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Madavor Media Acquires The Writer Lit Mag

Madavor Media, a niche-focused media company based in Boston, has acquired the literary magazine The Writer, in a deal whose terms were not disclosed. Through the deal, Madavor has gained the rights to the print, web, and digital properties of the magazine from midwestern media company Kalmbach Publishing.

VP/Group Publisher for Madavor Susan Fitzgerald mentioned plans for expansion, stating: “We will continue to deliver the quality and authoritative content readers and advertisers expect, and we intend to take both magazines to new and engaging places.”

In March, The Writer celebrated its 125th year anniversary. The magazine was founded in Boston and was run independently until it was sold to Kalmbach Publishing in 2000. Since then has been run out of the Milwaukee area. Since 2007, Jeff Reich has served as the publication’s editor-in-chief. Authors who have graced the pages of the magazine include: Ray Bradbury, Patricia Cornwell, Jonathan Franzen, Gail Godwin, Pete Hamill, Stephen King, Sinclair Lewis, W. Somerset Maugham, Terry McMillan, Joyce Carol Oates, Anne Perry, May Sarton and John Updike. (Via Sarah Weinman)

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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.

Phyllis Grann To Retire from Doubleday

Editor Phyllis Grann will retire from her position at Doubleday. In a letter written by editor-in-chief Sonny Mehta, he praised Grann “as a brilliant editor and savvy businesswoman.”

Grann has worked in publishing for four decades. Prior to Doubleday, she held editorial positions at William Morrow, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Group (USA). She has worked with several celebrated authors including Tom Clancy, Judy Blume, and Patricia Cornwell.

Grann explained: “Doubleday has allowed me to continue doing what I love. And as much as I have enjoyed the work, I now feel it is time to step back.” Following her last day on June 9th, she will be available as a consultant and freelance editor.

Algonquin Books Launches Book Club

Algonquin Books has launched the Algonquin Books Club. The publisher has chosen twenty-five paperback titles from its list, building a readers guide for each book.

Here’s more from the site: “We’ll be featuring four Algonquin Book Club selections a year for dynamic literary events held around the country and simultaneously webcast on our site. For each event, an Algonquin author will be interviewed by a notable writer.”

The first event (March 21st) will be held in Miami at Books & Books. Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother, I’m Dying, will interview Julia Alvarez on her masterpiece, In the Time of the Butterflies. Below we’ve listed the rest of Algonquin Book Club’s 2011 event offerings.

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ScrollMotion Publishes Digital Stephenie Meyer Titles in U.K.

iceberg_01_intro_318.jpgYesterday Scrollmotion and Little, Brown Book Group launched digital U.K. editions of Stephenie Meyer‘s bestselling Twilight series, a breakthrough for international distribution of digital versions of Meyer’s work.

According to the release, U.K. readers can now download “Twilight,” “New Moon,” “Eclipse,” and “Breaking Dawn” via ScrollMotion’s Iceberg Reader. The Iceberg Reader works with the iPhone and iPod Touch, and the trial program will also include digital titles by Iain M. Banks, Patricia Cornwell, Dorothy Koomson, and Alexander McCall Smith.

David Shelley, the digital publisher at Little, Brown Book Group, had this statement: “I am really delighted that we’re now able to offer readers the opportunity to own some of our key titles on the iPhone. I think the quality and readability of the apps is superb, and I imagine that many will be as seduced by them as we all are here. To be able to add to the range of ways consumers can read their favourite authors feels like a particularly exciting development.”

Angelina Jolie to Star in Patricia Cornwell Franchise

Angelina Jolie will lead a new Patricia Cornwell film franchise, playing the author’s hero, Dr. Kay Scarpetta. Fox 2000 has bought the rights to 16 bestselling books starring the forensic detective.

According to Variety, the first film won’t necessarily focus on a particular book, the writers are not “rigidly locked” to the original plots. In that exclusive GalleyCat interview last year, the author discussed her problems with crime fiction.

Here’s more from the article: “Once Jolie sparked to the series, months of negotiations followed … because Cornwell was so protective of her literary property.The deal finally came together after Jolie and [producer Geyer Kosinski] met with the author and found common ground on the creative direction of the feature adaptation.” (Via Edward Champion)

Cornwell Sues For Libel

The Associated Press reports that bestselling crime writer Patricia Cornwell has filed a libel lawsuit against another author and is asking a federal judge to bar him from posting defamatory messages about her on the Internet. Cornwell wants the court to enforce an injunction issued in 2000 against Leslie R. Sachs and seeks a broader ban to prevent Sachs from further writing negatively about Cornwell on Web sites or allowing such statements to remain on those sites.

The injunction in 2000 stemmed from Sachs’ book, THE VIRGINIA GHOST MURDERS, a mystery published in 1998 about a modern-day sleuth who becomes involved in solving a Civil War-era murder. In an e-mail response to Cornwell’s attorneys, Sachs called the lawsuit “hilarious.” Sachs, whose last known U.S. residence is listed in court documents as Woodbridge, Va., called himself a “political refugee” who moved to Europe in 2004 to escape Cornwell’s legal actions. A hearing in the case is scheduled for May 22 in Richmond.

New York Times nabs Rankin For “Funny Pages”

Once Michael Chabon finishes up his adventure-themed novella for the New York Times Magazine, Ian Rankin will start his own multi-week serial for the paper, the Independent reports, thereby becoming the first non-American to have a specially commissioned work serialised by the Gray Lady. “Since previous “serial providers” have included Patricia Cornwell, Michael Connelly, Elmore Leonard and Michael Chabon, the offer was hard to turn down,” said Rankin, who was approached by the NYT to write the story late last year.

He spent all of January writing the novella at a 2500-word-a-day clip. “It was quite intense but not bad at all,” he said to the Scotsman. “I had the idea and I just ran with it really. It’s hard to try and think about it right now because having sent the copy over to the paper I immediately settled down to the next Rebus novel so now my head is full of him again.” And don’t expect Inspector Rebus, who’ll make his final appearance (unless he makes cameos in future novels, as rumored) in book format later this year, to figure in the story.

Richard & Judy’s Hitmaking Ability

The Guardian’s John Dugdale comments on one of the big publishing stories in the UK, one that promises to grow even more in 2007: the Richard & Judy effect. It’s especially visible in the top 100 bestsellers of 2006: Kate Mosse at number one and Victoria Hislop at number two were both R&J selections, as were Dorothy Koomson (nine), Sam Bourne (13), Elizabeth Kostova (14) and Elisabeth Hyde (39). Not only have the lists become more female-dominated – correlating with R&J’s picks this year – but an additional effect is that more debut or new-ish authors are getting their due, especially with literary fiction. “Most of those in the top 20 have only emerged as hit-makers within the past three or four years,” Dugdale says, “and you have to look as far down as No 17 – Patricia Cornwell – to find a 90s survivor.” Which should, on the surface, bode well for additional new talent this coming year…