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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.”

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Salman Rushdie Inks Deal for Unfinished Memoir

26491_rushdie_salman.gifNovelist Salman Rushdie has sold his unfinished memoir to Random House worldwide. The publisher has acquired “hardcover, paperback, audio, and e-book rights for English- German-and Spanish-language editions” of the book about Rushdie’s life, from his years in public school to his years in hiding with a fatwah hanging over his head.

Andrew Wylie from The Wylie Agency negotiated the deal (proving once and for all that problems between the publisher and Wylie’s agency have been resolved). The manuscript should be finished by next year.

Random House imprint publisher Susan Kamil had this statement: “Will Murphy, his U.S. editor, and I have read many pages from Mr. Rushdie’s first draft, and we are dazzled once again by his prodigious literary gifts and his mesmerizing ability to tell a riveting story, this time of his very own life. We can’t wait to read the completed manuscript and to work with him to bring it to publication.”

Jon Meacham Joins Random House Publishing Group as Executive VP & Executive Editor

Today Random House announced that former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham will serve executive VP and executive editor at the publisher.

The appointment starts January 3rd. Meacham will both acquire and edit nonfiction titles. The editor won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his Random House-published title,  American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.

Random House imprint publisher Susan Kamil had this statement: “Jon will help us carry forward the Random House nonfiction publishing tradition, with a particular emphasis on works of history, biography, and religion … I look forward to working closely with Jon.”

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Susan Kamil Promoted to Publisher at Random House & Dial Press Imprints

1280243739922_023be.pngRandom House editor-in-chief Susan Kamil (pictured) has been promoted to publisher of Random House and Dial Press imprints.

Random House Publishing Group president Gina Centrello wrote in a memo: “Few in our industry match Susan’s skill of identifying and editing literary titles that can cross over into national bestsellerdom … Susan will continue to edit a select number of books a year, including the internationally bestselling Shopaholic series and the stand-alone novels of Sophie Kinsella.”

In addition, Tom Perry has been promoted to deputy publisher at the Random House imprint–he will also serve as publisher of the The Modern Library imprint. Theresa Zoro has been promoted to director of publicity for the entire Random House Publishing Group. Finally, Susan Corcoran has been elevated to director of publicity for Ballantine Bantam Dell.

The complete memo is embedded below.

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