Hillary Clinton is the Keynote Speaker at the AAP Annual Meeting
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) announced that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be the keynote speaker at
the 2014 AAP General Annual Meeting in New York City on March 19th.
The AAP is the largest national trade association for the US book and journal publishing industry.
Tom Allen, President and CEO, AAP, had this to say about the event:
"Hillary Clinton's unprecedented public service has been marked by tireless commitment to improving learning, quality of life and opportunities for people worldwide. These are priorities shared by our member publishers and reflected in the high-quality works they produce. We are proud to have her address our community at our signature annual event."
Secretary Clinton is widely expected to run for President of the United States in 2016, although she has not announced her candidacy. She has a new memoir coming out this spring which will reflect on her experiences as Secretary of State. The memoir, which will be published by Simon & Schuster, will also address Mrs. Clinton's thoughts about the challenges facing the country and the world today. The former First Lady and Senator from New York has written four books, including including Living History and It Takes a Village.
This subject of the AAP event is "The Next Chapter in Protecting IP: Policy, Disruption, Innovation and Sustainability."
Richard Bach Publishes Sequel to Illusions as Kindle Single
Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, has published his sequel to Illusions as a Kindle Single. Illusions II: The Adventures of a Reluctant Student is available exclusively on Amazon.com.
Bach says in a statement, "I never planned to write a follow-up to Illusions. But after I was very nearly destroyed in an accident aboard my seaplane, I wondered if it were not an accident at all, but a test. Kindle Singles gave me the opportunity to share my story immediately."
In the sequel, Bach chronicles his meetings with spirit guides following his near-death experience from a seaplane crash. Bach's memoir also tells how he spent a rebuilding himself and his plane. Bach says, "There's no blessing that can't be a disaster, and no disaster that can't be a blessing."
25th Anniversary Edition of The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Published
Simon & Schuster and Franklin Covey Co. have published the 25th anniversary edition of The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People. The 25th anniversary edition includes a new foreword by Good to Great author Jim Collins. It also includes a family tribute and a final interview with Stephen Covey. Covey died in 2012 at age 79 following complications from a bike accident.
Covey's book has been read by business executives around the world. Over 25 million copies of the book have been sold in over 40 languages. The popular business book explains the following seven habits or principles that help drive success:
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind.
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
NEA's Cat-a-Van Reading Tour begins February 24. The Cat in the Hat themed van will promote good oral health and literacy in over 20 cities in eight states. It will take a 4,000-mile journey over a three week period. Over 30,000 special stovepipe "reading" hats, books and toothbrushes will be handed out to children.
The Cat-a-Van's journey will kick off this year's Read Across America celebrations. Read Across America will take place on March 3, 2014.
NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, said in a statement, "Educators know that students need to come to school ready and able to learn, and students who are absent from class due to health problems are missing out on critical instruction time. Everyone from Horton to the Grinch can benefit from developing good oral health and reading habits."
Hundreds of Copies of The Diary of Anne Frank Vandalized in Japanese Libraries The New York Timesreports that the Japanese government is now investigating the mutilation of hundreds of copies of The Diary of Anne Frank, the diary of a young Jewish woman whose family was hidden from the Nazis in a neighbor's house in occupied Amsterdam until they were betrayed. Anne died in a concentration camp at the age of 15.
Two hundred sixty-five copies of the book have been vandalized in 31 different libraries in Tokyo. Librarians are extremely upset about the vandalism and have put the remaining copies behind the circulation desk to protect them. The mutilated books have been slashed with a razor or knife and have had pages cut out.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reports how disappointed he was at the vandalism. He described the acts as "extremely regrettable and shameful." The Simon Wiesenthal Center which promotes Jewish human rights said in a statement, "Only people imbued with bigotry and hatred would seek to destroy Anne's historic words of courage, hope and love in the face of impending doom." We hope they catch the perpetrators and put a stop to such vile acts. The AP has more on the story:
Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly to Publish Book on America's Gun Debate
Former Congressman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, are publishing a book about America's gun debate with Scribner. The book is called Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence. It will be published in June 2014.
Scribner says the book provides a powerful argument for responsible gun legislation. The book also details Gabby's ongoing recovery from the January 8, 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona. The book was inspired by an opinion essay Gabby wrote in the New York Times about gun legislation. Her essay was published in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. The couple have also founded Americans for Responsible Solutions, an organization created to promote responsible gun legislation in the U.S.
Kelly says in a statement, "'Enough' was one of the first words Gabby said to me after we learned about the Newtown, Connecticut massacre. As Second Amendment supporters and gun owners ourselves, we hope our book rouses the long-overdue conversation our country needs to make responsible changes to our gun laws so that no more precious lives are lost."
Harlequin Announces New Dragon Series From Julie Kagawa
Harlequin has announced a new dragon series from Julie Kagawa called Talon. The first book in the young adult series will be published on October 28, 2014. The series features dragons that have the ability to disguise themselves as humans. There is also an order of warriors sworn to eradicate the dragons.
The dragons of Talon and the Order of St. George have been at war for centuries. The dragons want to rule the world. The general public is unaware of their existence.
Kagawa says of Talon, "I've always been fascinated by dragons because no other mythological creature is as complex. They can be ruthless, savage monsters or loyal and noble protectors. That led me to thinking about dragons in the modern world - how they would adapt and fit in. How would they live? Would they have jobs? What about emotions and love? I hope to answer all these questions in TALON, while at the same time sneaking in the parts we all love in dragon stories - flying, fire-breathing lizards of doom."
Universal Pictures has already pictured up the Talon series. Kagawa's Blood of Eden series was optioned by Palomar Pictures in 2012.