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Politico & Random House To Partner for 2012 Election eBooks

Random House has teamed up with Politico to create a series of four instant eBooks about the 2012 presidential election.  The series (currently untitled) will only be available in digital format.

According to The New York Times, the first title will be released sometime before Christmas. They will be co-authored by the political news site’s chief White House correspondent Mike Allen and Princeton University journalism professor Evan Thomas. Allen’s writing can be regularly viewed on Politico’s Playbook and Thomas has worked as a political journalist for both Time magazine and Newsweek. Executive editor Jon Meacham will edit the series.

Here’s more from the release: “[The four eBooks] will give readers an unprecedented look behind the scenes of the election in real time, providing detail, color, in-depth analysis beyond the hourly headlines and commentary, and ultimately a look at the final results, and how and why it all happened … Each book will include exclusive reporting from the campaign trail and will chronicle the campaign as it unfolds.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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Al Gore Inks Deal with Random House

Former vice president Al Gore (pictured, via) has signed with Random House to publish a not-yet-titled book on “the political, social and economic forces that are shaping what America and the world will become in ensuing decades.”

Executive editor Jon Meacham negotiated the deal with The Wylie Agency founder Andrew Wylie. The deal includes World English, German and Spanish languages, first serial, audio, and e-book publication rights. The publisher will release the book in 2012.

Gore gave this quote in the release: “I am delighted to be working with Jon Meacham and Random House on my next book. With this new work, I hope to help start a conversation about the large-scale drivers of change that are defining and shaping our future—from the rapid development and integration of radically new technologies to the planet-changing impact of the climate crisis, to poverty, globalization, and the democratization of knowledge accompanying the emergence of a ubiquitous Internet linking ever more intelligent devices.”

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Jon Meacham Joins Random House Publishing Group as Executive VP & Executive Editor

Today Random House announced that former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham will serve executive VP and executive editor at the publisher.

The appointment starts January 3rd. Meacham will both acquire and edit nonfiction titles. The editor won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his Random House-published title,  American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.

Random House imprint publisher Susan Kamil had this statement: “Jon will help us carry forward the Random House nonfiction publishing tradition, with a particular emphasis on works of history, biography, and religion … I look forward to working closely with Jon.”

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Hopes to Assemble Bid for Newsweek Magazine

JonMeachambook.pngFollowing the Washington Post Co.’s announcement that they would “explore the possible sale of NEWSWEEK,” Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Newsweek editor Jon Meacham has expressed hopes to buy the magazine.

Here’s more from The Awl: “Meacham said that he will be lining up financiers and trying to make a bid to buy the magazine himself. He has already had inquiries from some very well-off types this morning. Tonight’s Daily Show appearance–he’s been booked for ages–should be really something!”

Meacham has written a number of books and won the Pulitzer Prize for the biography, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. (Via Sarah Weinman)

Karl Rove Memoir Reflects on Barack Obama and Colin Powell

karlrove23.pngOn Monday, the memoir of conservative political strategist Karl Rove will ship–a 608-page tome entitled Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight.

Today Politico published a few juicy excerpts, looking at Rove’s score-settling passages. His memoir refers to a number of other political memoirists–a literary conversation within his political story. Here’s an excerpt: “I admire Colin Powell‘s many years of service to our country and I think he was a fine secretary of state. But I sensed he never felt comfortable around me because he looked down on me as a ‘politico.’”

Rove also obsesses about a brief conversation with Barack Obama about a sentence in Obama’s memoir–a story that climaxes at a 2008 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner Rove attended with Newsweek editor Jon Meacham. Here’s Rove’s take: “At the dinner, Jon sat between me and Valerie Jarrett … During the dinner, Jarrett e-mailed Obama on her BlackBerry to let him know she was breaking bread with Satan himself. He e-mailed her back and Jarrett made the mistake of showing Jon and me his reply, which was ‘Rove hates me.’ I knew Senator Obama was alluding to our run-in over the passage in his book. I asked Jarrett to tell him I wasn’t in the habit of hating people.”

President Barack Obama to Write about Haiti

obama_portrait_146px.jpgPolitico reported today that President Barack Obama will write a cover story for Newsweek about the earthquake in Haiti.

National Review columnist and author Jonah Goldberg responded with a dismissive column: “some might wonder, given Newsweek’s fawning coverage of the man, whether this is the first time he’s written for Newsweek or whether this is just the first time he got a byline.” GalleyCat has always celebrated Obama’s writing credentials. The President’s memoir was a bestseller, and last year he urged This well-known author urged children to grow up to be writers in a speech.

What do you think? The Politico article also included a response from Newsweek editor Jon Meacham responding to critics: “We’ve published Ronald Reagan and John McCain, and we invited George W. Bush to write in our pages … The occasion for the Obama essay is an international tragedy with humanitarian and political implications.”

Most importantly, if you want to donate money to the recovery effort, The Rumpus has an amazing list of aid organizations.

Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

pulitzerl.jpgThe 2009 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists were announced this afternoon at Columbia University.

Among the Pulitzer Prize winners in the Letters categories were: “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout for Fiction; “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House” by Jon Meacham for Biography; “The Shadow of Sirius” by W.S. Merwin for Poetry; “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II” by Douglas A. Blackmon for General Nonfiction; and “Ruined” by Lynn Nottage for Drama.

Earlier this year, GalleyCat interviewed the History winner, Annette Gordon-Reed at the National Book Awards. She won both prizes for “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.”