Mitch Winehouse, the father of late singer Amy Winehouse, has sold the rights to a book about his daughter to HarperCollins, according to The Bookseller. The book is called Amy, My Daughter and will be published in the summer of next year. Proceeds will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which supports charitable activities that offer support or care to young people. Amy Winehouse’s family set up the foundation following the death of the singer in July.
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An authorized biography of Steve Jobs was high on best-seller lists within hours of Apple’s announcement of his death. And publisher Simon & Schuster announced Thursday that the release date has been moved up from Nov. 21 to Oct. 24.
As of early Thursday morning, Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs was No. 1 on Amazon.com and No. 3 on Barnes & Noble.com. Fittingly, the book also tops Apple’s own list: the iTunes books best-seller list.
Isaacson’s book includes extensive interviews with the Apple co-founder, who rarely discussed his private life. Isaacson has written best-selling biographies of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin.
Jobs died Wednesday at age 56 after a long battle with cancer.
Juneau, Alaska — A publisher is standing behind a book about Sarah Palin, a day after Palin’s attorney threatened to sue over it. Crown Publishers spokesman Stuart Applebaum says the company is confident the reporting in Joe McGinniss’ book is “solid, reliable, and well-substantiated.” Applebaum says Crown stands behind McGinniss and the book, The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin.
Palin attorney John Tiemessen, in a letter to Crown Publishing Group Monday, claims the book defames the Palins and contains “lies and rumors.” Tiemessen cited an email McGinniss reportedly sent a blogger in January seeking substantiation for several rumors that have surrounded Palin’s family. Andrew Breitbart posted that email online last week. Tiemessen says McGinniss’ book contains “most of” the stories that “amounted to the wishful fantasies of disturbed individuals.”
++ Steve Jobs’ biography Steve Jobs: A Biography will include the Apple CEO’s point of view on last night’s announcement of his resignation. Biographer Walter Isaacson “speaks to Jobs regularly and is still working on final chapter of the book,” a Simon & Schuster rep told PCMag. This is the first biography with the famously closed-off Apple chief’s blessing, and we’re promised unprecedented access — Jobs didn’t even request a final review before the book goes to print. Steve Jobs will hit bookstores in November. READ FULL STORY
Arnon Milchan has two high-level lives: One as the producer of big-name movies like Love and Other Drugs and Knight and Day, and the other as an intelligence agent for the Israeli government. Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon, a new biography by Meir Doron and Joseph Gelman, is chock-full of hush-hush anecdotes — more from the Tinseltown gig than the foreign government one, but both can be equally top secret. Check out the following excerpts from the upcoming book, including Milchan’s selling-your-Google-stock-in-2004-esque missed opportunity when he passed on the Harry Potter franchise: READ FULL STORY
On the Books June 2: Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton book optioned for Martin Scorsese, Emma Watson reads 'Chicken Soup,' a new Pearl Jam book, and more
++ Furious Love, Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger’s in-depth chronicle of the late Elizabeth Taylor’s passionate, volatile love affair and two marriages to Richard Burton, has been optioned by Paramount Pictures as a future directing project for Martin Scorsese, Deadline reports. Taylor and Burton met on the set of Cleopatra, setting off a worldwide media frenzy and perhaps the modern day obsession with celebrity couplings. Vanity Fair ran a lengthy excerpt of Furious Love as a cover story last summer. READ FULL STORY
Pulitzer Prizes announced for 2011: Jennifer Egan's novel 'A Visit from the Goon Squad' and Bruce Norris' play 'Clybourne Park' among winners
Jennifer Egan’s novel A Visit from the Goon Squad, a sprawling story that pivots from the story of an indie record label owner to a wide network of loosely connected characters, has won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The Pulitzer board called the book “an inventive investigation of growing up and growing old in the digital age, displaying a big hearted curiosity about cultural change at warp speed.” Jonathan Dee’s The Privileges, about a Manhattan family, and Chang-rae Lee’s The Surrendered, about a North Korean refugee and an American GI, were the finalists. (Notably, Jonathan Franzen’s acclaimed Freedom was not recognized; Franzen’s The Corrections was a Pulitzer finalist in 2002.)
Clybourne Park, a play by Bruce Norris about racially divergent families moving into (and out of) a single suburban home in 1959 and 2009, won the prize for Drama, cited as a “powerful work whose memorable characters speak in witty and perceptive ways to America’s sometimes toxic struggle with race and class consciousness.” Lisa D’Amour’s tragicomedy Detroit and John Guare’s historical comedy A Free Man of Color, were the finalists.
Here’s the full list of winners and finalists for the “Letters, Drama, and Music” categories: READ FULL STORY
Publisher Simon & Schuster announced Sunday that it will release a biography surrounding Steve Jobs’ life, with the Apple CEO’s full participation. According to the Associated Press, the book, titled iSteve: The Book of Jobs, will be written by Walter Isaacson and released in 2012. (Isaacson has previously written biographies on Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin.) The author has been working on the Jobs biography since 2009, and has had access to the CEO’s friends and family. Jobs has suffered numerous health setbacks over the years — in January, he announced he would take a leave of absence (his third) from Apple before returning to introduce the iPad 2 last month.
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