Andy LeCount to Join HarperCollins

0408903Andy LeCount will begin his new role as vice president, director of sales for general books at HarperCollins on December 29. In the new position, LeCount will lead overall sales for the adult hardcover and trade paperback imprints. In addition, he will supervise the adult sales teams for Barnes & Noble and Amazon. LeCount comes to HarperCollins from the Hachette Book Group (HBG), where he was serving as executive director of chain stores. In that role, he oversaw sales for Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million for all adult imprints and served as the primary liaison between the sales and publishing teams at Little, Brown and Company. LeCount has also worked for Macmillan, Rodale, BN.com, Tor and Encore Books. Josh Marwell, president of sales at HarperCollins, announced the news in a memo to staffers. “We are thrilled to have him as part of our team,” he wrote.

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Contribute to a Progressive-Themed Essay Collection

What We Do Now Essays (GalleyCat)Melville House announced plans to publish an essay collection entitled What We Do Now: Standing Up For Your Values in Trump’s America. The book will feature manifestos by liberal-minded political figures, famous journalists, and the heads of progressive organizations. Valerie Merians, the co-publisher of the company, gave this statement in the press release: “Donald Trump ran a campaign based on hate. We know that his vision of the country is not shared by a majority of Americans. Our hope is that this book will galvanize, and provide a roadmap to, the millions of Americans who want to fight back by standing up for their values.” Both Merians and Dennis Johnson, the co-publisher, served as the editors of this project. Some of the notable contributors include Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders, and feminist icon Gloria Steinem. Below, we’ve posted the full list of writers. The publication date has ...

Luis Carlos Montalván Has Died

Tuesday the Dog (GalleyCat)Luis Carlos Montalván has died. He was 43 years old. According to The Associated Press, Montalván served in the army for seventeen years. After his military career ended, he partnered with a service dog named Tuesday to help him with his post-traumatic stress disorder. Montalván went on to collaborate with various co-writers to write books on how Tuesday affected him: Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him (2011), Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog (2014), and Tuesday Takes Me There: The Healing Journey of a Veteran and his Service Dog (2016). Here’s more from USA Today: “His friend and co-author Ellis Henican called Montalvan’s death a ‘huge tragedy.’ ‘He made great progress,’ said Henican, who had been working with Montalvan on his followup to his bestseller for the past year. ‘This PTSD thing is real.’ Henican and ...

Hugh Jackman Lands Role in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Movie

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianHugh Jackman has signed on for an acting role in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian film adaptation. According to Variety, the Oscar-nominated actor will also take on duties as a producer. The story for this movie project comes from Sherman Alexie’s semi-autobiographical young adult novel. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers first published this National Book Award-winning title back in September 2007. Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “The story centers on a teen named Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, he leaves his troubled school on the reservation to attend an all-white farming town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.” (via The A.V. Club)

Patton Oswalt Writes an Essay on Fatherhood

Patton Oswalt (GalleyCat)Patton Oswalt has written an essay for GQ magazine. The comedic actor (pictured, via) explores the issues that come with being a single parent in a piece entitled “Patton Oswalt’s Year of Magical Parenting.” Oswalt shares details about his experience being single father to his 7-year-old daughter, Alice. Oswalt’s wife, Michelle McNamara, passed away in April 2016. Here’s an excerpt from Oswalt’s essay:

“This is my first time being a single father. I’ve missed forms for school. I’ve forgotten to stock the fridge with food she likes. I’ve run out of socks for her. I’ve run out of socks for me. It sucked and it was a hassle every time, but the world kept turning.”

Brooklyn Beckham Inks Deal With Penguin Random House

The full cover of my book 'what I see' hope you like it. Link to pre order and signed copies in bio ^^

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Brooklyn Beckham has signed a deal with Penguin Random House. The eldest child of David Beckham, a soccer star, and Victoria Beckham, a pop singer, intends to create a photography book entitled What I See. According to BBC News, Beckham unveiled the title of the book and the cover image on his instagram page. What I see will feature a total of 300 photos. The Telegraph reports that Beckham will write a foreword and captions. The publication date has been scheduled for May 4, 2017. (via Real Clear Life)