A Manhattan accountant cooked the books at a prestigious literary agency that represents top writers, including “Fight Club” author Chuck Palahniuk, bilking its clients of millions and leaving the company on the brink of bankruptcy, according to legal papers.
Darin Webb, 47, faces 20 years in jail on wire-fraud charges for embezzling $3.4 million from storied Manhattan agency Donadio & Olson, according to a recently unsealed federal criminal complaint.
Although the agency, which also represents the estates of “Godfather” writer Mario Puzo and radio legend Studs Terkel, was not named in court papers, a lawyer representing the firm confirmed to The Post that Donadio & Olson was the subject of the alleged theft.
It’s time to stuff your beach bag with this summers hottest reads. From Stephen King and Harper Lee to Dr. Seuss, theres something for readers big and small. USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg offers a guide.JUNE 1. Finders Keepers by Stephen King (Scribner, fiction). What its about: A young boy discovers money and notebooks stolen years earlier from a famous writer, just as the criminal who took them is released from prison. Why it’s hot: It’s a sequel to 2014s Mr. Mercedes, which USA TODAY’s Brian Truitt praised for taking “the old detective genre in an excellent, modern direction.” On sale June 2
Source: 25 hot books for summer
Welles and Kodar
Yet another unfinished work by Orson Welles, that master of the incomplete, is about to surface. Archivists at the University of Michigan said this week that they have discovered extensive fragments of, and notes for, a Welles autobiography in a trove of papers newly purchased from Oja Kodar. Ms. Kodar, a Croatian actress, was Welles’s companion in the years before he died in 1985.With the working title “Confessions of a One-Man Band,” an unfinished memoir appears to have been in the works since the 1970s, and matches up with additional fragments already in the university’s extensive Welles archive, officials said.“It’s scattered, we’re still sorting through” about eight boxes of new material, said Philip Hallman, curator of the university’s Screen Arts Mavericks and Makers collection. The papers arrived last week from Croatia, where they had been kept by Ms. Kodar, Mr. Hallman said.
Source: Archivists Find Fragments of an Unfinished Orson Welles Autobiography – NYTimes.com
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Herman Wouk will release his first memoir, Simon & Schuster announced Friday. Wouk, who turns 100 on May 27, will discuss his spirituality and his time serving in the Navy during World War II in Sailor and Fiddler: Reflections of a 100-Year-Old Author. “I’ve lived to a great age, and for that I thank Providence,” Wouk said in a statement. “To the readers who’ve stayed with me for the long pull, my warm affection, and I hope you’ll enjoy the light-hearted memoir about my writings, Sailor and Fiddler.”
Source: Herman Wouk to release memoir in honor of 100th birthday | EW.com
TORONTO and NEW YORK, May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Harlequin and HarperCollins Publishers today announced the launch of Harlequin Audio, a new imprint that will produce audio versions of Harlequin titles. The imprint will release its first titles on June 30, 2015. View photo.”We are excited to be producing our own audio titles,” said Craig Swinwood, Publisher and CEO of Harlequin. “The audio format has been experiencing tremendous growth recently and Harlequin authors will benefit greatly from this new distribution outlet.”Harlequin Audio, in conjunction with HarperAudio, will work directly with digital audio distributors to provide full distribution to the retail and library markets. Furthermore, Harlequin Audio will distribute physical CD versions of all titles through relationships with Blackstone Audio and Midwest Tape.
Source: Harlequin Announces the Launch of Harlequin Audio – Yahoo Finance
Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak will make $7.5 million for penning a book about their off-and-on romance, according to a well-placed publishing industry source. We’re told the book is likely to include juicy information about “The Office” stars’ “complicated” courtship, which coincided with their roles on the NBC comedy, which ran from 2005-13.
Source: Mindy Kaling & B.J. Novak will get $7.5M of the write stuff – NY Daily News
When Doubleday editor Gerald Howard acquired Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, a 736-page novel about a New Yorker with a hellish past, he told her they’d have to cut it down by a third. She countered that Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries and Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, both longer than her book, were poised to do pretty well that year. She also emailed a list of successful long novels, as well as a “passive-aggressive picture” of her manuscript beside a 900-page issue of Vogue and a paperback copy of Vikram Seth’s 1,400-page classic, A Suitable Boy. Howard lost the fight, and Yanagihara turned out to be prescient. The Goldfinch went on to win the Pulitzer, and The Luminaries became, at 864 pages, the longest novel ever to win the Booker prize. “I don’t know if it’s a real trend or just some statistical clutter,” says Howard, “but there’s definitely something going on.”
Source: The Year of the Very Long Novel — Vulture
In trying to defuse the potential damage of the buzzy book “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” Hillary Clinton’s campaign and its allies seized on factual errors identified in author Peter Schweizer’s reporting. Now, at least for Kindle eBook readers, those passages with errors have been deleted or edited in an updated version of the book.
Source: Clinton Cash publisher corrects 7 or 8 inaccurate passages – Annie Karni – POLITICO
Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Motors Inc. and SpaceX Corp., took to Twitter in the wee hours of Tuesday to refute some of the passages in a book written about him. On Ashlee Vance’s “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future,” Musk is said to have sent a scolding e-mail to an employee who missed a company event to witness the birth of his child: “That is no excuse. I am extremely disappointed. You need to figure out where your priorities are. We’re changing the world and changing history, and you either commit or you don’t.” That claim is “total BS and hurtful,” Musk said on Twitter:
Source: Elon Musk takes to Twitter to refute bio book passages – MarketWatch
NEW YORK, May 13— For publishers and authors, the ability to bring their books to the attention of audiences at live events, to travelers at hotels and in airports and train stations, to visitors at museums and exhibitions, or any geographical location has long been constrained by the cost and physical limitations of transporting and displaying large quantities of books, and more recently, by the technical hurdles of placing ebook content within closed networks and systems.
Now, through an exclusive partnership with Foli, a digital content mobile distribution platform, Simon & Schuster is breaking down those traditional barriers to book discovery. Employing Foli’s geo-location technology, the publishing company can deliver a specific book, or a selection of books, to pinpointed locations anywhere, enabling consumers to read Simon & Schuster’s books while they remain at the location.