Jonah Lehrer, the New Yorker reporter who was fired after an an investigation revealed that he had plagiarized and fabricated quotes, is making a bid for a second act. And unlike others before him (ahem, James Frey), it doesn’t sound like he is calling it fiction.
Just days after Slate reported that Mr. Lehrer was shopping around a new book, The New York Times obtained and reviewed the 65-page proposal entitled “A Book About Love.”
The Authors Guild weighed in today on Odyssey Editions, the Wylie Agency-Amazon imprint set to release e-books independent of traditional publishers. According to an email sent to authors, The Guild supports the agency’s right to sell backlist e-book titles, but does have concerns about “serious potential conflicts of interest”:
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Publishers have responded to Andrew Wylie’s plans to sell ebook editions of classic titles exclusively through Amazon: They are not pleased. Wylie’s decision to deal directly with Amazon in launching Odyssey Editions cut publishing houses out of the process entirely, staking out a bold position on the long-ambiguous question of backlist ebook rights. Random Read More
Harvard Magazine‘s July-August issue features a profile of Andrew Wylie (class of 1970). In addition to hashing through familiar Wylie lore (Andy Warhol, bad poetry, “The Jackal,” Martin Amis), the piece also gives readers Wylie’s take on the current state of the publishing industry–most notably, the question of e-books:
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Taiye Selasi’s first novel may not be finished, but Salman Rushdie and Toni Morrison already approve.
The version of Selasi’s Ghana Must Go that Andrew Wylie sold this week to Ann Godoff at Penguin Press consisted of a hundred or so pages plus an outline. Even so, Wylie was wooing publishers by saying he would Read More
This weekend, the Guardian profiled Andrew Wylie, agent to the likes of Salman Rushdie and Philip Roth.
Included are all the familiar elements of the Andrew Wylie legend–the legendary estates, the nickname “The Jackal,” the youthful bad poetry and time with Andy Warhol–but this time, however, Wylie also reveals the succession plans Read More
Just a week after being unceremoniously ousted as the editor of Harper’s Magazine, Roger Hodge has a book proposal out on submission from Jin Auh at the Wylie Agency. An auction is expected this week.
The book is tentatively titled The Mendacity of Hope, according to publishing industry sources. It will attack President Obama from Read More
New Yorker writer Larissa MacFarquhar has signed with Ann Godoff at the Penguin Press to write a book, tentatively titled Extreme Virtue, about people with an uncommonly heightened sense of morality. A publishing source said the deal, brokered by Sarah Chalfant of the Wylie Agency, was worth a sum in the high six figures.
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Jeff Koons and the British curator Norman Rosenthal are working on a book together that the Wylie Agency is currently shopping to publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The book will be called The Confessions of Jeff Koons, and will take the form of an extended conversation between the two longtime friends.
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Wylie Agency director Scott Moyers has sold a highly sought-after biography of J. Edgar Hoover by Yale history professor Beverly Gage. The book, which Ms. Gage plans to research and write in about four years, was acquired by Wendy Wolf at Viking for several hundred thousand dollars after about two weeks after Mr. Moyers first Read More