March 24, 2005 |
Mary Matalin, the Republican pundit and strategist also known as the wife/sparring partner of Democratic consultant James Carville, will run a new conservative publishing imprint at Simon & Schuster. The imprint, currently unnamed, is expected to release six to 10 books a year, beginning in 2006. The market for conservative books has become increasingly competitive. Penguin Group USA and Random House Inc.
February 29, 2008 |
Even for an Oprah Winfrey book pick, "A New Earth" has been a sensation. About 3.5 million copies of Eckhart Tolle's spiritual self-help guide have been shipped since Winfrey, host of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," announced her selection four weeks ago. The book has topped the bestseller list on Amazon.com virtually from the moment Winfrey's choice was revealed, and it is the fastest-selling pick ever for Barnes & Noble Inc., according to a statement issued Thursday by Winfrey. It's also a record shipment in a four-week span for any book by Penguin Group (USA)
November 18, 2005 |
The founding editors of Riverhead Books, publisher of Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner," Suze Orman's "The Road to Wealth" and other bestsellers, have left the company. Cindy Spiegel and Julie Grau are to start a new division at Doubleday Broadway, part of Random House Inc. They will begin their new jobs at the end of the month. "Together, they have been responsible for a remarkable number of distinctive books," Doubleday Broadway President Stephen Rubin said.
September 17, 2013 |
Can you name any of the poets on the longlist for the National Book Awards' 2013 prize in poetry ? If you listen to National Public Radio, the answer is yes, you probably can. That's because one of 10 finalists, named Tuesday, is nationally known for his radio essays. But Andrei Codrescu isn't just a radio commentator, he's a poet, nominated for his collection "So Recently Rent a World, New and Selected Poems: 1968-2012," published by Coffee House Press. Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Brenda Hillman, who has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, made the longlist with her new collection, "Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire," published by Wesleyan University Press. Two of the finalists have been Cave Canem fellows, writers who participated in the selective workshops for African American poets.
January 27, 2014 |
Kate DiCamillo's novel for young adults, "Flora and Ulysses," is the winner of the 2014 John Newbery Medal, the top honor in children's literature from the American Library Assn . The Caldecott Medal for most distinguished picture book went to "Locomotive" by Brian Floca, and the Michael L. Printz Award for young adult literature went to Marcus Sedgwick's "Midwinterblood. " The annual prizes were announced at the library association's midwinter meeting, held this year in Philadelphia.
August 26, 2003 |
Fox News dropped its trademark infringement lawsuit against Al Franken and his publisher, Penguin Group, that aimed to stop sales of the liberal satirist's new book but instead turned it into a top seller. Indeed, Penguin's Dutton unit said that because of heavy demand for the book it has orders to print 510,000 copies of "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them" as of Monday, up from the original 270,000.
August 20, 2003 |
Oral arguments have been scheduled for Friday for the Fox News Channel's lawsuit against humorist Al Franken. Last week, Fox sued the former "Saturday Night Live" performer and his publisher, the Penguin Group, to stop them from including "fair and balanced" in the title of his upcoming book. The trademark infringement lawsuit seeks to force Penguin to rename "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right." It also asks for unspecified damages.
August 6, 1996
There's one less Michael at Disney. Michael Lynton, president of Walt Disney Co.'s Hollywood Pictures unit for two years, will return to the New York publishing business as chairman and chief executive of book giant Penguin Group. Lynton's departure, which was expected, comes amid a sweeping reorganization of Disney's film operation, in which Hollywood Pictures will no longer be involved in the production of films as part of a long-term plan to trim the number of Disney live-action releases.