Andy 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.
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. 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 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 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 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)
Nick Gomez-Hall, an administrative assistant at Counterpoint Press, died in the Oakland Warehouse Fire over the weekend.
The publisher revealed the sad news about the 26 year old on its Facebook page on Sunday evening. “Counterpoint is devastated over the loss of our co-worker and dear friend Nick Gomez-hall due to the Oakland Ghost Ship fire,” the publisher wrote on its Facebook page.
“From the second Nick started at Counterpoint, he became part of our family,” the post continued. “Whether he was recommending new music to listen to (and it was always so good), regaling us with tales of the bowling alley, offering his beloved truck for a ride if anyone needed it, or sharing his much appreciated opinions about a book jacket or manuscript, he made everyone feel like they were his friend. He was kind, considerate, hilarious… In short, he was an essential part of our team....
Two actors have signed on for the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society film adaptation: Lily James and Michiel Huisman. According to Empire Magazine, Mike Newell will serve as the director.
The script was written by Don Roos and Tom Bezucha. The story for this project comes from a 2008 novel written by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer.
Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “The story is set in the aftermath of World War II and follows journalist Juliet Ashton (James), who decides to write about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club formed on Guernsey Island in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy during wartime. It begins when she receives a letter from a resident named Dawsey (Huisman), a farmer on the island. She starts writing letters to the book club, and eventually travels to the island to meet ...
FreeQuency has written a moving poem called “I’m Sorry.” With this piece, the poet addresses the difficult subject of rape and sexual assault.
The video embedded above features her performance at the 2016 Southern Fried Poetry Slam. Thus far, this moving piece has drawn more than 53,000 views on YouTube.
To hear more poems by FreeQuency, follow these links to check out her readings of “Black Girls Rock,” “The Joys of Motherhood,” and “Lessons on Being an African Immigrant in America.” What do you think?
Larissa Helena has moved to the Pippin Properties, Inc. Throughout her academic and professional career, she focused on working with children’s books and young adult books.
Over at Pippin, Helena will serve as an associate literary agent and the manager of subsidiary rights. She shared this statement in the announcement: “Having just relocated to New York from Brazil to further develop my publishing career, I’m extremely excited to join Pippin, and look forward to expanding the list across geographic borders while continuing to explore the frontiers of new media.”
In the past, Helena has held positions at Fantástica Rocco and Hachette Livre. She has worked on translation projects for books by Laura Ruby, Derek Landy, and Maureen Johnson.
Khizr Khan has signed a memoir deal with Random House. His wife, Ghazala Khan, has agreed to contribute to this book.
The Khans, the parents of a fallen Muslim-American soldier named Captain Humayun Khan, appeared at the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC) to support Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The Associated Press reports that Khizr gave a speech and “criticized the anti-Muslim rhetoric of then-Republican nominee Donald Trump.”
The video embedded above features Khizr’s moving speech. At this point in time, the book title has not been revealed. According to TIME, the publication date date has been scheduled for Fall 2017. (via USA Today)
Kathleen Schmidt has joined Empire Literary as an agent focusing on commercial non-fiction and select women’s fiction.
Schmidt joins Empire from her most recent post as associate publisher of Rodale Books where she played helped develop the Rodale Books publishing program, and worked on books including: Run Fast. Eat Slow. by Elyse Kopecky and Shalane Flanagan and Thug Kitchen 101.
Prior to joining Rodale, Schmidt served as vice president of marketing and publicity at Running Press, Weinstein Books and Atria. In that role, she worked on promotions for bestsellers You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero, Finding Me by Cleveland kidnapping victim Michelle Knight and The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie. In addition, she helped launch the international bestseller The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, and worked with bestselling authors Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner.
Schmidt has also led her own PR & Marketing firm, KMSPR.
Lin-Manuel Miranda has agreed to serve as a creative producer and music composer for Lionsgate’s Kingkiller Chronicle adaptation projects. According to Variety, the company intends to adapt Patrick Rothfuss’ fantasy books into a television series, a film franchise, and possibly a video game.
So far, Rothfuss has written and released two novels (The Name of The Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear), a short story (“How Old Holly Came to Be”), and two novellas (The Lightning Tree and The Slow Regard of Silent Things) for this series. He intends to publish a third novel at some point in the future.
Here’s more from Deadline: “The plan is for Lionsgate to simultaneously develop and produce the feature film franchise based on the trilogy, the first movie of which to be written by Lindsey Beer (Transformers 5), and a TV drama series that expands on the world outside the books. ...
Dark Horse Comics intends to launch an art show that displays work by company staff members. The Sequential Art Gallery + Studio will host the “Work Horse: Art by the People Who Make Your Comics” show.
This exhibition will be made available for viewing at this Portland-based gallery from December 1 to 26. An opening reception will take place at 6 p.m. on December 1.
Here’s more from the press release: “After several discussions between employees, it was discovered that there are many talented, artistic employees in all departments who work outside of the office in mediums ranging from paint, photography, and digital art to sculpture and embroidery…The exhibition gives Dark Horse staff the opportunity to put their own awesome work on display, including pieces by Conley Presler (digital art), Ethan Kimberling (design), Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein (production), Melissa Martin (digital art), Rick DeLucco (design), Kelly Woessner (marketing), and more!”
Two actors have signed on for the Chaos Walking film adaptation: Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Doug Liman will serve as the director.
The story for this project comes from Patrick Ness’ young adult trilogy. Altogether, he wrote three novels and three short stories for this series.
Here’s more from Empire Magazine: “Ness’ trilogy – The Knife Of Never Letting Go, The Ask And The Answer, and Monsters Of Men – finds humankind in a dark future, colonising a distant planet after the Earth has been ruined. When an infection called the Noise strikes, all thoughts become audible and chaos follows. A corrupt autocrat takes the chance to seize control of the human settlements in order to launch a strike on native alien race the Spackles, blaming them for the infection that’s apparently killing human women.” (via Collider)
Earlier this year, Caitlyn Jenner signed a memoir deal with Grand Central Publishing. The Olympic gold medal-winning reality star recently shared posts on her social media pages and revealed that the book will be called The Secrets of My Life.
According to The New York Daily News, Jenner will collaborate with a journalist named Buzz Bissinger. Back in July 2015, Bissinger wrote an article for Vanity Fair to chronicle Jenner’s coming out as a transgender woman.
Entertainment Weekly reports that “the book will cover Jenner’s childhood and career as an Olympic decathlete, as well as her three marriages (including the most recent one to Kris Kardashian) and relationship with her children, before delving into her transition and current experience as the world’s most famous transgender woman.” The publisher has scheduled the release date for April 25, 2017. (via The Huffington Post)
Forest Whitaker (pictured, via) has signed on for a role in the Labyrinth film adaptation. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story comes from Randall Sullivan’s 2002 book, LAbyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implication of Death Row Records’ Suge Knight, and the Origins of the Los Angeles Police Scandal.
Whitaker will star alongside Johnny Deppin this project. Brad Furman will serve as the director of this movie and Christian Contreras wrote the script.
Here’s more from Deadline: “Depp plays a disgraced LAPD detective who is unable to solve his biggest case: the murders of the hip-hop icons. Whitaker will play the journalist who teams with the cop, each determined to find the truth, and each with a reason to seek redemption in an effort that sets them against the cops.” (via The A.V. Club)
Angela Bassett has signed on to play Ramonda in the Black Panther movie. Bassett’s character is the mother of the Wakandan ruler T’Challa (a.k.a. Black Panther).
Bassett joins a cast that includes Chadwick Boseman as the titular hero, Forest Whitakeras Zuri, and Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia. Boseman made his debut as Black Panther in the Captain America: Civil War movie.
According to Marvel’s announcement, Ryan Coogler will serve as the director for this film adaptation. Black Panther will hit theaters on February 16, 2018.