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Author T.C. Boyle Inks Two Book Deal With HarperCollins
Internationally bestselling author T.C. Boyle has inked a new two book deal with HarperCollins. HarperCollins imprint Ecco will publish Boyles next two novels. The first novel is called The Harder They Come and it will be published in March, 2015. Boyle has published twenty-four books of fiction including After the Plague (2001), Drop City (2003), The Inner Circle (2004), Tooth and Claw (2005), The Human Fly (2005), Talk Talk (2006), The Women (2009), Wild Child (2010), When the Killing's Done (2011), San Miguel (2012) and T.C. Boyle Stories II (2013). and has won many awards, including multiple O.Henry Awards, the PEN/Faulkner Prize, the PEN/Malamud Prize, and the Prix Médicis Étranger. He is the Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California where he has taught since 1978.

Boyle said in a statement, "I am beyond pleased -- delighted, actually -- to have the chance to work with Daniel [Halpern] and his colleagues at Ecco. This is an occasion for my books to reach a new and ever-widening audience, a circumstance that every author, however successful, yearns for. We live for and through our work and hope to bring illumination and entertainment at the deepest and most joyous level to our readers. So look out: here we come."

Daniel Halpern, President and Publisher of Ecco, had this to say about the acquisition, "For forty years now I've admired Tom's work -- and early on published him in my magazine, Antaeus -- so it's with real excitement that I welcome him to Ecco, where we can't wait to expand his already wonderful readership and introduce him to a new generation of readers."

Dr. Boyle's new novel is set in contemporary California. The intense drama explore the relationships and lives of three people: an aging ex-Marine who served in Vietnam, his unstable son and the son's older, increasingly paranoid partner.

Posted on April 15, 2014

J.K. Rowling, Gene Luen Yang and Ruth Ozeki Win L.A. Times Book Prizes
The 34th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prize ceremony was held on Friday night at Bovard Auditorium at the University of Southern California. Awards were given for the best books of 2013 in ten different categories. In addition to the book categories, there were two other prizes given. Young adult author and activist John Green won the Innovator's Award. 2013 Robert Kirsch Award was given to novelist, short story author and teacher Susan Straight.

J.K. Rowling won the prize for best Mystery/Thriller: for her novel The Cuckoo’s Calling (Mulholland Books/Little, Brown & Company). Rowling wrote the book under the name Robert Galbraith. Ruth Ozeki won the Fiction Prize for her novel A Tale for the Time Being (Viking). Here are the other winners:
  • Biography: Marie Arana, Bolivar: American Liberator (Simon & Schuster)
  • Current Interest: Sheri Fink, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (Crown)
  • The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction: NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names (Reagan Arthur Books)
  • Graphic Novel/Comics: Ulli Lust, Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life (Fantagraphics)
  • History: Christopher Clark, The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 (HarperCollins)
  • Poetry: Ron Padgett, Collected Poems (Coffee House Press)
  • Science & Technology: Alan Weisman, Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? (Little, Brown & Company)
  • Young Adult Literature: Gene Luen Yang, Boxers & Saints (First Second/Macmillan)

Posted on April 14, 2014

Simon and Schuster and TED Conferences Team up for Book Collection
Simon and Schuster has teamed up with TED Conferences LLC to co-publish a series of books based on the popular TED lectures which cover a multitude of subjects. The collection will consist of 12 books published under the name TED Books. The first book will be launched in September, 21014, with a new book being released every one to two months. The books will be released worldwide in hardover, ebook and audiobook. There will also be foreign language editions of the books. Each book will embody the TED mantra which is being a worldwide platform for “ideas worth spreading.” The books will be short, only about 20,000 words,

Books in the pipeline include The Virtue of Stillness by travel writer Pico Iyer, , How We'll Live on Mars by journalist Stephen Petranek, Follow Your Gut by biologist Rob Knight, Storytelling in the Age of Distraction by New editor Nicholas Thompson, and The Terrorist's Son: Escaping Jihad by non-violence advocate Zak Ebrahim. TED speaker and jacket artist Chip Kidd will design the cover art for the books.

Jonathan Karp, President and Publisher of the Simon & Schuster Publishing Group, had this to say about the new collection. "TED has mastered the art of launching intelligent conversations about important ideas, and these books will provide TED speakers past and future with the opportunity to go beyond their talks and take readers deeper into their work."

Executive Producer of TED Media, June Cohen, said, “In the eight years since we made TED Talk videos available for free online, we've seen how millions of people globally are eager to engage with new ideas,” said Executive Producer of TED Media, June Cohen. “We feel fortunate to have a partner like Simon & Schuster that understands how to amplify ideas, and can provide avenues to make TED Books available around the world."

Posted on April 12, 2014

Karin Slaughter to Publish Nonfiction Crime Series with HarperCollins
Karin Slaughter, author of the Grant County, Atlanta and Georgia series, will publish a nonfiction crime series with HarperCollins. The series of shorts tell the stories of the FBI's Most Wanted. HarperCollins says Slaughter will curate the series, selecting appropriate writers, and write the introduction to each book. The shorts will be published every month in ebook format starting in Spring 2015. They will later be publishing in a compilation in ebook and book form.

Slaughter says in a statement, "I have always been fascinated by the stories that lie within the FBI files and I'm delighted to have the opportunity to re-tell them. I grew up on true crime classics such as Truman Capote's iconic In Cold Blood and Ann Rule's masterful The Stranger Beside Me, and I've always believed that true-life stories and meticulous research lie at the heart of great crime/thriller writing. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to branch out with the Most Wanted project - and hope that readers worldwide will be as fascinated and gripped by the stories as I am. I'm hugely excited to be embarking on the new project, and to be working again with my long term editor, Kate Elton, at HarperCollins."

Posted on April 10, 2014

Archie Andrews Dies in Upcoming Life With Archie Comic Book
Archie Andrews dies in Life with Archie #36

Archie Comics has announced that Archie Andrews will die in an upcoming Life With Archie comic book. The publisher says Archie will sacrifice himself heroically while saving the life of a friend in the pages of July's Life With Archie #36. #37 is the set a year in the future to show how remaining members of the Riverdale gang have honored Archie's legacy.

Archie Comics publisher and co-ceo Jon Goldwater says in a statement, "We've been building up to this moment since we launched Life With Archie five years ago, and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie’s life as an adult had to also show his final moment. Archie has and always will represent the best in all of us - he's a hero, good-hearted, humble and inherently honorable. This story is going to inspire a wide range of reactions because we all feel so close to Archie. Fans will laugh, cry, jump off the edge of their seats and hopefully understand why this comic will go down as one of the most important moments in Archie's entire history. It's the biggest story we’ve ever done, and we're supremely proud of it."

Photo: Archie Comics

Posted on April 8, 2014

Flea to Publish Memoir With Grand Central Publishing
Flea, the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, will publish his memoir with Grand Central Publishing, a division of the Hachette Book Group. Michael Balzary (Flea) is writing the memoir himself. A publication date and name for the book have not yet been determined.

Hachette says Flea will share stories from his life, including his upbringing in the suburbs of New York and Los Angeles. He will also discuss his bohemian lifestyle with his step-father, a jazz musician. Flea also discusses his relationship with Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis and how they came to found the band. Flea will also explain his experiences with drug use.

Flea says in a statement, "I love literature deeply. I view books as sacred things, and in writing my story, I'm going to my best to honor the form that has played such a huge part in shaping who I am."

Posted on April 6, 2014

The Remains of the Day Author Kazuo Ishiguro to Publish First Novel in Ten Years
British publisher Faber & Faber announced the it will publish the next novel by bestselling author Kazuo Ishiguro. Ishiguro is the award-winning author of The Remains of the Day (1989, winner of the Booker Prize), The Unconsoled (1995, winner of the Cheltenham Prize), When We Were Orphans (2000, shortlisted for the Booker Prize) and Never Let Me Go (2005, Corine Internationaler Buchpreis, Serono Literary Prize, Casino de Santiago European Novel Award, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize). The Remains of the Day was made in to a film starring Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins, and Never Let Me Go was adapted into a feature film starring Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield.

His new novel will be called The Buried Giant and will hit bookstores on March 5, 2015. Stephen Page, the CEO of Faber & Faber, shared his excitement over the highly anticipated novel, "A new Kazuo Ishiguro novel, ten years on from Never Let Me Go, is a huge moment for us as a company, and The Buried Giant is a truly sublime new chapter in one of the most significant bodies of work of anyone writing today. It is as surprising, moving and brilliant as you could hope for, and we can't wait to publish."

Faber says in a statement that the new novel is "Sometimes savage, often intensely moving." The statement is a bit short on details saying only that the book is about "lost memories, love, revenge and war." Well, that certainly sounds intriguing. The book will be published in the U.S. by Knopf.

Posted on April 4, 2014

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