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Harper Collins

  1. might as well
    Making a Murderer Lawyer J. Buting Writing BookIt will be published by HarperCollins next year.
  2. the art of the book deal
    Megyn Kelly Has a Book Deal, Thanks in Part to Donald TrumpThanks, Donald Trump.
  3. Ted Cruz Is Writing a Book And HarperCollins is paying around $1.5 million for it. 
  4. multitasking
    Johnny Depp Presents: BooksThrough his own HarperCollins imprint.
  5. Sarah Palin’s Publisher Is Suing GawkerFor leaking her thoughts on ‘Juno,’ for one thing.
  6. books
    James Frey/Michael Bay Partnership Coming Ever Closer to FruitionBatten the hatches!
  7. books
    Roxana Saberi, American Journo Imprisoned in Iran, Redeeming Celeb Publishing?She spent six years studying Iran from the inside, but does she have time to write the book she needs to?
  8. bea
    Sully Aces BookExpo AppearanceWith the attention of more than 100 conventiongoers at stake, Sully’s heroic brevity at BookExpo landed listeners safely at the five o’clock cocktail hour.
  9. the end
    Sarah Palin Book Deal a Chance for Saul Bellow’s Son to ShineAdam Bellow finally has a chance to prove his genius.
  10. books
    A Big Day in Crap PublishingToday’s important author: 50 Cent.
  11. The Media Says Au Revoir to All ThatHarperCollins is laying off staffers, the Toronto ‘Metro’ is written by interns, and approximately 41,000 media jobs have been slashed since the start of the recession. But things are looking up in France!
  12. fauxbit
    Collins U.S., Relic of Book-Biz Re-Branding, Is DeadThe imprint recalled a more optimistic time in America — the year 2004.
  13. Jane Friedman Is Due an ‘In Your Face’ Right About NowHarperCollins, the publishing monster from which she was fired as CEO last June, is really bumming.
  14. the industry
    Keanu Reeves to Avenge Death of His Samurai Master, Presumably With His ActingPlus: That 9-year old who wrote the dating book finally gets a movie deal.
  15. Jane Friedman on What She’s Up To: ‘Everything’The ousted HarperCollins CEO opened up a little about her memories of the publishing house, and about what she’s up to (sort of).
  16. the industry
    Disney Gives Johnny Depp Another Free Trip to the CaribbeanPlus: We hope you like vampires!
  17. over the hills
    Lauren Conrad to Write Books for TweensShe’ll pen a three-book young-adult series called ‘L.A. Candy.’
  18. Celebrity Chefs
    Bam!Emeril Lagesse has signed a ten-book deal with HarperCollins’ experimental HarperStudio imprint.
  19. Jane Friedman: ‘I’m Not Done by a Long Shot!’At an unofficial gathering last night to celebrate the former HarperCollins CEO, everyone donned fun Jane masks and did their best not to acknowledge that her exit was totally awkward and abrupt.
  20. Jane Friedman Shoved Out Just As She Was Leaving?Let’s just say her best friend left the party and things got awkward — so she started gathering her things to leave, but not quickly enough.
  21. Jane Friedman’s Departure: Sentimental or Suspicious?The HarperCollins CEO suddenly resigned late last night, leaving more than a few scratching their heads. Do people like her just simply retire?
  22. HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman Abruptly DepartsLast night Gawker reported that the well-liked book boss was on the way out.
  23. news reel
    Dispatch From BEA: Ron Jeremy, Best-selling Author“‘He was this, this, this, this, a lot of dick jokes, now he’s really stiff, and best-selling author.’”
  24. the industry
    ‘Glory Days’ Has Its Glory DayPlus: John Waters calls Johnny Knoxville a ‘Fruitcake.’
  25. the take
    No Advances, No Returns: Lit Agent Jennifer Rudolph Walsh Shows Great RestraintHow booksellers and agents will respond to HarperCollins’s new no-advances, no-returns imprint.
  26. Kristen Is Rich Last night, Ashley Alexandra Dupré, a.k.a. “Kristen,” told the New York Times she was worried about paying her rent in the fancy Flatiron district building in which she lives. But in fact, in the less than 24 hours since that interview took place, Dupre’s personal wealth has increased considerably. The two songs on her Amie Street profile, which each cost 98 cents, have reportedly been downloaded more than two million times, and according to that site’s business model, Dupré should receive 70 percent of the total profit. Plus! Playboy and Penthouse are both reportedly interested in setting up photo shoots. “We’ve already discussed some options,” Penthouse publisher Diane Silberstein tells Radar, adding that they’d pay in the “high six figures.” Book publishers, however, are dragging their feet. “I don’t think it’s worth anything,” HarperCollins publisher Jonathan Burnham tells Portfolio today, making us want to wrap our hands around his neck and administer a light throttle. “There’s no story there.” Seriously? Does no one remember for instance the best-selling Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl, soon to be an HBO series with Darren Star? Hookers are so hot right now.
  27. Why Wouldn’t Sharon Bush Be Involved With Roger Clemens’s Steroid Scandal?Roger Clemens’s friendship with the black sheep of the Bush family, Sharon Bush, may cost him a pardon from George W. if he is convicted of perjury. Both HarperCollins and Random House are set to come out with books about George Steinbrenner. A “Page Six” spy thinks Howard Stern’s fiancée, Beth Ostrosky, wants to have a baby because she, uh, stopped to say hello to one. Will Ferrell and Tom Brokaw did an onstage bit together at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday for Ferrell’s Funny or Die tour. The New Yorker reveals that the late Bishop Paul Moore was a closeted homosexual. Tracy Westmoreland, owner of erstwhile dive bar Siberia, may play a bouncer in a movie called The Bouncer.
  28. the early-evening news
    Michael Jackson Finds a Way to Make the Grammys Even More UnbearablePlus: Aziz Ansari!
  29. Guess the Anonymous Regan Quote!Today’s Observer story on the Judith Regan lawsuit offers a good peek into the former publishing magnate’s thought process as she tries to take down HarperCollins, Jane Friedman, Rupert Murdoch, and even Rudy Giuliani. The salmon paper reveals that at the start of all of this, the wannabe If I Did It publisher was offered $6.5 million to settle, but she turned it down. They even talk to Judith herself! Her quotes are actually sort of tepid and unrelated to the case, which makes sense, as she’s probably banned by her lawyers from talking about it. But there are a lot of quotes by people who are “familiar” with her thinking and with the lawsuit. So let’s play a game! Which of the below quotes from unnamed “sources” are actually from Regan herself, dementedly speaking in the third person? • “The men don’t want a woman who can outshine them,” one source with knowledge of Ms. Regan’s thinking told the Observer. “They want women who can look up to them and bat their eyelashes. But honestly? She was more interesting than they were. She had a better life. She had more creativity. Men want to be on top.”
  30. Judith Regan Loves Karaoke, Just Like Us!This morning, the Daily News ran an excerpt from a first-person Harper’s Bazaar article by Judith Regan, in which the former editor announces that she’s going to start staying out of the spotlight. Hidden at the bottom of the News summary was a reference to an evening where Regan, licking her wounds from the bad publicity of her O.J. Simpson If I Did It book debacle, ducks into a karaoke bar in Chinatown and belts out Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” Of course, we were dying to hear more about this anecdote, and not just because we’re pretty sure we’ve sang that exact song in that exact bar. So we tracked down a pdf of the article to read more: During the ordeal, my friends stood by me. Blair Sabol made bracelets in support of me. Kate Li, with whom I used to sing in the Vassar Madrigals, traveled to visit me in New York in August. We wandered into a karaoke bar in Chinatown. It was crowded, full of young people who couldn’t sing, and thankfully too noisy to really hear anyone. I’d studied voice as a young woman but always hated performing. For the first time in my life, I didn’t have stage fright. The song we sang was “My Way.”
  31. kudos
    Doris Lessing Wins Nobel Prize But Doesn’t Know It YetShoppers of London: Keep your eyes peeled!
  32. countdown
    Dave Eggers’s Next Novel Is Based on ‘Where the Wild Things Are‘?Eggers’s literary editor is bragging the novel is going to be “huge.”
  33. Goldman Defies Credit CrunchFINANCE • Credit crunch, what credit crunch? Goldman’s record profits, which involved somehow shorting the mortgage market, have left a bonus pool of $17 billion, even larger than last year’s record. [WSJ, DealBreaker] • The surge in the markets aside, the Fed rate-cut had one immediate bad effect: The Canadian dollar, a.k.a. the Loonie, pulled even with U.S. greenbacks for the first time since 1976. The euro also pushed past $1.40, another record. [NYP] • It’s tough out there for a billionaire: While sixty-four New Yorkers made Forbes’s list of the 400 richest Americans, eighty-two Americans failed to make it with their paltry billion dollars. [AP]
  34. news reel
    So What Happens Next for James Frey?James Frey’s new film agent prepares to submit his novel.
  35. the industry
    James Frey Writing Fiction AgainPlus industry news on Ricky Gervais, Al Pacino, and John Woo.
  36. the industry
    Universal Keeps Imagine in Stable, Brian Grazer in Hair GelPlus industry news about Naomi Watts, Septimus Heap, and Aaron Sorkin.
  37. news reel
    ‘Marley & Me’ With Race Cars? ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ for Dogs? Whatever, It’s Worth $1.2 Million to HarperCollinsWe’re hearing that Garth Stein’s novel The Art of Racing in the Rain, first discussed on Mediabistro’s Galleycat, has sold at auction for $1.2 million to Laurie Chittenden at HarperCollins.
  38. ranters and ravers
    Annie Dillard Asks the Big Questions in a Small NovelA new Annie Dillard novel is a bona fide literary event. A prolific writer of essays — her meditation on nature, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction — Dillard just published her second novel, and first in over a decade, The Maytrees. A slim, poignant tale of a marriage on the rocks in Provincetown, it’s been receiving the sorts of praise normally reserved for the fiction gods.
  39. the take
    ‘Marley & Me’ Author Would Prefer You Ignore His Next Book
  40. the early word
    Book Expo GalleyWatch: Which Fall Books Got the Biggest Push?
  41. news reel
    The Book Expo Top Ten: Madeleines, Buddakan, and Rosie O’Donnell
  42. the industry
    Jim Carrey, Gay and in Prison
  43. the industry
    ‘In the Heights’ Salsas Onto the Great White Way
  44. the industry
    The Addams Family Lurches to Broadway
  45. HarperCollins, Still With the DecapitationsSpeaking of HarperCollins: Lit blogger Bookburger has notices a curious new trend in the design of covers for teen novels: Decapitation. More and more releases from HarperTeen — Bookburger cites three examples from the spring catalogue — feature cover images of teenage bodies with the attached head conveniently cropped off. It’s a strange trend, and an objectifying one, but it’s also sort of inexplicable to be coming from Harper right now. If nothing else in the last few weeks, hasn’t the publisher learned it might be best to stay far away from beheadings? Headless Wonders [Bookburger] Earlier: Our coverage of Judith Regan