Today in books and publishing: Susan G. Komen exec to tell her side of the Planned Parenthood story; bookstore imitates Chabon's fiction; Woodward's next book will cover Obama's economic strategy.
Controversial Susan G. Komen exec to tell her side of the story in a new book. When Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation pulled funding from Planned Parenthood earlier this year, many women were outraged. The foundation eventually restored the funding, but prominent executive Karen Handel resigned over the controversy. Handel, a former Republican candidate for the Georgia governorship who opposes abortion, pushed the decision to withdraw support for Planned Parenthood. Now, Simon & Schuster will publish her account of the controversy. Planned Bullyhood will hit shelves September 11th. [The Seattle Times]
Chabon transforms Oakland bookstore. Telegraph Avenue, Michael Chabon's new novel, is set in a struggling used record store on Oakland's Telegraph Avenue. To promote the book's upcoming release, HarperCollins has teamed up with Oakland's Diesel Books to recreate the Brokeland Record's of Chabon's imagination. For a week starting September 7th, the store will hawk used jazz records and replace their signage with Brokeland's name. Harper's senior director of marketing Leah Wasielewski says that over $250,000 has been allotted to promote the book. [The Wall Street Journal]
Amber Qureshi leaves Viking Press. Qureshi, a rising star in the publishing world, has left her job as executive editor of Penguin imprint Viking Press. In 2008, she was featured in Publishers Weekly's 50 under 40 list, and she has edited such titles as Voices From Chernobyl, Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger (winner of the Man Booker Prize) and Joshua Clark's memoir, Heart Like Water. There's no word on whether she has accepted a new position yet. [Publishers Weekly]
Bob Woodward takes another look at a President and his men. The best-selling author and investigative journalist who helped break the Watergate scandal is turning his sights on President Obama, Congress, and their handling of the latest economic crisis. Simon & Schuster will publish the book on September 11th. The day before publication, Diane Sawyer will interview Woodward on ABC's World News. [The Washington Post]
Isaac Bashevis Singer story appears for the first time in English. Isaac Bashevis Singer once offered this explanation for why he chose to write in Yiddish: "I am sure that millions of Yiddish speaking corpses will rise from their graves one day and their first question will be: 'Is there any new Yiddish book to read?'" His decision to stick with Yiddish means that many of his stories have gone unread by English speakers. Today, The New Yorker publishes the first English translation of his story "Job." [The New Yorker]
Google buys travel guidebook publisher Frommer's. Google has made another foray into the business of location-specific content by buying popular travel book publisher Frommer's from John Wiley & Son. Last year, Google bought restaurant review service Zagat. The company has not yet indicated whether they will continue to produce physical Frommer's guidebooks. By the way, all these travel guidebooks are white-washing horrible regimes, according to Foreign Policy's Michael Moynihan. [The Bookseller]
The latest Great Expectations. The number of Great Expectations adaptations already numbers in the double digits, but here comes another. The trailer for Mike Newell's version, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes, leaked yesterday. [Screen Rant]
The origins of fanfic. "If you were to lock a group of pop culture junkies and TV addicts in a bunker, tell them that the end of the world had arrived and that they had to preserve culture for posterity by writing books, what they would produce would be fan fiction." [The Guardian]
Covers from The Royal Tenenbaums: Family of Geniuses. [Criterion]
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