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Simon & Schuster will publish John Irving‘s upcoming novel, In One Person. The first-person book will explore the life of a bisexual man.
Publisher Jonathan Karp had this statement: “It is a major work, both timeless and deeply relevant to our times … We are honored to be John Irving’s publisher — it’s a privilege I have dreamed of since I was a young Random House editor and was introduced to John by his first editor, Joe Fox. We expect In One Person to be a literary event and a subject of intense conversation in the summer of 2012.”
The company will also publish another book by Irving (pictured via), publication is tentatively set for 2015. Dean Cooke from The Cooke Agency negotiated the deal on behalf of The Turnbull Agency.
Actress Kate Winslet has inked a book deal with Simon & Schuster to publish The Golden Hat, a collection of photos of celebrities wearing a special hat to promote autism awareness.
Winslet (featured in The Reader trailer embedded above) has arranged many celebrity appearances, including: Anna Wintour, Kevin Bacon, Meryl Streep, and Jude Law. Creative Artists Agency negotiated the deal with publisher Jonathan Karp, and senior editor Kerri Kolen. The book will come out in November 2011.
Here’s more about the book: “Winslet has amassed a collection of photos from an amazing array of her friends and renowned personalities who have donned this special hat, taken a self portrait, and passed the hat along from one person to another … Winslet found inspiration for this project in her friends Margret Dagmar Ericsdottir and Ericsdottir’s son Keli, who lives with a severe form of non-verbal autism … Despite hardship, Keli now composes beautiful and deeply moving poetry. One of the poems, among the many included in the book, is called ‘The Golden Hat,’ which describes a magical hat that enables an autistic boy to communicate.”
The House of Representatives voted 228-192 to defund National Public Radio this afternoon. This week Steve Oney (author of And the Dead Shall Rise) landed a book deal to write a book on “the history, trials and tribulations of NPR.”
The Kneerim & Williams Agency negotiated the deal with Ben Loehnen at Simon & Schuster. Publisher Jonathan Karp had this statement: “We’re delighted to have acquired Steve Oney’s exploration of the personalities and conflicts at NPR. This is the rare media story that transcends the industry and speaks to larger cultural issues, and we believe this book will offer valuable insights into the workings of an important and intriguing journalistic organization.”
Follow this link to learn more how to support the embattled institution.
Previously, Rhorer served as director of digital business development at Macmillan. He will be responsible for supervising marketing specialists, overseeing the backlist publishing program, and bringing special focus to key front list titles.
Publisher Jonathan Karp had this statement: “In searching for a new associate publisher, I was looking for someone with a strong marketing vision, experience on the digital publishing frontier, a proven knack for backlist publishing, and a natural appreciation for our books. Richard possesses all of those attributes and many more.”
Here’s an excerpt: “‘Even though O assumed it wouldn’t happen, he wished The Barracuda, as he liked to think of her, would join the Republican race. O knew they wouldn’t be that lucky, but he had let himself imagine such a contest. He had watched her speak to a rally of her faithful. There she was, thick hair piled up high, chin out, defiant, taunting, flaunting that whole lusty librarian thing, sweet and savory, mother and predator, alluring and dangerous.”
In a letter to readers, publisher Jonathan Karp compared the author’s choice of anonymity to both Jane Austen and Lemony Snicket–a surreal, possibly satirical, pairing. According to The Cutline, the publisher has urged journalists not to comment on the book. What do you think about this mysterious book?
In a tongue-in-cheek press release today, Simon & Schuster announced they have sealed a book deal with God. The currently untitled book will be attached to the Twitter feed, The Tweet of God. Publisher Jonathan Karp had this quote: “We are pleased and honored to add the Lord Almighty to our list of notable authors.”
According to the release, the deal was negotiated by the Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. The release also hints that The Daily Show with Jon Stewart writer David Javerbaum will work on the project. The book is scheduled for a late 2011 release.
The complete press release is embedded below, but here’s a quote from senior editor Sarah Knight: [God] very much wants His words to be clearly understood, as opposed to ‘interpreted,’ which has gotten people into trouble in the past. To that end He will be abandoning his familiar ‘thee and thou’ format for a folksier, ‘thee and you’ approach that I and everyone in marketing believe will highlight his omniscience without making him seem like a know-it-all.”
Kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard signed a deal with Simon & Schuster to pen her memoir. At the moment, the book has no title but will be released in 2011.
Dugard spent 18 years of her life imprisoned by Phillip Craig Garrido. He kept her in a tent behind his family home. Dugard bore him two daughters and was finally freed in 2006.
Senior Editor Kerri Kolen commented: “Not only does Jaycee Dugard have a truly important story to tell, but she writes with such honesty and intimacy, that as I read her narrative, I felt like was in the room with her.
Here’s an excerpt from the article: “publisher Jonathan Karp fired senior editor Sarah Hochman this morning, confirmed a source at Simon & Schuster…Her authors included literary forger Lee Israel, who wrote a memoir of her exploits in 2008, and classicist Daniel Mendelsohn, whose next book Simon acquired at auction last summer.”
In 2008, the New York Times interviewed Hochman about her surreal job of editing a memoir by famous faker. Israel had forged a number of autographs and notes from famous writers, including Dorothy Parker and Noel Coward. “We try to think about what the author is saying and how she is saying it,” explained Hochman.
Next month former Houghton Mifflin Harcourt editor Anjali Singh will join the Simon & Schuster imprint as a senior editor.
Singh launched her publishing career as a book scout, then joined Vintage Books as an editor in 2002–acquiring titles that included Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and The Diary of an American Au Pair (Anchor). She joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, working on The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt and Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris. She departed in a series of cuts at the conglomerate publisher.
Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp wrote in a memo: “At S&S, Anjali will be casting a wide net for all kinds of nonfiction and fiction â€“ literary, graphic, and commercial. With her eye for great writing and her passion for original stories, I am certain she will be a great addition to our imprint.”