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Fritz Brantley, Ron Hogan & Michael Szczerban Join Regan Arts as Editors

reganartsJudith Regan has hired three editors for the newly launched Regan Arts.  Fritz Brantley, Ron Hogan and Michael Szczerban will join the new Phaidon division.

Senior editor Szczerban comes to Regan Arts from Simon & Schuster, where he was the recipient of the 2012 Lawrence Peel Ashmead Editorial Award. In his new role, Szczerban will acquire fiction and nonfiction, focusing on “transformative ideas,” “technology and culture,” and “why we are the way we are.”

Hogan, a former GalleyCat editor, comes to Regan Arts from Shelf Awareness where he served as contributing editor. In the new job, Hogan will acquire fiction and nonfiction, focusing on “current affairs,” “pop culture,” and “inspirational/entrepreneurial stories.”

Associate editor Fritz Brantley comes to the new imprint Routledge, where he served as editor and marketer. Brantley has also written for Oprah.com, Publisher’s Weekly, and the East Bay Express.

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Shindig to Host Online Author Chats Live From BEA

Missing BookExpo America this year? You can watch many of the the guests online.

Shindig will be hosting video chats with fifty authors live from BEA. These online conversations will take place from Thursday, May 30th until Saturday, June 1st.

Some of the authors who will take part include The Summer I Turned Pretty author Jenny HanRevenge Wears Prada author Lauren Weisberger, and Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk. Some of the people who will serve as interviewers include Publishing Business Group editorial director Lynn RosenBeatrice founder Ron Hogan, and Movable Type Management president Jason Ashlock. Who do you look forward to hearing from?

Join GalleyCat’s Annual Pet Parade

We would like to invite all GalleyCat and eBookNewser readers to join our annual holiday pet parade. Email us pictures of your pets for our photo spread.

In a tradition established by former GalleyCat editor Ron Hogan (click the photo to enlarge the picture of his cat, Clo) we post readers’ pictures of their literary pets during the holiday season. Email GalleyCat your pictures, we’ll launch the feature next week.

Here’s more from Hogan’s original post: “Every year around this time, GalleyCat invites publishing industry professionals (including published authors) to send us pictures of your cats, dogs, and other pets—preferably either engaged in holiday cheer or something book-related. (See here for examples from last year’s holiday season.) Be sure to tell us a little something about you and your pet”

Stephen Beirne Has Died

After battling a rare form of spinal cancer for years, author Stephen Beirne passed away this week.

In 2008, HarperCollins and the Make-A-Wish Foundation teamed up to help 17-year-old Beirne achieve his “perfect wish”–to publish his novel, November Reign. Former GalleyCat editor Ron Hogan wrote about the inspiring story when the novel was published.

Here’s more about the remarkable story: “You see, word of Beirne’s wish came to the Learned Owl Book Store in Hudson, Ohio, and from there to Denise Dolence, a creative director at HarperCollins. Dolence rallied the troops, with more than 20 publishing industry professionals donating their time to shepherd November Reign through every stage of publication, from copyediting to cover design to the printing of a 3,000-copy first edition. All this summer, the book has been available for sale exclusively at the Learned Owl, and Beirne is donating all the proceeds back to Make-A-Wish.”

‘The Pedophile’s Guide’ Makes Nightly News

Last night this GalleyCat editor appeared briefly on WPIX News to discuss the controversy over The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure. The video is embedded above.

The title generated boycott threats on Amazon and has been removed. GalleyCat alumni Ron Hogan asked an interesting question on Twitter this morning: “I know @galleycat downloaded a sample of That Book — if they didn’t delete it, I wonder if Amazon did?”

The answer is no–we still have the eBook sample in our Kindle library (in fact, you can see our sample in the news report). Follow this link to read an excerpt.

Will Oprah Winfrey Select Jonathan Franzen for Her Book Club?

oprahvideo.jpgWill literary trendsetter Oprah Winfrey select Jonathan Franzen‘s Freedom for her next book club? The Newtonville Books blog has speculated she might pick the novel.

Here’s an excerpt: “I recently received an email from my Macmillian sales rep alerting me that Oprah has selected the next book for her Book Club. There is always a frenzy surrounding the announcement, which is shrouded in secrecy. This is what Macmillian knows: 1. Oprah #64 is one of their titles. 2. Oprah will announce the book on September 17th. That will also be the onsale date of the title. (At least, the official Book Club-stickered edition. No guarantees that the book hasn’t been out already.).”

UPDATE: Former GalleyCat blogger Ron Hogan added on Twitter: “Despite the @galleycat speculation, I predict: Oprah is NOT picking FREEDOM, because the book she has picked is from St. Martin’s.”

In 2001, Franzen famously mentioned that “I considered turning it down” when he was offered a spot on Winfrey’s show and was un-invited from the show. (Via Ron Charles)

Literary Remix Theory: Booked

monsters.jpgAs our literary remix contest continues this week, two mash-up experts will talk about their re-imaginings of a Louisa May Alcott novel. Tomorrow night (May 6th) Little Vampire Women co-author Lynn Messina and Little Women and Werewolves co-author Porter Grand will talk about this new literary genre.

At the Monster Throwdown event, they will discuss mash-ups with Pulitzer Prize winning biographer John Matteson–author of Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street). Former GalleyCat editor Ron Hogan will kick off the discussion.

Here’s more from the release: “The discussion will explore their mash-ups of Alcott’s classic, Little Women. Both authors will address the challenges they faced reworking the text. Alcott’s own work, published under various pseudonyms, included many sensational elements such as spies, murderers, drug addicts and mummies, and Matteson will explore whether inserting vampires and werewolves into the beloved story would be truly anathema to the author.”

GalleyCats Never Rest

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GalleyCat is much more than just a metaphorical name. For a few crazy days at the end of each year, GalleyCat readers and their pets rule the blog. To kick it off, Rose Fox, from Genreville sent pictures of these literary cats.

“Can you spot all three cats in this picture? Sam (background) and Java (foreground) help author Catherynne M. “Cat” Valente edit one of her manuscripts,” she wrote GalleyCat. “Sam is especially at home in the high-pressure world of novel-writing, remaining uncharacteristically calm as manuscript pages fly everywhere.”

rosefoxcatms2.jpgWelcome to GalleyCat’s annual literary pet parade, a publishing holiday tradition established by former senior editor Ron Hogan during his four-year tenure at this blog. Follow this link to read more about the annual photo spread and find out where our former senior editor is headed next.

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GalleyCat Senior Editor Joins Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ronhogan23.jpgHoughton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Division has hired GalleyCat senior editor Ron Hogan as director of e-marketing strategy. He will replace Sanj Kharbanda, who has headed to the publisher’s Digital Strategy Group.

Houghton senior VP, director of marketing Bridget Marmion had this statement: “Marketing tools and opportunities grow and change every day, and we want to be nimble, creative and targeted in using them. Ron’s role is to help integrate the most effective current and future e-marketing tools into our efforts to bring our adult and children’s titles to the greatest possible number of readers. His technical expertise, industry perspective, love of books and long immersion in the online world uniquely qualify him for the job.”

In 1995, Hogan launched literary site Beatrice. He has also worked as a staff editor at Amazon. Hogan helped re-launch GalleyCat in 2005, and has guided this site ever since. Most importantly, Hogan taught this GalleyCat editor everything he knows about publishing, and his writings will be sorely missed on these pages.

GalleyCat at the National Book Awards

nba.jpgTonight the publishing world gathers for the National Book Awards, a combination of the Academy Awards ceremony, a fairytale ball, and a high school prom for writers.

Don’t worry about buying a tuxedo, because GalleyCat will be covering the event. Senior editor Ron Hogan will be twittering about the event and editor Jason Boog will handle the good old fashioned blogging duties. There may even be some web video surprises.

The dinner and ceremony will be held at Cipriani Wall Street. The event will be hosted by author, comedian, and actor Andy Borowitz. Read all about the NBA finalists here.

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