Today in books and publishing: Reviving the University of Missouri Press; Lois Lowry follows up The Giver; Morris' new book maintains Jeffrey MacDonald's innocence; the feds probed Bradbury.
Lois Lowry isn't done with The Giver. Published almost twenty years ago, Lois Lowry's dystopic The Giver remains one of young adult fiction's true classics. Now, the Newbery-award winning author is following it up with a new book, Son, to be published next month. She says Son will likely be the last time she revisits the Giver universe. "I see this as a completed set of books," the 75-year-old author tells the Los Angeles Times' David L. Ulin. Other Lowry novels that bear some connection to The Giver include Gathering Blue (2000) and Messenger (2004). [Los Angeles Times]
Amazon's publishing imprint to sell e-books through new outlets. Amazon's exclusive e-books have been faring quite well recently, but today Amazon's New York-based publishing operation has announced an agreement to sell its e-books through other retailers, such as Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Apple. Amazon New York inked the deal with Ingram, who distributes e-books through CoreSource. Amazon and Apple have long been seen as e-book enemies, pursuing different pricing strategies and calling each other out in reference to the DOJ's e-book price fixing lawsuit. [Paid Content]
Errol Morris' A Wilderness of Error reopens MacDonald murder files. Imagining Jeffrey MacDonald being proven innocent of murdering his family and released after decades of imprisonment seems outlandish. But it wouldn't be the first time Errol Morris' work has reversed a murder verdict. His documentary The Thin Blue Line got an innocent man off of death row, and now the filmmaker and writer is maintaing the innocence of a man long thought to be a hippy-phobic, homicidal liar. "I believe he is innocent. I don’t see any evidence to suggest that he is guilty," Morris tells The New York Times' David Carr. His new book A Wilderness of Error hits shelves next week, and the word on Morris' intensely researched tome is that it revises everything we've been told about the case by writers like Joe McGinniss. But this isn't just true crime case work—Morris considers his book a dive into the very nature of truth. "I despise versions of postmodernism that suggest that there is no such thing as truth, that the truth is up for grabs, relative and subjective," he says. "Narrative does not trump all; it does not trump the facts. The facts are immutable. You may not be able to apprehend them or they may be elusive, but they are there." [The New York Times]
Guiding the University of Missouri Press through hard times. The uproar over the University of Missouri's decision to all but dismantle its publishing arm may have university officials making certain concessions to critics. UM president Timothy Wolfe has promised to assemble an advisory committee of professors, authors, students and academic publishing professionals. They'll be responsible for overseeing the UM Press' move to the university's main campus in Columbia. "The press will continue to publish hard-copy books while adding a more broad-based and a longer-term approach to scholarly publishing," says UM Columbia chancellor Brady Deaton. Ex-UM Press editor Tom Quirk isn't so enthusiastic about the news. He says the reform "sounds like a measure to plug a dike, especially with authors threatening lawsuits against the university." [Publishers Weekly]
All points NW. Some are calling it "undeniably brilliant." Others are panning it. Still others are making cringe-worthy videos about it. Now, you can read an excerpt from Zadie Smith's latest novel NW and judge for yourself. [NPR]
The Writer lives. A month ago, we heard that the future of 125-year-old literary trade magazine The Writer was uncertain. Well, good news, writers! Madavor Media has acquired The Writer, and plans to "continue to deliver the quality and authoritative content readers and advertisers expect," according to Madavor V.P. Susan Fitzgerald. [GalleyCat]
Elie Wiesel's Open Heart. The Nobel-winning author says his next book will be about his recent heart surgery. "My doctor said, you lived, but for a year or two you’re going to be very tired and very depressed," Wiesel tells WSJ's Barbara Chai. "It happens to everybody. So I don’t know how to fight fatigue, but I know how to fight depression. So I began the book of my surgery." [The Wall Street Journal]
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