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On the Books: Updated version of 'Heather Has Two Mommies' to feature gay marriage

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Leslea Newman’s picture book Heather Has Two Mommies will be reprinted with an update on the 1989 original that features gay marriage. Newman told Associated Press she doesn’t specifically say that Heather’s Mama Kate and Mama Jane are married, but the characters will both be wearing wedding rings. The new edition, out this month, will also feature updated illustrations by Laura Cornell – replacing Diana Souza’s originals – as well as some tweaking of the text to streamline.  (Associated Press)

Rocker Jack White’s imprint Third Man Books just signed a North American distribution deal with Consortium to publish three books this year. The first to publish is Hidden Water, a compilation of the late poet Frank Sanford’s unpublished poems, and will be published in April. The Truth Is We Are Perfect by Janaka Stucky will be the second book to publish in May, with both books having an initial 5,000-copy print run. Another collection of poems, Pain: The Board Game, will be published in the fall with 2,000 copies, tentatively. (Publisher’s Weekly)

Also signing a distribution deal recently is Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, which announced a multi-year partnership with the Lego Group to create a publishing program based on various Lego properties. The first three books are set to publish before the 2015 holiday season as full-color graphic novels and e-books. Lego Ninjago, Friends and Bionicle properties will be the basis of the novels. (Publisher’s Weekly

Dondi illustrator Irwin Hasen passed away from heart failure March 13 in Manhattan at 96 years old. While he was primarily known for Dondi, the comic-book artist also contributed to the Flash, the Green Lantern, the Green Hornet and more, as well as an adaptation of the TV and radio series The Goldbergs.  (NY Times)

Publishing house Pan Macmillan Australia canceled plans to publish celebrity chef Pete Evans’ paleo cookbook for children, which was originally set to publish March 13. Evans announced on his Instagram that Bubba Yum Yum: The Paleo Way for New Mums, Babies and Toddlers will now be released independently in a digital format. The paleo enthusiast called the cookbook a “beautiful treasure trove of nutritional recipes,” but the Public Health Association of Australia said the book could be dangerous for children – possibly even leading to deaths – with recipes such as a DIY baby formula made from liver and bone broth. (Daily Mail)

Another Australian author, Belle Gibson, was dropped from her publisher as Penguin declared a cancellation of her book The Whole Pantry. The book was released in October in Australia, but was headed toward an April release in the U.S. and Britain. Since publication, allegations have surfaced that Gibson falsely claimed she survived cancer to promote her business. The entrepreneur behind a multimedia wellness and recipe business is now admitting her claimed medical crises might not be true, and her book’s production was halted as a result. (The Australian)

Archie Comics released the 22 covers that will be a part of Archie #1’s relaunch that was announced in February. The 32-page, full-color comic will be available July 8, with writing by Mark Waid and interior artwork by Fiona Staples. You can see the full lineup of covers now on Archie Comics’ website. (Archie Comics)

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