of nature.”

Andrew Wylie: eBook Deals ‘Currently On Hold’

wylie.jpgIn a long profile in the current issue of Harvard Magazine, agent Andrew Wylie revealed that eBook deals are “currently on hold across the board” at his famous agency, and cautioned publishers that he could take eBook rights elsewhere.

Wylie’s agency counts 700 clients, including major writers like Dave Eggers, Al Gore, Philip Roth, and Louise Erdrich–so these are not idle threats. eBookNewser has more about the article.

Here is an excerpt: “Wylie threatens to monetize those unassigned rights by going outside the publishing business entirely: ‘We will take our 700 clients, see what rights are not allocated to publishers, and establish a company on their behalf to license those e-book rights directly to someone like Google, Amazon.com, or Apple. It would be another business, set up on parallel tracks to the frontlist book business.’”

82-Year-Old Grandmother Lands Three-Book Deal

9781906784164_bawd.jpgIf the 20 Under 40 list has you spooked, never fear–82-year-old novelist Myrrha Stanford-Smith has landed a book deal for a trilogy about the relationship between the great writers William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. After working her whole life as an actor and acting teacher, Stanford-Smith wrote her first novel late in life.

Here’s the grandmother’s reaction, from BBC News: “‘I had to put the phone down and ring them back as I was so taken aback by the whole thing,’ she said. ‘I’d been waiting for the manuscript to be sent back really, rejected. It was such a wonderful surprise,’”

The Wales-based writer sent her first novel The Great Lie to Honno Press–unexpectedly landing a three-book deal. Her publisher generated a fair amount of press over the deal. The publisher of Welsh women authors recently posted this note: “we have been overwhelmed with manuscripts and are currently not accepting any more until October 1st, 2010.”

Harper Lee Grants Unexpected Interview to British Newspaper Reporter

harper_lee.jpgHarper Lee has given fewer than a handful of interviews in the last fifty years, but she granted one recently to a reporter from the Mail on Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill A Mockingbird.

But she did so with one caveat: No talking about To Kill a Mockingbird. Instead, they exchanged brief pleasantries. “Thank you so much,” said Lee, after the reporter brought her a box of chocolates. And then, “You are most kind. We’re just going to feed the ducks but call me the next time you are here. We have a lot of history here. You will enjoy it.’

And that’s it. The reporter also wandered around Monroeville, Alabama, where Lee lives, and spoke to people who know her–including her older sister Alice, who is 98 and a practicing lawyer.

On the occasion of this rare interview, the Guardian has thrown together a collection of others she has granted over the years. (There are two.) To Kill a Mockingbird celebrates its 50th birthday on July 11. It’s sold more than 40 million copies, which is roughly the number of people there are in Argentina.

Best Books for Toddlers

flashlightworthy.pngWhat are the best books to read to toddlers? It’s an important question for all the parents, expectant parents, and friends of parents in the audience. We want to find the best titles (both old and new) to introduce a very young child to the world of books.

Counting on our readers’ collective knowledge of books, GalleyCat Reviews regularly features curated book lists from Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations. The site includes the list, Pairs of Titles to Entertain (and Educate) your Curious Toddler. Add your suggestions to the comment section.

Over the last year, Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations has created more than 385 lists–giving reading advice on everything from book club books to cancer survivor books. Working with this carefully curated publication, we will share our favorite lists with GalleyCat readers.

Add your toddler book suggestions in the comments section.

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Amazon eBooks to Play Audio & Video on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch

Aviary amazon-com Picture 1.pngAmazon has launched a new set of functions for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch versions of the Kindle eReader–allowing for the use of embedded video and audio clips inside Amazon eBooks.

Despite the eReader price war last week, Amazon is seeking to maintain a strong footprint as bookseller in the iPad market. The audio/video eBooks launched with Rick Steves’ London by Rick Steves and Together We Cannot Fail by Terry Golway.

Avalon Travel publisher Bill Newlin explained: “In the new Kindle Edition with audio/video of Rick Steves’ London, the embedded walking tours allow customers to listen to Rick as they explore the sites of London … Rick’s narration adds depth to the reader’s experience, while listeners can follow the routes more easily with the text.”

In addition, books like Best of the Beatles for Acoustic Guitar and Lullaby Baby already have audio/video content available. Check them out here.

In the announcement, Wiley director of digital content sales Peter Balis had this statement: “Innovations like these represent the advantages that digital can offer. Advancing our content in this manner is important for our authors and our readers and it will raise the bar on what digital reading can offer for years to come.”

UPDATE: Over at MobileContentToday, Todd Ogasawara test drives an enhanced eBook on Apple devices.

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