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Stephen Colbert Wins Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album

america againComedian Stephen Colbert won this year’s Best Spoken Word Album Grammy for the America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t audiobook.

Hachette Audio released it on October 02, 2012. The four other nominees were Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls author David Sedaris, The Storm King author Pete Seeger, Carol and Me author Carol Burnett, and Still Foolin’ ‘Em author Billy Crystal.

Past winners in this category include Society’s Child author Janis Ian, If You Ask Me (and of Course You Won’t) author Betty White, and Earth (The Book) author Jon Stewart & The Daily Show writers. This marks the second time Colbert won a Grammy Award; he snatched up a Grammy in 2010 for Best Comedy Album.

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What Is It Like to Visit The Colbert Report & The Daily Show with Your Book?

Stanford University assistant professor of history Jennifer Burns had the great fortune to talk about her writing on both The Colbert Report and The Daily Show.

Over at the Oxford University Press blog, she compared the differences between the shows–some handy intelligence for writers who hope to be on the show someday. Burns is the author of Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right. Follow this link to watch The Daily Show interview. We’ve embedded the Colbert interview above.  Check it out:

The biggest difference, of course, is Jon vs. Stephen, but I had an unexpected reaction. Where most people seem to think Stephen Colbert would be a more difficult interview, I actually found him to be personally warmer and easier to talk to than Jon Stewart. Some of this was because I felt more confident the second time around. But the interview itself was also less serious and more of a performance, whereas on The Daily Show I felt I was being grilled by a formidable intellect …The Colbert producer also did a great job of helping me understand what would create a good interview. Her top piece of advice (which I also heard at The Daily Show): “Don’t be funny!”

Trident Media Group Launches eBook Division

Trident Media Group, the literary agency representing Deepak Chopra, Paris Hilton, Jon Stewart, Tori Spelling and a long list of other authors, has launched Trident E-Book Operations.

The new division will “create, manage and implement innovative e-book strategies including the distribution of a variety of e-books directly to a large number of e-tailers in North America and internationally.” In addition, they will consult with authors about everything from digital design to social media to exploring new relationships with “traditional and non-traditional publishers.” Lyuba DiFalco and Nicole Robson have been appointed co-directors of e-book operations.

In the release, Trident chairman Robert Gottlieb explained: “Trident will not become a publisher, but will instead continue in its new e-book operations to have itself aligned with its clients whose interests we serve as an agent and manager.”

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Self Publishes Book

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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has a new self-published memoir out today called Katrina’s Secrets: Storms After The Storm (Volume 1). Nagin used Amazon Direct’s self-publishing platform to release the book.

In the above video, Nagin talks to Jon Stewart about how he chose to self publish the book rather than go through a publishing house, after shopping it with a literary agent. He said: “Once you turn over your manuscript to a publisher, you never know what is going to happen.”

The book defends Nagin’s often criticized disaster management approach after Hurricane Katrina. Here is more from the description: “Each hour, Nagin navigated tumultuous political channels, all while survivors clung to rooftops and begged for drinking water. Nagin’s team confronted thousands of calls pleading for rescue; politicos more keen to pose for photos than to pose solutions; broken promises from FEMA; and the violent Superdome; and the controversial acts of some police.”

Arianna Huffington Responds to Huffington Post Strike

According to The Wrap, Arianna Huffington told unhappy bloggers “Go ahead, go on strike” at a conference yesterday–arguing that her site employs 183 journalists and that “no one really notices” the strike.

Here’s more from the article: “[Huffington] argued that blogging on the Huffington Post is equivalent to going on Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart or the ‘Today’ show to promote their ideas. And, she said, there are plenty of people willing to take their place if they do.”

Earlier this week, Visual Art Source publisher Bill Lasarow called for unpaid HuffPo bloggers to strike. He stopped posting his publication’s content on The Huffington Post until the online site began to pay writers and separated editorial and promotional content.  What do you think?

Batman Sidekick Featured on The Daily Show

Last night The Daily Show with Jon Stewart took a satirical look at Batman‘s Parisian sidekick, Nightrunner–uncovering some prejudice against the comic book character.

The French sidekick has an Islamic background. The segment featured Bosch Fawstin, a comic book artist who seems to believe that being a Muslim and being a Jihadist are mutually inclusive. Daily Show reporter Aasif Mandvi (who is also a Muslim) donned a costume to pose as a crime fighter, all in the name of comedy.

This is not the first time Nightrunner faced such criticism. Batman writer David Hine explained why he had Batman meet his sidekick in Death and Taxes magazine: “The process of developing a story is complex and there are all kinds of things I looked at. The urban unrest and problems of the ethnic minorities under [Nicolas] Sarkozy’s government dominate the news from France and it became inevitable that the hero should come from a French Algerian background.”

Great Gatsby Nintendo & Borders Bankruptcy: Most Popular Stories of the Week

As we head home for the three-day weekend, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of publishing headlines to keep you busy. Here are the most popular headlines of the last week, ranging from Jon Stewart‘s win at the Grammy Awards to a Lisa Simpson book club.

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1. Borders Will Close 200 Stores
2. The Great Gatsby Nintendo Game
3. 5 Things Publishers Need to Know About Mobile Apps
4. Best Book-Based Netflix Movies Online for People Who Hate Valentine’s Day
5. Jonathan Lethem: ‘Brooklyn Is Repulsive with Novelists, It’s Cancerous with Novelists’
6. Lisa Simpson Gets Book Club on Tumblr
7. Barnes & Noble Writes Open Letter to Amazon Affiliates
8. Scientists Date Unreadable Manuscript
9.3 WordPress Tools To Put Your Book in Browsers
10. Jon Stewart & Julie Andrews Win Audiobook Grammy Awards

Jon Stewart & Julie Andrews Win Audiobook Grammy Awards

Last night, Jon Stewart & The Daily Show writers won the Best Spoken Word Album Grammy Award for Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race. Julie Andrews and her daughter (Emma Walton Hamilton) won the Best Spoken Word Album for Children award for the poetry collection, Julie Andrews’ Collection Of Poems, Songs, And Lullabies.

In the video embedded above, Andrews reads a poem. Andrews also won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In her acceptance speech earlier this month, the actress talked about her work as a children’s author.

When Stewart read at a New York City Barnes & Noble, he explained the book’s premise: “This is the entirety of the human experience. How we got here, what we did while we were here, and obviously, how we’re leaving. We’ll tell you, it’s really quite funny.”

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George W. Bush Memoir Tops College Bestseller List

According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, eight out of the top ten titles on college campuses are nonfiction books. Decision Points by George W. Bush topped the list.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson were the only fiction books on the list. Life by Keith Richards and The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 by Mark Twain joined Bush’s memoir on the list. Humor titles by Jon Stewart and Tucker Max also made the cut.

What titles did you read while you were in college? The magazine surveyed university bookstores across the country for the list. Follow this link for the complete list of participating bookstores.

Steve Hely Wins the 2010 Thurber Prize

Last night, Steve Hely (pictured with Keith Olbermann) was pronounced this year’s winner of the Thurber Prize. His win includes $5,000 and a crystal plaque. Magazine journalist Jancee Dunn and memoir writer Rhoda Janzen were the other finalists; they each received a Thurber print.

Hely’s resume boasts an extensive career in comedy television writing. He has writing credits from his work on 30 Rock, The Office, The Late Show With David Letterman, and American Dad. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University where he served as president of The Harvard Lampoon. The Thurber Prize honored his debut novel, How I Became a Famous Novelist.

The event was held in New York City’s Algonquin Hotel. MSNBC personality Keith Olbermann made a quick appearance to read from a Thurber volume of fables. Judges for this year’s Thurber Prize include two 2009 finalists, Laurie Notaro and Sloane Crosley. Joining the finalists as a judge is writer-editor Bruce Tracy, who in the past served as editorial director for at Doubleday and Random House. Past winners of the Thurber Prize include David Sedaris, Christopher Buckley, Jon Stewart, and 2-time honoree Ian Frazier.

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