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Top Trump Comms Pick Plagiarized in Book: Report

HarperCollins says it's 'looking into' claim that Monica Crowley liberally stole others' words

(Newser) - Amid accusations that Monica Crowley, Donald Trump's pick for National Security Council communications director, plagiarized rampantly in her 2012 book, What the (Bleep) Just Happened?, publisher HarperCollins says it's trying to figure out, well, what the bleep happened. A CNN KFile investigation found more than 50 instances of... More »

Lewandowski's $1.2M Book Deal Is Dead: Report

He wouldn't turn over non-disclosure agreement: sources

(Newser) - Corey Lewandowski can probably scrap the title of author from his growing résumé . Sources tell Politico that Donald Trump's former campaign manager began seeking offers for a book, Let Trump Be Trump, in March and was offered a $1.2 million deal with HarperCollins before backing out in... More »

Harper Lee's Lawyer: She's 'Humiliated' by Controversy

Assisted-living worker says author is 'sharp as a tack'

(Newser) - As debate swirls over how much input Harper Lee had in a decision to publish a second novel, her lawyer and friend Tonja Carter—who found the text last summer—says the author is certainly capable of making the choice. In fact, Lee is "extremely hurt and humiliated" by... More »

Harper Lee: I'm Still 'Kicking,' 'Happy as Hell'

Author statement in wake of concern she's being taken advantage of

(Newser) - Harper Lee has apparently heard planet Earth's misgivings about her forthcoming novel and has this to say: "I’m alive and kicking and happy as hell with the reactions of Watchman," she says in a statement put out by publisher HarperCollins, as reported by the Wall Street ... More »

HarperCollins Map for Mideast Students Leaves Out Israel

Company to 'pulp' remaining copies amid outrage

(Newser) - A map from HarperCollins aimed at Middle East schools has been getting a lot of one-star reviews on Amazon , and it's not because the colors aren't pretty. The map, which HarperCollins says was "developed specifically for schools in the Middle East," doesn't mention the existence... More »

Man Claims Dad Was Zodiac Killer in New Book

Gary L. Stewart says he came to conclusion while searching for biological father

(Newser) - It's an explosive claim shrouded in an unbelievable amount of secrecy. Gary L. Stewart alleges that a dozen years of research have led him to the conclusion that his father was the Zodiac Killer—and HarperCollins is publishing a book to that end today. New York broke the news... More »

Nobel-Winning Author Lessing Dies at 94

'The Golden Notebook' scribe said Nobel win was a 'bloody disaster'

(Newser) - Doris Lessing, the Nobel prize-winning, free-thinking, world-traveling, and often-polarizing author of The Golden Notebook and dozens of other novels that reflected her own improbable journey across the former British empire, has died. She was 94. Her publisher, HarperCollins says that the author of more than 50 works of fiction, nonfiction... More »

Feds Sue Apple Over E-book Price Fixing

Allege Apple deal with publishers drove up prices

(Newser) - The Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five of the US' biggest book publishers over allegations that they conspired to fix the price of e-books ahead of the iPad's launch, the Wall Street Journal reports. The conspiracy allegedly aimed to drive up prices, which had... More »

Amanda Knox Scores $4M Book Deal

HarperCollins snags rights after auction

(Newser) - After a days-long bidding war, HarperCollins has obtained the rights to Amanda Knox's memoir in a $4 million deal, insiders tell the New York Times . Divisions of Random House, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin all reportedly bid on the book, which Knox says will be based in part... More »

Dad Writing Winehouse Bio

Amy, My Daughter will tell singer's true story, Mitch Winehouse says

(Newser) - Mitch Winehouse is writing the story of his daughter's life, with all proceeds going to the charity set up in her name, the BBC reports. In Amy, My Daughter, to be published next summer, he will "bring the many layers of her life together—the personal, the private,... More »

Bristol Palin Going Rogue, Writing Book

304 pages of what, exactly?

(Newser) - It might be something like War & Peace or The Call of the Wild, except with more dancing and belated abstinence, but a new literary Wasillan has gone rogue. Amazon has a pre-order page for a 304-page Bristol Palin memoir, set to be released in September by HarperCollins. Gawker 's... More »

Palin Publisher Sues Gawker for Book Leak

Website refuses to take down pages, publisher sues for copyright infringement

(Newser) - Sarah Palin has really had it this time with the lamestream media: The twotime author's publisher is suing Gawker over the leak of several pages of her forthcoming book, America By Heart. Though the website wasn't the first to leak the excerpts, notes the AP , it refused to take them... More »

Justin Bieber Publishing Memoirs

Book will be illustrated, so get excited, tweens

(Newser) - At the ripe old age of 16, Justin Bieber is writing a memoir. The obsession of tweens everywhere will share the story of how he became a superstar in Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever: My Story. HarperCollins will publish the illustrated tome (including as-yet-unseen photos!) in October for... More »

Sarah Palin's New Book Out in November

'America by Heart' described as a tribute to values

(Newser) - When your first book sells 2 million copies in hardcover, no sense delaying the second. Sarah Palin will release America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag on Nov. 23, just in time to become a stocking stuffer for Christmas. This one's not a memoir but what HarperCollins describes... More »

Palin Cranking Out Next Book

Date for 'celebration of American virtues and strengths' still TBA

(Newser) - With 2 million copies sold, and Going Rogue still on bestseller lists, Sarah Palin is already working on another book, the AP reports. The untitled, release-date-TBA work will be a “celebration of American virtues and strengths” and “include selections from classic and contemporary readings that have inspired her,... More »

Another E-Book Publisher Challenges Amazon

Hachette is third major house to push for higher, iPad-style prices

(Newser) - Hachette has joined Macmillan—and, seemingly, HarperCollins—in demanding control over the pricing of its e-books sold through Amazon, a move apparently sparked by Apple’s more flexible model for titles that will appear on its iPad. Hachette sent a letter to agents yesterday announcing it would seek an Apple-style... More »

Sarah Palin's Book a Bestseller—With Her PAC

SarahPAC paid $63,000 for complimentary copies of Going Rogue

(Newser) - Sarah Palin used $63,000 of her political action committee's funds to buy copies of her book Going Rogue last year. SarahPAC used the money to send copies of the book to donors who'd met a contribution target. The committee also ponied up $8,000 for "colorful bookmarks,"... More »

Palin's Book Retainer: $1.25M

'Going Rogue' goes on sale next month

(Newser) - Harper Collins paid $1.25 million to Sarah Palin as a retainer for her upcoming memoir. Given the early buzz on pre-orders, she'll likely pull in more once Going Rogue goes on sale next month. Financial disclosure reports from her final 7 months as governor also note that Palin took... More »

Palin Memoir a Gift to Booksellers

Going Rogue likely to continue trend of hits from right-wing figures

(Newser) - Sarah Palin’s memoir is expected sell so well that it will singlehandedly boost the fortunes of the ailing book business. The book is already topping preorder lists, and publisher Harper plans an extensive slate of promotional appearances to make full use the former Alaska governor's drawing power. "They... More »

Palin Signs Book Deal

(Newser) - Governor, VP candidate, and now author. Sarah Palin has signed on with HarperCollins to write a memoir that will be published next spring, reports the Anchorage Daily News. Palin will hire a collaborator but says she'll do most of the writing herself. Neither she nor the publisher will say how... More »

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