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Charles Bukowski Audiobooks Coming for First Time

Fans of Charles Bukowski can listen to audiobook editions of his work for the first time ever. HarperCollins plans to release eight audiobooks for the late writer’s 93rd birthday. The digital audiobooks will be available on August 13th.

The books include: Post OfficeSouth of No NorthFactotumWomenHam on RyeHot Water MusicHollywood, and Pulp. Actor and audiobook narrator Christian Baskous  will read the books.  Ecco publisher Daniel Halpern had this comment:

It would be Bukowski himself reading here, if the technology had advanced quickly enough.  But his voice rings clear and deep in these renditions – and from them, the genius of Bukowski flows forth.

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Jonas Jonasson To Publish New Book

Swedish author Jonas Jonasson has inked a book deal with HarperCollins’ Ecco imprint for his second novel, The Illiterate Who Could Count. Jonasson previously wrote the bestseller, The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared.

Publication is set for fall 2014. Carina Barndt at Barndt New Agency negotiated the deal with Ecco publisher Daniel Halpern. Here’s more about the book:

Jonasson now returns with an ironic look at fundamentalism in all its guises. The new novel is a trip that takes us from the shelters of Soweto to a potato van in Sweden with a cast of incredibly strange people. The 100 Year Old Man was an international success that sold more than 1 million copies in the UK, Sweden and France, more than 2 million in Germany, and almost six million copies, in total, worldwide. THE ILLITERATE WHO COULD COUNT will be published by Ecco, in the Fall of 2014, as well as by HarperCollins Canada and 4th Estate in the UK.

Dana Cowin Lands Cookbook Deal with Ecco

Food & Wine magazine editor-in-chief Dana Cowin has inked a cookbook deal with HarperCollins’ Ecco imprint.

The publisher plans to release Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen, in 2014. President Daniel Halpern negotiated the deal with William Morris Endeavor literary agent Andy McNicol.

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Tom Robbins to Publish Memoir in 2014

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and Jitterbug Perfume author Tom Robbins will publish a memoir with HarperCollins’ Ecco imprint.

Tibetan Peach Pie is scheduled for 2014 release.  Phoebe Larmore negotiated the world rights deal with Ecco publisher Daniel Halpern. Robbins described his memoir in a statement:

Tibetan Peach Pie isn’t exactly your normal memoir, but from the worn hills of Appalachia to the heights of the best-seller lists; from America’s psychedelic underground to the backstreets of Asia, the savannas of Africa, and the studios of the art world, it does lift the curtain on a succession of highly personal magical mystery peep shows.  I suppose it shouldn’t surprise anyone if in both content and style it reads a bit like one of my novels. (Photo via Alexa Robbins)

 

Poet Laureate Lands Book Deal in ‘Very Heated Auction’

Poet laureate Natasha Trethewey has inked a book deal with HarperCollins’ Ecco imprint to publish her as-yet-untitled memoir.

Lippincott Massie McQuilkin agent Rob McQuilkin negotiated the deal with publisher Daniel Halpern in a “very heated auction.” Publication has been set for 2014. Halpern called it “a story that no one is likely to forget.”

Here’s more from the release: “Her book will map the intersections of personal and cultural history, as it navigates the channels and byways of memory and the legacy of race in America.  Chronicling her life from early childhood – the daughter of a black mother and a white father, she was born in Gulfport, Mississippi a year before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the anti-miscegenation laws with Loving v. Virginia – this deeply felt memoir explores Trethewey’s experience growing up mixed race in the South of the ‘70s and ‘80s, her close relationship with her mother, who was later murdered by her stepfather, a Vietnam veteran, and the repercussions and resonances of these seminal events in her life and work.”

Amy Tan Inks Deal with HarperCollins

HarperCollins has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to bestselling author Amy Tan‘s (pictured, via) forthcoming novel, The Valley of Amazement.

In the U.S., Ecco publisher Daniel Halpern negotiated with Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency president Sandra Dijkstra. In Canada, Harper Canada publisher Iris Tupholme ironed out a contract with Westwood Creative Artists literary agent John Pearce.

Tan described her book in the release: “A painting called the ‘Valley of Amazement’ is passed along through three generations of women of the same family. Despite vast differences in their upbringing, culture and circumstances, each of the women is drawn to discover the meaning of the painting and the unknown histories of their mothers.”

Dave Eggers and the “Wild Things” Shuffle

51bsPAgjgfL._SL500_AA240_.jpgThis October, the adaptation of Maurice Sendak‘s classic storybook, “Where the Wild Things Are,” will also include a unique tie-in: Dave Eggers will publish a 300-page loose adaptation of the book.

The NY Observer points out that HarperCollins’ Ecco Press editor Daniel Halpern first acquired the book in 2006, but now the Amazon page lists McSweeney’s as the publisher. All the parties involved with the book kept mum about why the title changed publishers.

Here’s some paperback intelligence from the article: “Moreover, the paperback edition, originally slated to be published through Ecco’s paperback line, will, like all the paperback editions of Mr. Eggers’ previous books, come out through Random House’s Vintage Books imprint. According to Sloane Crosley, Mr. Eggers’ publicist there, Vintage has been in talks to publish the book since this spring.”

MTV’s First Poet Laureate

The New York Times’ Melena Ryzik reports that MtvU, the subsidiary of MTV Networks that is broadcast only on college campuses, will announce today that it has selected its first poet laureate: John Ashbery, the prolific 80-year-old poet and frequent award winner known for his dense, postmodern style and playful language. One of the most celebrated living poets, Ashbery has won MacArthur Foundation and Guggenheim fellowships and was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his collection SELF-PORTRAIT IN A CONVEX MIRROR.

According to Stephen K. Friedman, the general manager of mtvU, which broadcasts at 750 campuses nationwide, was the No. 1 choice to inaugurate the position. “He resonates with college students that we’ve talked with,” said Friedman. And Ashber was immediately receptive. “It seemed like it would be a chance to broaden the audience for poetry.” But will droves of young people respond? “It’s our hope that we will interest college kids in poetry in a new way, make it hip for them,” said Daniel Halpern, the publisher of Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins that has published Ashbery’s work. But, Halpern admitted, “it’ss very hard to tell what exactly is going to come of all this.”