CUSTOM HOUSE TO PUBLISH NEW BOOK BY THE LATE SHIMON PERES, LEGENDARY ISRAELI STATESMAN AND NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER
Custom House, a line of books from William Morrow/HarperCollins, announced today that it will publish the late Shimon Peres’s NO ROOM FOR SMALL DREAMS on April 4, 2017. The book, which the former President and two-time Prime Minster of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize winner had been working on for the past two years, draws upon extensive research and his own experiences to explore the turning points in Israel’s history and the nature of Israeli character. Geoff Shandler, Editorial Director of Custom House, had begun private discussions with Peres in 2014 and acquired the book from the Robin Straus Agency and Andrew Nurnberg Associates in early 2016. Peres finished his work on the book several weeks before his passing.
Peres, who arrived in Palestine as an eleven year old in 1934, was one of Israel’s most important founding fathers. Over the course of six decades, he served twice as Israel’s Prime Minister, and held every senior cabinet position, including Foreign Minister, Minister of Defense, and Minister of Finance. As the capstone to his career, Peres served seven years as the ninth President of the state he helped build. He was widely seen a global leader and inspiration, evidenced not only in his winning the Nobel Peace Prize but through his ongoing leadership of the Peres Center for Peace. His experience of being at the center of Israel’s ascent—in particular, his role again and again as a crucial decision maker–gave him the unique authority to write a book looking at key events as a way to understand Israel’s past and its future challenges. From Israel’s War of Independence to the present day, from the revival of Jewish life and the birth of a nation after the Holocaust, from the creation of Israel’s military to inside accounts of secret negotiations, from establishing Israel’s nuclear program to launching the country’s astonishing high tech industry, from financial crisis to economic triumph, NO ROOM FOR SMALL DREAMS spans decades. But the book is more than an intimate, personal history of Israel’s rise. In this, his final testimonial to the world, Peres provocatively meditates on what makes for a great leader, how to make hard choices in a climate of uncertainty and distress, the challenge of making peace, the obligations and opportunities the next generation must embrace, and the liberating power of imagination. His wisdom is deep and universal, meant for all around the world who seek a better life for themselves and their communities.
Said Shandler, “Shimon Peres was not only a giant in Israel’s history, but a giant in world history, period. A great man of peace, protection and prosperity, this book is the final gift of a man of unequaled generosity.”
Or Kornhauser, an advisor to Peres, said, “President Peres wanted to tell the remarkable story of the State of Israel, and through the journey of a rising nation, teach the young generation to dream, to dare, and to make hard decisions. Shimon Peres believed that so long as one refuses to accept reality as it is, there are no dreams too big. Through his eyes and in his words, he teaches us to break through barriers and become the change we wish to see in the world. This book was so dear to President Peres. I know he would have been so happy to see it published. We too are consoled to know that it will be read and enjoyed, as the writing of it was so close to his heart.
ABOUT CUSTOM HOUSE:
Custom House is a line of books from William Morrow, started in 2015 with the intent of publishing a small, exclusive list of extraordinary nonfiction and fiction.
Flatiron Books announced today that Oprah Winfrey’s book imprint, ‘An Oprah Book,’ has selected its second title: Maria Smilios’s The Black Angels: The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis, the true story of 300 black nurses who changed the course of history, which will be published in 2018.
“At my core I am a storyteller and teacher, and I believe in books,” said Oprah Winfrey. “The Black Angels’ is a story that hasn’t been told and I felt it needed to be shared.”
In 1929, when white nurses staged a walk out at Seaview, Staten Island’s 2000-bed TB sanatorium, New York was threatened with a public health catastrophe. Desperate, city health officials made a radical decision to sanction a national call for “colored nurses.” Lured by the promise of good pay, education, housing and most of all, a “rare opportunity” to work in a hospital free of quotas and segregated wards, women from all over the country boarded trains and buses and walked out of their lives and into a world that held both hope and danger. Their triumphant story, bringing together medicine, politics, racial strife, women’s rights and cutting-edge science, has up until now been almost completely ignored. Colin Dickerman will be editing Black Angels; Peter Steinberg at Foundry Literary + Media represented Smilios in the deal.
The previously announced first title in Winfrey’s imprint will be her first ever cookbook ‘Food, Health and Happiness: ‘On Point’ Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life” which will be published on January 3, 2017. In the book, Winfrey discusses her lifelong relationship with food and shares recipes for the meals she loves. ‘Food, Health and Happiness’ is being produced by Melcher Media, whose book, ‘Hamilton: The Revolution,’ was recently #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list
Winfrey’s book imprint, which was announced earlier in the year, includes non-fiction titles chosen personally by Oprah.
Flatiron Books is a division of Macmillan.
Recently received the 2017 Stanford University Press Economics Catalog. There are about 21 new titles available this year.
The New York Public Library and Macmillan Publishers have announced a new agreement to create and publish a wide variety of print and e-books for adults and for children drawing from and inspired by the Library’s world-renowned collections of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, artifacts, and more. The bulk of these collections – spanning centuries and representing iconic writers, scholars, performance artists, government and civic leaders, artists, and more – are housed in the Library’s historic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, and the Science, Industry and Business Library.
Among the first adult titles will be: a book by acclaimed and beloved author and illustrator Maira Kalman celebrating libraries; a book on New York restaurant life, featuring menus from the library’s extensive collection of 45,000 eatery menus; and Book Face, a book bringing together the best posts from the #bookface Instagram sensation. St. Martin’s Press Executive Editor Michael Flamini is overseeing the adult program.
Among the first children’s titles will be: Coloring in the Lions, a coloring book featuring vintage art from the NYPL archive; a yet-to-be-titled picture book starring the stoic lions who stand in front of the Library’s main building, Patience and Fortitude; and a middle grade novel based on a real family who once lived in the library. Publisher Jean Feiwel and Henry Holt Books for Young Readers Editorial Director Christian Trimmer are overseeing the children’s book program.
The deal was negotiated by NYPL Chief External Relations Officer Carrie Welch and Macmillan EVP Will Schwalbe.
“For over 100 years, The New York Public Library has collected, preserved, and made accessible to the public millions of significant and enlightening books, manuscripts, photographs, artifacts and more from history – items that have informed and inspired countless new works and ideas,” said NYPL President Tony Marx. “This partnership with Macmillan is a new, wonderfulway to share our collections and celebrate the role of libraries with the public. We thank our partners at Macmillan, and look forward to filling our shelves with these new titles.”
John Sargent, the CEO of Macmillan, said, “What a great pleasure it is to be the publishing partner of the NYPL. Their building and the incredible collections it holds has been an inspiration for generations of Americans. It is an honor both personally and professionally to work with them to disseminate this great wealth of content.”
About The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 92 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library serves approximately 18 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at nypl.org. To offer this wide array of free programming, The New York Public Library relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at nypl.org/support.
HACHETTE AUDIO ENHANCES YOUNG ADULT AUDIOBOOKS THROUGH IMMERSIVE MUSIC SOUNDTRACKS WITH BOOKTRACK TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM
Hachette Audio, a division of Hachette Book Group, and literary technology pioneer Booktrack (www.booktrack.com) launch a new generation of audiobooks with an industry-first partnership, bringing full soundtracks to young adult novellas. This collaboration offers YA listeners an innovative new way to experience their favorite stories through immersive, synchronized movie-style soundtracks complementing the narration of existing audiobooks; the tempo and rhythm of the score harmonize with action, dialogue and the characters’ emotional arcs. Popular novellas by bestselling YA authors—including Laini Taylor, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl at launch—will be made available on Hachette’s Booktrack page (www.booktrack.com/hachette) beginning October 4, with new releases to come.
“We were thrilled with the reception of Booktrack eBooks from Little, Brown for Young Readers when we launched the titles in the Booktrack format this summer. Hachette Book Group has always been a leader in the publishing industry and is once again ahead of the curve, leveraging Booktrack’s technology. Beautifully narrated audiobooks from Hachette Audio now join their eBook counterparts in harnessing Booktrack’s creative potential for authors to deliver a new experience to their fans,” said Paul Cameron, CEO and co-founder of Booktrack. “The soundtracks add a totally immersive, enhanced experience to the amazing Hachette audiobooks.”
“Booktrack is doing exciting things in the digital space, and we’re happy to be the first major publisher to expand their technology to a list of audiobooks,” said Tina McIntyre, Senior Executive Director, Content Development, at Hachette Book Group. “We love creating new ways for our YA fans in particular to consume content from their favorite authors. We are eager to expand our offerings to established fans and neophytes alike by making these newly imagined editions of original YA audiobook recordings available.”
Senior Vice President, Content Development, and Audio Publisher Anthony Goff said “I’m proud of Hachette Audio’s reputation as a forward-thinking publisher. Working with Booktrack, we hope to expand our authors’ audiences, giving current audiobook fans the ability to experience some of their favorite stories in a fresh, new way, while attracting those who may be new to audiobook listening with a “cinematic” gateway experience. We look forward to growing our catalog and partnership with Booktrack in the seasons to come.
Booktrack’s Hachette Audio Fall launch includes this selection:
By Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES – read by Kevin T Collins, the first title in this bestselling series, which has been translated into 39 languages and was made into a feature film by Warner Brothers in 2013.
BEFORE THE CLAIMING – read by Khristine Hvam, revisits the events that would define Lena’s future in the third installment of Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories
A GATLIN WEDDING – also read by Kevin T. Collins, reveals Gatlin’s destiny in this not-to-be missed final installment of Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories
By Laini Taylor
NIGHT OF CAKE & PUPPETS – read by Khristine Hvam & Kevin T. Collins, brings to life a night only hinted at in the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE trilogy—the magical first date of fan favorites Zuzana and Mik—which will be available on Booktrack on August 8th. Taylor’s series topped the bestseller charts and received accolades from Kirkus Reviews, YALSA, School Library Journal, and the Junior Library Guild.
Booktrack (www.booktrack.com) is an industry-leading global technology company that synchronizes movie-style soundtracks and ambient audio to eBooks and audiobooks. Music and ambient audio are automatically paced to an individual’s reading speed and synchronized to complement and enhance the story while a person reads. Booktrack is proven to increase comprehension by 17 percent, retention by 30 percent, and reading satisfaction by 35 percent. More than 3 million readers and writers worldwide enjoy instant access to thousands of stories. Booktrack offers more than 16,000 titles in 40 different languages, across all genres of reading.
Backed by investors including Peter Thiel, Booktrack is a disruptive force in the publishing and audio world, equivalent to how the introduction of sound transformed the experience of film forever. The Booktrack application is available from http://www.booktrack.com and in the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Google Chrome’s Web Store.
Bruce Springsteen will narrate the audio edition of his critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling memoir BORN TO RUN. Simon & Schuster Audio will publish the 18-hour-long audiobook on December 6, 2016.
In addition to his narration, Springsteen recorded musical transitions for the audiobook at Stone Hill Studio in New Jersey. Excerpts from the original studio recordings of Living Proof, Long Time Comin’ and Born to Run are also featured in the audiobook.
“As a lifelong Bruce Springsteen fan, I’ve spent countless hours listening to him tell stories of the most unforgettable characters in rock and roll,” said Chris Lynch, President & Publisher, Simon & Schuster Audio. “To now hear Bruce tell his own intimate story with the same charisma and force that he brings to his performances is simply magic.”
Published in both print and e-book editions on September 27, 2016, BORN TO RUN received glowing reviews from both music and literary critics, including Nation Public Radio’s Will Hermes, who called the book “a virtuoso performance,” and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford, who praised Springsteen in the New York Times Book Review for his “informally steadfast Jersey plainspeak …cleareyed enough to say what it means when it has hard stories to tell, yet supple enough to rise to occasions requiring eloquence.”