On the Books: Insider Prince Charles bio coming next year
– Henry Holt and Company has inked a deal to buy Time magazine editor-at-large Catherine Mayer’s new biography of longtime heir-apparent Charles, Prince of Wales. Mayer spent a year doing research for Born to Be King: Prince Charles on Planet Windsor, spending time with friends of Charles, palace insiders and the royal himself. The book will be slightly pared down from the U.K./international edition from WH Allen. Born to Be King “reveals Prince Charles in all his complexity,” according to Holt, giving “fresh and fascinating insights into the first marriage that did so much to define him”—with Princess Diana, who died in a car accident in 1997, as well as his current wife, Duchess Camilla. The biography is set to be published in February 2015. [Publishers Weekly]
– Helen Macdonald has won Britain’s Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction with her autobiographical H Is for Hawk, “a book unlike any other,” in the words of the judges. Hawk, the first memoir to ever win the £20,000 prize, is about how the poet and historian’s passion for the bird of prey helped her grieve her father’s death. “The book at heart is a love letter also to nature and the world around us,” said Macdonald. “I ended up feeling like I was more like a hawk than a person. It really made me think very deeply about life and death.” This was also a notable year for the prize because it marked the first time that the shortlist included more women than men—three out of five. [BBC News]
– Ebook library and streaming subscription service Scribd announced via press release today that it will enhance its catalog of over half a million titles with a whopping 30,000 new audiobooks. The audio additions will include popular releases old and new from Scholastic, HarperCollins, and Blackstone and Naxos by authors like Cormac McCarthy, Eckhart Tolle, Haruki Murakami and Suzanne Collins. “This has been one of our most popular requests and we’re excited to reach book lovers wherever they are and however they choose to read – or listen,” said co-founder and CEO Trip Adler. [GalleyCat]
– New York Times journalist Stephanie Clifford inked a seven figure deal with St. Martin’s Press for her debut novel Everybody Rise. Though the book isn’t due to hit shelves until 2016, it is already being adapted to the screen by Fox 2000 and producer Karen Rosenfelt (The Devil Wears Prada, Twilight). The novel, set in the viperous social world of a young woman in 2006 Manhattan, was described by SMP Executive Editor Charles Spicer as “Edith Wharton meets The Bonfire of the Vanities for the 21st century.” [New York Daily News].
– Bestselling novelist Danielle Steel is continuing her prolific career with a new 10-book deal with Ballantine Bantam Dell, a Penguin Random House imprint. With 650 million of her 92 titles in print around the world—every single one a bestseller—Steel is the top selling author alive. BBD is already set to put out four Steel novels next year. [Publishers Weekly]