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Judge Sentences Fugitive to Read Malcolm Gladwell

gladwellAs part of her punishment for aiding the Earth Liberation Front in burning $40 million worth of property, ecoterrorist Rebecca Rubin has been sentenced to read David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell and  Nature’s Trust by Mary Christina Wood.U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken also ordered Rubin to serve 5 years in prison and pay $13 million in restitution.

Aiken apologized for her actions in a letter in which she also detailed how she became an animal rights activist after reading books as a child. Here is an excerpt:

For as long as I can remember, I have been sensitive to the suffering of animals. My favorite books as a child were Charlotte’s Web and Beautiful Joe, both which centre on mistreated non-human protagonists. I gave my grade seven speech on cruelty to animals, and I read and wrote on environmental and animal issues throughout middle and high school.My whole life I wanted (or wished I was) a veterinarian, and were it not for the cruelty inflicted on animals in the schooling, I believe that I would have pursued that goal. (Via NBC News).

2013 TED Presentations from Writers

ted logoDo you need a boost of inspiration for 2014? We’ve compiled a list of five videos featuring writers who have given TED talks throughout the past year.

Our list includes That Summer in Paris author Abha DawesarDavid & Goliath author Malcolm Gladwell, Blooming Twig Books editor-in-chief Kent GustavsonVideo Night in Kathmandu novelist Pico Iyer, and Macmillan CEO John Sargent.

For more talks, the TED organization has created a playlist for “word nerds” called “Words, words, words.” Who do you nominate to speak at future TED conferences?
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Hachette Book Group U.S. Sales Up 11% in Q3

hachetteLagardère Publishing’s net sales reached about $563 million in the third quarter, up 6.6 percent from last year. The Hachette Book Group’s US sales specifically were up 11 percent year-over-year.
The publisher had 191 print and 73 eBooks on the New York Times bestseller list so far this year, with 45 No. 1 bestsellers to date, up 45 percent over the same period last year. According to the company, sales have been driven by major third quarter releases including: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka  J.K. Rowling; The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks; Mistress by James Patterson and David Ellis; David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell; as well as Break Out! by Joel Osteen.
eBook sales were up during the quarter as well. Here is more from the press release:

In the US, ebooks represented 27% of HBG’s adult trade sales, up from 20% in the third quarter of 2012. At Hachette UK, digital sales rose to 30% of the company’s adult trade sales from 20% in the third quarter of 2012. For Lagardère Publishing, digital represented 9.4% of total net sales, compared to 6.4% in the third quarter of 2012.

World Book Night Titles Announced for 2014

lwqzpyn7y8q8dmnbh44f-292x300On April 23, 2014, thousands of bibliophiles will give away half million books in the United States to celebrate World Book Night.

Below, we’ve listed the all of the titles that will be given away. To take part in this event, follow this link to learn more details and fill out an application to be a book giver.

Shelf Awareness reports that this year’s selections “includes the first graphic novel, first university press title and first Asian-American authors. As before, one book is in English and Spanish, and two are available in large-print editions. In addition, the 35 titles were an increase from the previous years’ 30, allowing more authors and publishers to be represented.”
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Who is the Real Underdog in the David & Goliath Story?

Author Malcolm Gladwell gave a TED Talk called “The unheard story of David and Goliath.”

During this presentation, Gladwell shares his own retelling of the classic biblical legend. We’ve embedded the video above–what’s your favorite underdog story?

Little, Brown released his latest book, David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, last week on October 1st.

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Tina Brown To Write Memoir About Her Media Life

Editor and author Tina Brown has sold her memoir to Henry Holt’s Metropolitan Books imprint. Media Beast will come out in 2016.

Agent Ed Victor negotiated the deal with publisher Stephen Rubin in “an exclusive submission.” Rubin published Brown’s biography of Princess Diana, The Diana Chronicles. Metropolitan Books publisher Sara Bershtel will edit.

The book will cover Brown’s legendary career as a young magazine editor, but also cover her tim leading Talk magazine, working with Harvey Weinstein, her CNBC talk show “Topic A” and her leadership at The Daily Beast. Brown left the website earlier this week.

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Malcolm Gladwell on Jonah Lehrer Resignation: ‘I Am Heartbroken’

Malcolm Gladwell said “I am heartbroken” after hearing that Jonah Lehrer resigned from The New Yorker. Lehrer admitted that he had fabricated Bob Dylan quotes in his book, Imagine: How Creativity Works.

While the WWD reporter wasn’t sure if Gladwell had read the Tablet essay that exposed the fabrication, WWD had this quote from Gladwell: “I am heartbroken. Jonah is a friend. He is a decent and sweet and hugely talented guy, and I cannot imagine what he is going through right now,”

The book has already sold 200,000 copies, but the publisher has stopped the presses. Links to Lehrer’s book have been removed at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

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Tina Bennett Jumps to WME

Literary agent Tina Bennett has jumped to the New York literary division at WME (William Morris Endeavor).

Since 1994, Bennett has worked at Janklow & Nesbit Associates. She represents a variety of authors, including Malcolm Gladwell, Amy ChuaFareed Zakaria and Laura Hillenbrand.

Here’s more from the release: “She specializes in narrative nonfiction, cultural history, idea books, literary fiction, politics and current affairs, and academic crossover titles. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities, and serves on the board of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.”

The New Yorker Acquires Borowitz Report

Comedian and author Andy Borowitz revealed today that The New Yorker has acquired his blog, The Borowitz Report. Starting today, readers will find his satirical pieces at the magazine’s website.

Borowitz joked that editor David Remnick will allow the humorist to write for the magazine as long as “I don’t make fun of Malcolm Gladwell.”

The announcement ended with a serious dedication to the writer’s mother. Here’s more: “if you’ll forgive me, I’d like to say one last thing that’s true. My mom, Helen Borowitz, who died this month at the age of eighty-three, loved The New Yorker all her life and introduced me to it when I was a little boy. Seeing the Borowitz Report at The New Yorker would have made her so happy. I dedicate all my columns to her memory.”

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Malcolm Gladwell’s New Book Explores David & Goliath

Little, Brown has acquired the North American rights to Malcolm Gladwell’s new book David and Goliath. The publication is slated for release in 2013.

In this new book, the author of The Tipping Point, Outliers and Blink, will explore underdogs who confront powerful organizations. Literary agent Tina Bennett of Janklow & Nesbit Associates negotiated the deal.

The release has more about the book: “Why are we so often surprised when underdogs win? Do Goliaths make mistakes in spite of their strength—or because of it? David and Goliath looks at revolutionaries and dictators, the privileged and the poor, and misfits and straight arrows in an effort to figure out who really has the advantage in any kind of contest—and why.”

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