Today in books and publishing: Silicon Valley exec will tackle gender in the workplace; Google and publishers make peace; Kakutani hatchets Helprin; an all-female issue of Armchair/Shotgun.
Does Facebook's COO have it all? Well, she definitely has a book deal. Alfred A. Knopf has announced the release of Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead in March 2013. The book will cover gender in the workplace, an issue reflected in some of the most discussed magazine pieces in recent memory, including Ken Auletta's profile of Sandberg in The New Yorker last year and Anne-Marie Slaughter's July/August cover story in The Atlantic. Spectators look to the few women in top positions at major Silicon Valley companies for clues about how companies of the future will address gender and family. Yahoo's new CEO Marissa Mayer plans to work through her maternity leave, but Sandberg takes a more family-first approach. Sandberg is known for a more family-first approach, leaving the office at 5:30 everyday to have dinner with her kids. [BetaBeat]
Publishers pull out of Google Books lawsuit. Google now has one less opponent to worry about in the lawsuit it faces for scanning library books into its Google Books database without receiving explicit permission from rights-holders. The Association of American Publishers has settled with Google, agreeing to drop their charges as long as the company "acknowledge[s] the rights and interests of copyright-holders." They maintain that publishers can "choose to make available or choose to remove their books and journals digitized by Google for its Library Project." Publishers might be ready to put this behind them (the settlement was conducted privately, so no word on whether they received a huge buy-out from Google), but authors still aren't backing down. The Authors Guild plans to go forward with its case, seeking a massive $2 billion in copyright infringement damages. [Publisher's Weekly]