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Amanda Knox Inks HarperCollins Book Deal

Amanda Knox will write a memoir for HarperCollins. According to the New York Times‘ sources, the deal was “for close $4 million.”

The Seattle student was charged in the 2007 death of her former roommate Meredith Kercher while studying abroad in Italy, but was exonerated by the Italian court system last year.

The AP had a statement from HarperCollins: “Aided by journals she kept during her imprisonment, Knox will talk about her harrowing experience at the hands of the Italian police and later prison guards and inmates. She will reveal never before-told details surrounding her case, and describe how she used her inner strength and strong family ties to cope with the most challenging time of her young life.”

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Burt Bacarach Inks Memoir Deal with HarperCollins

Legendary musician Burt Bacharach has landed a book deal with HarperCollins. Bacharach will collaborate with journalist Robert Greenfield on the book, Anyone Who Had a Heart. Publication is set for November 2012.

Publisher Jonathan Burnham and executive editor Claire Wachtel negotiated the deal with Intellectual Property Group literary agents Amy Schiffman and Brian Lipson.

Here’s more from the release: “As powerful and moving as Burt Bacharach’s most unforgettable songs, Anyone Who Had a Heart will provide readers with a backstage pass to a world of show business that no longer exists. It will also give them an up close and personal look at the life of an artist whose incredible body of work has earned him a unique position in the American cultural landscape while also providing the sound track for the lives of millions of devoted fans all over the world.”

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Colin Powell Inks Deal with HarperCollins

Former secretary of state Colin Powell (pictured, via) has inked a deal at HarperCollins for a new book entitled It Worked For Me: Lessons in Leadership and Life. The nonfiction title is slated for publication in May 2012.

Powell will be collaborating with writer Tony Koltz on this project. Publisher Jonathan Burnham negotiated the deal with Josephson International LLC’s Marvin Josephson. Executive editor Tim Duggan will edit the book.

Here’s more from the release: “[This book] is a collection of lessons and personal anecdotes that have driven the four star-general and former Secretary of State’s legendary career in public service. Leading off with Powell’s ’13 Rules,’ culled together from scraps of paper that he accumulated at his desk and are now used in leadership presentations throughout the world, the book sheds light on the making and success of one of our most revered statesmen. Powell’s short-but-sweet rules—like ‘Get mad, then get over it’ and ‘Share credit’—set the tone for the rest of his book, in which he tells revealing personal stories to expand on his principles for effective leadership: conviction, hard work, and above all, respect for others.”

Carrie Kania Leaves Harper Perennial & Harper Paperbacks

Harper Perennial and Harper paperbacks publisher Carrie Kania will depart, heading to London to serve as an agent at Conville & Walsh. Her departure also sparked a reorganization at the publisher.

HarperCollins has restructured the Harper Perennial and Harper paperbacks imprints, bringing them under the umbrella of the Harper and William Morrow divisions. Harper Division publisher Jonathan Burnham now oversees Harper Perennial. William Morrow, Avon, and HarperVoyager publisher Liate Stehlik will take control of Harper paperbacks.

Here’s more about the restructure, from the internal memo: “Cal Morgan will continue in the role of Editorial Director of the Harper Perennial paperback originals, reporting to Jonathan. Additionally, Amy Baker, Senior Director of Marketing, and Erica Barmash, Marketing Manager, will remain with the Harper Perennial imprint, reporting to Jonathan. Gregory Henry, Senior Publicity Manager, Anne Tate, Senior Publicist, Peter Henningsen, Assistant Publicist, will move over to Tina Andreadis, VP/Director Publicity. Michael Signorelli, Editor, will join the Harper editorial team.”

Deborah Voigt Inks Deal with HarperCollins

Opera singer Deborah Voigt has inked a deal with HarperCollins for her memoir; the current working title for the book is True Confessions of a Down to Earth Diva.

The autobiography is slated for a 2013 release. Publisher Jonathan Burnham negotiated the deal with Inkwell Management literary agent Kim Witherspoon.

Here’s more from the release: “Voigt is on the roll of her life after finally conquering her inner demons, the least of which perhaps was her very obvious addiction to food and emotional eating. Seven years ago, Voigt was infamously catapulted into a state of shame by the mainstream media when it was revealed that she had been fired by the Royal Opera House in London for literally being too fat to fit into a little black dress that she was expected to wear as part of her starring role as Ariadne at Covent Garden.”

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HarperStudio Imprint to Close; Staff Moves to Other Imprints

harperStudioHeader.jpgToday HarperCollins announced that HarperStudio will close, ending one of publishing’s most experimental projects. The final titles will be published in the Summer 2010 list.

Titles scheduled beyond that date will be picked up by other HarperCollins imprints. According to a memo from from Michael Morrison–the company’s president and publisher of U.S. General Books and Canada–the publisher is willing to discuss “profit sharing scenarios on a book by book basis” with authors who appreciated HarperStudio’s unorthodox publishing strategy. The imprint’s publisher left last month, making the imprint’s future uncertain. Last month, Gawker wondered what the change could mean for bloggers with book deals.

Here’s more from the memo: “I’m happy to report that Debbie Stier, Associate Publisher of HarperStudio and Director of Digital Marketing for HarperCollins, will continue in her role as Director of Digital Marketing for the company reporting to Carolyn Pittis. Debbie will also continue to acquire books for all imprints as Editor-at-Large. Kathryn Ratcliffe-Lee will continue to report to Debbie. I’m pleased to announce that Senior Editor Julia Cheiffetz will move to the Harper imprint and report to Jonathan Burnham. Assistant Editor Katie Salisbury will continue to report to Julia. Jessica Wiener will continue as Director of Marketing, reporting to me.”

The entire memo is embedded after the jump.

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Sarah Palin Finishes Her Memoir in Four Months

images.jpegThe industrious author Sarah Palin has written her memoir in four months flat, and readers can look for the hardcover in mid-November.

According to the AP, the book is entitled “Going Rogue: An American Life,” and the HarperCollins’ Harper imprint plans to print 1.5 million copies. Harper publisher Jonathan Burnham had this statement: “Governor Palin has been unbelievably conscientious and hands-on at every stage, investing herself deeply and passionately in this project.”

Today’s edition of the Morning Media Menu podcast pondered this upcoming publishing event. In addition to the memoir, the show also explored Tina Brown‘s new publishing imprint and boozy days at the NY Times.

Bruce Nichols Moves to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

hmcologo.jpgMonths after HarperCollins shuttered his Collins division, Bruce Nichols is leaving the company to serve as adult trade and reference publisher at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

At Collins, Nichols worked on “Alex & Me” by Irene Pepperberg, “My Booky Wook” by Russell Brand, and “Red and Me” by Bill Russell. Before the HarperCollins restructuring, he was the Collins publisher–moving there after serving as executive editor at Free Press.

Here’s more from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt president, Gary Gentel: “Nichols is widely recognized in the industry for his leadership, innovation and keen editorial judgment, and his ability to find topics and writers that attract national attention … We want to build on our legacy, but also look to the future, and I’m thrilled to have Bruce guide our Adult and Reference programs.”

HarperCollins to Posthumously Publish Michael Crichton Novels

mcbio.gifHarperCollins will publish two new books by Michael Crichton, the author’s final projects before he passed away last November.

The author of the classic novels Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain was working on two books, according to the NY Times. The first will be released in November, entitled “Pirate Latitudes.” In addition, the company also plans to complete Crichton’s final novel in fall 2010 with the help of a co-author.

Harper publisher Jonathan Burnham discussed the pirate book: “It’s eminently and deeply and thoroughly researched…It’s packed through with great detail about navigation and how pirates operated, and links between the New World and the Caribbean and Spain.’”

The Comeback of Collectible Editions

The Wall Street Journal’s Sam Schechner takes recent deluxe editions of Michael Chabon‘s THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN’S UNION and Chuck Palahniuk‘s RANT as a sign such collectible volumes are returning to the forefront (which was already the subject of a similar piece last month by C. Max Magee.) Within the struggling book industry, these efforts are intended to deepen fan bases for popular authors while ginning up extra profit.

Besides the chance that limited-edition books will appreciate in value, the new spate of expensive books dovetails with the expansion of goods targeted at wealthy consumers. “They’re an expensive luxury item,” says Jonathan Burnham, publisher at HarperCollins, which says it has sold out of its 1,000 copies of Chabon’s $150 limited-edition “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union.” “The whole DVD-retailing world has shown that people will pay a premium.”

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