Actress Jennie Garth has landed a book deal with Penguin’s New American Library (NAL) imprint. She will be working with writer Emily Heckman on this project.
The publisher plans to release Deep Thoughts From a Hollywood Blonde on April 1, 2014. Senior editor Jennifer Schuster negotiated the deal with Randy James of James/Levy Management.
Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Garth first gained fame by playing Kelly Taylor for 10 seasons on the Aaron Spelling-created soap, Beverly Hills, 90210. She also appeared in The CW revival and toplined the WB sitcom What I Like About You alongside Amanda Bynes. The book news comes after Garth’s former 90210 co-star Jason Priestley announced his memoir two months ago, which, at the time, generated widespread attention.”
French comic book creator Albert Uderzo, one of the creators of the Asterix and Obelix comic book series, is suing his daughter and son-in-law in a bizarre family story surrounding the elder Uderzo’s literary estate.
In the lawsuit, Uderzo is claiming that he experienced “psychological violence” from the pair. According to a report in The Guardian, the story has a colored history. Back in 2007, his daughter Sylvie and her husband Bernard worked for the publishing company that published the book series. They were fired and a year later Uderzo sold his half of the company to Hachette Livre. In 2011, Sylvie filed a suit claiming that her father was being taken advantage of by people around him.
Here is more from The Guardian:
However this week, Uderzo issued a statement that his daughter was “introducing and extending legal procedures that have no foundation.” He rejected the claim that he was in a “state of fragility”, and said that he is being harassed.
During his presentation, Blank will be giving advice on how authors can build their brand online and how to market themselves to their target audience to promote their book. In preparing for the session, we asked him to share a tip for self-published authors. Here is what he said: Read more
Filmmaker Michael Almereyda has created a modern-day adaptation of the William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. Follow this link to access a free digital copy of this play.
The cast includes Dakota Johnson as Imogen, Ethan Hawke as Iachimo, and Ed Harris as Cymbeline. Indiewire reports that the movie currently does not have a US distributor. Thus far, no release date has been announced.
According to ComingSoon.net, the story for this crime drama film ”unfolds as an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled 21st century America.” We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think?
A New Mexico librarian is fighting the city after she lost her job after she allegedly walked in on the head librarian having sex with a maintenance worker, in the children’s section of the branch.
The former Estancia Library employee Jamie Kurz was officially dismissed because she went on leave and did not return the key. However, Kurz claims that she was fired after she reported the indiscretion to her superior.
United Press International interviewed Joseph CampBell, Kurz’s attorney about the case:
The workers told Kurz to be quiet, but she reported the incident to the city library director and Estancia Mayor Sylvia Chavez, CampBell said.
“The mayor subsequently talked to Jamie about it, told her that it wouldn’t have any effect on her job,” CampBell said.
CampBell revealed plans to file a claim against the city which could be followed up by a “whistleblower” lawsuit. (Via The School Library Journal).
Charlie Rose interviewed Amazon chief Jeff Bezos on 60 Minutes last night and challenged the mogul about Amazon’s power over smaller players in the book industry. Bezos defended his position saying, “You gotta earn your keep in this world. When you invent something new, if customers come to the party, it’s disruptive to the old way.”
Rose pressed Bezos about Amazon’s power to drive others out of business. To which Bezos replied, “The Internet is disrupting every media industry, Charlie, you know, people can complain about that, but complaining is not a strategy. And Amazon is not happening to book selling, the future is happening to book selling.”
During the interview, Bezos also revealed that Amazon will begin using drones to test same-day delivery. The machines are called “octocopters.” ”These are effectively drones but there’s no reason that they can’t be used as delivery vehicles,” Bezos explained to Rose.
Nev Schulman, best known as the host of Catfish: The TV Show, has landed a deal with Grand Central Publishing. A release date has been scheduled for Fall 2014.
This book, entitled In Real Life, marks Schulman’s debut as an author. With this project, Schulman (pictured, via) intends to share stories and life lessons he has picked up from working on Catfish.
Here’s more from Deadline: “Schulman will write about his continuing exploration of relationships in the digital age, which started with the indie documentary Catfish. It broadened to the MTV spinoff show in which he helps one partner in a digital relationship meet the other, a collision that usually leads to the discovery the other person isn’t who they said they are, and sometimes not even the gender they claimed to be.” (via The Huffington Post)
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It’s Cyber Monday and booksellers across the Internet are offering deals on books.
Booksamillion is offering up to 60 percent off of select titles today. Amazon is offering a deal every hour of up to 55 percent off of select titles, as well as $50 off on the Kindle. Barnes & Noble is offering the Nook for $49, along with huge savings on select eBooks. Kobo is offering up to 80 percent off of digital books and magazines today only. Google Books is offering up to 75 percent off of select eBooks.
Open Road Media is offering up to 80 percent off of eBooks through various partner retailers. Melville House is offering 50 percent off of all of its merchandise. Indie bookseller Powell’s Books is offering free shipping and a tote bag on all orders today only. Drawn & Quarterly is offering those shoppers that buy any item, 40 percent off of their next purchase made by today.