“Two years ago, Michael showed up on our doorstep,” said Rolling Stone executive editor Eric Bates of his star writer Michael Hastings. The viability of the profile Mr. Hastings had pitched, Mr. Bates said speaking in retrospect, “really depends on what kind of access you can get.”The audience erupted in laughter.
A crowd was Read More
Pity the plagiarist! Especially if he has written a thriller, and the books he copied from are James Bond novels and books by Robert Ludlum. That’s what Quentin Rowan, who writes as Q.R. Markham, has done. Today Little, Brown recalled his debut novel, Assassin of Secrets, from the shelves of bookstores across the country, offering refunds to those who have already bought and now would like to return his book.
Today, Reagan Arthur (of Little, Brown imprint Reagan Arthur Books) takes her turn at The Paris Review‘s “Culture Diaries” feature. But rather than a tea-drinking counterpart to the New York sex diaries, this installment calls to mind an Us magazine standby: “Stars–They’re Just Like Us!”
Playing Scrabulous on Facebook! Following Read More
A few months before the publication of Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man, Little, Brown publisher Michael Pietsch was distressed to learn that the book’s author, literary agent Bill Clegg, had never properly apologized to the business partner he abandoned while in the throes of his crack habit. That business partner, Sarah Burnes, Read More
“You’re not giving these away?” asked a hopeful young woman from an educational publishing company.
“Well,” replied publisher and editor in chief Jonathan Karp, “who are you?”
He handed over the desired books—on the condition that she recommend them to everyone.
Karp said that there was a “wonderful randomness” to the Read More
Chad Harbach, an editor at n+1, has sold his debut novel to Michael Pietsch at Little, Brown. It’s called The Art of Fielding, and it’s about baseball.
Agent Chris Parris-Lamb of the Gernert Company shepherded Harbach’s book through what publishing industry sources say was “an old-fashioned auction”–stretching from Wednesday to Friday and involving eight imprints, Read More
Little, Brown has given Jodi Kantor a “stunning” seven-figure deal for a book on the Obamas, reports Leon Neyfakh:
According to several sources, Ms. Kantor’s book will draw on the three years of reporting she has done since giving up the editorship of The Times’ Arts & Leisure section, in 2005. During the Read More
The ranks of political reporters working on books about the Obama administration has a new distinguished member.
The Observer has learned that Chuck Todd—the defiantly goateed newsman who serves as the chief White House correspondent and political director for NBC News—has sold a book proposal to editor Geoff Shandler of Little, Brown about the first Read More
Novelist Carolyn Parkhurst, bestselling author of The Dogs of Babel and Lost and Found, has moved from Little, Brown to Doubleday, where she is now under contract for a two-book deal that one knowledgeable source said is worth $1.3 million.
According to Alison Rich, Doubleday’s director of publicity, Ms. Parkhurst’s first book Read More
Tom Wolfe, who has published all thirteen of his books since 1965 with Farrar, Straus & Giroux, is taking his business to Little, Brown for his upcoming novel, Back to Blood.
Why did Mr. Wolfe leave his home? According to FSG editor-in-chief Jonathan Galassi, it was a question only of money.
"We just Read More