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Bryan Cranston To Narrate ‘The Things They Carried’

audible_logo._V400592310_Producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will work together with documentarian Ken Burns to curate an audiobook collection for Audible called Playtone.

The series is named after the three creators’ film and television production company, featuring a wide range of books–you can see the complete list of titles below.  The series will include Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried narrated by Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston. Check it out:

Other books in the Playtone line are the classic war memoirs With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge and Helmet for my Pillow by Robert Leckie. These two memoirs, which inspired Playtone’s award-winning HBO miniseries The Pacific, are narrated by the actors who portrayed Sledge and Leckie in the series, Joseph Mazzello and James Badge Dale, and both feature introductions by Hanks. Finally, celebrated documentarian Burns (The Civil WarThe Dust Bowl) has handpicked a selection of audiobooks covering the past 150 years of American history that has inspired his own work, personally recording introductions to each.

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Mediabistro Course

Nonfiction Book Proposal

Nonfiction Book ProposalStarting September 4,work with a literary agent to complete a full proposal that wins an agent and a contract! Ryan Harbage from The Fischer-Harbage Agency, Inc. will teach you how to convey your idea in a winning book proposal format, write your proposal letter, understand the nuts and bolts of the nonfiction book industry, and more. Register now! 

Ken Burns Documentary Revives Rejected Book

Back in 1939, Random House dropped a book called Whose Names Are Unknown by Sanora Babb, declining because John Steinbeck‘s Grapes of Wrath had swept the market with a similar story about Americans suffering in the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression.

Babb wouldn’t publish her book until 2004, but Ken Burns‘ new Dust Bowl documentary studied the book last night, driving the book up Amazon charts. UPDATE: In the video embedded above, we’ve added a MediabistroTV interview with Burns about his new documentary.

Last month, Babb’s book was ranked No. 32 out of all books on Amazon, while Grapes of Wrath was ranked No. 1,218.

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BEA Announces Speakers List

BookExpo America, taking place between June 1-3 at the Javits Center, has announced that documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, comedian Stephen Colbert, novelist Khaled Hosseini and Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus will be among the many notable personalities who will be speaking at BEA this year. In announcing the lineup of guests for its well-known and popular Author Breakfast and Saturday Luncheon program, convention officials note that this year’s roster of speakers offers a broad spectrum of accomplished writers from many different fields of endeavor. “Unlike last year, when politics provided a theme for much of our programming, this year we are celebrating the writer and the book,” notes Lance Fensterman, Event Director for BEA. “This group of authors is as strong as any in recent memory at BEA and I’m exceptionally proud to present them to our audience of book lovers.”

The other speakers who will be participating in BEA’s special events programming are Alan Alda, Paul Coelho, Paul Krugman, Ian McEwan, Rosie O’Donnell, Alice Sebold, Lisa See, and Russell Simmons. Alan Greenspan was previously announced as BEA’s Conference Keynote speaker.