Hot between the covers as publishers embrace raunch ratings.
The explicitness of trysts in romance novels is prompting mainstream publishers to introduce ”heat” ratings to forewarn – or entice – readers.
Mills & Boon has long had Sweet, Sexy and Blaze lines to guide readers and bloggers have used their own rating system for books, but now Penguin Australia’s romance e-book imprint has introduced to its website a heat-o-meter rating titles from sweet to spicy and hot.
”The last thing we want to do is to disappoint – or offend – readers and heat ratings tell readers exactly what they’re getting, up-front, when they buy a Destiny Romance,” says Penguin’s commissioning editor Carol George.
Who would have predicted that, in her late 80s, Harper Lee would have to file suit to get the control of “To Kill a Mockingbird” returned to her?According to a lawsuit filed in May, Lee, in failing health, had been “duped” into assigning the copyright of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to her literary agent, a lawyer.
via Harper Lee’s tragic ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ lawsuit – Los Angeles Times.
Fantastic Beasts carry Harry Potter back to the silver screen | Film | theguardian.com.
The Harry Potter films will live again. Warner Bros, the studio behind the Potter films, has announced it is working on a new feature series in conjunction with author JK Rowling, based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first-year textbook that Potter uses at Hogwarts school in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
In 2001 Rowling published Fantastic Beasts as a separate book in aid of the Comic Relief charity, with the book purporting to be Potter’s actual copy of the textbook, complete with his and his friends’ doodles and scribblings. It is a guide to “magizoology”, or the study of magical creatures, and was supposedly published in 1918, written by Newt Scamander, who will become the central character of the new film.
Rowling will work on the screenplay of the new film – her first – and the hope is that it will expand into a franchise along the same lines as Potter. The author said in a statement: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world … Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”
NBF Names 5 (Women) Under 35 – Publishers Lunch.
The National Book Foundation announced their closely-watched list of 5 Under 35 authors — and “for the first time, the group of authors are all women.” Two of the featured authors are not scheduled to publish until 2014: Rona Jaffe Award winner Merritt Tierce’s Love Me Back (Doubleday, fall 2014) and Stegner Fellow Molly Antopol’s The UnAmericans (Norton, February 2014).
One title does not have an announced US publisher yet: Daisy Hildyard’s Hunters in the Snow, published by Jonathan Cape in the UK this summer.
The other two were both highlighted/excerpted in previous Publishers Lunch Buzz Books collections: Current Booker nominee NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names and Amanda Coplin’s BN Discover Awards winner The Orchardist.
Author sells Billy Joel bio to publisher.
We may get the inside scoop on Billy Joel’s life after all.
Music journalist Fred Schruers, who was working as the ghostwriter on Joel’s biography, “The Book of Joel,” until Joel pulled the plug less than three months before it was to be released in 2011, has sold a Joel biography to Crown Publishing Group. Joel has said he had no problem with the book, he just wasn’t interested in rehashing the past and decided not to release it. He told Newsday later that year it would probably be released after his death.
Though Joel isn’t involved with Schruers’ book and it will be considerably different from “The Book of Joel,” he said he will not fight publication. “Fred Schruers is free to write whatever kind of book he wants based on the firsthand information he gathered during the time he spent with me,” Joel said in a statement.
The British literary world has been stunned by news that the Man Booker prize is set to allow American writers to enter from next year, with authors questioning whether it would lose its “character” and even prevent the emergence of domestic talent.
The Man Booker, which currently allows entries from British, Irish and Commonwealth authors, is the most prestigious prize in British literature; past winners include Salman Rushdie, Iris Murdoch and JM Coetzee.
via Shock as Man Booker prize plans to consider works by American writers – News – Books – The Independent.
Robert Gates will dish on his tenure at the Defense Department in a new book, as the sole defense secretary to serve under both a Republican and Democrat.
In “DUTY: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” Gates will discuss his time at the Pentagon as he dealt with the heartache of war and the political realities of the conflict.
via Ex-Defense Secretary Robert Gates shares his war stories in memoir ‘DUTY’ – NY Daily News.
HR Magazine – Neil Morrison on the Penguin Random House merger, and sexing up HR.
Neil Morrison played a major role in the merger of Penguin Random House, which saw him promoted to group HRD. He talks about the biggest challenge of his career to date, and why he’s on a mission to make HR sexier A lawyer once called Neil Morrison the “most dangerous man in HR”. It’s a description that still pleases him, although the reason for the condemnation – speaking out against social media policies – amuses and grates in equal measure. “Being a dangerous HR person because you don’t have a policy goes to show how poor our profession is,” he says. “If that’s dangerous, God help us.” – See more at: http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/hr/features/1078348/neil-morrison-penguin-random-house-merger-sexing-hr#sthash.9RmywzwA.dpuf
Thirteen-year-old Samantha Geimer was underwhelmed with famed film director Roman Polanski when she met him in February of 1977. “Mostly I was thinking: Ew, there’s this guy who’s like my size and sort of looks like a ferret. But he’s super-powerful and he wants to photograph me. Me!” Her mother, an aspiring actress and model, had agreed to allow the filmmaker to take photos of her young daughter—he said it was for the French edition of Vogue.
via Top 10 Revelations from the New Roman Polanski Book | TIME.com.
Judge rules in Armstrong’s favor on suit over books – VeloNews.com.
A federal judge sided with Lance Armstrong on Tuesday, ruling that the accounts in his books, even though some of their elements were later revealed as untrue, were protected as free speech and did not amount to false advertising or fraud.
Some readers of the books It’s Not About the Bike and Every Second Counts had filed a suit in Sacramento federal court asking for more than $5 million, claiming they were fooled by the books, presented as inspirational, true accounts. The books, they said, should have been labeled as fictitious accounts.
Chief Judge Morrison England, Jr. begged to differ, ruling that the books were protected speech.