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OR Books Celebrates New Yoko Ono Book With NYC Rooftop Party

Colin Robinson of OR Books with author Yoko Ono

Over elderberry and cucumber water and views of the Empire State Building, OR Books toasted author Yoko Ono and her new work Acorn at the Refinery Hotel’s rooftop in New York City this week.

The work is Ono’s first book in almost 50 years. It is a collection of short thoughtful meditations designed to pick up and read here and there for inspirations. “It is short enough that you don’t have to think about reading a whole page,” Ono told party guests.

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Yoko Ono Lands Book Deal with OR Books

Artist Yoko Ono inked a deal with OR Books for an “instructional poetry” book entitled Acorn. The publisher plans to release this title in June 2013.

OR Books described the Acorn manuscript as “an extension” of Ono’s 1964 art book, Grapefruit. Ono has collaborated with other writers on books, but this is her first book published by herself in nearly 50 years.

Over at The Guardian, Ono explained the book: “It’s something I originally created for the internet. For 100 days, every day, a different instruction was communicated. Now it’s being published in book form. I’m riding a time machine that’s going back to the old ways! Great! I added my dot drawings to give you further brainwork.”

The Feminist Press Publishes Pussy Riot eBook

The Feminist Press has been working with Russian punk art collective Pussy Riot on an eBook project entitled Pussy Riot!: A Punk Prayer for Freedom. The title will be available at digital bookstores on September 21st.

Here’s more from the release: “On February 21, 2012, five members of Pussy Riot staged a protest performance in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. Three of the performers, Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevitch, known as Masha, Nadya, and Katya, were arrested and charged with felony hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. As their trial unfolded, these young women became global feminist icons, garnering the attention and support of activists and artists around the world. They were sentenced to two years in prison, and inspired a global movement. ”

The book will contain letters written during their imprisonment, courtroom statements, poems and of course, Pussy Riot’s infamous punk prayer. The book will also include tributes written by supporters Yoko OnoJohanna FatemanKaren FinleyJustin Vivian BondEileen Myles and JD Samson. Profits derived from book sales will be used to cover the expenses for Pussy Riot’s legal defense team.

John Lennon Letters To Be Published

In October 2012 Little, Brown will publish selected letters by John Lennon. The book will be edited and introduced by Hunter Davies.

Here’s more about the book: “He lived – and died – in an age before emails and texts. Pen and ink were his medium. John wrote letters and postcards all of his life; to his friends, family, strangers, newspapers, organisations, lawyers and the laundry – most of which were funny, informative, campaigning, wise, mad, poetic, anguished and sometimes heartbreaking … It will be visual – in a sense that many of the letters are reproduced as they were, in his handwriting or typing, plus the odd cartoon or doodle.”

Robert Kirby of United Agents negotiated the deal. Davies has written an authorized biography of the Beatles and The Glory Game. In the video embedded above, Yoko Ono shared a message from her late husband.

John Lennon’s Letters to be Published

Yoko Ono, the widow of Beatles legend John Lennon, has given permission for 150 of Lennon’s personal letters to be published in a single volume.

According to The Guardian, Alan Samson from the Orion Publishing Group acquired world rights to the collection. Publication is set for October 2012–the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ hit release, Love Me Do. The video embedded above shows the band playing that song.

Here’s more from the article: “Orion saw off competition from all the big-hitting publishing houses who went to Davies’s home in Kentish Town, north London, to make their bids…Samson would not disclose how much Orion had paid for the right to publish the book, although it is thought to be in excess of £500,000 but less than £1m quoted in other media.”

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Ralph Nader and His 700-Page Novel

only-the-super-rich-can-save-us.jpgTomorrow Seven Stories Press will release a 733-page “utopian fantasy” written by one unexpected novelist–crusading politician Ralph Nader.

According to the Washington Post, the press printed 40,000 copies of “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us,” and has already printed 5,000 more in anticipation of Nader fans rushing to bookstores. In a distinctive plot twist, the book features Warren Buffett, Ted Turner, Bill Cosby, and Yoko Ono as heroes “who conspire to set off a progressive revolution.”

Here’s more from the newspaper: “Nader started the book three years ago, but ‘then I was busy running for president.’ Why so long? ‘This is a very detailed battle-for-justice plan,’ he said.”

Authors Guild Denounces “Dead Celebs” Bill

Yesterday the Authors Guild sent out an alert to its members that the organization, along with the Association of American Publishers, have publicly denounced a bill on the floor of the New York State Legislature that could allow heirs the legal right to block the use of photographs and other likenesses of deceased public figures who passed away after January 1, 1938. PW Daily explains that if the bill passes, it would create a “posthumous ;right of publicity’” that could, potentially, threaten the work done by historians, biographers and even novelists.

The bill has been introduced in two forms, according to Authors Guild sources. The Assembly version, which the Guild says could be voted on very soon and “would most likely pass,” and the Senate one, which the Guild thinks is “on a slower track.” Because the two versions of the bill do not exclude literary works from their scope, the Guild has urged its members to oppose the legislation by contacting their representatives. AAP director of communications Judy Platt, who said said “the bill, as written, is a disaster,” added that it is already being supported by some high profile celebrities like Al Pacino and Yoko Ono. Michael Gross also supports vetoing the bill and explains why: “Put simply, the bill stifles free speech, and in America, we don’t do that unless there’s a compelling reason. In this case, there is no compelling reason.”