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Charlie Sheen Reads His ‘Big White Phone’ Poem

Happy National Poetry Month? In the video embedded above, Charlie Sheen reads his original poem, “Big White Phone.” Sheen self-published a poetry compilation back in the 90′s.

In February, he began pursuing a book deal. Esquire magazine created a Dr. Seuss-stylized-parody cartoon along with a “Charlie Sheen quote generator.”

Speaking of quotes, The Associated Press reports that Sheen has “applied to trademark 22 of his catchphrases including ‘Duh, Winning,’ ‘Vatican Assassin,’ ‘Tiger Blood’ and ‘Rock Star From Mars.’” (via Sarah Weinman)

Madeline Stars in L.A. Times Festival of Books Artwork

Children’s book character Madeline stars in this year’s L.A. Times’ Festival of Books artwork. The illustration celebrates the new book, Madeline at the White House by John Bemelmans Marciano.

Marciano is the grandson of original Madeline author/illustrator, Ludwig Bemelmans. Jacket Copy reports: “He never met his grandfather, but he uses the same materials Bemelmans did, including gouache and ‘pens that you have to dip in ink.’ Ludwig Bemelmans started with a pencil sketch and then did an ink drawing over that — as does Marciano.”

In this video, the author explains that the new book was inspired by his grandfather’s friendship with former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. In total, Marciano has published five Madeline titles, continuing the six-book series created by his grandfather. Marciano has also written Bemelmans: The Life and Art of Madeline’s Creator and stand-alone titles like Harold’s Tail and There’s a Dolphin in the Grand Canal.

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Sarah Weinman & Emily Williams Join Publishers Marketplace

Former GalleyCat editor Sarah Weinman has joined Publishers Marketplace as news editor. The industry publication also hired Emily Williams as digital content producer.

Here’s more about Weinman’s new job: “the new gig will build on work I’ve contributed to PM/PL since March 2008, including compiling the daily Lunch and Lunch Deluxe newsletters; writing items and clipping links for the Automat; special projects like the Buzz Book Reviews we did for BEA last year; and a lot more that will emerge over the course of the next few months.”

Here’s more about Williams: “[She] is co-chair of the BISG Rights Subcommittee and a former literary scout who currently works as an independent publishing consultant.”

Tyrus Books and Busted Flush Press Merger Terminated

bustedlogo.jpgThe independent crime imprints Tyrus Books and Busted Flush Press said they would merge back in August. Busted Flush Press publisher David Thompson passed away in September, and the merger has now been terminated.

Tyrus Books posted this statement: “The continued process of settling Mr. Thompson’s estate necessitated substantial reconsideration and subsequent termination of the proposed deal. McKenna Jordan, Mr. Thompson’s widow, will assume full legal and financial control of Busted Flush Press. Tyrus Books will no longer be involved with the operation of Busted Flush Press.”

When Thompson died last year, Sarah Weinman collected numerous tributes to Thompson from around the Internet. Novelist Jason Pinter called Thompson “one of the nicest, most supportive booksellers and people I’ve ever met.” Central Crime Zone called him “a champion of the genre of mystery.”

‘Charlie St. Cloud’ Novelist to Lead ABC News

Novelist and TV news producer Ben Sherwood (pictured, via) has been tapped by Disney/ABC Television to serve as president of ABC News.  In a TVNewser  update, Sherwood said he would put his novels on hold at the new job.

Here’s more: “Sherwood left ABC and ‘Good Morning America’ in June 2006. He made the move to the West Coast and continued to write books, one of which Charlie St. Cloud was made into a major motion picture last summer. Before ABC, Sherwood was with NBC News as a senior producer on the ‘NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.’”

You can visit Sherwood’s author page here. Our sibling blog TVNewser has the memo from Disney/ABC Television president Anne Sweeney. Publishing reporter Sarah Weinman tweeted the news: “Six degrees of something: new ABC News president wrote book that became basis of Zac Efron movie.”

2010 Edgar Award Winners Announced

eap.jpgThe Mystery Writers of America announced the Edgar Award winners last night. The annual prize is named after Edgar Allan Poe, awarded to the best authors in the mystery genre since 1945. Here are some of the big winners…

Best Novel: The Last Child by John Hart
Best First Novel: In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff
Best Paperback Original: Body Blows by Marc Strange
Best Fact Crime: Columbine by Dave Cullen
Best Critical/Biographical: The Lineup: The World’s Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives edited by Otto Penzler
Best Short Story: “Amapola”–Phoenix Noir by Luis Alberto Urrea

GalleyCat missed the ceremony, but special thanks to Sarah Weinman for tweeting the festivities.

Beyond Amazon and Macmillan: Is It Too Late to Change the $9.99 eBook Price Point?

11gEvSNO43L._SL150_.jpgAs the sixth full day of the standoff between Amazon and Macmillan begins, the online bookseller still has not reactivated many of the buttons that allow customers to buy Macmillan books directly from Amazon (as of this 10:53 a.m. EST writing).

The Wrap covered the whole debate in an article, quoting this GalleyCat editor–who worried (but did not endorse) that it may be too late to convince readers to adapt to a price point higher than $9.99.

What do you think? Will readers pay more than $9.99?

Daily Finance writer (and former GalleyCat editor) Sarah Weinman thought publishers should work hard to combat that price point: “Amazon has done a great job of marketing the illusion that an e-book should be $9.99 … So how can publishers tell consumers, in clear terms, why $9.99 is bad and convince them that discount culture shouldn’t screw over the authors they profess to love?”

Here’s more coverage of this long, strange week: Macmillan received a supportive standing ovation at an industry program yesterday. News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch has dipped his toe into the eBook pricing debate. Macmillan author John Scalzi has rejected boycott and urged readers to buy books instead. Meanwhile, some Amazon customers continue to boycott Kindle books priced higher than $9.99. As of this writing, 1,724 different comments have been posted in response to Amazon’s note to customers about the price war.

Novelist Robert B. Parker Has Died

robertparker.pngThe celebrated private detective and crime novelist Robert B. Parker has died.

The bestselling author carried the private detective genre into a new century, writing about a tough detective named Spenser since 1971. He was also picked to complete “Poodle Springs,” an unfinished novel by the great private detective writer, Raymond Chandler. This GalleyCat editor will always treasure fond memories of reading the novelist’s Spenser series as a kid.

Here’s more from Sarah Weinman, the literary journalist who broke the news this morning: “He is survived by his wife, Joan, and his sons, David, a choreographer, and Daniel, an actor. Several more novels will be published in 2010, including SPLIT IMAGE, the newest Jesse Stone novel (out February 23) and BLUE-EYED DEVIL, an Appaloosa novel (out on May 4). Much, much more soon, and something tells me a whole lot of tributes will be rolling in over the next day or two. In the meantime, some choice tributes and links:

Kirkus Reviews Hints at “A Few Interested Buyers”

kirkus.jpgToday the Kirkus Reviews Twitter feed sparked hopes that the book review outlet could survive.

The book review outlet posted a brief, encouraging note: “Kirkus currently has a few interested buyers. Stay tuned…” Our digitally obsessed sibling eBookNewser spotted the news.

On Dec. 10th, it was announced that Kirkus Reviews would close, taking away about 5,000 book reviews a year–a tremendous loss for the publishing industry. Earlier thia month, the venerable book review outlet Kirkus Reviews returned to the microblogging site to reassure readers that the January 1st issue of the magazine will still be published.

UPDATE: The post has since disappeared from the Kirkus Reviews Twitter feed. GalleyCat has reached out to the magazine for comment.

UPDATE 2: Sarah Weinman reports on Twitter: “Per the managing editor of @KirkusReviews: ‘no new info at the moment. Just still working through possibilities, but nothing to report.’”

Glenn Beck Thrills Publishers

0511book.jpgOver the last year, author and conservative commentator Glenn Beck has interviewed 40 thriller writers, from David Baldacci to James Patterson, becoming a coveted new stop on the book tour trail for publishers.

In a NY Times article about this phenomenon, thriller author Brad Thor quipped: “He’s our Oprah … God love him, we’re very fortunate.” According to the article, Beck reaches 9 million radio listeners every week and 2.7 million television viewers every day. On the Morning Media Menu today, we pondered why the thriller appeals so strongly to Beck’s audience.

Former GalleyCat reporter Sarah Weinman wrote about the gender politics underlying these figures: “Beck definitely has a line into what his viewers–especially the 800,000-odd people in the coveted 25-54 demographic–might be interested in reading. Chances are they are not avid book buyers, lucky to put a couple of hundred bucks' total into publishers' coffers. Beck's viewership also skews predominately towards white males, and at the risk of gross overgeneralization, fall into the stereotypical category of those who shy away from reading books outside their own gender (or ethnic and cultural worldview.)”

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