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Tina Brown To Write Memoir About Her Media Life

Editor and author Tina Brown has sold her memoir to Henry Holt’s Metropolitan Books imprint. Media Beast will come out in 2016.

Agent Ed Victor negotiated the deal with publisher Stephen Rubin in “an exclusive submission.” Rubin published Brown’s biography of Princess Diana, The Diana Chronicles. Metropolitan Books publisher Sara Bershtel will edit.

The book will cover Brown’s legendary career as a young magazine editor, but also cover her tim leading Talk magazine, working with Harvey Weinstein, her CNBC talk show “Topic A” and her leadership at The Daily Beast. Brown left the website earlier this week.

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The New Yorker Acquires Borowitz Report

Comedian and author Andy Borowitz revealed today that The New Yorker has acquired his blog, The Borowitz Report. Starting today, readers will find his satirical pieces at the magazine’s website.

Borowitz joked that editor David Remnick will allow the humorist to write for the magazine as long as “I don’t make fun of Malcolm Gladwell.”

The announcement ended with a serious dedication to the writer’s mother. Here’s more: “if you’ll forgive me, I’d like to say one last thing that’s true. My mom, Helen Borowitz, who died this month at the age of eighty-three, loved The New Yorker all her life and introduced me to it when I was a little boy. Seeing the Borowitz Report at The New Yorker would have made her so happy. I dedicate all my columns to her memory.”

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David Remnick to Publish Barack Obama Biography

25265_remnick_david.gifOn April 9, Alfred A. Knopf will publish The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by New Yorker editor David Remnick. The book will launch with 200,000 hardcover copies and a simultaneous eBook edition.

For this new book, Remnick (pictured, via Gasper Tringale) will use hundreds of on-the record interviews, including talks with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Jesse Jackson, and Bill Ayers. In addition, the book will feature letters from Obama’s late mother, Stanley Ann Dunham. The author has edited The New Yorker since 1998 and won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1994 book, Lenin’s Tomb. Read more about the crowded field of Obama books at Politico.

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group chairman Sonny Mehta had this statement: Obama’s election as President was based less on policy prescriptions than on a sense of his character and biography … The Bridge reveals not only his character, but also his trials, motivations, and perspectives in a way that a memoir, even a remarkable one, cannot.”

New Yorker Drops Second Fiction Issue

newyorker2323.jpgNew Yorker editor David Remnick told WWD that they are dropping the winter fiction issue this year, substituting an issue dedicated to the theme of “world changers.” There will still be one annual fiction issue.

The change was driven by economics, according to the article: “Ad pages rose more than 50 percent for the issue, making it the biggest of the year. Chanel, Prada and Louis Vuitton are among the fashion advertisers and the automotive category has seven more pages than last year, thanks to BMW, Acura, Ford, Cadillac and Toyota. Total ad pages for ‘world changers’ is almost 69, compared with 45 for last year’s winter fiction issue.”

Nevertheless, the missing fiction issue will leave a hole in the literary world. This GalleyCat editor remembers many happy years riding airplanes and buses home to Michigan while reading this winter fiction issue. Thanks to Afterword for the link.

Nick Trautwein Hired as New Yorker Senior Editor

Less than a year after joining Penguin Press as a nonfiction editor, Nick Trautwein is leaving to become a senior editor at The New Yorker.

According to the NY Observer, Trautwein will replace Emily Eakin–despite a hiring freeze at Condé Nast. As we noted yesterday, the literary magazine also hired a managing editor this year as well.

New Yorker editor David Remnick had this emailed statement, from the article: “Anyone whose resume includes playing sax in Chubby Checker’s touring band has got to have something going on. And from everything I have seen, Nick Trautwein, really does.” You can find out more about his jazz experience in this exclusive GalleyCat video from last year…

The New Yorker Hires 26-Year-Old Amelia Lester as Managing Editor

newyorker23.jpgNews broke this afternoon that 26-year-old Amelia Lester has scored one of the most coveted editorial spots in the literary world, hired by David Remnick to serve as managing editor of the prestigious magazine, The New Yorker. In response, Twitter hummed with praise, surprise, and soul-searching from readers around the country.

The NY Observer reports that Lester had served as an editor at the Paris Review. Here’s more: “[Lester] used to be a fact-checker at The New Yorker and checked all-star writers Seymour Hersh and Jane Mayer. She’s replacing Kate Julian, who is moving to Washington, D.C. where her husband just got a job.”

GalleyCat found a few scattered pieces Lester wrote for the online side of the magazine, but we especially appreciated her short piece about novelist Salman Rushdie‘s habit of making short cameos in movies. (Via Mediaite)

New Yorker Editor Possibly “Exempt” from Company Restructuring

amandamb.jpgThe New York Observer took a long hard look at the celebrated magazine publisher Condé Nast today, giving literary types some reassuring news. The article cites unnamed sources that think New Yorker editor David Remnick “will be exempt” from working with the restructuring experts from McKinsey & Company.

Even if the New Yorker is spared layoffs, the magazine company faces some tough decisions–a hot-button issue on today’s Morning Media Menu. The special guest was FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst (pictured), who was directly affected by Condé Nast layoffs.

Click here to listen to the whole show, but here’s a quote from Ernst: “I worked there for a short three months, and then I was a victim to their across-the-board five percent cost-cutting … I think it’s really funny that all of a sudden people are like, ‘Oh my god, the culture of Condé Nast is falling apart.’ It’s been falling apart for the last year! Didn’t you see all the magazines closing? Didn’t you see all your colleagues leave?”

New Yorker Editor on Niche Readership

bengreenman3.jpgHow will future New Yorker readers think about content? It’s a major question that many literary publishers are asking themselves right now.

Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was Ben Greenman (pictured), a New Yorker editor and author of the new novel, “Please Step Back.” During the show Greenman discussed his readership and disagreed with a 15-year-old intern’s depressing report on the consumption habits of teenagers.

Here’s more from his insightful comments: “This was David Remnick‘s theory from the beginning for The New Yorker … When you have a niche readership of any size—The New Yorker has a very large niche readership, but you could still call it that—these people self-identify, [they] seek things out. They seek out content, and they are willing to spend time on it, and—despite what the 15-year-old says—when they have money, they are willing to spend money on [your content].”

How to Build a Better Literary Panel Discussion

14648.jpgHow do you build a better literary panel discussion? The NY Observer talked to a star-studded line-up of literary experts at the opening gala for the PEN World Voices Festival, getting some varied answers to that burning question.

New Yorker festival organizer Rhonda Sherman explained that journalists and authors David Remnick, George Packer, and Adam Gopnik are some of the best moderators in the business. PEN American Center President Francine Prose (pictured) recalled a recent panel that lasted, amazingly, five-and-a-half hours.

Sherman also offered this sage advice: “In general, it’s not a party unless there’s blood on the floor … There needs to be tension on a panel. You need to have some disagreement. If everyone agrees on the panel, it’s a total snooze-a-thon.” (Via Literary Saloon)

Miller Moves from Vintage to Knopf

PW Daily reports that Vintage/Anchor senior editor Andrew Miller is moving floors in the Random House building as a result of his new gig as a senior editor at Knopf. “Andrew is an exceptional editor who, in his tenure at Vintage/Anchor, has demonstrated a keen eye for topical nonfiction,” said Knopf chairman and editor-in-chief Sonny Mehta in yesterday’s announcement. Miller has edited books by Victor Davis Hanson, Tom Bissell, James Fallows and Neal Pollack, as well as worked with authors including Robert Caro, David Remnick, Lawrence Wright, Robert Kagan, Hampton Sides, and Chuck Palahniuk.