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Tina Brown To Write Memoir About Her Media Life

Editor and author Tina Brown has sold her memoir to Henry Holt’s Metropolitan Books imprint. Media Beast will come out in 2016.

Agent Ed Victor negotiated the deal with publisher Stephen Rubin in “an exclusive submission.” Rubin published Brown’s biography of Princess Diana, The Diana Chronicles. Metropolitan Books publisher Sara Bershtel will edit.

The book will cover Brown’s legendary career as a young magazine editor, but also cover her tim leading Talk magazine, working with Harvey Weinstein, her CNBC talk show “Topic A” and her leadership at The Daily Beast. Brown left the website earlier this week.

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Harper’s Revives Folio Section with John le Carré Excerpt

Harper’s Magazine has revised its Folio section, printing the first chapter novelist John le Carré‘s A Delicate Truth. The magazine also published Afterword by the great spy novelist.

The series began in 1992 with “Pafko at the Wall” by Don DeLillo. In a publisher’s note, John R. MacArthur shared a bit of history about the Folio section, adding some editorial history about fears for long form writing in magazines. Check it out:

Like many things in the history of Harper’s, Folio was conjured from a mix of editorial vision and practical necessity. When Tina Brown was appointed editor of The New Yorker in June 1992, I assumed she would begin running much shorter pieces. Harper’s response, I told Lewis Lapham, Michael Pollan, and Gerry Marzorati at a hastily organized lunch, should be from time to time to run much longer pieces that might not only satisfy the cravings of frustrated New Yorker readers but also accommodate Harper’s contributors who simply needed more space to say what they wanted to say … We’re still committed to concision, of course, but in this age of web-driven snippets, we believe there’s all the more need for writers to be able to think in depth and at sufficient length to tell complex stories.

Tina Brown Rallies the Troops at Newsweek & The Daily Beast

TinaBrown.jpgThis morning author and editor Tina Brown sent an email about rising traffic at Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

Last November, The Daily Beast entered a “new media marriage” with Newsweek, putting Brown at the helm of both publications. We’ve included the text of her email below…

I wanted to extend huge congratulations to all of you on our extraordinary traffic milestone last month. It’s hard to imagine that in less than three years since the launch of The Daily Beast, traffic now exceeds 10.3 million monthly unique visitors and 67.6 million pageviews, half of it from visitors who bookmark the site and none of it paid—an amazing indication of reader loyalty and the power of our combined brands.

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The 2010 National Book Awards Live Blog

8:10 Master of Ceremonies Andy Borowitz from The New Yorker is on stage and making jokes. He just called eBooks the bastard cousin of the book and he compared publishing to a Carnival Cruise Ship. “It is on fire. The toilets don’t work. And we are surviving day to day on poptarts and spam.”

8:14 John Escott is on stage to present the The Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. Elmo has joined him on stage. The winner is Joan Ganz Cooney, the creator of Sesame Street.

8:21 Cooney thanks the literary community for “saving civilization” and says that no game experience can replicate the experience of having someone read to a child.

8:24 Tina Brown is now taking the stage after Andy Borowitz just called The Daily Beast/Newsweek merger “Weak Beast.”

8:28 Brown just presented the Distinguished Contribution to American Letters award to Tom Wolfe.

8:34 Tom Wolfe got his start writing obituaries for a small town newspaper. He came to New York on the last bus out of town with a bunch of misfits. He is telling his life story, in what has promised would be 6 minutes, but the clock is ticking.

8:40 Tom Wolfe is singing The Girl From Ipanema and talking about his first newspaper assignment in New York interviewing a mobster.

8:44 Tom Wolfe jumped from gangsters to Ken Kesey and hippies. “We are in an age where you can’t make this stuff up.” Um, nope.

8:46 Now he isreminiscing about The Black Panthers.

8:47 And now he is talking about Sinclair Lewis. Who wrote about how to write and said, “First sit down.” Tom Wolfe would like to add, “First leave the building.”

8:49 Dinner is being served as we await the 2010 Award Winners.

The Daily Beast and Newsweek Seal ‘New Media Marriage’

TinaBrown.jpgThe Daily Beast has entered a “new media marriage” with Newsweek after weeks of negotiation. The new entity will be called the Newsweek Daily Beast Company.

Daily Beast founder and The Diana Chronicles author Tina Brown will serve as editor-in-chief of both publications. Her Daily Beast business partner, Stephen Colvin, will serve as CEO of the new marriage.

Here’s more about the partnership from Brown: “It’s a wonderful new opportunity for all the brilliant editors and writers at The Daily Beast who have worked so hard to create the site’s success. Working at the warp-speed of a 24/7 news operation, we now add the versatility of being able to develop ideas and investigations that require a different narrative pace suited to the medium of print. And for Newsweek, The Daily Beast is a thriving frontline of breaking news and commentary that will raise the profile of the magazine’s bylines and quicken the pace of a great magazine’s revival.”

Tina Brown Hosts Book Party for Randall Lane

9781591843290L.jpgLast night GalleyCat mingled with financial journalists and publishing types at editor Tina Brown‘s Upper East Side apartment. The Daily Beast founder had thrown a party for author Randall Lane, a Daily Beast editor-in-large who wrote the new memoir, The Zeroes: My Misadventures in the Decade Wall Street Went Insane.

During the party, Brown gave a brief speech praising the book. “It would make a great musical,” she quipped. “I’d love to see Zeroes on Ice.” Lane followed up with his own short speech, summing up the crazy atmosphere of his book: “We were in the middle of something historic,” he said. “Not necessarily good, but historic.”

UPDATED: Yesterday the Daily Beast broke an excerpt from the book with some passages about financial guru Jim Cramer. Entitled “Jim Cramer Stock Touting Scandal,” you can read the whole essay here.

Tina Brown’s Unorthodox eBook-First Strategy

img-author-photo---tina-brown_101220562199.jpgLast night GalleyCat correspondent Blake Gernstetter covered the launch party for John Avlon‘s political book, “Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America.”

The party was held at the Manhattan home of Tina Brown (pictured, via), the author, magazine editor, and founder of The Daily Beast. In a short interview, Brown outlined how the online publication was taking its first step into the publishing industry with Beast Books.

She outlined why the company bucked publishing tradition by releasing the eBook edition first: “We feel that that’s really what seeds the interest. What we feel strongly is that the digital is really the place that we are, but to have the paperback as well is a terrific way for the writer to fire on all cylinders,” Brown explained. Last year, she made headlines for criticizing the $9.99 price point for books.

She concluded: “It’s a great sort of sexy little paperback, 40,000 words, it came out of Beast content [which was sort of] the idea of the imprint to take pieces that have appeared as blogs and as passionate sort of opinion pieces and actually develop them into a longer form, provocative 40,000 word book.”

Read the complete interview after the jump.

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The Daily Beast to Publish True Crime Book

beastbooks23.jpgThe second book from The Daily Beast‘s new publishing imprint will be a true crime book entitled Angel Face: The Real Story of Student Killer Amanda Knox. Inverting the traditional rules of publishing, the book will debut as an eBook on March 19 and a paperback on April 6–timed to coincide with Knox’s appeal of her murder conviction.

The book will be written by Rome-based Daily Beast contributor Barbie Latza Nadeau who has covered the highly publicized trial for Anderson Cooper 360, MSNBC, The Today Show, and The Daily Beast. Last year, an Italian court sentenced Knox to 26 years in prison for murdering Meredith Kercher.

The Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown had this statement: “The book will be the definitive account of the drug-fueled murder of Meredith Kercher and the media frenzy it inspired around the world. With Knox’s fate hanging on her upcoming appeal, Nadeau’s book will provide the first in-depth account of the events that led up to her arrest, and the life of the young girl from Seattle whose case has captivated the world.”

Last week, The Daily Beast launched the first title in its new publishing series.

Inaugural Daily Beast Book Probes Glenn Beck’s Publishing Career

img-book-cover---wingnuts_140231663760.jpgToday The Daily Beast launched its publishing line, Beast Books–an experimental step from the blogosphere into the world of publishing.

The series opened with John Avlon‘s political book, “Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America.” According to founder Tina Brown, the imprint will feature a new kind of content: “Beast Books will be longer than conventional long-form magazine articles but shorter than conventional nonfiction books. They will be published digitally and distributed on multiple platforms, and will soon thereafter be available as handy paperbacks.”

Here’s an excerpt from Avlon’s book, a study of political pundit Glenn Beck‘s bestseller streak: “In the books, as on air, it’s always a wrestling match between the Good Beck–humorous, self-effacing and calling on a higher power for a sense of purpose–and the Bad Beck, peddling political apocalypse, the opinion equivalent of a horror film: ‘We are a country that is headed towards socialism, totalitarianism, beyond your wildest imagination.’ ‘There is a coup going on. There is a stealing of America … done through the guise of an election.’”

Sarah Palin Finishes Her Memoir in Four Months

images.jpegThe industrious author Sarah Palin has written her memoir in four months flat, and readers can look for the hardcover in mid-November.

According to the AP, the book is entitled “Going Rogue: An American Life,” and the HarperCollins’ Harper imprint plans to print 1.5 million copies. Harper publisher Jonathan Burnham had this statement: “Governor Palin has been unbelievably conscientious and hands-on at every stage, investing herself deeply and passionately in this project.”

Today’s edition of the Morning Media Menu podcast pondered this upcoming publishing event. In addition to the memoir, the show also explored Tina Brown‘s new publishing imprint and boozy days at the NY Times.