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Posts Tagged ‘Ellen DeGeneres’

Janis Ian Wins Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album

Musician Janis Ian beat out First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, political commentator Rachel Maddow and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres for the “Best Spoken Word Album” Grammy award.

Ian narrated her own book for the win.

Audible released the audiobook edition of her nonfiction book, Society’s Child: My Autobiography, in June 2012. The hardcover print version of this book actually came out back in July 2008.

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Celebrities Reading Fifty Shades of Grey

E.L. James became the first author to be named Publishers Weekly‘s Person of the Year.

Many members of the publishing community, such as Washinton Post fiction editor Ron Charles, have shared their opinions about this announcement. Celebrities have also weighed in on the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.

As rumors continue to circulate about a film adaptation, we’ve rounded-up four videos featuring celebrities reading the book.

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Michelle Obama & Bill Clinton Get Grammy Nominations for Audiobooks

The Grammy Awards nominations have been revealed for 2013.

Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton lead the Best Spoken Word Album Category for the prestigious music awards.

Follow the links below to listen to free audiobook samples of all the nominated audiobooks below…

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Ellen DeGeneres Narrates ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Talk show host and author Ellen DeGeneres shared a short skit online, attempting to read the audiobook version of E. L. James‘ steamy erotica, Fifty Shades of Grey.

We’ve embedded the video above (Completely Safe for Work)–what do you think of her charming sound effects?

Last month, James landed a seven-figure book deal and a movie deal for her bestselling title. In another post, we explored the novel’s previous incarnation as sexy Twilight fan fiction.

Lagardere Reports eBooks Are 20% of US Adult Trade Sales

Lagardere Publishing, the corporate parent of Hachette, reported that eBooks composed 20 percent of US adult sales in the final quarter of 2011.

Worldwide, sales were down 5.9 percent for the publishing arm of the media conglomerate, publisher of Stephanie Meyer and Nicolas Sparks.

Here’s more from the release: “United States activity grew strongly (+12.8%) on the back of new bestsellers (The Best of Me by Nicolas Sparks, Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres), despite problems with distribution networks (bankruptcy of Borders) that lingered on into the fourth quarter. The e-books growth continued in the fourth quarter, mainly in English-speaking countries: in the United States and United Kingdom e-books accounted for 20% and 10%, respectively, of Adult Trade at the end of December 2011.” (Via Jose Afonso Furtado)

Madonna To Star in Comic Book

Madonna has had a pretty colorful life, and pretty soon you’ll be able to see it in full color. Independent publisher Bluewater Productions has a new comic book coming out in August based on the star’s life.

Female Force: Madonna is the illustrated story of the star’s life as written by CW Cooke and drawn by Michael Johnson. The book tells the story of how a struggling dancer in New York became one of the biggest pop stars in history. The book also highlights Madonna’s influence on other artists. “Most pop stars owe everything to this woman. It’s amazing all of the things that she’s done in her lifetime, and I have a feeling that this is still only the beginning,” stated Cooke.

Bluewater’s Female Force series featured other prominent women, including: Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, JK Rowling, Ellen Degeneres and Sarah Palin.

The Banners of BEA 2011

Every year, this GalleyCat editor loves to take badly lit photographs of the banners of BEA, giving our readers a glimpse of the year’s biggest campaigns.

The banners were fairly muted this year. Last year, a gigantic Justin Cronin poster loomed over the proceedings. In this GalleyCat editor’s memory, The Passage banner seemed as tall as a house.

The Oprah Winfrey Show ends today, so it is only fitting that we open with a banner (embedded above) for the $50 book, The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy.

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Ellen DeGeneres Options Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has used her own money to option Jodi Picoult‘s latest novel, Sing You Home.

According to Deadline, DeGeneres regards this as a “passion project.” She enlisted Storyline partners Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to produce a feature film version with her.

Sing You Home, a novel about gay rights, was released earlier this month. The video embedded above features Ellen Wilber‘s performance of Sing You Home which can be found in the book’s companion soundtrack.

Ellen DeGeneres Lands a Book Deal

ellen_twitter_ai.jpgComedian Ellen DeGeneres has added another book to her collection, selling an untitled memoir to Grand Central. Publication is scheduled for 2011.

According to Publishers Lunch, the deal was negotiated by ICM agents Esther Newberg and Eddy Yablans, attorney Kevin Yorn, and manager Eric Gold. DeGeneres has one of the strongest platforms in America with 4,775,359 followers on Twitter, a spot on American Idol, and her own talk show. She’s written a few books, including The Funny Thing Is… and My Point…And I Do Have One.

Here’s more from Publishers Lunch: “DeGeneres’s untitled look at her life through her humor (‘I found that between my talk show, American Idol and my late night blogging, I didn’t have enough ways to express myself’)”

Portia de Rossi Scores Book Deal for her Memoir

PortiadeRossi.pngActress Portia de Rossi inked a deal to publish her memoir with Simon & Schuster imprint Atria Books. de Rossi (pictured, via) will write about her health struggles and her marriage to television star Ellen DeGeneres.

Atria editorial director Peter Borland acquired North American, audio, and electronic publishing rights to the book. The deal was negotiated by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment agent Jennifer Rudolph Walsh. Publication is set for fall 2010. de Rossi has appeared in a number of television shows, including Ally McBeal, Arrested Development, and Better Off Ted.

Here’s more from the release: “de Rossi shares the truth of her long battle to overcome anorexia and bulimia, chronicling the physical trauma of the disease, as well as the shame and fear she endured battling her illness while living in the public eye. The book’s final section will explore the new happiness and health she has found in recent years–including her coming out and her marriage to Ellen DeGeneres.”