February 4, 2014 |
A 34,000-word novella that Charlie Chaplin wrote in the late 1940s is being published for the first time by a film institute in Italy. The book was the basis of his last great film, “Limelight.” The manuscript of “Footlights” was discovered in the Chaplin archive at the Cineteca di Bologna in Italy, the BBC reports . It serves as a kind of prequel to the story of “Limelight,” the 1952 autobiographical film that was the last that...
February 3, 2014 |
If you've ever thought about writing a book, and wondered what a successful proposal looks like, wonder no longer. In a unique experiment, the publisher Palgrave Macmillan is posting proposals for nonfiction, academic titles, and inviting the public to comment on them. The publisher is also posting chapters from the proposed books -- all of which have been already accepted for publication. The books take on a wide range of topics in the social sciences and humanities, and include titles on “race and the Brazilian body,” horror cinema, and the German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg.
January 23, 2014 |
On Thursday, Amazon announced the launch of its 15th imprint, Waterfall Press. Waterfall Press will specialize in Christian nonfiction and fiction. Amazon's release notes that in 2014, Waterfall Press will publish both fiction and nonfiction, but its lead titles are all nonfiction. They include "The Four Best Places to Live" by Mark Buchanan, "When You Need a Miracle" by Cherie Hill, who has reached bestseller lists as a self-published author, and "The Quiet Revolution: An Active Faith That Transforms Lives and Communities" by Jay Hein, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives under President George W. Bush.
January 12, 2014 |
For decades, finding Spanish-language books in the U.S. was like tilting at windmills. Booksellers stocked few titles in the language of Cervantes, and those they carried came at a hefty premium. A paperback copy of "Don Quijote" in the original Spanish could easily cost triple the price of a deluxe hard-bound translation in English -- if it could be found at all. Retailers blamed the expense of importing books printed in Spain and Latin America. And U.S. publishers lost faith in the market after botched attempts to translate English-language bestsellers produced error-ridden Spanish versions that sold poorly.
January 9, 2014 |
Writers prefer to be published by a traditional publisher over self-publishing. Go figure. More than 9,000 authors responded to questions about the publishing industry in a report to be issued next week. Of the writers surveyed, 57.8% said they'd rather go the traditional route with their next book than try self-publishing. These aren't just old-fashioned authors. That percentage includes writers who have been both self-published and traditionally published. What's more, the survey was conducted by Writers Digest and Digital Book World -- which certainly captures people interested in digital publishing.
December 30, 2013 |
Elmore Leonard died in August at the age of 87. But writing can bring a kind of immortality, and the modern noir master has come to life, again, in the form of two new short stories. Today, the San Francisco-based digital imprint Byliner publishes "Confession" and "The Trespassers," both of which were written in 1958 when Leonard was an ad man working at a Detroit agency, Campbell Ewald. "What's interesting is to see where Elmore Leonard, the young writer, started, to study his simple Hemingway-influenced style," Peter Leonard, Elmore Leonard's son, said in a Byliner press release.
December 29, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- Amid political and public debate, Israel approved the latest list of Palestinian prisoners it plans to release from jail this week, the government said Saturday night. It would be the third such group released in recent months. As part of the peace talks renewed through American efforts in July, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's government has agreed to release 104 long-serving Palestinian prisoners as the negotiations advance. The latest list, containing the names of 26 Palestinians serving long-term jail sentences for killing Israelis and other violent attacks carried out between 1985 and the 1993 Oslo accords, was published on the Israel Prison Service website [link in Hebrew]
December 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles), expressing concern about the future of the Los Angeles Times, is asking Tribune Co. executives to explain the company's move to spin off its newspaper operations into a separate company. "I am concerned that corporate actions the Tribune Co. is taking may not be in the best interests of the Los Angeles Times," Waxman said in a letter to Peter Liguori, Tribune's chief executive. The company last week filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a preliminary step toward establishing the newspaper unit, to be called Tribune Publishing Co. The newspaper unit will pay the parent company an undetermined cash dividend, funded through borrowing, according to the filing.
December 19, 2013 |
Toward the end of September, I found myself in a meeting room at Brooklyn Borough Hall in New York with planners from a variety of book fairs (Miami, Trinidad, Texas, Australia) discussing audience and cooperation and outreach. It was the morning after the Brooklyn Book Festival, which had drawn tens of thousands, and the atmosphere was upbeat, marked by excitement, even relief. Economics remained an issue (how to attract and pay for writers, how to advertise and promote) but there was no lamenting, no sense that things might be shutting down.
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December 19, 2013 |
If Hugh Hefner strove to put a suave, air-brushed image on sexual freedom in the 1960s, rival publisher Al Goldstein was the polar opposite. Unabashedly abrasive and foul-mouthed, the cigar-chomping, obese Goldstein called his explicit magazine Screw and seemingly reveled in giving the middle-finger sign not only to his enemies but also the world at large via an 11-foot sculpture of the gesture outside his Florida home. "To be angry is to be alive," Goldstein - who aggressively championed free speech rights - said in a New Times Broward-Palm Beach interview in 2001.