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
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Bob Dylan is more than the voice of his generation—more than 50 years after the release of his first album, the musician’s timeless lyrics are embedded in American culture from pop music to politics, and even medical research. Now, all of Dylan’s song lyrics will be immortalized in one place: a 960-page compilation.
The Lyrics: Since 1962, out on Oct. 28, is an illustrated collection of the songwriter’s work, complete with annotations by British literary scholar Christopher Ricks. The Simon & Schuster release will cost $200 and weigh an incredible 13.5 lbs. “It’s the biggest, most expensive book we’ve ever published, as far as I know,” S&S President Jonathan Karp told The New York Times.
Ricks’ commentary will document the evolution of Dylan’s songwriting over his five-decade career. “It is, in a way, a work of scholarship,” he told the Times. “But it is also a book for people who love these songs, and who would be grateful to be reminded that these songs are always in a state of extraordinary flux. They’re amazing, shape-changing things.”
Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor also announced she has a book in the works, a tell-all memoir to be published by Penguin imprint Blue Rider Press in March 2016. The untitled autobiography is already looking juicy: “I look forward to dishing the sexual dirt on everyone I’ve ever slept with,” O’Connor said. “I’ve never stopped expressing myself in my music, and now, with a book,” added O’Connor, who got into an online feud about mental health with Miley Cyrus last year. [The Guardian]
Simon & Schuster will partner up with content-curating social media platform Milq to help establish its books category. Milq, which launched earlier this year, is a free site that lets members collect and share everything from articles to videos by posting on a variety of topical content threads. Milq has already worked with companies like VICE and Vanity Fair to curate categories including movies, sports and art—while promoting their partner brand. [Publishers Weekly]
Literary agent Loretta Barrett has died at the age of 74 of complications due to a brain tumor. After more than two decades working at agencies including Doubleday and Anchor Press, Barrett launched her own eponymous agency in 1990, working with clients from J.R. Ward to Chaz Bono. In 2011, she was honored by Reading Is Fundamental for her 32 years of service to the organization, during which she brought an estimated 3 million books to low-income children in the U.S. [Publishers Lunch]
The Boss is jumping on the bandwagon of musicians writing children’s books with the November 4 release of Outlaw Pete, a picture book based on his 2009 song of the same name. The book will be composed of Springsteen’s lengthy lyrics about a bank-robbing baby paired with illustrations by cartoonist/author Frank Caruso, according to New York Times.
While it’s being marketed as a picture book for adults, Simon & Schuster president Jonathan Karp said it’s “for readers of all ages.”
“It’s a book for anybody who loves a good Western,” he told The Times. “Obviously, the song it’s based on is for adults. It has an adult sensibility, and so does the book. Outlaw Pete is a quintessentially Springsteen character, brought to life here, and like the song, it’s a meditation on fate. Pete is robbing banks at a very young age, and he does a lot of things he regrets, but as the lyric says, you can’t undo the things you’ve done.”
Fellow musician Keith Richards announced back in March would be writing a children’s book, following in the footsteps of Madonna, Jimmy Buffett, and three of the four Beatles.
On the Books: Maya Angelou writes poem for Nelson Mandela; Simon & Schuster launches 'Hot Bed' category
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You’ve probably seen that YouTube video about what the fox says. Soon you’ll get to read about it.
Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Publishing has acquired a picture book based on the online sensation devised by the Norwegian comedy team Ylvis. The publisher announced Monday that the upcoming release, What Does the Fox Say?, will come out Dec. 10.
Ylvis, alias for brothers Vegard and Bard Ylvisaker, have scored more than 200 million YouTube hits since September of them prancing in fox suits singing: “Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding! Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!”
Watch the video below:
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Lee Daniels’ The Butler actors Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and David Oyelowo, as well as director Lee Daniels, lend their vocal talents to the audiobook version of The Butler: A Witness to History. The film’s inspiration, Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article “A Butler Well Served by This,” has been extended to a full book, available in print, digital, and audiobook form.
The work chronicles the story of Eugene Allen, the real-life man who served as a butler in the White House through eight presidential administrations, from Presidents Truman to Reagan.
Daniels narrates his foreword, whereas Whitaker reads the bulk of the text. Winfrey and Oyelowo narrate an additional essay by Haygood also included in the book that focuses on the history of black images in film and Hollywood.
This exclusive excerpt highlights snippets from the audiobook as well as scenes from the film:
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Here’s some news appropriate for Bram Stoker’s 165th birthday: Another piece of Twilight fanfiction is getting adapted into an original novel, Fifty Shades of Grey-style. The fic, originally called “The Office,” reimagined Edward Cullen and Bella Swan as a powerful businessman and his smart, ambitious intern.
Sound familiar? That’s not because the story rips off Fifty Shades — in fact, “The Office” appeared on the Internet before the fic that became E L James’ bestseller. “The Office paved the way for Fifty Shades and a thousand other imitators,” University of Utah professor and fanfiction expert Anne Jamison tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It turned fanfiction’s ‘porn without plot’ into porn as plot, peopling Twilight‘s basic plot structure with sexually voracious, assertive and snarky adults.”
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It’s hard to remember these days that once upon a time, Joseph Paterno was above all described as “America’s winningest college football coach, who changed the country one football player at a time.”
Indeed, in the ongoing aftermath of a scandal that rocked both sport and nation alike, Paterno is now more immediately–if not exclusively–recognized as one of several powerful men that for 14 years “failed to take any steps” to protect child sexual abuse victims, some of which were suffering under his supposedly hallowed locker-room roof.
It is in this pickle of epithets that book publisher Simon & Schuster currently finds itself when it comes to the handling of one of its upcoming releases. That book? Sportswriter-turned-author Joe Posnanski’s biography Paterno.
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