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Archives: February 2012

CeeLo Green Scores Book Deal for Memoir

Five-time Grammy winner CeeLo Green has landed a book deal to publish his untitled memoir with Grand Central Publishing next year.

The memoir will “tell personal and candid story of how he found his voice as an artist and a showman.” Fellow musician Big Gipp and Rolling Stone reporter David Wild will also help on the book. Creative Trust, Inc agents Dan Raines and Meredith Smith negotiated the deal with Grand Central EIC of paperbacks Beth de Guzman.

Green had this statement in the release: “After reading my book, there will be no doubt that I am meant to be. You will enter into the supernatural, the surreal, and extraordinary. As CeeLo Green, a.k.a. ‘everybody’s brother,’ I will make you a believer. I talk about art imitating life; YOU discover CRAZY.”

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Coffee Shop QR Code Site Seeks Submissions

South Carolina-based writer Tim LeVan Miller has launched a new platform to bring short stories to readers in independent coffee shops called Sips Card.

Essentially, readers can read a story with the free card. Readers can scan the QR code and read the story while they drink their drink.

The Sips Card website explains how it works: “Customers at participating venues can pick up a Sips Card with their drink order. Each card contains a QR code, loaded with a short story from an independent writer meant to last as long as their drink. The cards are venue specific and include their business information as well as that issue’s author, story title, and website.”

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Junot Diaz Returns with Short Story Collection

After a five year wait, Junot Diaz will release his second collection of short stories on September 11, 2012.  Riverhead will publish the book, This Is How You Lose Her.

Diaz (pictured, via Joey L.) hasn’t published a book since winning the Pulitzer Prize for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao in 2008. Diaz took ten years to publish that novel after his first collection of stories, Drown.

Here’s more from the release: “[The stories] capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through – ‘the begging, the crawling over glass, the crying’ – to try to mend what we’ve broken beyond repair. They recall the echoes that intimacy leaves behind, even where we thought we did not care. They teach us the catechism of affections: that the faithlessness of the fathers is visited upon the children; that what we do unto our exes is inevitably done in turn unto us; and that loving thy neighbor as thyself is a commandment more safely honored on platonic than erotic terms. Most of all, these stories remind us that the habit of passion always triumphs over experience, and that ‘love, when it hits us for real, has a half-life of forever.’”

Hunger Games Movie Companion & Tatiana De Rosnay Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending February 26, 2012–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #8 in Hardcover Fiction) The House I Loved by Tatiana De Rosnay: “Paris, France: 1860’s. Hundreds of houses are being razed, whole neighborhoods reduced to ashes. By order of Emperor Napoleon III, Baron Haussman has set into motion a series of large-scale renovations that will permanently alter the face of old Paris, moulding it into a ‘modern city.’ The reforms will erase generations of history—but in the midst of the tumult, one woman will take a stand.” (February 2012)

(Debuted at #10 in Children’s Interest) The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Kate Egan: “This is your guide to all of the movie’s excitement, both in front of the camera and behind it. Go behind the scenes of the making of “The Hunger Games” with exclusive images and interviews. From the screenwriting process to the casting decisions to the elaborate sets and costumes to the actors’ performances and directors’ vision, this is the definitive companion to the breathtaking film.” (February 2012)

Hyperion & ABC News Make Promo Videos For Author Kenneth Davis

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ABC News and Hyperion Books have teamed up to create a series of digital videos based on books. The first series of videos is based on content from books by author  Kenneth C. Davis, author of the Don’t Know Much About series, which includes Don’t Know Much About History.

The videos will dissect rare facts about American history. We’ve embedded the first episode above. Here is more about the series from the release: “Today’s first episode tackles the vagaries of the Electoral College and explains why we have this process and how it impacts government today. In upcoming shows, Davis will explore the birth of political parties and America’s first democratic election. A new webisode will run each month on ABCNews.com and OTUSNews.com.”

The videos will serve as a promotional platform for Davis’ books. In September, Hyperion will be publish his newest book Don’t Know Much About the American Presidents, a history of American presidents from Washington to Obama.

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: St. Martin’s Press, ALA, Triumph Books

This week, St. Martin’s Press is hiring a senior designer, while the American Library Association is looking for a production editor. Triumph Books is seeking a marketing manager, and Palm Publishing needs an editor. Get all the details on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on mediabistro.com.

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Marvel: Avengers Alliance Is Now Live

After months of preparation, Marvel Comics has launched its first Facebook game, Avengers Alliance.

Follow this link to play the game, fighting crime alongside the famous superhero team. Earlier this year, we interviewed comic book writer Alex Irvine about his work writing for the game.

Irvine also shared tips for aspiring video game writers–you can explore the growing field in our Best Video Game Writing of the Year feature.

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DK Publishing Seeks Online Marketing Manager


DK publishing is on the hunt for a new online marketing manager in its New York office. In this role, you’ll oversee and execute DK’s social media marketing for adult, children’s and travel books.

If you land the position, you’ll be responsible for building the overall brand profile of DK, as well as managing the e-newsletter program, subscriber lists and mini-sites. You’ll work closely with DK’s marketing/PR teams in the US and the UK. Read more

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore Wins Oscar for Best Animated Short

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore won the Oscar for Best Animated Short last night at the Academy Awards. Above, we’ve embedded the complete book-loving film.

Open Culture has more about the film: “Made with an animation style that blends stop motion with computer animation and traditional hand-drawing, the silent film pays homage to a bygone era when elegantly printed books inhabited our world. The 15-minute short is the first made by Moonbot Studios, a fledgling animation shop in Shreveport, Louisiana.”

Author and ex-Pixar character designer William Joyce rose to the top of Apple’s Top Grossing Book Apps list last year with the $4.99 interactive storybook, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.” Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing will release a storybook version this summer.

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Jan Berenstain Has Died

Jan Berenstain, one half of the couple that created The Berenstain Bears book series, passed away this weekend.

The series began in 1963 with The Big Honey Hunt. This GalleyCat editor grew up reading the series and now loves reading Bears in the Night with his daughter. What is your favorite Berenstain Bears book?

In a Scholastic interview, Berenstain shared the story of how she created the series with her husband Stan Berenstain. Both are pictured above…

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