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Warner Bros. Acquires Film Rights to ‘The First Phone Call From Heaven’ By Mitch Albom

albomWarner Bros. has snatched up the film rights to Mitch Albom’s novel, The First Phone Call From Heaven. HarperCollins released the book back in November 2013.

This will be the first time one of Albom’s books will be adapted into a feature film. Three of Albom’s other books, Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and For One More Day, were turned into made-for-television movies.

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Hachette To Buy Disney’s Hyperion Adult Trade Imprint

Hachette Book Group has reached an agreement to acquire Disney’s Hyperion adult trade publishing imprint. The deal includes more than 1,000 books published by Disney’s imprint since 1991 and about 25 as-yet-unpublished books. Hyperion’s backlist includes over 250 bestsellers,

Hyperion’s list ranges from from Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven to Michael J. Fox‘s Always Looking Up to  Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy. Here’s more from the release:

Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW), the world’s largest publisher and licensor of children’s books, will retain all of its Disney and Disney-Hyperion branded children’s and young adult book titles, and will publish franchise-based titles from Disney/ABC Television Group upon completion of the transaction … HBG will take on Hyperion’s extensive backlist, rich in the areas of inspiration, pop culture, cooking, humor, business, sports, history, self-help, fiction, and more, books that continue to sell year after year in a variety of formats and editions.

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Scott Turow & Mitch Albom Answer Questions on Reddit

Members of The Rock Bottom Remainders, the rock band composed of bestselling authors, are answering questions on Reddit today.

Authors Stephen KingScott TurowMitch AlbomAmy Tan and more are part of Hard Listening, a new book about the band.

One Reddit reader asked: “Since you all are writers, do you have a hard time choosing who is going to write the lyrics for your songs?” and received some funny responses.

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Mitch Albom Lands 3-Book Deal with HarperCollins

Prolific writer Mitch Albom has landed a three-book deal with HarperCollins’ Harper imprint, leaving his old publisher.

Albom’s next book will be a novel entitled The First Phone Call From Heaven. The storyline will focus on characters who receive phone calls from those who have passed away. Editor Karen Rinaldi negotiated the deal with literary agent David Black.

According to Albom’s Facebook page, the publisher plans to release the book on November 12, 2013.

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Rock Bottom Remainders ‘Play 1 Last Song’ on TV Tonight

The Rock Bottom Remainders–a rock band composed of a rotating cast of famous authors–will appear on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson tonight, playing what band member Mitch Albom called “1 last song.”

The band performed its final show in June, but taped the episode during that tour. The band’s Facebook page has more information about the final televised performance.

The show will also include an interview with band members Dave Barry and Stephen King. (Via Hyperion Voice)

Dan Mallory Heads to William Morrow

Dan Mallory will serve as the new executive editor at HarperCollins’ William Morrow imprint, leaving his post as editorial director at Little, Brown UK/Hachette’s Sphere. He will start the new position on October 8th.

Here’s more from the release: Dan has worked with many bestselling and renowned authors including Patricia Cornwell, Val McDermid, Louise Penny, Nicholas Sparks, and Mitch Albom, and launched The Crime Vault, a digital first crime/thriller imprint, and Trapdoor, a dedicated crime-in-translation imprint with Grand Central.

Mallory will acquire and edit books at William Morrow, but he will also launch a crime and thriller digital first line for the publisher.

Kathi Kamen Goldmark Has Died

Author Kathi Kamen Goldmark has passed away. She was 63-years-old.

Goldmark (pictured, via) founded the Rock Bottom Remainders, a literary rock band that toured the country with a rotating line-up of bestselling authors (including The Shining novelist Stephen King, Tuesdays with Morrie writer Mitch Albom and The Joy Luck Club author Amy Tan). Goldmark published both fiction and nonfiction books, contributing to several anthologies as well.

Here’s more from The New York Times: ”[Goldmark], herself, a country rock musician, she made a day job of running a business taking authors around San Francisco when they came to do book tours. Ms. [Amy] Tan said that of all the jobs Ms. Goldmark held — author, columnist, publishing consultant, radio and music producer, songwriter — the word that best summed her up was ‘connector.’”

Sharing Books with our Troops

troopebook.pngTo honor our veterans today, we’ve collected links to share books with our troops.

The nonprofit E-Books for Troops will help you share your used Kindle with our troops overseas.

Through Operation Warrior Library, writers share hundreds of books with military personnel overseas.

A Story Before Bed offered 100,000 free story recordings for our troops–military parents can produce videos of themselves reading a story to their children.

Finally, the Kindle community has setup a discussion thread entitled “Happy Veteran’s Day!!”

Katie Couric Interviews Book Clubs about Kathryn Stockett Novel


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This week CBS Evening News with Katie Couric turned the cameras on book clubs during a feature about Kathryn Stockett‘s bestselling novel, The Help. Via the magic of Skype video, some avid readers received some nightly news coverage.

In the video above, Couric interviewed members of Jackson, Mississippi book club to find out what they thought about the novel’s “description of the racial boundaries in the segregated South of the 1960s.” In another web feature, anchor Katie Couric helped book club members to directly pose questions to the author.

Couric has hosted a number of literary guests. Among others, she spoke with Mitch Albom about his nonfiction book, Have a Little Faith, interviewed Sapphire about her recently adapted novel, Push.

Marketing Staff Changes at HarperStudio

sarahburningham23.jpgToday HarperStudio announced that associate marketing director Sarah Burningham is leaving. In addition, the imprint will hire publishing veteran Jessica Wiener as their new marketing director.

According to the post, Burningham has left to support her second book, “Boyology.” She is also launching a boutique public relations and marketing firm called Little Bird Publicity. Wiener worked at Hyperion Books, promoting books with Mitch Albom, Randy Pausch, and Candace Bushnell. She will start in September.

HarperStudio associate publisher had these thoughts Debbie Stier, from the post: “I have to say, as someone who’s been in publishing for quite a long time, Sarah’s got the magic: the books are great (and as I always say, it goes back to the book); she’s got a great hook (self-help books for teenage girls by a young woman who’s old enough for the Mom’s to feel comfortable with and young enough for the girls to identify with and look up to); and she lights up like a lantern when the camera turns on. From the moment I saw Sarah do her first television interview, I knew the days of her working in house were numbered.”

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