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Duran Duran Bassist Lands Major Book Deal

Duran Duran bassist John Taylor has landed a “major deal” ($500,000 and up) with Dutton for his memoir. Publication is set for the fall of 2012.

The pop group has sold more than 80 million records, counting hits like “Girls on Film,” and “Hungry Like a Wolf” and “Ordinary World” (video embedded above). Jonathan Conway of Mulcahy Conway Associates negotiated the auction for the book and executive editor Carrie Thornton bought the autobiography.

Taylor explained in the release: “This book recounts the million tiny seductions that are required to make the journey from English suburbia to selling out Madison Square Garden—seductions that go by a hundred different names; family, friendship, romances, collaborations and strategic alliances. Here is my journey and where it took me; into fantastic success, more than a little decadence, darkness, and finally, I like to think, a little enlightenment.”

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Jennifer Hudson Inks Deal for Weight Loss Memoir

Singer and Weight Watchers spokesperson Jennifer Hudson has landed a book deal with Penguin’s Dutton division to write a “inspirational weight loss memoir.”

Publisher Brian Tart announced the deal, which was negotiated by William Morris Endeavor agent Mel Berger.  Executive editor Carrie Thornton will edit the currently untitled book.

Here’s more from the release: “[It] will chronicle Hudson’s experience growing up in an environment where healthy living was not a priority, to dealing with talk of her weight as she competed on American Idol and won her first Oscar, to her eventual decision to get healthy after the birth of her son, and her success losing weight with the help of Weight Watchers. Now, 80 pounds lighter, Hudson wants to inspire anyone coping with weight issues, share some of her own best tips for losing and maintaining weight loss, fitting in exercise and keeping it fun and much more.” (Image via)

Library Cat Author Lands Seven-Figure Deal

9780446407410_154X233.jpgFoundry Literary + Media founder Peter McGuigan reportedly landed a million dollar deal for author Vicki Myron at Dutton–hoping to replicate the success of Hachette’s surprise bestseller, “Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World.”

Myron co-wrote the original book–about the lost cat who charmed a library in Iowa–with Bret Witter, and he will return to work on the new book, “Dewey’s Nine Lives.” According to Publishers Weekly, Hachette will publish two picture books about the cat in coming months. Editor Carrie Thornton bought the book, and publication is set for fall 2010.

Here’s more from the article: “The industry chatter is that the Penguin imprint paid a $2 million advance for ‘Dewey’s Nine Lives,’ which is in the same vein as Dewey. McGuigan said, in describing the book, that it’s about the ‘amazing relationships between cats and their people’ and added that it will also feature new stories about Dewey himself.”