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Archives: July 2011

Haruki Murakami on Spotify, Worst Sentence of the Year & Man Booker Samples: Top Publishing Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, we’ve collected the ten most  popular publishing stories of the week–ranging from a Haruki Murakami Spotify playlist to the worst sentence of 2011 to sinking hardcover sales.

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1. Sue Fondrie Has Written the Worst Sentence of 2011
2. Spotify Playlists for Writers: Haruki Murakami
3.Free Samples of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Longlist
4. Faker Impersonates Writers House Agent & Offers Book Deals
5. Writers Who Want to Connect on Google+
6. How Bookstores Can Survive in a Post-Borders World
7. Kindle, Nook & Kobo Apple Apps No Longer Sell eBooks
8. Promotional Tools for Writers on Google+
9. Adult Hardcover Sales Down 23% This Year
10. Jennifer Egan Publishes New Short Story Disguised as List

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Bookstore Marriage Proposal: ‘Can’t Do This on Amazon’

Yesterday San Francisco’s Omnivore Books tweeted a marriage proposal that happened inside the cookbook store. Above, we’ve embedded a photo of the big moment.

Here’s the bookstore tweet that started it all: “They look so in love, & he’s about to propose to her In My Shop, and I’m FREAKING OUT! (he called ahead). Camera ready. More soon.”

We don’t want to spoil the ending, but these book lovers may need some library card save-the-date cards soon. Eliane Wigzell had our favorite tweet about the event: “Can’t do this on Amazon.

The Printer’s Ball & Ghost Stories Get Booked

Here are some literary events to look forward to this weekend. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page.

The Printer’s Ball happens tonight (Friday, July 29th). Check out this free event inside The Ludington Building from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Chicago, IL)

Debut author Karsten Knight will celebrate the launch of his novel, Wildfire, at Books of Wonder on Saturday, July 30th starting 6 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Sarah Ockler Responds to Library Censorship

Earlier this week, a Missouri school board voted 4-0 to remove Sarah Ockler‘s Twenty Boy Summer and Kurt Vonnegut‘s Slaughterhouse-Five from the Republic High School library.

Ockler responded in a proud blog blog post this week: “Banned, but Never Shamed.” She’s already earned over 60 comments from readers around the country. What do you think about the controversial school board decision?

Check it out: “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a million times more. I get that my book isn’t appropriate for all teens, and that some parents are opposed to the content. That’s fine. Read it and decide for your own family. I wish more parents would do that — get involved in their kids’ reading and discuss the issues the books portray. But don’t make that decision for everyone else’s family by limiting a book’s availability and burying the issue under guise of a ‘curriculum discussion.’” (Via Reddit)

Penguin’s eBook Sales Grew 128% Over The Last Year

Penguin’s eBook global sales grew 128 percent over the last year, and eBooks now represent 14 percent of the company’s total revenue.

Penguin’s parent company Pearson released these sales figures in its 2011 half year results report. Pearson saw sales up six percent to £2.4 billion with profits up 20 percent to £208 million.

Chief executive Marjorie Scardino released this statement: “Though market conditions are anything but easy, we are sufficiently encouraged by our start to the year to raise both our guidance and our dividend. Structural changes in our industries are gathering pace, but we are confident that we have the strategy, the competitive positions, the investment capacity and the culture to sustain our strong record of performance.”

Calvert Morgan Named Publisher of It Books

Cal Morgan has been named senior vice president and publisher of HarperCollins’ It Books imprint.

Morgan will also oversee the Harper Design imprint team and continue to serve as editorial director of the Harper Perennial original paperback program. He will report to Michael Morrison.

You can follow Morgan on Twitter. He began his career at Macmillan’s St. Martin’s Press. After joining HarperCollins in 1999, he worked at several imprints including ReganBooks, Harper and William Morrow. He has worked with Neil StraussLauren RednissJerry Lee Lewis, Kelly Oxford, Stanley Crouch, Arianna HuffingtonMichael Moore and Ralph Nader.

Vanity Fair Traces Rupert Murdoch’s Rise & Fall in New eBook

As the phone hacking scandal unravels at News Corps,  Vanity Fair has a new eBook out that traces the history of CEO Rupert Murdoch‘s company.

Rupert Murdoch, The Master Mogul of Fleet Street is a collection of 20 stories from the magazine edited together by editor Graydon Carter.  The book traces Murdoch’s rise to power and illustrates the history of his current predicament through stories by Sarah Ellison, Edward Klein, James Wolcott, and Michael Wolff among others.

The book is magazine’s second eBook of collected stories from the publication. It is currently available for $3.99 in the Kindle and Nook stores.

Maurice Sendak Profiled by Dave Eggers

On September 6th, Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak will release Bumble-Ardy. This picture book will be the first publication Sendak has written and illustrated completely on his own since Outside Over There (1981).

Writer Dave Eggers profiled the 83-year-old Sendak for a piece in Vanity Fair (Eggers wrote The Wild Things, a novel loosely based on Where the Wild Things Are). According to the article, Sendak has spent the last three decades illustrating books and designing operas. 

Here’s more from the article: “Like all Sendakian rumpuses, it [Bumble-Ardy] gets out of hand, and for 10 pages we’re treated to the most bizarre tableau of celebrants, all in costume: pigs dressed as monsters, pigs dressed as cowboys and Indians, pigs dressed as old ladies painted garishly. As with any Sendak book, the pictures are full of references and echoes. One pig is reading a newspaper that says, WE READ BANNED BOOKS. A sheriff’s yellow badge calls back to the Warsaw Ghetto. Messages are written in Hebrew, Italian, Russian.” (via The Guardian)

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: Macmillan, Bedford/St. Martin’s, Scholastic

Are you artistic? This week, Macmillan is hiring an associate designer, and Scholastic is actively seeing an art director. Meanwhile, Bedford/St. Martin’s has launched a search for a new marketing manager, and Oxford University Press is looking for music and art editor. Get all the details on these great jobs and more below, and check out additional publishing gigs on mediabistro.com.

For more job listings, go to the Mediabistro job board, and to post a job, visit our employer page. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

Melville House Hosts Ultimate Duel Book Trailer Contest

On August 12th, Melville House will release The Duel series. The series features five different books entitled The Duel, written by Giacomo Casanova, Anton Chekhov, Joseph Conrad, Heinrich Von Kleist and Aleksandr Kuprin.

To celebrate, the publisher will host “The Ultimate Duel Book Trailer Contest.” If you are interested, you can create a book trailer for the series and upload it to YouTube. The video with the most views will win the contest.

Follow this link to see the full list of rules. The winner will revealed on September 1st–winning a complete set of forty-two titles in Melville House’s Art of the Novellas series. Melville House created the first trailer (embedded above).

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