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HarperCollins to Publish 15 New Stories by the Late Elmore Leonard

Good news for Elmore Leonard fans: a collection of fifteen unpublished stories of the late award-winning novelist will be published in the U.S. by HarperCollins next fall. Read more... July 19, 2014

Burt Reynolds to Publish Memoir in Fall 2015

Burt Reynolds will publish a memoir in fall 2015 with G.P. Putnam's Son called But Enough About Me. The book will be co-written by Jon Winokur. It will include a forward by Deliverance co-star Jon Voight. Read more... July 10, 2014

World Book Night to Shut Down For Lack of Funds

Sad news for book lovers: World Book Night is shutting down due to lack of funds. U.S. Executive Director Carl Lennertz broke the bad news on Facebook that operations will have to be suspended. The annual event mobilized thousands of volunteers all over the United States to help distribute more than 1.5 million paperback books for free. There was substantial support from writers, shippers and the big publishers, but the logistics were so complex and the operations so vast that the expense became overwhelming without substantial additional funding. Read more... July 2, 2014

Hillary Clinton's New Book, Hard Choices, is Effectively Banned in China

Hillary Clinton's new book, Hard Choices, has been effectively banned in China. BuzzFeed reports that no Chinese publisher would touch the political memoir, due to fears of the Chinese government censors. Simon and Schuster's Jonathan Karp confirmed that the publishers are cowed by the government and are fearful of reprisals for publishing a book which dares to criticize the Chinese government. Read more... June 30, 2014

Kyle Mills Will Take Over the Bestselling Mitch Rapp Series by the Late Vince Flynn

Bestselling author Vince Flynn died last year at the age of 47, but his popular Mitch Rapp novels will live on. Flynn's family and his long-time editor Emily Bestler announced that the series will now be written by bestselling author Kyle Mills. Flynn had 15 million of his books in print. He wrote political thrillers. His popular character Mitch Rapp is a CIA counter-terrorism expert who faces numerous threats. Read more... June 25, 2014

Nelson DeMille Cuts Six Book Deal With Pocket Books

Nelson DeMille has signed a six book deal with Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. DeMille was previously with Hachette. DeMille will write three of the books alone. He will collaborate with other authors on the other three books. Read more... June 22, 2014

Mary Higgins Clark to Collaborate With Alafair Burke on New Novel

Simon and Schuster announced that internationally bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark has teamed up with bestselling crime author Alafair Burke to write a collaborative novel. Ms. Clark, who has sold more than 100 million copies of her books in the U.S. alone, and Ms. Burke are busy writing The Cinderella Murder which will be published in November, 2014. Read more... June 18, 2014

Maria Bello Inks Memoir Deal With Dey Street Books

Maria Bello has inked a deal with Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, for a memoir based on her New York Times essay called Coming Out as a Modern Family in which she had to tell her twelve year old son that her new partner was a woman. He replied "Whatevs, love is love." Read more... June 12, 2014

Hillary Clinton Draws Huge Crowd for Booksigning at Barnes and Noble in Manhattan

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched her book tour today at the Barnes and Noble in Manhattan. Hundreds of people lined up around the block for a chance to meet Secretary Clinton and have their book autographed. The book, Hard Choices, covers her four years as Secretary of State and delves into a number of policy issues. Read more... June 10, 2014

Matt Groening to Publish Book About The Simpsons in September

Matt Groening, the creator and executive producer of The Simpsons, will publish The Simpsons Family History, in September 2014. The book will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the popular animated series. The Simpsons holds the records for the longest running animated, sitcom, primetime and scripted television series. Read more... June 9, 2014
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