Christopher Walken Signs On as Captain Hook For ‘Peter Pan’ Musical

NBC plans to adapt J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan as a live musical. Academy Award winner Christopher Walken has landed the role of villain Captain Hook. Hollywood veterans Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have signed on as producers. Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Based on James M. Barrie’s revered book and musical, NBC’s new take,...

David Levithan Inks Deal For Musical YA Novel

David Levithan, a New York Times bestselling author and Scholastic editorial director, has landed a deal with Dutton Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. Levithan plans to pen a musical novel entitled Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story. Fans will recall that this musical was featured in the collaborative novel written...

Lion Forge Comics & IDW Partner to Bring Airwolf & Knight Rider Digital Comics to Print

Lion Forge Comics has teamed up with IDW Publishing to introduce bring its digital comics library into the print comics market. This begins with print editions of the digital comics Airwolf and Knight Rider, which are based on the classic NBC Universal television series. In addition, IDW has plans to publish a print edition of Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier, inspired by...

New Book From the Founder of Essence Celebrates the Mag’s 44-Year History

Nine years after selling his magazine to Time Inc., Edward Lewis reveals how Essence came to be in his new book, The Man From Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women (Atria Books). Mediabistro recently interviewed Lewis to discuss the beginnings of one of the first magazines devoted to black women and why now was the right time to...

Publishing Jobs: Oxford University Press, John Wiley & Sons, Random House

This week, Oxford University Press is hiring an editor of history and classics, while John Wiley & Sons is seeking a marketing manager. Random House needs a web developer, and Sourcebooks is on the hunt for a web/graphic designer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro...

School Librarian Betsy Lobmeyer Wins the Miss Honey Social Justice Award

American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and Penguin Young Readers Group has partnered together to launch the “Miss Honey Social Justice Award.” This prize was named after the kindhearted teacher in Roald Dahl’s beloved novel, Matilda. The purpose behind this venture is to honor the work of an AASL member librarian. All contestants must collaborate...

Veronica Roth, Edan Lepucki, & Gayle Forman Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending July 13, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month. (Debuted at #1 in Children’s Fiction Series) Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth: “Readers first encountered Tobias as “Four” in Divergent. His voice is an integral part of Allegiant...

New ‘Life With Archie’ Issue Sells Out at Comic Book Shops

Archie Comics has released Life With Archie #36. This highly anticipated title, which features the death of protagonist Archie Andrews, has sold out at the comic shop distributor level. The company has already ordered a second printing and plans to release it with a new cover. As we previously reported, Archie meets his demise after heroically taking a bullet...

6 Branding Tips for Writers and Authors

By Nina Amir Branding seems like an activity best suited to companies, like Nike, Audi, Best Buy, Rolex, or Amazon. Books and words brand authors, right? And they do so in an authentic and organic manner. In fact, authors do need brands, but most writers don’t think about branding—or don’t want to think about it...

France Bans Free Shipping on Discounted Books Online

France has passed a new law which prevents online booksellers from offering free shipping on discounted books. The New York Times has the scoop: “The new measure is part of France’s effort to promote “biblio-diversity” and help independent bookstores compete. Here, there’s no big bookseller with the power to suddenly turn off the spigot. People in...

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory Turns 50

Roald Dahl‘s classic children’s book Charlie & The Chocolate Factory turns 50 this year. To commemorate the occasion, Penguin Young Readers has released a new paperback edition of the novel and is running its own golden ticket sweepstakes. Five young readers will win a trip to New York City and a VIP experience at Dylan’s Candy...

‘Act of War’ Debuts on iBooks Bestsellers List

 Act of War by Brad Thor has debuted on Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 2. Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 7/7/14. Invisible by David Ellis & James Patterson and The Silkworm and The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling also made the list this week...