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She’s been absent for six years, but now Veronica Mars is everywhere: Vintage Books has announced a two-book deal with Rob Thomas and Alloy Entertainment to publish additional adventures of Neptune’s resident detective, with the first book acting as a continuation of the upcoming film version of the television series, which ran from 2004 to 2007.
It is also meant to be a bridge between the 2014 film and a potential sequel. Series creator Rob Thomas told The Hollywood Reporter, “I started my career as a novelist. Veronica Mars was first imagined as a novel. I’m thrilled that I’m going to get the opportunity to continue telling Veronica Mars stories in a form I’ve loved and missed.” Thomas co-created Party Down and the 90210 reboot, and he’s written five original books.
The untitled book is currently slated to go on sale Feb. 4, 2014. The book is available for pre-order on the Random House website for $15.95.
Random House has also released a brief description of the book written by Thomas and Jennifer Graham. Check out the synopsis here:
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Random House Inc. and Penguin Group have completed a planned merger that creates the world’s largest publisher of consumer books.
Parent companies Bertelsmann and Pearson said they signed the final contracts on Monday to combine the global activities of the two publishers and create Penguin Random House. Random House parent Bertelsmann will hold 53 percent of the new company and Penguin owner Pearson 47 percent.
Penguin Random House will include top-selling authors such as Dan Brown and Ken Follett and a vast back catalog ranging from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath to Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.
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Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner has scored a book deal with Random House imprint Crown Publishers.
Geithner’s memoir, which is slated for 2014, will provide a “behind-the-scenes” look at the financial crisis, specifically offering a “play book” for future policy makers to draw on, as well as helping the public to understand how and why governments act in crisis.
“In telling this inside story, Secretary Geithner will chronicle how decisions were made during the most harrowing moments of the crisis, when policy makers faced a fog of uncertainty, risked catastrophic outcomes, and had no institutional memory or recent precedent to guide them,” Crown Publishers said in a press release. READ FULL STORY
Pearson PLC will merge its Penguin Books division with Random House, which is owned by German media company Bertelsmann, in an all-share deal that will create the world’s largest publisher of consumer books.
The planned joint venture brings together classic and best-selling names. As well as publishing books from authors such as John Grisham, Random House scored a major hit this year with Fifty Shades of Grey. Penguin has a strong backlist, including George Orwell, Jack Kerouac and John Le Carre.
The two companies said Monday that Bertelsmann would own a controlling 53 percent share of the joint venture, which will be known as Penguin Random House. READ FULL STORY
British publishing and education company Pearson PLC says it is in talks with German media group Bertelsmann SE over merging the firms’ Penguin and Random House publishing operations.
Pearson said Thursday it “is discussing with Bertelsmann a possible combination of Penguin and Random House” but added that there is no certainty the talks will lead to a transaction.
Pearson is publisher of the Financial Times and Penguin Group books. Bertelsmann’s assets include the RTL Group television division and magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr.
The talks come at a time when the publishing industry is being buffeted by the growing e-book market.
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