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Michael Oher to Publish Memoir; The Blind Side Football Star to Tell His Own Story

blindside.jpgBaltimore Ravens Michael Oher inked a deal with the Penguin imprint Gotham Books for his memoir. In I Beat the Odds My Amazing Journey from Foster Care to the NFL and Beyond, the football star from the book and movie The Blind Side will tell his own story with co-author Don Yaeger.

The memoir is scheduled for hardcover release in February 2011. Scott Waxman from Waxman Literary Agency negotiated the deal, and Gotham Books editorial director Megan Newman will edit. Earlier this year, Sandra Bullock won a Best Actress Oscar for her role in an adaptation of The Blind Side–a Michael Lewis book (pictured, via) that told Oher’s story for the first time.

Gotham Books publisher William Shinker had this comment: “From reading the book The Blind Side and seeing the award-winning movie of the same name millions of people think they know Michael Oher’s story, but they really don’t. He gave only two interviews for the book and none for the movie. This will be the first time he will be able to tell his story in his own words with details that only he knows, and to offer his point of view on how anyone, no matter their background and upbringing, can achieve a better life.”

Barack Obama Bookstore; Tim O’Brien Writing Tips; Gossip Girl Producer Book Deal: Weekend Reading

As you enjoy the weekend, check out the video embedded above and learn how to make a cover for your Amazon Kindle (or other eReader)–from scratch. If you want more weekend reading, here are our favorite headlines from the week.

We learned how to use Google TV ads to promote your book (cheaply!) on television.

Novelist Tim O’Brien gave us writing tips and reflected on the 20th anniversary of The Things They Carried.

While President Barack Obama used an indie bookstore in Iowa to illustrate his health care plan, the Washington Post and PublicAffairs decided to rush a new book about the health insurance reform bill.

A Gossip Girl producer landed a book deal for a YA trilogy. In semi-related news, two Jersey Shore castmates also cut a book deal.

Following controversial reviews of a Michael Lewis bestseller, readers debated Amazon’s customer reviews policy.

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Michael Lewis Faces Amazon Kindle Critics

bigshort.jpgAmazon Kindle critics have overwhelmed the reviews section for the bestselling book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis.

As of this writing, 74 readers have given the book a low one-star rating against the 51 five-star reviews. Valleywag spotted the trend earlier this afternoon, pointing out that many of the critics are dismayed by the lack of a Kindle edition.

Here’s one angry comment from Cristiano Pierry: “‘The coolest thing, by far, is that you think of a book you’d like to read, someone tells you about a book you’d like to read, and in 30 seconds, it’s on your screen, all of it.’ That’s author Michael Lewis, talking about the wonders of the Kindle in a 2007. Say one thing and do another? Well, I won’t be buying this book, or any other paper book ever again. There are lots of other ones covering the same event that available for me to access in 30 seconds.”

UPDATE: Reader P. Bradley Robb points us to counter-protests in the Amazon forums. Excerpt after the jump.

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Is Oscar a Writer? Adapted Films Rack Up Academy Award Nominations

push23.gifThe nominees for the 2009 Academy Awards were announced this morning, featuring a few adapted literary works on the newly extended ten film list of Best Picture nominees. Walter Kirn, Lynn Barber, Nick Hornby and Sapphire will be vying for two big awards at the Oscars.

The adapted films nominated for Best Picture were: The Blind Side (based on a Michael Lewis book), Up in the Air (based on Kirn’s novel novel), An Education (based on a Lynn Barber memoir and adapted by Hornby), and the indie film that includes the adaption credits in the title: Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.

In addition, a number of literary films were nominated for “Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published.” They included: An Education, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, and Up in the Air.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon Novel Debuts on Top of Indie Bestseller List

1403 copy.jpgDuring its debut week on the list, “The Angel’s Game” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon topped the Indie Bestseller List in the hardcover fiction category.

After polling hundreds of independent booksellers around the country, IndieBound released the Indie Bestseller List for the sales week ended Sunday, June 21, 2009. “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell topped the nonfiction hardcover list. Here are the top five fiction hardcover books on the list. Nonfiction hardcover list follows after the jump…

1. ‘The Angel’s Game’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Doubleday
2. ‘Shanghai Girls’ by Lisa See, Random House
3. ‘The Scarecrow’ by Michael Connelly, Little Brown
4. ‘The Help’ Kathryn Stockett, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
5. ‘Gone Tomorrow’ by Lee Child, Delacorte

UPDATE: A previous version of this post mistakenly identified ‘The Angel’s Game’ as a debut novel.

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Portfolio Magazine Has Closed

in_this_issue_cover-dec2008.jpgPortfolio Magazine, the glossy business publication that featured pieces by literary-minded journalists like Michael Lewis and Tom Wolfe, has closed.

Editor-in-Chief Joanne Lipman broke the news to staffers, media reporter Jeff Bercovici reports on his Portfolio blog: “Lipman said the magazine is ahead of its business plan on various business metrics, and also noted that it won a National Magazine Award last year after publishing only a handful of issues, a rare accomplishment. But a sharp and extended downturn in ad revenue has made success elusive.”

In December 2008, Lewis (the author of “Liar’s Poker”) wrote the cover story: “The End.” In May 2007, Wolfe (the author of “The Bonfire of the Vanities”) wrote “The Pirate Pose” for the magazine.

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