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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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Scott Moyers Named Publisher of Penguin Press

Editor-turned-literary agent Scott Moyers will now serve as publisher of Penguin Press. From 2003 to 2007, Moyers worked as an editor at the same imprint. He left to run the New York office of The Wylie Agency.

The imprint plans to expand its yearly list from 42 titles to at least 62. According to The New York Times, the expansion is part of what drew Moyers to return to Penguin Press. This also means that the current publisher Ann Godoff will become editor-in-chief and Andrew Wylie will take Moyers’ clients.

Here’s more from the article: “In some respects, Mr. Moyers will return to Penguin a much more valuable asset than before. As a literary agent, he has learned about every publishing program in the business and brokered deals with a wide range of publishers. At Penguin, it is possible that he will work on books that he sold to the publisher as an agent.”

Darin Strauss Sells New Untitled Novel

Darin Strauss, the author of Chang and Eng and The Real McCoy, has sold a new and currently untitled novel to Random House.

Susan Kamil acquired the book, and the deal was negotiated by Scott Moyers at the Wylie Agency. Strauss’ debut novel told the story of the conjoined brothers, Chang and Eng Bunker–earning strong reviews and a New York Times Notable stamp for his first book.

Here’s more about the author (pictured, via): “Also a screenwriter, he is adapting Chang and Eng with Gary Oldman, for Disney. The recipient of a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction writing, he is a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU’s creative writing program.”

Michael Hastings Sells Book about Afghanistan

michaelhastings.pngLast month journalist Michael Hastings made headlines for his Rolling Stone article “The Runaway General,” a book that ultimately caused President Barack Obama to relieve General Stanley A. McChrystal from his command of the war in Afghanistan.

Hastings (pictured, via True/Slant) sold his book to Little, Brown and Company editor-in-chief Geoff Shandler. The deal was negotiated by Scott Moyers at the Wylie Agency. Hastings is a political journalist and author of the memoir, I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story. In 2007, Hastings’ book proposal generated some controversy online.

Here’s more about the untitled book: “The book will offer an unfiltered look at the war, and the soldiers, diplomats and politicians who are waging it. Based on exclusive reporting in Afghanistan, Europe, the Middle East and Washington, D.C., this landmark work of journalism will elucidate as never before our deeply troubling war in vivid, unforgettable detail.”

Penguin Press Reportedly Paid $5 Million for “Game Change” Sequel

gamechanged.jpgTIME magazine’s Mark Halperin (pictured, via) and New York‘s John Heilemann‘s bestselling behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 election, Game Change, will reportedly have a $5 million sequel.

Yesterday Crain’s New York reported that Penguin Press publisher Ann Godoff and literary agents Andrew Wylie and Scott Moyers negotiated a $5 million deal for a book about the 2012 election from the bestselling authors. With memoirists Sarah Palin and Barack Obama running around in 2012, it should be a literary election season.

Here’s more from the article: “‘This is presidential memoir level money,’ said one executive familiar with the deal… [it] harks back to a period before the recession ate into book sales and put pressure on houses to hold down costs. But the giant price tag is also representative of a trend among publishers toward making bigger bets on known commodities.”

Coco Chanel Book Deal for University Professor

rgarelick2.jpgUniversity of Nebraska Lincoln professor Rhonda Garelick has sold a book about Coco Chanel, modern fashion, and European politics to Random House–a book entitled Antigone in Vogue.

Random House editorial director Jennifer Hershey bought North American rights. The deal was negotiated by Scott Moyers from the The Wylie Agency. The author is a critic of “performance, literature, fashion, and cultural politics.” Most recently, Garelick published Electric Salome: Loie Fuller’s Performance of Modernism with Princeton University Press.

Here’s more about the book: “capturing not only the dramatic story of Chanel’s life and loves but her enormous impact on 20th century culture, as well as the cultural and political forces that shaped her.”

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.”

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.