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President Jimmy Carter, Arianna Huffington, & Gabrielle Zevin Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

9781616203214We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending March 30, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #2 in Hardcover Nonfiction) Thrive by Arianna Huffington: “Arianna Huffington’s personal wake-up call came in the form of a broken cheekbone and a nasty gash over her eye — the result of a fall brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep. As the cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group — one of the fastest growing media companies in the world — celebrated as one of the world’s most influential women, and gracing the covers of magazines, she was, by any traditional measure, extraordinarily successful. Yet as she found herself going from brain MRI to CAT scan to echocardiogram, to find out if there was any underlying medical problem beyond exhaustion, she wondered is this really what success feels like?” (March 2014)

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LIFE to Release ‘The Day Kennedy Died’

LIFE will publish a book called The Day Kennedy Died to honor the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death.

The book, which comes out on October 15th, opens up with a foreword featuring a conversation with historian David McCullough. It also contains photos, several essays, and “all 486 frames of the [Abraham] Zapruder film in print for the first time.”

The assassination of our 35th president took place in Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963. President Jimmy CarterDr. May Angelou, actor Alec Baldwin and other celebrities contributed personal stories about “where they were when they heard the news.”


eBookNation Releases a Collection of Kurt Vonnegut Articles

eBookNation has released Kurt Vonnegut by the Dozen.

From 1978 to 1998, the Slaughterhouse 5 author wrote one or two articles a year for The Nation magazine. This new eBook features a collection of Vonnegut’s Nation pieces.

Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel explained in a letter that Vonnegut’s relationship with The Nation allowed him to share political observations and social commentary. The pieces selected for Kurt Vonnegut by the Dozen contains Vonnegut’s thoughts on novelist Mark Twain, former presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs, and the cabinet of President Jimmy Carter.

Carter to Pen Bio On Mother

AP’s Hillel Italie reports that former President Jimmy Carter, who already has a book coming out this fall about his post-White House years, is working on a memoir about his mother, Lillian, to be published next spring by Simon & Schuster. “Jimmy Carter has inspired millions. Its a great opportunity to meet the woman who inspired him,” David Rosenthal, executive vice president and publisher of Simon & Schuster, said Thursday in a statement. “Jimmy Carter’s mother emerges from this portrait as redoubtable, generous, and forward-looking. He ascribes to her the inspiration for his own lifes work of commitment and faith.”

CBS Stockholder Deeply Unhappy with Carter Book

The New York Sun’s Gary Shapiro reports that former President Jimmy Carter‘s most recent book, PALESTINE: PEACE NOT APARTHEID has riled up CBS stockholders in a big way. That’s because the book was published by Simon & Schuster – a subsidiary of CBS – and so Carol Greenwald, the treasurer of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (and a CBS shareholder) plans to criticize the publisher at the meeting.

According to a statement shown to The New York Sun, Greenwald, who calls Carter’s book “error-filled,” plans to ask that a fact-checking system be set up to prevent material errors in books Simon & Schuster publishes and that a code of ethics be adopted for its publishing division. CBS declined comment, but a spokesman said that if the proposal is raised at the meeting, it is expected that the company would reply. The article later weighs the pros and cons of fact checking with a telling quote from journalism professor and critic Steve Weinberg: “Book publishers don’t usually take responsibility for what their authors write because the authors are seen contractually as independent agents.”

Carter Memoir to S&S

PW Daily reports that former President Jimmy Carter has just signed with Simon & Schuster‘s Alice Mayhew for a memoir. The untitled work is an account of Carter’s post-presidential career, and will describe his efforts, and those of the Carter Center, on behalf of some of the most neglected issues of the past 25 years-from the Middle East to North Korea, Sudan, Bosnia, Herzegovina, and China. Carter and the Center have monitored more than 65 elections and worked throughout Africa to eradicate disease. S&S has added the title to its fall schedule. Mayhew acquired North American rights to the new book from Lynn Nesbit at Janklow & Nesbit for an undisclosed figure.

When Politics and Publishing Collide

USA Today’s Carol Memmott looks at the astounding success of Barack Obama‘s THE AUDACITY OF HOPE and whether book sales really do have an impact on campaign plans. Booksellers and political observers have been buzzing for months about the rock-star atmosphere at Obama’s appearances to promote the book. “Reaction to the book and the response he received on the tour contributed to his thinking about the presidential race, but it wasn’t timed for that purpose,” says David Axelrod, a political consultant to Obama. The soon-to-be presidential candidate signed on to write the book long before the idea of running for president ever surfaced, Axelrod says. “There is no question, however, that the book signings and accompanying forums gave him a great opportunity to interact with thousands of people throughout the country.”

These days, it’s almost a requirement for a candidate to write a book, and there sure will be plenty of them coming in 2007 and 2008. “But the smart ones write a book that becomes kinetic, because it’s a bit unusual,” said Douglas Brinkley, citing JFK and Jimmy Carter as presidents who were helped by the books they wrote before. “You don’t want it to smell like a policy-platform document.”