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On the Books: Beach Boy Mike Love inks a memoir deal

- Beach Boys founding member Mike Love, 73, has inked a book deal with Penguin Random House imprint Blue Rider Press. Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy will hit shelves in the summer (when else?) of 2016, the Associated Press reports. “I’ve had an incredible life with a lot of triumphs, my share of heartbreak and some pretty amazing experiences,” the “Surfin’ U.S.A.” singer said in a statement issued by Blue Rider. “There are a lot of things I haven’t shared before, and I’m looking forward to opening up about my life and my work in this book.”

In Good Vibrations, Love will open up about the times he didn’t vibe so well with cousin and Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson—the two conflicted over creative issues and songwriting credits. Biographer James S. Hirsch, who has penned books about baseball player Willie Mays and boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, will help Love write the book. [Associated Press via Yahoo! News]

Check out a video clip of Love and his fellow Beach Boys performing their biggest hit on The Dick Clark Show, below.

- The Oxford University Press must be feeling some of those good vibes too—”vape” is officially the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year. Oxford Dictionaries defines the word on its official blog as “an abbreviation of vapour or vaporize… the verb means ‘to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device,’ while both the device and the action can also be known as a vape.” Casper Grathwohl, president of the Oxford’s Dictionaries Division, said that “This year ‘vape’ also served as an insightful window onto how we define ourselves,” reports NPR.

The blog announcement also explains that “vape” was chosen for its rapid proliferation in the English language in 2014: “You are 30 times more likely to come across the word vape than you were two years ago, and usage has more than doubled in the past year.” The trending verb joins the words “overshare” and “photobomb,” the Chamers Dictionary and the Collins English Dictionary’s words of the year, respectively.

- Ebook subscription service Oyster is launching its own online literary journal called The Oyster Review, “a modern literary magazine about a life well read.” The journal will publish original essays, humor pieces, book reviews and interviews about the best reads available—from publishers big and small, and authors past and present. Oyster seeks to tackle what editorial director Kevin Nguyen terms “the dilemma of the modern reader,” our ever-growing to-read lists, by curating the best reads for ambitious bookworms. “Think of it as a field guide to a life well read, a place of literary exploration and discovery… Here at Oyster, we believe the best book discoveries come from reading outside of your comfort zone.” An advisory board comprised of novelist Megan Abbott (The Fever), scholar and writer Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist), and YA author Lauren Oliver (the Delirium trilogy) will serve as a liaison between Oyster and the writers they publish. [Publishers Weekly]

On the Books: Bidding for 'Psycho' typewriter starts at $25K

Junky old typewriters aren’t typically worth a fortune—unless the screenplay for a Hollywood classic like Alfred Hitchock’s Psycho was written on it. The 1959 faded green Olympia that Joseph Stefano used to adapt Robert Bloch’s novel into the screenplay for Psycho is going up for auction on Nov. 20—and the bidding starts at an exorbitant $25,000. At least it’s still fully functional, according to the lot description.

Psycho went on to win four Oscars and carve out a place in movie history with its iconic shower murder scene. Stefano’s most notable change from the novel was his decision to begin the movie with Janet Leigh’s Marion Crane, instead of killer Norman Bates. In doing so, “Stefano changed the drift of the audience’s affections, and changed film history in the process: it was the first time a leading lady had been murdered within the first 20 minutes of a movie,” writes The Telegraph.

British comedian Eddie Izzard is writing a memoir to be published by Blue Rider Press (a Penguin Group imprint) in Winter 2015-2016. The book will document his journey from performing on the streets of London to selling out standup tours and appearing in films like Ocean’s 12, Ocean’s 13 and Across the Universe. “Eddie Izzard’s brilliant, and brilliantly funny, narrative style lends itself perfectly to the printed page,” said Executive Editor Sarah Hochman. [GalleyCat]

Barnes & Noble has created B&N Sync Up, a program that will allow customers to buy the digital editions of select titles for $4.99 each after purchasing the print editions. The company has also expanded the services it provides to self-published authors. Nook Press Print Service will allow authors to “create their own print books and have them shipped to an author’s home about one week after placing an order,” reports Publishers Weekly.

 

On the Books: Whoopi Goldberg penning a book about the 'downsides of marriage'

- Hachette has acquired a “provocative, witty, and heartfelt book on the downsides of marriage” by the thrice-married actress and The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg, according to a press release from Tuesday. In the untitled book, set to be published in hardcover, ebook, and audio versions in September 2015, the personality “will speak openly, and with her trademark wit and wisdom about why marriage isn’t for everyone, how being alone can be satisfying, and how what’s ultimately most important is understanding who you are and what in life makes you happy.”

Goldberg is one of the few celebrities in the prestigious “EGOT” club—having won an Emmy, Golden Globe (twice), Oscar, and Tony over the course of her three-decade career. The winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor is also the author of children’s Sugar Plum Ballerinas series, as well as Is It Just Me?, her humorous take on the decline of modern society.

She said in the press release: “I get to hear from a lot of different people about relationships and this got me trying to figure out why the divorce rate is SO high. It occurred to me that as one who has done it badly often, I might have some insight into why a person might not put her best foot forward in a relationship… It’s hard to really know the other person’s agenda, but if someone says ‘you complete me’…RUN!!!”

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On the Books: Ellen DeGeneres is writing an interior decorating guide

- Ellen DeGeneres is writing an interior decor book called HOME that will help readers “create the homes of their dreams,” according to a press release from publisher Grand Central Life & Style (an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette). “A lot of people don’t know that I have a passion for interior design, so I’m excited to be releasing this book,” said DeGeneres, who has renovated 12 properties before. “I’m inspired by art and nature and architecture. Now everybody can see how things come together inside my home and in some of my favorite places.”

The talk show host has a slew of other home decor-related projects leading up to the book’s release in fall 2015. She recently debuted her line of home goods on QVC; Ellen’s Design Challenge will premiere on HGTV in January; and her lifestyle brand E.D. will launch with an e-commerce site in the spring. DeGeneres has written three books of life experiences and humorous observations, all of which debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list. This year, she hosted the Academy Awards for a second time, where she took the memorable star-studded selfie that broke Twitter records.

- Another famous woman has a different sort of literary venture in the works. Evangeline Lilly (LostThe Hobbit) Kickstarted a campaign to raise money for First Book, a nonprofit that brings books and digital resources to children in need in the U.S. and Canada, via Prizeo. Rewards for donations include copies and memorabilia of her forthcoming children’s book The Squickerwonkers, out Nov. 18. One winner will accompany Lilly to the world premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in London next month. [GalleyCat]

- Lilly ought to consider giving author Joshua Ferris a call—he won the £30,000 Dylan Thomas Prize last week for his novel To Rise Again at a Decent HourThe Guardian describes the winning title as a funny yet serious read, “in which dentistry, baseball and existential dread combine with contemporary New York, unlikely Old Testament peoples and the modern malaise of being emotionally disconnected in a hyper-connected age.” Among Ferris’ competition for the fiction award were Eleanor Catton. (The Luminaries) and Eimear McBride (A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing).

- PBS announced plans to livestream three days of the Miami Book Fair International, the annual weeklong fest beginning Nov. 16. The fest, expecting over 200,000 attendees, will feature over 500 authors and special guests—including YA author Judy Blume, novelist Emma Straub (The Vacationers) and musician Questlove of The Roots. Executive producer of the PBS livestream Rich Fahle said the book industry hasn’t been “aggressive about creating a media opportunity around their business,” adding that the fair is “an amazing collection of people and stories in one place.” [The New York Times]

On the Books: Insider Prince Charles bio coming next year

- Henry Holt and Company has inked a deal to buy Time magazine editor-at-large Catherine Mayer’s new biography of longtime heir-apparent Charles, Prince of Wales. Mayer spent a year doing research for Born to Be King: Prince Charles on Planet Windsor, spending time with friends of Charles, palace insiders and the royal himself. The book will be slightly pared down from the U.K./international edition from WH Allen. Born to Be King “reveals Prince Charles in all his complexity,” according to Holt, giving “fresh and fascinating insights into the first marriage that did so much to define him”—with Princess Diana, who died in a car accident in 1997, as well as his current wife, Duchess Camilla. The biography is set to be published in February 2015. [Publishers Weekly] READ FULL STORY

On the Books: Product placement comes to ebooks

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- It’s a fact of the modern world that product placement is everywhere. Books, however, were always sacred in that regard, untainted by commercial messaging: a slice of media we could consume without being not-so-subtly persuaded to consume something else, too. That assumption was upended yesterday with the release of Find Me, I’m Yours by Hillary Carlip—a new ebook and sponsored-content vehicle from RosettaBooks. Take the following scene from the romance/comedy novel, as retold by The New York Times, in which a character named Mags is made fun of by her coworker for using the artificial sweetener Sweet’N Low to sweeten her cup of joe.

“Hellooo, isn’t it bad for you?” the friend asks. Mags replies that she has researched the claims online and found studies showing that the product is safe: “They fed lab rats twenty-five hundred packets of Sweet’N Low a day … And still the F.D.A. or E.P.A., or whatevs agency, couldn’t connect the dots from any kind of cancer in humans to my party in a packet.” READ FULL STORY

A definitive Paul Simon biography is in the works

Simon & Schuster announced in a press release yesterday that it has inked a deal for a new Paul Simon biography, a definitive life account of the Simon & Garfunkel musician—and the first to involve the music legend himself in its creation. “For fifty years, Paul Simon has been a major cultural force,” said S&S President and Publisher Jonathan Karp. “This book will be essential to anyone who wants to understand how he did it.” READ FULL STORY

On the Books: Pulitzer-winning poet Galway Kinnell dies at 87

- Renowned American poet Galway Kinnell died of leukemia last week at the age of 87. Kinnell received numerous accolades throughout his career, including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for 1982′s Selected Poems—as well as a MacArthur genius grant, a poet laureateship in Vermont, a chancellorship at the American Academy of Poets, and, most recently, the 2010 Wallace Stevens Award for lifetime achievement. The World War II vet, anti-Vietnam War activist, and civil rights champion infused his verse with the gritty social issues pervading the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. The Los Angeles Times writes that the Kinnell is celebrated for his “forceful, spiritual takes on the outsiders and underside of contemporary life,” and how he “blended the physical and the philosophical, not shying from the most tactile and jarring details of humans and nature.” His work reflects the influence that Walt Whitman and  friend W.S. Merwin had on him. Kinnell—who also taught at New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, and Reed College before retiring in 2011—is survived by his wife, two children from a former marriage, and two grandchildren.

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On the Books: Barnes & Noble reverses decision to close Bronx store

- Barnes & Noble has reversed this week’s decision to close its Bronx branch, the only major bookstore in the neighborhood. Borough president Ruben Diaz Jr. led the fiery local campaign to keep the shop open, brokering a compromise between B&N and the the property’s landlord. Mr. Diaz told the crowd at a press conference yesterday that “this is more thatn just a bookstore… This is where kids read and broaden their minds and do their homework.” [The New York Times]

- The first-ever Kirkus Prize-winning authors were announced in Austin, Tex. last night. Writers Lily King, Roz Chast, and Kate Samworth took home the brand-new $50,000 prizes in the fiction, nonfiction and young readers categories, respectively. King’s novel Euphoria, the story of three intertwined rival anthropologists, stood out “for its perfect construction, its economy and originality, and its fearlessness.” Chast, a cartoonist for The New Yorker, won for her illustrated memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, the story of the last few years of her parents’ lives—also up for a National Book Award later this year. Samworth’s Aviary Wonders Inc. is a a strange, funny, dark young adult tale about a world where birds are extinct. [NPR] READ FULL STORY

Simon and Schuster inks deal with Amazon: Publisher will control ebook prices

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Simon & Schuster has signed a new multiyear contract with Amazon that gives the publisher nearly full autonomy over ebook pricing. Both dealmakers appear to be pleased with the agreement, going into effect Jan. 1, 2015. S&S chief executive Carolyn Reidy said in a letter obtained by The New York Times that the deal “is economically advantageous for both Simon & Schuster and its authors and maintains the author’s share of income generated from eBook sales.” The publisher will gain control over determining the prices of its authors’ ebooks, “with some limited exceptions,” according to the letter. Amazon, for example, can still offer some discount deals.

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