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Mary Higgins Clark to Co-Author Book With Alafair Burke

maryhigginsclarkBestselling author Mary Higgins Clark is collaborating with bestselling author Alafair Burke on a new novel called  The Cinderella Murder.

The book, which is slated for publication in November, will feature characters from Clark’s recent New York Times bestseller, I’ve Got You Under My Skin. Simon & Schuster, Clark’s publisher, will put out the hardcover and the audiobook. Pocket Books will publish the paperback edition.

She has coauthored five books with her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, but this is the first time she has teamed up with an author from outside of her family. In addition, it is the first time that she is using characters from one of her books in a co-authored novel.

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Madeline Stars in L.A. Times Festival of Books Artwork

Children’s book character Madeline stars in this year’s L.A. Times’ Festival of Books artwork. The illustration celebrates the new book, Madeline at the White House by John Bemelmans Marciano.

Marciano is the grandson of original Madeline author/illustrator, Ludwig Bemelmans. Jacket Copy reports: “He never met his grandfather, but he uses the same materials Bemelmans did, including gouache and ‘pens that you have to dip in ink.’ Ludwig Bemelmans started with a pencil sketch and then did an ink drawing over that — as does Marciano.”

In this video, the author explains that the new book was inspired by his grandfather’s friendship with former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. In total, Marciano has published five Madeline titles, continuing the six-book series created by his grandfather. Marciano has also written Bemelmans: The Life and Art of Madeline’s Creator and stand-alone titles like Harold’s Tail and There’s a Dolphin in the Grand Canal.

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Amanda Murray Cut at Simon & Schuster

s&slogo23.jpgThe NY Observer broke the news that editor Simon & Schuster editor Amanda Murray has been cut. She had worked with some big names in fiction, including: Robert M. Parker, Jr., Mary Higgins Clark, and Sandra Brown.

Here’s more from the article: “Jonathan Karp replaced David Rosenthal last month, and he’s now begun to assemble his own editorial team at Simon & Schuster. Senior editor Amanda Murray has been fired, she confirmed today. Karp could not be reached for comment.”

Yesterday we reported that newly-hired publisher Jonathan Karp had hired senior editors Ben Loehnen and Jofie Ferrari-Adler to acquire and edit nonfiction titles.

Jonathan Karp to Replace David Rosenthal as Simon & Schuster Publisher

jon_karp.jpgJonathan Karp has been picked as the new publisher of the Simon & Schuster trade imprint, replacing David Rosenthal.

UPDATE: Simon & Schuster, Inc. CEO Carolyn Reidy has confirmed the news. Her statement: “At every stage of his career [Karp] has shown a true gift for finding and making bestsellers of quality. Having competed against him to acquire books in which we were keenly interested, and then watching as he published them with great flair, I’m delighted that he will now bring his abundant editorial and publishing skills to the Simon & Schuster imprint.”

Karp (pictured, via) currently serves as publisher at Hachette’s Twelve imprint. Reidy also praised Karp’s predecessor: “For nearly 13 years David has led our eponymous imprint, furthering its storied history and tradition of excellence by publishing hundreds of bestsellers and countless critically acclaimed, award-winning books … A truly original thinker, he brought a wealth of creative and inspired ideas to the entire publishing process.”

The Simon & Schuster imprint has published some major books, with authors that include Hillary Rodham Clinton, Larry McMurtry, Mary Higgins Clark, and Bob Dylan. Last year GalleyCat reported on Karp’s remarks at a Publishers Advertising and Marketing Association luncheon. Moby Lives has some helpful context to the news.

Simon & Schuster to Sell Books on Scribd

scribdangel.jpgBucking a spate of trend pieces about piracy and digital texts, Simon & Schuster has reached an agreement to sell e-books in the online reading site, Scribd. They will sell 5,000 titles in all, from authors like Stephen King, Dan Brown, Mary Higgins Clark, and Chelsea Handler.

The books can be browsed and purchased at this link. Scribd counts 60 million readers, and the Scribd Store allows vendors to pick prices, and current offerings include a $1 for a graphic novel and a $5,000 market research report about China. The company allows publishers to choose how works are read, including settings for “read only on Scribd.com,” “download,” and “download with DRM.”

Trip Adler, the CEO and founder of Scribd, had this statement: “Simon & Schuster is a major force in book publishing and is again leading the industry by recognizing the power of the social web to influence reading and buying behavior … We’re thrilled to offer our users a one-stop solution for discovering, sharing and buying written works of all kind, including bestselling books by one of the world’s top publishers.”

Bringing Authors to Inns

If you have a hankering to spend time at a bed & breakfast, why not combine that with meeting a favorite author? That’s the idea behind the Authors and Inns Tour, run by the New Jersey shore-based Historic Inns of Spring Lake in association with the Spring Lake and Sea Girt public libraries to introduce readers to visiting authors like Mary Higgins Clark on June 10.

“We were looking for a way to publicize the inns and bring more people to town,” said Barbara Vogel, owner of Sea Crest by the Sea in Spring Lake. “Spring Lake used to be a huge mecca for vacationers who would stay at the big old hotels. One of our goals is to have people keep coming back to our seashore towns.” Candy Kadimik, owner of the Beacon House in Sea Girt, said the Authors and Inns Tour will be exciting in more ways than one. “Whether you’re a fan of a certain writer or want to discover new ones, we offer an eclectic group of authors,” Kadimik said. “This won’t be like a typical book signing that occurs at a bookstore or a lecture hall. You’ll be meeting the authors in an entirely different and informal venue.”

Scene @ Linda Fairstein’s Book Launch

fairsteintrio.jpgIf the trio on the left – Donna Hanover, Linda Fairstein and Mary Higgins Clark – isn’t indicative that former prosecutor-turned-bestselling crime writer Fairstein’s launch party at Montblanc for her newest crime novel, BAD BLOOD, was a cut above the usual fare, then the swarm of TV cameras (Extra and Fox, we were told) and Cindy Adams rushing up and down in boots that could only be described as Uggs on steroids might be the best sign that this event will merit more media attention than most GalleyCat-able book parties. The adoring crowd – which included Fairstein’s husband, Justin Feldman, FOX News anchor Rosanna Scotto and M.J. Rose) marveled at the store’s collection of luxury watches, jewelry and especially its pens – the last item especially dear to Fairstein’s heart. “I never leave the house without a Montblanc pen,” she remarked to the crowd after signing dozens of copies of her new novel.

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