Saturday, April 21, 2018

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Recently-fired deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe recently sold a book someone, represented by Todd Shuster at Aevitas Creative Management, reported by the NYT and confirmed by unsuccessful bidders.

Next Tuesday's release of Amy Chozick's
CHASING HILLARY: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling has already drawn a pre-pub review in the Washington Post and coverage in the Daily Beast. Chozick reports Clinton as unsurprised when told she had lost the election to Trump: "I knew it. I knew this would happen to me," Chozick quotes her as saying. "They were never going to let me be president." Early in the campaign, Chozick told her husband on Clinton, "She really, really hates me." Chozick also reports that "The Deplorables" was a standard Clinton term for one of three "baskets" describing different types of Trump supporters. "The Deplorables always got a laugh, over living-room chats in the Hamptons, at dinner parties under the stars on Martha's Vineyard, over passed hors d'oeuvres in Beverly Hills, and during sunset cocktails in Silicon Valley."

PBS's The Great American Read announced their
list of America's 100 "most-loved" works of fiction, as selected through a survey of approximately 7,200 people via polling service YouGov. (A 13-person panel provided limited oversight for the final list.) We count 69 male authors and 31 female authors. The eight-episode series launches on May 22, with the top pick to be announced on October 23.

Dartmouth College
announced that publishing consortium The University Press of New England will shut down in December. Founded in 1970, the organization once included 10 university presses, but is now down to just Dartmouth and Brandeis University. Following the closure, both schools will take control of their own imprints. Brandeis plans to "maintain current books in press or under review and continue to support its growing portfolio of books covering diverse subjects and perspectives," while Dartmouth will assemble a study group to "envision a 21st-century press that will support Dartmouth faculty and the institution as a whole."

Dartmouth president Phil Hanlon said, "We are extremely grateful for the guidance our authors have received over the years from UPNE’s dedicated staff, including superb editorial support and personal service with high quality and attention to detail."

Adaptive Studios has purchased Zane Grey's complete literary estate, "inclusive of over 133 titles." Co-founder TJ Barrack says in the announcement: "With this acquisition, not only is Adaptive bringing new life to Grey's personal legacy, but also reviving his body of work—a true piece of American Western heritage. We cannot wait to introduce a new generation to Zane Grey by refreshing his stories for both the page and the screen."

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