Jewel, the multi-platinum singer-songwriter, bestselling poet, actor and philanthropist, will write a full-length memoir about her life for Blue Rider Press.
The book deal announcement was released Monday night with an Associated Press story
that was picked up by more than 100 outlets across the country, and sparked a wave of Penguin Random House-related chatter across social media.
The book will explore Jewel’s unconventional upbringing and the circumstances in which she became a world famous singer and songwriter, as well as a far more complicated life than has previously been revealed. It will include inspirational advice and lessons learned from her experiences and explore how writing songs, poetry and prose, as well as becoming a mother, brought her insights and courage that anyone can apply to their lives. Publication is planned in North America for Fall 2015.
“My life has been about constantly challenging myself to discover who I am, and to become responsible for my own happiness rather than being a victim of whatever fate has thrown my way, “ said Jewel. “I hope that the personal experiences I write about will help others to understand that, no matter how bleak or how gilded, we are not prisoners of our circumstance unless we believe ourselves to be.”
Sinéad O’Connor, the award-winning and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, will write her memoirs, it was announced this week. The book, which is not yet titled, will be published in North America by Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC. Penguin Ireland will publish the memoir in Ireland, UK and Commonwealth. A March 2016 publication date is planned.
World print, eBook and audio rights were acquired by David Rosenthal, Blue Rider’s president and publisher, from Simon Watson of Sidewinder Management. Mr. Rosenthal will also edit.
“I’ve never stopped expressing myself in my music, and now, with a book. And I look forward to dishing the sexual dirt on everyone I’ve ever slept with,” said O’Connor.
“Sinéad has led a singular life – both personally and professionally,” said Rosenthal. “She is a fearlessly honest and incredibly talented artist.”
The book will cover the singer’s turbulent upbringing in Ireland; her breakout as an artist with 1987’s The Lion and the Cobra and her nine subsequent albums; her controversial opinions and actions, as well as her personal and musical struggles and triumphs, through the present day.
Penguin Group (USA) authors shined brighter than the lights of Las Vegas at the recent American Library Association annual conference. Librarians happily stood on line to greet both returning favorites and debut authors, including Jean Kwok (Mambo in Chinatown), Josh Hanagarne (The World’s Strongest Librarian), Laura Lane McNeal (Dollbaby), Shari Shattuck (Invisible Ellen), Elizabeth Little (Dear Daughter), Penelope Douglas (Rival), Shaunta Grimes (Rebel Nation), Julie Lawson Timmer (Five Days Left), Daniel J. Brown (The Boys in the Boat), Christopher Buehlman (The Lesser Dead), and Eric Kaplan (Does Santa Exist), Sue Ann Jaffarian (Ghost of a Gamble), Elaine Viets (Catnapped), and Isabella Allen (Murder, Simply Stitched).
The frenzy for galleys added to the upbeat atmosphere, with the librarians leaving the booth with coveted titles such as Deborah Harkness’ The Book of Life
and Liana Moriarty’s Big Little Lies
Author appearance highlights:
Jane McGonigal (Reality is Broken
) opened the conference, speaking to enthusiastic librarians about her theories of gaming. Azar Nafisi (The Republic of Imagination
) was one of several authors in the ALA auditorium speaker series, sharing her ideas on literacy and signing copies of her new book.
Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel
author Anya Ulinich had a busy time at ALA; she signed books at the Penguin booth, appeared on the Graphic Novel Gaming stage, where she spoke to librarians about her novel, and played on the winning author panel in the AAP Librarian Family Feud.
Julie Lawson Timmer spoke to a packed room at the United for Libraries Book Club Choices for librarians Panel, and Penelope Douglas was the darling of the United for Libraries Isn’t It Romantic panel.
In addition to her booth signing, Jean Kwok shared her life story at the United for Libraries Gala author tea, leaving not a dry eye among the 300 librarians that attended. Daniel J. Brown and Christopher Buehlman (The Necromancer’s House, The Lesser Dead
) spoke and signed copies of their books at the RUSA Literary Tastes breakfast, giving them the opportunity to thank the librarians that nominated their books for the RUSA Reading and ALA Notable Lists for 2014. “Professor” Eric Kaplan hilariously took librarians to philosophy school when he appeared on the United for Libraries The Laugh’s on Us Humor Panel.
author Philippe Petit closed the conference, mesmerizing librarians with a brilliant performance including card tricks, slight of hand, and audience participation with a plastic fork, followed by a book signing.
Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly
has passed the 500,000 in print milestone (hardcover and eBook formats combined), it was announced this week by Gotham Books. The hit #1 on The New York Times
Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous list in its second week on sale (10/7/12), returned to #1 on the same list nearly a year later (10/6/13), and has been on the list 10 weeks thus far in 2014. Brené Brown’s powerful vision of how to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, live wholeheartedly, and courageously engage in our lives has recorded a staggering 48 total weeks on the New York Times bestseller list (and counting!). Daring Greatly
sales show no signs of slowing down.
Alongside Daring Greatly
’s continued performance, Gotham has just unveiled a beautifully repackaged paperback edition of Brené Brown’s first book, I Thought It Was Just Me (But it Isn’t).
With a new cover design that echoes the Daring Greatly
jacket, this liberating study on how our imperfections are what connect us to one another and to our humanity is sure to keep selling consistently for a long time to come.
Read an excerpt
from Daring Greatly
reported on Monday that The Weinstein Company announced a $12 million deal for the movie adaptation of A Long Way Home
by Saroo Brierley, which G. P. Putnam’s Sons is publishing next month. The deal was confirmed at the Cannes Film Festival this week, following a rights battle between The Weinstein Company and Fox Searchlight. Lion
, the working movie title, will be directed by Garth Davis (Top of the Lake
), and produced by Academy Award winning producers Ian Canning and Emile Sherman (The King’s Speech
A Long Way Home
tells the story of Saroo Brierley, who was separated from his brother at a railway station in India at age 5. They were scavenging for food when he got lost, and Saroo boarded a train that took him far from home and he wound up on the streets of Calcutta. After a harrowing survival, he was rescued and adopted by a family in Australia. 26 years later, he used Google Maps to track familiar locations in India and found his way home to reunite with his birth mother.
Celebra announced on Tuesday that it will release the first book from international superstar Jennifer Lopez on October 28. A hardcover edition of the book, entitled True Love, will be published simultaneously in English and Spanish. This news was jointly revealed by the websites for People and People en Espanol, and quickly picked up by media outlets around the world, including USA Today,Entertainment Weekly, the Associated Press, ABC News,The Hollywood Reporter, the BBC, Billboard, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post, among others.
In the book, Lopez explores one of her life’s most defining periods – the transformative two-year journey of how, as an artist and a mother, she confronted her greatest challenges, identified her biggest fears, and ultimately emerged a stronger person than she’s ever been. True Love
will be an honest and revealing personal diary filled with hard-won lessons, heartfelt recollections, and stunning never-before-seen photographs.
The nearly 200 students and their teachers at the New York Theatre Workshop matinee of the critically praised production of Red-Eye to Havre de Grace
were given copies of the Penguin Classics edition of The Portable Edgar Allan Poe
this week. They are shown here holding up the book while saying, “Thank you, Penguin!” Bryn Thorsson, Director of Education at the Learning School, said, “Everyone loved the book and it made them feel very special. I think they will be really curious to check out Poe’s poetry and stories and this is the perfect gift to encourage their love of reading!”
Robert B. Parker’s Cheap Shot
by Ace Atkins is the newest Spenser novel and the third written by Ace Atkins since the estate of Robert B. Parker selected him to continue the adventures of the iconic Boston private detective follow the death of Robert B. Parker in January 2010. The bestselling series has been around since 1974, making Cheap Shot
a kind of 40thAnniversary celebration of one of the most enduring characters in the annals of American crime fiction. The book breaks onto The New York Times
bestseller list this week, hitting #13 on the hardcover fiction bestseller list.
Atkins began his national tour in Boston, appropriately enough, doing a signing at the Harvard Coop and conducted interviews with the National Public Radio show Only a Game
as well as the Jordan Rich
radio program on WBZ-AM. He then continued on to St. Louis, where he had a large crowd at the St. Louis County Library, and New York City, where he conducted a radio satellite tour and gave a talk at the Mysterious Bookshop. Other tour stops include Scottsdale, Austin, Houston, Tampa and Memphis, with multiple television and radio interviews arranged along the way.
Atkins will hit the road again in late July for his new Quinn Colson novel, The Forsaken
has won the Ektron Synergy Award for Best Site Integration. This award recognizes the best use of technology amongst all of Ektron’s clients.
Ecktron, a content management and web experience management software provider, held its Site of the Year Awards at the Synergy 2014 conference this week (May 4 – 6) in Boston, MA.
This past weekend, cozy mystery fans, authors, and publishers came together for the 26th Malice Domestic Convention in Bethesda, Maryland, where the Berkley Prime Crime and Obsidian imprints were proudly represented. Berkley Prime Crime turned 20 this year and Earlene Fowler, who celebrated her 20th anniversary with the imprint, was the toastmaster of the Agatha Awards on Saturday night. Fellow Berkley Prime Crime author Leslie Budewitz won Best First Novel for Death al Dente
(Berkley, 8/6/13). Congratulations to Leslie, her editor Faith Black, and the rest of the Berkley Prime Crime team!