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Alan Goldsher Lauches Virtual Book Talk Show ‘Book It’

Alan Goldsher, the author of  the novels Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion and My Favorite Fangs: The Story of the von Trapp Family Vampires, is launching a new virtual talk show dedicated to books and publishing called Book It.

The interactive talk show which is billed as “for writers, by writers,” will include such authors as Ned Vizzini author of The Other Normals and It’s Kind of a Funny StoryJonathan Maberry author of Patient ZeroRot & Ruin); Joel Stein author of Man MadeKevin Pollak author of How I Slept My Way to the Middle and  Adam Mansbach author of Go the F*** to Sleep.

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The Art of Rushing Jeremy Lin

Today Timothy Dalrymple landed a book deal with Hachette Book Group’s Center Street imprint to write Jeremy Lin: The Reason Behind the Linsanity. Publisher Rolf Zettersten acquired the book and publication is set for May.

Here’s more from the release: “The book will chronicle Lin’s high school, college and early career in the NBA with particular emphasis on the media explosion surrounding his success as starting guard with the Knicks.  It will explore how Jeremy’s Christian faith, family, education and cultural inheritance have contributed to his success.”

Yesterday, author Alan Goldsher teamed up with Vook to “assemble and publish” Linsanity: The Improbable Rise of Jeremy Lin in a mere 72 hours.

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Jeremy Lin Books for Your Kindle

New York Kicks star Jeremy Lin has swept the sports and media world, and everybody is wondering when the basketball star will land his inevitable book deal.

You can already buy seven eBooks about Lin on the Kindle, books ranging from biographies to trivia to poetry. Check out the books below–you can also join his nearly 500,000 followers on Twitter or visit his new Facebook page.

Last night Lin tweeted about his team’s loss to the New Jersey Nets: “9 [turnovers] wont get it done…gotta learn from my mistakes and move on to the next one. See you guys sunday!”

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Is the Remix Genre Exhausted?

Author Alan Goldsher sold another remix book to Thomas Dunne books last week, mashing-up The Sound of Music, vampires, and Nazi zombies.

We caught up with the author of Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion to ask a single burning question–is it possible to do anything new with the remix genre?

Goldsher replied:  “Absolutely.  My latest, My Favorite Fangs, tries to be very different. The one-sentence, high-concept pitch is The Sound of Music with vampires, and that sounds pretty simplistic — and some might say silly, even — but it’s way more than that.  I’ve taken elements of the movie, and the real von Trapp family history, and undead myths, and jammed them together, then gave it a Monty Python or Family Guy vibe, which has — fingers crossed — created an entity until itself.”

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Zombies at the Writers’ Workshop

alangoldsher.jpgInspired by GalleyCat’s publishing prediction series, Alan Goldsher (author of the new book new book, “Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion”) sent us his own predictions.

He writes: “All the publishing prediction lists we’ve seen lately are fine and good, but most are missing the big picture: zombies will take over the world before the end of next October. That being the case, here’s what’s REALLY going to be happening in the book world.”

Goldsher’s predictions: “1) As everybody knows, zombies love book readings, so the book tour will again become a viable entity.

2) The undead have only a rudimentary understanding of technology, so publishers will be forced to “brain down” their online presence.

3) Low-level editors and assistants at literary agencies will all be in great peril, as zombies have demonstrated a taste for unpolished manuscripts.

4) The undead takeover will begin (has begun?) in Hollywood, so celebrity books will go by the wayside.

5) The tragic Midwestern Zombie Uprising of 2018 will put an end to the Iowa Writers Workshop, so you can kiss precious debut literary fiction goodbye.

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Horror Director Tobe Hooper Scores Book Deal

texasposter.jpgHorror film legend Tobe Hooper–who directed “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Poltergeist”–has scored a deal for his first novel. The book sold to Julian Pavia at Crown, and publication is tentatively set for Halloween 2010.

Movable Type Literary Group handled the deal, and GalleyCat caught up with founder Jason Allen Ashlock to find out more. “While Alan Goldsher was collaborating with Robert Englund on a memoir for S&S, he got to know Tobe, and we immediately began considering a book project,” explained Ashlock.

“They’re an energetic team, and the proposal they created got a lot of attention. The most compelling element of the book is Tobe’s use of his own life experiences in the story. He’s a master storyteller who mines his own history for the project … We’ve begun discussions with several producers already, and are getting a lot of calls as word gets around.”