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On the Books: Daniel Handler donating $110k to 'We Need Diverse Books' campaign

- Author Daniel Handler, better known by his pen name Lemony Snicket, announced his donation of a huge sum of money to the We Need Diverse Books Indiegogo campaign after apologizing for racially offensive comments he made while hosting the National Book Awards last week. Handler promised a $10,000 donation to the organization in a series of tweets—plus matching funds for donations made in the following 24 hours, up to $100,000. After apologizing for his “monstrously inappropriate” and “racist comments on Twitter, Handler wrote: “It would be heartbreaking for the conversation to focus on my behavior instead of great books. So can we do this?… Let’s donate to to … Brown Girl Dreaming is an amazing novel and we need more voices like Jacqueline Woodson.” Handler’s $100k pledge did not go unnoticed—donors rallied and amassed the funds within 24 hours.

- A new e-content partnership between HarperCollin Publishers and JetBlue is taking flight on Nov. 26—the day before Thanksgiving, and a notoriously busy travel day. Fly-Fi Hub, JetBlue’s new inflight Wi-Fi program, will offer passengers excerpts from HarperCollins’ current bestsellers, with the option to purchase the full ebook. The selection of titles will fluctuate with book sales; the first batch of samples will include Amy Poehler’s Yes Please and James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton’s Endgame: The Calling. [Publishers Weekly]

- CBS Films has hired a new screenwriter for the film adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Alvin Schwartz’s classic series of terrifying tales. John August (Big Fish, Frankenweenie) will write the script based on the three bestsellers, written by Schwartz and memorably illustrated by Stephen Gammell: Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (1981), More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (1984), and Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones (1991). August, who frequently works with Tim Burton, “is going back to the source material for his take,” Deadline reports. No director is attached yet.

- Coffee House Press’ founding publisher Allan Kornblum died of complications from leukemia on Sunday at the age of 65. Kornblum was “one of the leaders of the small press movement that emerged out of the 1960s-era passions for social change,” Publishers Weekly writes in its obituary. He established Coffee House as a nonprofit independent publisher in 1984. Under his guidance, Coffee House became one of the most highly regarded small American presses—a nurturer of literary talent and a supporter of authors of color, most notably Asian Americans. A number of critically acclaimed and award winning works have emerged from Coffee House, including Somewhere Else by Matthew Shenoda (2006), Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith (2008), and Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner (2011). Kornblum’s successor, Chris Fischbach, released a statement on the publisher’s website, which is excerpted below.

For 42 years he championed new voices and new publishers and fought tirelessly to get them the attention they deserve. It was a lifetime of service not only to literature but also to the field of publishing, of which he was a devoted scholar. Whether it was choosing just the right font, navigating the changing marketplace of bookselling, or understanding the historical pattern of the changes in printing technology, his wisdom and devotion were unmatched. [Publishers Weekly]

On the Books: Dick Cavett talks 'Brief Encounters' in pop culture in new book

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- What do Steve Jobs, Elizabeth Taylor, James Gandolfini, Gore Vidal, and John Lennon have in common? They’re all featured characters in Dick Cavett’s new essay collection out today, Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks. In his latest offering, the 28-year host of one of The Dick Cavett Show—one of 20th-century America’s first media forums for entertainment culture—shares his recollections of the famous figures he encountered throughout his career. Jimmy Fallon wrote the foreword to Brief Encounters, in which Cavett also revisits his Midwestern upbringing and offers his take on modern politics and pop culture—he calls Stephen Colbert’s upcoming late-night debut “one of the great things to happen in this country,” reports USA Today. Fifty-six years after the debut of his talk show, Cavett, 77, remains as quick-witted and bold-minded as ever. “I dislike people who can’t swim, who can’t drive a car, who don’t have a television set and who don’t go online,” he says. “A great world is available to you there. It’s moronic not to be a part of it.” READ FULL STORY

Jason Priestley signs book deal, will dish on his '90210' days

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Jason Priestley, ’90s heartthrob and Beverly Hills, 90210 alum, signed a book deal with HarperCollins, The Hollywood Reporter first reported.

The 42-year-old actor, who played Brandon Walsh on the Fox series, will pen a memoir surrounding his personal struggles with alcohol, (including a five-day sentence for drunken driving in 1998), as well as his turbulent working relationship with 90210 creator Aaron Spelling.

THR reports Priestley pocketed a “multiple six-figure advance for the still untitled book,” to be released in spring 2014.

Priestley currently stars on Canadian comedy series Call Me Fitz and has made guest appearances on Psych and Medium.

Comedian Jenny Johnson signs book deal

It Books, a subsidiary of HarperCollins, recently signed comedian and Twitter star Jenny Johnson, according to The Hollywood ReporterThis morning, Johnson tweeted: “Next stop, Oprah’s book club.”

The GQ, Glamour, and Grantland.com contributer and former television news producer became an overnight sensation after her late 2012 Twitter feud with R&B singer Chris Brown.

Johnson’s book of humorous essays is expected to be released in 2015.

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Sarah Palin to write Christmas book

Sarah Palin has a new book coming, this time about Christmas.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor has a deal with HarperCollins for A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas, scheduled for November. HarperCollins announced Monday that the book will criticize the “over-commercialism” and “homogenization” of Christmas and call for a renewed emphasis on the religious importance. READ FULL STORY

Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook's CEO, signs a two-book deal

The Associated Press reports that HarperCollins has announced a two-book deal with Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Randi is planning to write a memoir titled Dot Complicated, as well as a children’s book. The memoir, which is scheduled for a Nov. 5 release, will provide insight into the digital world. From her time as Facebook’s marketing director to her time as a mother and founder of the Zuckerberg Media Company, Randi will share her experiences with life in the digital age.

“I am thrilled to be working with HarperCollins to share some of my own crazy experiences on the front lines of social media and to inspire people of all ages to embrace technology, as well as the new set of social norms that come along with it,” she said.

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