Friday, January 11, 2013

It's Team of Rivals Vs. Life of Pi In Top Oscar Nominations

Publisher's Lunch

The Academy Award candidates were announced Thursday morning, and LINCOLN (based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's TEAM OF RIVALS) topped the list with 12 nominations, followed by LIFE OF PI, based on Yann Martel's novel, with 11. Both are Best Picture nominees, along with three other titles based on books:

ARGO -- based on Antonio Mendez's book of the same name, published in September by Viking

THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK -- based on Matthew Quick's novel

Also forthcoming is a new "multi-platform" house-created series from Scholastic, in the vein of their successful 39 Clues and Infinity Ring lines. SPIRIT ANIMALS is their first fantasy series in this format, and it launches September 10, 2013, with the first title--WILD BORN--written by Brandon Mull and another in January 2014 by Maggie Stiefvater. The series "centers around the fantasy world of Erdas where children who come of age go through a ritual to determine if they have a 'spirit animal,' a rare bond between human and beast that bestows great powers to both. Four children from different cultures undergo an annual ritual and discover that they have been chosen for a greater destiny."
New ways of creating and exploiting intellectual property across multiple platforms is a major theme of next week's big Children's Publishing Goes Digital Publishers Launch Conference on Tuesday, January 15, which opens Digital Book World Week. (Speakers on this theme include Harper Children's business development and digital publishing vp Corinne Hellman; attorney Devereux Chatillon; Penguin UK publishing director for media and entertainment Eric Huang; Macmillan Children's president Jon Yaged; consultant Swanna MacNair; and Jess Braillier from Pearson's Poptropica.)  The same form lets you bundle in either first day of Digital Book World, or the entire event, which is also lining up as the best and broadest DBW yet.

More about Spirit Animals at PW
While over at Galley Cat

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