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Simon & Schuster Signs Book Deal With 3D Gun Maker

codywilsonCody Wilson, the creator of the first 3D-printable gun, has signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster for $250,000, according to a report in Forbes.

The working title is Negative Liberty, and will be a nonfiction account of  Wilson’s mission to create the first 3D-printable gun.

“The whole point to me is to add to the hacker mythology and to have a very, very accurate and contentious portrayal of what we think about the current political situation, our attitude and political orientation, a lasting remark,” Wilson told Forbes. “It won’t be a manifesto. But culturally I hope to leave a couple of zingers…a touchstone for the young, disaffected radical towards his own political and social development, that kind of thing.”

Dutton to Publish Second Book by ‘Parks & Recreation’ Star Nick Offerman

nickParks & Recreation actor Nick Offerman (pictured, via) has signed a deal with Penguin’s Dutton imprint to pen his second book. The publisher released his memoir, Paddle Your Own Canoe, on October 01, 2013.

The not-yet-titled book will profile 25 figures in American history who Offerman revers from President George Washington to country music superstar Willie Nelson. With this project, Offerman also plans to write about a variety of topics including politics, woodworking, agriculture, creativity, philosophy, and meat.

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Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon Ink Picture Book Deal with Scholastic

carey & cannonScholastic will publish a picture book written by Grammy Award-winning singer Mariah Carey and comedian Nick CannonRoc and Roe’s Twelve Days of Christmas is scheduled to hit bookstores in Fall 2014.

Desmond and the Very Mean Word illustrator AG Ford has signed on to create the artwork for this project. The celebrity husband-and-wife collaborators (pictured, via) intend for this book to be enjoyed by readers age 3 and up. The protagonists are based on the couple’s twin kids Moroccan and Monroe (nicknamed Roc and Roe).

According to the press release, the story “follows Roc and Roe as they put their own unique spin on the Christmas carol ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas.’ The deal was developed by D. Christopher Jennings and Robert Caruso, founders of Impact Republic, Nick Cannon’s Ncredible Entertainment, and Ken Geist, Vice President and Editorial Director, Scholastic Press Picture Books.” What do you think?

Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett to Team Up for New Picture Book Project

candlewickCaldecott Medal winner Jon Klassen and acclaimed children’s author Mac Barnett will collaborate on a book called Sam and Dave Dig a Hole.

Klassen and Barnett first teamed up on a picture book entitled Extra Yarn; it went on to earn a Caldecott Honor in 2013. Candlewick Press has acquired this new project. According to the press release, a publication date has been scheduled for October 14, 2014.

Associate publisher Liz Bicknell negotiated the deal with Writers House literary agent Steven Malk. Bicknell will edit the manuscript. Art director Ann Stott will work on the design.

James Frey Signs $2M Film Deal With 20th Century Fox For ‘Endgame’

jamesfreyJames Frey, the controversial author of the fabricated memoir A Million Little Pieces, has inked a $2 million deal with 20th Century Fox for the film rights for his new book Endgame, according to a report on Deadline.com.

According to the report, HarperCollins is publishing the book. The book is reported to be a Hunger Games-style story about battles among teens. Here is more from Deadline.com about the book:

In a world similar to Earth, there are 12 bloodlines, or races. Each bloodline has a champion between the ages of 13 and 17 who is trained as a warrior and is always ready to do battle. When they turn 18, the teen warrior behind them gets promoted. This has been the case for hundreds of years, but no one remembers why — they’re always ready for some sort of battle to take place, but it never does. But the tradition continues. And then one day they’re called to fight, and all the bloodlines but the winners will be exterminated. They’re fighting to be the last race.

Harlequin Signs Nicole Lapin For ‘Rich Bitch’

nicolelapinHarlequin has signed a six-figure deal to publish a new book from TV personality Nicole Lapin called Rich Bitch.

In the book, Lapin will dispense financial advice. ”If you want to take control of your life and your finances – if you want to be a rich bitch – first you have to understand money,” she said in the press release.”Don’t freak out! It’s not as hard, scary, or confusing as you think. Money is just a language and I’m going to be your Rosetta Stone so you can join the conversation.  That’s the only way to get it together and get it all.”

Steve Troha of Folio Literary Management sold the North American rights to the book to Rebecca Hunt at Harlequin Nonfiction. The title is slated for release in early 2015.

Essayist Linda Tirado in Talks to Pen Memoir

789775_1384450733.85Writer Linda Tirado has signed with Foundry Literary & Media agent Mollie Glick.

Tirado became an internet sensation due to the popularity of her essay, “Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, poverty thoughts.” According to The Huffington Post, the piece has attracted “several million reads.”

In November 2013, Tirado set up a GoFundMe page to raise money so she could write a book about the issues presented in her essay. Penguin is in talks with Tirado and Glick to publish a memoir reportedly entitled Hand to Mouth. The book will chornicle Tirado’s “time on the lower rungs of the economic ladder.”

Blogger Jessica Shyba Lands Two-Book Deal

shybaJessica Shyba, the blogger behind Momma’s Gone City, has landed a two-book deal with the Feiwel & Friends, a Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group imprint.

Shyba (pictured, via) acquired 230,000 followers on instagram by posting nap time photos starring her rescue puppy and infant son, Theo and Beau.

According to Shyba’s blog post, the first book, entitled Bedtime for Theo and Beau, will be released on February 4, 2015. (via The Huffington Post)

Book Hive Animatronic Art Installation: VIDEO

Book Hive Teaser Trailer from Adam Laity on Vimeo.

British art group Rusty Squid has created an installation called Book Hive, an art exhibit that turns a wall of books into an animatronic beehive.

The interactive artwork is now on display at Bristol Central Library and is part of the library’s 400 year anniversary festivities. Black Cat Films made a beautiful trailer for the exhibit. We’ve embedded it above for you to check out.

Scribd & Smashwords Sign Global Deal

smashwords304EBook subscription service Scribd has signed a deal with indie eBook distributor Smashwords to bring its catalog of more than 225,000 eBooks into the Scribd subscription library. Smashwords books are already available through eBook subscription service Oyster.

Under the terms of the agreement, Smashwords will provide books from its library of more than 70,000 authors and publishers to Scribd’s new eBook subscription service. Smashwords titles will also be available for sale through Scribd.

Here is more from the press release: “The partnership offers Smashwords authors the ability to distribute their books across Scribd’s services on the iPhone, iPad, Android mobile devices and on web browsers. As part of the deal, Scribd will help Smashwords authors by providing eBook marketing tools such as proprietary author data and merchandising to Scribd’s audience of 80+ million users from around the world.”

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