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Hillary Clinton’s Book Banned in China

hillaryclintonHillary Clinton’s new memoir Hard Choices is being distributed in many languages in bookstores around the globe. But it will not be translated into Chinese, nor will it be distributed in China.

In the book, Clinton speaks critically of the Chinese government and its censorship practices. In turn, the publisher has not been able to find a Chinese publisher or distribution. Simon & Schuster president Jonathan Karp told Buzzfeed that this ban is “outrageous and unfortunate.”

BuzzFeed has more: “Karp said Simon & Schuster made a concerted effort to find a Chinese publisher, but there was no interest. Executives didn’t even reach the point of negotiating with a Chinese publishing house. ‘It’s been deafening silence,’ said Karp.”

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Hillary Rodham Clinton Lands Book Deal for Memoir

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will write a new memoir for Simon & Schuster, a book focused on “key decisions and experiences as Secretary of State.”  Publication is set for 2014.

Williams & Connolly attorney Robert B. Barnett negotiated the deal with publisher Carolyn ReidyJonathan Karp will edit the book for Simon & Schuster’s trade imprint. Here’s more about the book:

The yet-to-be titled book will use a number of dramatic moments during Secretary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State to frame her thoughts about the recent history of U.S. foreign policy and the urgent, ongoing need for American leadership in a changing world.  She will write about her role in, and reflections on, such recent events as the killing of Osama Bin Laden; the overthrow of the Qaddafi regime in Libya; the transitions in Iraq and Afghanistan; the Arab Spring; the pivot to the Asia-Pacific; the rise of new powers like China, Brazil, Turkey, and India; building diplomatic coalitions to deal with Iran and North Korea; and our relations with important allies around the world.

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Susan Orlean To Write About Infamous LAPL Fire

Author and New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean inked a deal for The Library Book.

The book will explore the power of libraries and her “quest to solve a crime that has gone unsolved since it was carried out in 1986: who set fire to the Los Angeles Public Library, ultimately destroying 400,000 books?” If you want to read more about this sad story, the LAPL posted a complete account of the fire.

InkWell Management agent Richard Pine negotiated the deal with Jonathan Karp and Jofie Ferrari-Adler at Simon & Schuster.

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Richard Nixon eBooks Available for the First Time

For the first time, Simon & Schuster has published digital editions of all ten books written by President Richard Nixon, just in time for his birthday today.

We discussed his legacy on the Morning Media Menu today. Press play below to listen…

Working on behalf of The Richard Nixon Foundation, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP attorney Robert C. Odle, Jr. negotiated the deal with publisher Jonathan Karp. Most of the books cost $13.99 on Amazon, currently. RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon will cost $14.99.

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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Playwright Inks Deal at Simon & Schuster

Glen Berger, one of the playwrights behind the Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster.

Berger’s book, Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History, has a tentative release date set for 2013. Publisher Jonathan Karp oversaw the acquisitions process for this project.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “[Berger] was brought onto the project by Tony winning director Julie Taymor, with whom he co-wrote the book, but he and Ms. Taymor had an ugly split when she was fired in 2011, and a new writer and director were brought in to make the musical more family- and tourist-friendly.”

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Major Reorganization at Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster announced a major restructuring today, bringing together all its imprints into four publishing groups. Free Press publisher Martha Levin and Free Press editor-in-chief Dominick Anfuso will both leave the company as part of the reorganization.

Judith Curr will helm Atria Publishing Group, and the Howard Books Christian imprint will be part of this new group. Susan Moldow will lead the Scribner Publishing Group, which now includes Touchstone Books. Touchstone publisher Stacy Creamer will report to Moldow.

Jonathan Karp will direct the Simon & Schuster Publishing Group, adding the Free Press into this new group.  Louise Burke will lead the Gallery Publishing Group, a group that now includes Gallery Books, Threshold Editions, Pocket Books, Pocket Star, MTV Books, and Karen Hunter Publishing.

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96-Year-Old Novelist Herman Wouk Lands Book Deal

96-year-old novelist Herman Wouk has sold his latest novel to Simon & Schuster. The Lawgiver follows the production of a movie about Moses through “letters, memos, emails, journals, news articles, recorded talk, tweets, Skype transcripts, and text messages” sent between characters.

Publication is set for the fall. Wouk is the author of The Caine Mutiny, Marjorie Morningstar and The Winds of War. Amy Rennert of the Amy Rennert Agency negotiated the deal with Simon & Schuster imprint publisher Jonathan Karp–who once wrote his master’s thesis on Wouk’s novels.

Karp praised the book in the release: “Within just a few pages I was captivated, once again in the thrall of Wouk’s sharply conceived characters, amusing narration, irresistible command of story, and the wisdom of a lifetime.  I found myself marveling at the verve and wit of this great American storyteller, now 96.  The insights into Moses have remarkable vitality and depth.  His heroine, Margo (‘Mashie’) is a twenty-first century incarnation of one of my favorite literary characters of all time, Marjorie Morningstar.” (Photo via)

Linda Ronstadt Inks Book Deal for Memoir

Linda Ronstadt has landed a book deal with Simon & Schuster for her memoir, Heart Like a Wheel. In the video embedded above, Ronstadt sings the title song from her memoir.

Ronstadt will write the book herself, exploring a career that “bridged the worlds of rock, folk, country, jazz, Latin, and opera.” Steve Wasserman at Kneerim & Williams Agency represented the singer. Publication has been tentatively set for 2013.

Publisher Jonathan Karp had this statement: “Few singers have been as wide-ranging or as distinctive in their artistry … Linda Ronstadt has a singular voice, and that is true on the page as well.”

Jaycee Dugard’s A Stolen Life Sold 175,000 Copies First Day

Jaycee Dugard sold a total of 175,000 copies of A Stolen Life in print books, audiobooks and eBooks yesterday. Those sales included 100,000 ebooks, a new record for Simon & Schuster.

The memoir recounts how Dugard spent 18 years of her life confined to a tent behind Phillip Craig Garrido‘s home.  A portion of the proceeds Dugard earns will be donated to The J A Y C Foundation.

Publisher Jonathan Karp commented: “Clearly, the book has touched a nerve.  The millions of people who read the excerpt in People magazine and watched Jaycee Dugard’s interview with Diane Sawyer want to hear more of her voice, on the page, and the comments we’re seeing online indicate that readers are finding inspiration in Jaycee Dugard’s strength and resilience.”

 

Jonathan Karp Cameo on ‘Gossip Girl’ TV Show

Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp made a guest appearance on the season four finale of Gossip Girl last night.

Karp (pictured, via) negotiated over a manuscript deal with one of the main characters. Posters featuring Chris Cleave‘s Little Bee and Incendiary decorated his office.

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