I’m trying a new “segment” of sorts here at the blog. It’s not going to be on any regular basis, just when I collect enough links/news to blog about. And no, these won’t be your everday sort of stories, these will be directly related to stories in the publishing industy.

  • I grew up on Winnie The Pooh (both the AA Milne version and the Disney adaptation), so I don’t quite know how I feel about a sequel.

The plot of the new book is a closely-guarded secret but it’s rumoured to be a continuation in which Christopher Robin grows up. Two-thirds of the profits from the book will go to charity, including Britain’s Royal Literary Fund for struggling authors and the Clare Milne Trust, which helps disabled people.“On the one hand you can’t improve on perfection. On the other, if you can offer to the millions of people worldwide who love Pooh another series of stories, isn’t that wonderful? And if it makes money for our charities, isn’t that good, too?” said Brown. [source]

  • Recently a publisher dropped a non-fiction memoir because they found out that it was false. However, another publisher has picked it up and plans to publish it as a work of fiction.

In the memoir Mr. Rosenblat wrote that he met his future wife during the Holocaust, when he was a prisoner at a concentration camp in Germany and she would throw him apples from outside the camp. [source]

  • Tina Fey has a book deal with Little, Brown, & Co. No news yet on the content of the book, but Tina Fey is certainly a funny woman. It’s the advance of US$6-million that has people talking.

The book advance is huge, but hardly the largest to date. Simon & Schuster paid Hillary Clinton US$8-million for her memoir in 2000. Jack Welsh, chairman of General Electric, received US$7.1-million for his memoirs and Pope John Paul II holds the record with the US$8.5-million advance he received in 1994. [source]

  • Neil Gaiman won the 2009 John Newbery Award for “The Graveyard Book“, a story about a boy who is raised in a cemetery by ghosts after his family is killed in the opening pages of the novel.

In announcing the winner of what is widely considered the most prestigious honor in children’s literature, the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, cited Mr. Gaiman’s work for its “delicious mix of murder, fantasy, humor and human longing,” noting its “magical, haunting prose.” Gaiman says idea for The Graveyard Book was inspired, in part, by Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book — though the main characters in the novel are of the supernatural variety: vampires, witches, and werewolves (oh, my). [source]