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Posts Tagged ‘Penguin Press’

Eamon Dolan To Helm New Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Imprint

Eamon Dolan will leave Penguin Press to run his own imprint at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. According to The New York Times, Dolan’s imprint will be called “Eamon Dolan Books.” The imprint will publish ten narrative and serious nonfiction books every year.

Here’s more from the article: “Before Mr. Dolan joined the Penguin Press in 2007, he was editor in chief at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. While at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mr. Dolan edited Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser, How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman and 3 Nights in August by Buzz Bissinger, among other best-sellers.”

Dolan will begin his new role on June 13th. At Penguin, Dolan was demoted from editor-in-chief to executive editor due to the recent hiring of Scott Moyers.

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Mary McDonagh Murphy to Release Harper Lee Documentary

Filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy has created a new documentary about celebrated author Harper Lee entitled Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird.

According to Shelf Awareness, the film will feature interviews with Anna Quindlen, Tom Brokaw, James McBride, James Patterson, Wally Lamb, and Oprah Winfrey. Some of those celebrities can be seen in the trailer embedded above.

Initially, the film will have a limited release in New York City and Los Angeles starting May 13th with a nationwide release to follow. Last year, Murphy published Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird for the book’s 50th anniversary.

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Scott Moyers Won’t Be A Junior Jackal

The Observer’s Leon Nayfakh catches up with former book editor Scott Moyers, now comfortably ensconced within the Wylie Agency as a literary agent. In the last month alone, Moyers has sold books to Doubleday, Scribner, Random House and the Penguin Press. Not a bad opening month, Neyfakh comments, though having worked as an editor at all four of those houses may have come in handy – as does working with the man famously known for poaching clients that his nickname, “The Jackal,” pretty much says it all.

Many of Moyers’ colleagues in the industry say they’re pleased for him about his new gig. But a few fear that between the personal loyalty that Moyers commands from many of the writers he’s edited, and Wylie’s formidable existing stable of talent (Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie and Martin Amis are but a few of the 600-plus author on the overall client list) and no-holds-barred recruiting tactics, the pair could create a juggernaut with the ability to raid the rosters of smaller competitors. Or, as one competitor puts it: “The question for Scott is, if you swim with the sharks, are you going to become one of the sharks?”

Not surprisingly, Moyers disagrees with any such notions. “I am not making it my business to think in those terms or be predatory,” he told Neyfakh. “There is so much good work to do. I think, like all agents, if something happens organically-if one is approached, if something makes sense, then so be it. I’m not going to be morbidly squeamish in a kind of way that doesn’t make sense. But I am going to be straightforward and open.” And he’s generally amused by any speculation about potential poaching and shark-swimming. “I thank them for their concern, for their solicitude. I’m moved by their empathy,” he said. “I ask them to give me a soul X-ray a year from now, and if I have black spots on the lungs of my soul, then, you know, they can just rush me to the infirmary and fill me up with drugs. But I somehow think it’s going to be okay.”

Starbucks Selection #3: Oral History

The AP reports that Starbucks has chosen “Listening Is An Act of Love: A Celebration of American Lives from the StoryCorps Project”, a collection of 50 stories in an oral history project as its third book selection. The book, edited by Peabody award winner Dave Isay and published by Penguin Press, will go on sale at Starbucks’ company-operated U.S. stores beginning Nov. 8, the company said.

First-person accounts of daily life from StoryCorps contributors are broadcast every Friday on National Public Radio‘s Morning Edition program. The collection is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. “There are so many genuine stories, spoken with such passion and character, that it was difficult to narrow the selection,” Isay said in a statement released by Starbucks.

Changes at Penguin Press

Publishers Marketplace reports this morning that Eamon Dolan will move from Houghton Mifflin to Penguin Press as vp, editor-in-chief, as of July 9. At HM, Dolan acquired titles by Eric Schlosser, Stefan Fatsis, Nathaniel Fick, Richard Dawkins, and Jerome Groopman, among many others. Current Penguin Press Editor-in-chief Scott Moyers is moving to The Wylie Agency as a director.

Greenspan to be BEA Keynote Speaker

Book Expo America has announced in a press release sent earlier today that former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan will appear as the conference’s Keynote Speaker on Friday, June 1 at 11am. He will be joined by Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News (and Greenspan’s wife), who will interview Dr. Greenspan in a Q & A format. The appearance will, no doubt, help hype Greenspan’s much-buzzed-about (mostly for the gargantuan advance) book THE AGE OF TURBULENCE: ADVENTURES IN A NEW WORLD, which Penguin Press will publish on September 17.

“We are enormously honored that Dr. Greenspan has agreed to appear at BEA,” notes BEA director Lance Fensterman. “Dr. Greenspan is one of the leading figures of the latter half of the 20th Century and his insight, leadership, and impact has affected citizens in the United States and the world at large. We couldn’t be more proud to have this opportunity to host such an accomplished and respected individual and to have his name associated with BEA and our conference program.” But what GalleyCat wants to know is whether the Q&A format will bring out Greenspan’s much-satirized speech format… Meanwhile, Ron has a dollar says the name “Ayn Rand” doesn’t come up once during the entire “interview,” and even money on his saxophone prowess being mentioned.