Dog-Eared and Dispatched: May 24, 2015
This week it has become inescapably obvious how a little bit of fame can go a long way in getting published. Major publishers know that titles written by the likes Chelsea Clinton or Barbra Streisand will practically sell themselves. Also on trend for 2015, this week’s installments of “rare book uncovered” included a portrait of William Shakespeare (reportedly) and the unfinished autobiography of Orson Welles. We round out this industry update with footnotes on the new Google typeface, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s house on the market, light and dark summer reading lists, and the continued boom for adult coloring books. Ready? Set? Read!
When trying to get published in 2015, it helps to be famous. There is fresh ink on plenty of book deals this season, and those getting the most media all have something in common: the authors are seriously well known.
Chelsea Clinton intends to publish a middle-grade nonfiction titled, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going. Edited by Jill Santpolo, the Philomel Penguin Young Readers title has a release set for mid-September.
Julianna Margulies is collaborating with her friend, Grant Shaffer to write Three Magic Balloons for Random House Children’s Books. The title is based on a story her father wrote for his young daughters. Penguin Random House is also anticipating some major media song and dance in anticipation of Barbra Streisand’s 2017 memoir release.
Rumors are surfacing about a potential self-reported and collaborative book about the relationship of Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak. The couple may make a formal announcement during Bookcon 2015.
YouTube and Nashville’s stars, Lennon and Maisy Stella have written a children’s book based on and titled after their original song, “In The Waves.” The work is illustrated by Steve Bjorkman and was released at the end of April. This week, Popsugar conducted an interview about the creative process and future projects.
Cindy Crawford’s book, Becoming, has released an early glimpse of the cover – a photograph by Herb Ritts. Who knows, maybe the acrostic poems written by the judges on the Voice are going to be acquired with large advances.
[GalleyCat, Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, Jezebel, New York Daily News, Vanity Fair, Shelf Awareness]
A portrait of Shakespeare and Orson Welles’ autobiography join the headlines in the year of literary archaeology. Controversy has sparked over the authenticity of an engraving found in a botany book written over 400 years ago. Mark Griffiths asserts that he has solved the illustrative riddle that proves that the engraving depicts the strapping young Bard. Authentic or not, this promises to be an interesting catalyst for botanist v. historian mudslinging in the major media.
The unfinished pages of “Confessions of a One-Man Band” have appeared in the University of Michigan’s archives for Orson Welles. Purchased from Croatian actress Oja Kodar in the mid 1980s, the unfinished memoir was found in boxes that also contained scripted conversation written for an incomplete magic-themed television show. [GalleyCat, Country Life Magazine, the Guardian, the New York Times, Publishers Weekly]
- Google tweeted the release of a new typeface that they hope will set Google Play Books apart from other ereading.
- Graduation season means good advice abounds including from authors Ian McEwan and Jonathan Odell.
- Prefer to hear your salacious novels aloud? Harlequin and HarperCollins Publishers announced the launch of Harlequin Audio.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald’s home is selling for $3.8 million. The mansion is fit for a party of Gatsby proportions, and there is no swimming pool!
- Bill Gates releases his list of summer reading suggestions with the goal of offering books that make you “think or laugh, or in some cases, do both.”
- Balancing out Mr. Gates, Amelia Gray release her list, 10 Best Dark Books, celebrating the books that haunt us.
- The rising interest in adult coloring books continues at Penguin and HarperCollins.
- BookExo America picked the Children’s Book Council for the Industry Ambassador Award.