HBG in the News

Grand Central Publishing Acquires Memoir by Flea, Bassist and Founding Member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, is pleased to announce the acquisition today of a memoir by Flea, the bassist and founding member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, one of the most prominent and successful bands of the last 30 years. Ben Greenberg, Executive Editor at Grand Central Publishing, acquired the world rights in an exclusive negotiation with David Vigliano of David Vigliano & Associates. A publication date has not yet been set for the as-yet untitled memoir. Hachette Audio will publish an audio edition. UK and Commonwealth rights were pre-empted by Sarah Emsley at Headline at the time of acquisition.

In his self-written memoir, Flea— who recently lit up social media with his viral post about the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 2014 SuperBowl performance— will share stories from his intense and dynamic life, including: his move from a “normal” upbringing in the suburbs of New York to Los Angeles to live a bohemian life with a jazz musician step-father; his young, rebellious life on the streets of LA where he befriends Anthony Kiedis and founds the Red Hot Chili Peppers with Kiedis and two other high school friends;  details about his sometimes complex friendship and collaboration with Kiedis; his myriad experiences with hard drugs; and, of course, the tumultuous creative journey of the legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers through its various incarnations over the last 30 years, according to Flea. 

Of the acquisition, Greenberg said, “Grand Central is thrilled to publish Flea’s memoir. Besides being a voracious reader, he is an utterly unique musician, thinker, and creative force—whether with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Atoms for Peace, or his Silverlake Conservatory which fosters music education in Los Angeles. His story is epic.”

April 1, 2014

Hachette Book Group and Hachette UK's Orion Publishing Group Announce Global Acquisition of a New Trilogy by #1 Bestselling Romance Author Jodi Ellen Malpas

Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing (GCP), a division of Hachette Book Group, and Orion Books UK have acquired the world rights from Andrea Barzvi of Empire Literary to a new trilogy by Jodi Ellen Malpas, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling THIS MAN erotic romance trilogy. At GCP, Beth de Guzman, VP, Digital and Paperback Publisher, acquired the North American and translation rights, and, Genevieve Pegg, Editorial Director for Orion Fiction, acquired the UK rights.

In North America, the as‐yet untitled trilogy will be published during a six‐month span: Book 1 in August 2014, Book 2 in November 2014, and Book 3 in February 2015. Leah Hultenschmidt, Forever’s Editorial Director, will edit, and the books will be published simultaneously in trade paperback and e‐book editions, a first for Malpas, who began her writing career as a self‐published e‐book author. Hachette Audio will release audio editions of the new series.

“The new trilogy follows the passionate love story of Livy and M,” says Beth de Guzman. “And M will thrill Jodi’s hundreds of thousands of fans. He’s a gentleman but aloof, well‐mannered but difficult—as complex and irresistible as This Man’s Jesse Ward. Just as the ‘Lord of the Manor’ was named in numerous reader lists as a favorite ’book boyfriend,’ so will the memorable M.”

March 26, 2014

Yen Press and Square Enix Launch International eBook Distribution

Yen Press, the graphic novel imprint of Hachette Book Group, and leading Japanese gaming and manga publisher Square Enix in conjunction with the Tuttle-Mori Agency announced today that their highly anticipated inter-corporate initiative for the global distribution of Square Enix's English language manga will commence on April 8th.

By virtue of this groundbreaking agreement, fans of Square Enix’s manga in over 200 countries will have access to the authorized, English-language ebook editions of 175 titles through Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google and Kobo with new volumes available concurrently with future print releases. Launching first with internationally best selling series like Atsushi Ohkubo’s Soul Eater, Yana Toboso's Black Butler, and Yoshiki Tonogai's Doubt, Yen Press will roll out additional series weekly throughout the month of April with a blockbuster assortment that includes Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist, Jun Mochizuki's PandoraHearts, Ryukishi07's Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY, and Until Death Do Us Part by Hiroshi Takashige and DOUBLE-S. As an added bonus for fans, these ebook editions will include color pages not reproduced in the titles' print counterparts.

In addition to this ambitious launch of their cooperative digital publishing endeavor, Yen Press and Square Enix have also unveiled a program for the digital English language serialization of new chapters of two ongoing series – Atsushi Ohkubo's riotous successor to Soul Eater, Soul Eater NOT!, and Yoshiki Tonogai's latest mind-bending mystery thriller, Secret. Chapters not already contained in the collected volumes of these series will be released as digital comics in advance of the latest chapters slated for publication April 14th.

March 24, 2014

Grand Central Publishing Acquires Memoir by ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas

Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, is pleased to announce the acquisition of a memoir by ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas. Gretchen Young, VP, Executive Editor acquired the world rights from Creative Artists Agency. The as-yet untitled memoir and accompanying audio book have a tentative publication date of Spring 2016. 

In January 2014 on Good Morning America, Emmy award-winning journalist Elizabeth Vargas admitted to the world her alcohol addiction, leading to an outpouring of sympathy and support. Vargas's memoir will be a no-holds-barred account of growing up with crippling anxiety and of turning to alcohol for relief. She'll divulge how she found herself living a dark double life and will share personal stories of her despair, her time in rehab, and, ultimately, her recovery process.

Vargas found salvation from her anxiety and alcoholism in the realization that many others were similarly suffering; more Americans are medicated for anxiety than any other disorder, and alcoholism is a growing problem among women. Through her memoir, Vargas hopes to provide solace and guidance to others who are battling addiction. 

March 21, 2014

Mauro DiPreta joins Hachette Book Group as Publisher for new division, Hachette Books

Michael Pietsch, CEO of Hachette Book Group, announced today that Mauro DiPreta will join HBG as Vice President and Publisher of Hachette Books, a new publishing division that HBG will launch this year. Built on the foundation of the Hyperion backlist that HBG acquired in 2013, Hachette Books will be a new home for publishing across a broad spectrum of subjects and interests. As Publisher, DiPreta will be responsible for the division’s direction and publishing, overseeing a staff of editors, marketers, and designers, and will join HBG’s Executive Management Board. The existing Hyperion staff will report to him and become part of Hachette Books, and he will hire additional staff as necessary. The Hachette Books lineup will include narrative nonfiction, business, pop culture, science, health and wellness, humor, and some fiction. 

DiPreta has spent more than two decades in the publishing industry and was most recently Vice President and Editor in Chief of Crown Archetype, an imprint of Penguin Random House. At Crown, DiPreta managed a team of editors and helped oversee the publishing program of nearly one hundred titles per year across five imprints–Archetype, Harmony, Business, Forum, and Three Rivers Press. He acquired and edited numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Sum It Up by Pat Summitt (a #1 bestseller), Let Me Off at the Top! by Ron Burgundy, and League of Denial by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru. Prior to Crown, DiPreta spent sixteen years at HarperCollins and William Morrow, where he acquired and edited the hugely successful Marley & Me by John Grogan and many other bestselling books. Authors he has worked with include Yogi Berra, Jay Leno, Yoko Ono, Slash, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Archie and Peyton Manning, and Russell Brand. He will join HBG on March 31, 2014.

March 12, 2014

Rock 'N' Roll Legend and Bestselling Author Keith Richards to Publish Picture Book for Children in Collaboration with Artist Daughter Theodora Richards

Megan Tingley, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, announced today the upcoming picture book publication of Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar from world-renowned Rolling Stones rock star Keith Richards, with illustrations by his artist daughter, Theodora Richards. Inspired by a childhood experience shared in Richards’s New York Times bestselling memoir, Life, the story was written with Barnaby Harris and Bill Shapiro and will simultaneously release in hardcover and ebook on September 9, 2014, with the hardcover edition including an exclusive audio CD featuring bonus book content. The author and artist were represented in the deal by Richards’s manager, Jane Rose, and Ed Victor Ltd.

Long before there was a band, there was a boy: a young Keith Richards, who was introduced to the joy of music through his beloved granddad, Theodore Augustus Dupree, affectionately known as “Gus,” who was in a jazz big band and is the namesake of Keith’s daughter, Theodora Dupree Richards. Gus & Me offers a rare and intimate look into the childhood of the legendary Keith Richards through this poignant and inspiring story that is lovingly illustrated with Theodora Richards’s exquisite pen-and-ink collages. This unique autobiographical picture book honors the special bond between a grandfather and grandson and celebrates the artistic talents of the Richards family through the generations. It will also include selected photographs from the Richards family collection.

March 11, 2014

Robert Galbraith Returns with The Silkworm

Mulholland Books is pleased to announce that The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith will be published on June 24.

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…

A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.

Click here to read the full press release on the Mulholland Books website.

Feb. 20, 2014

Hachette Audio Honored with 22 Audie Award® Nominations for 2014


Hachette Audio is proud to report twenty-two nominations for its productions were named this morning when The Audio Publishers Association (APA) announced finalists for its 2014 Audie Awards® competition. The Audies, sponsored by the APA, is the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in outstanding audiobooks and spoken word
entertainment.


Among the productions honored today are audiobooks based on materials running the gamut of Hachette Book Group’s imprints, including fiction and nonfiction titles from Little, Brown & Co, Grand Central Publishing, FaithWords, Little, Brown for Young Readers, and Orbit. A Hachette Audio Original is also a nominee; PETE SEEGER: THE STORM KING is a collection of stories and poems beautifully told by the late activist and songwriter, set to compositions by producer Jeff Haynes and musicians from a variety of traditions.

Feb. 18, 2014

Indianapolis Star: Hachette Book Group opens new chapter in Lebanon

Before that Nicholas Sparks novel reached your nightstand it traveled from New York-based Hachette Book Group’s distribution center in Lebanon.

“We shipped over 120 million books last year,” said Gerry Cummings, senior vice president of distribution at Hachette Book Group. The center serves as HBG’s sole distributor, shipping the company’s many trade publications and titles from bestselling authors like James Patterson, Michael Connelly and Sparks.

To keep up with demand for all of HBG’s titles from its 20 publishers, such as Business Plus and Forever Yours, and to distribute page turners for a growing number of outside publishers — 16 and counting — HBG announced in December that it plans to invest $6.1 million to expand its distribution facility by 218,000 square feet, along with adding 10 jobs.

Click here for the full article.

Feb. 11, 2014

GRAMMY WIN FOR STEPHEN COLBERT

Stephen Colbert’s AMERICA AGAIN won the GRAMMY for Spoken Word at a pre-telecast ceremony hosted by iconic singer/songwriter Cyndi Lauper in Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater yesterday.

AMERICA AGAIN: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t won the award in a competitive category that included audiobooks by David Sedaris, Pete Seeger, Carol Burnett, and Billy Crystal. This victory marks the second GRAMMY win and third nomination for Colbert. AMERICA AGAIN was the satirical television pundit’s second Spoken Word Album GRAMMY nomination (after 2008’s I Am America (And So Can You!)); his A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! won a GRAMMY for Best Comedy Album in 2010.

Jan. 27, 2014

Hachette Book Group to Expand Lebanon, Indiana Distribution Center

Hachette Book Group (HBG) has announced that it will expand its distribution center in Lebanon, Indiana. The facility is HBG’s primary warehouse and distribution center for North America. When completed, the expanded facility will be approximately 1.5 million square feet, in two buildings.  Construction is scheduled to begin in March and will increase the facility by an additional 218,000 square feet. It is also expected to add 10 new full time jobs.

Jan. 9, 2014

Hachette Audio Wins Three of Five Spoken Word GRAMMY Nominations: STEPHEN COLBERT, DAVID SEDARIS, and PETE SEEGER Announced 56th Annual GRAMMY Award Nominees

Hachette Audio is proud to celebrate three newly announced GRAMMY Nominees in the Best Spoken Word Album category: AMERICA AGAIN by Stephen Colbert; LET’S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS by David Sedaris; and THE STORM KING by Pete Seeger. Anthony Goff, Hachette Audio VP, reports: “Hachette Audio has had the great fortune to have produced seven GRAMMY-winning audiobooks since 1994; these fantastic new honors bring our total to twenty-three nominations over the past two decades.”

Humorists dominate the Spoken Word field this year, with Stephen Colbert’s AMERICA AGAIN: Rebecoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t as the satirical television pundit’s second Spoken Word Album GRAMMY nomination (after 2008’s I Am America (And So Can You!)); his A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! won a GRAMMY for Best Comedy Album in 2010.

Bestselling author David Sedaris has previously been nominated for three GRAMMY awards, in both the Spoken Word category (Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, 2005; When You Are Engulfed in Flames, 2009) and for Best Comedy Album (Live at Carnegie Hall, 2005). His most recent speaking tour featured 40 sold-out events all over the US (including two sold out nights at New York’s Carnegie Hall), where he read material from new work in addition to passages from LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS.

THE STORM KING presents legendary folk artist and activist Pete Seeger’s captivating narratives in new recordings—all set to music produced by world renowned percussionist/producer Jeff Haynes—created by nearly 50 musicians from traditions as diverse as African Music, Blues, Bluegrass, Classical Guitar, Native American Music, and Jazz, “This music brings out things in my words that I never knew before,” says Seeger.

Dec. 9, 2013

Bestselling Author Nicholas Sparks Wins 2013 Family Choice Award for Novel Learning Series Editions of FRANKENSTEIN, DEAR JOHN, and A BEND IN THE ROAD

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks’s Novel Learning Series (NLS) has won a Family Choice Award for Frankenstein, Dear John, and A Bend in the Road, Grand Central Publishing announced today. The Family Choice Awards recognize the best in children’s and parenting products. Now in its 18th year, The Family Choice Awards is one of the most coveted, family-friendly consumer award programs in the nation.

The Novel Learning Series was launched in 2012 with four of Sparks’s books—The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, The Last Song, and Three Weeks with My Brother—and was expanded this past summer with three more titles for teenage readers. The three new titles were Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Sparks’s own Dear John and A Bend in the Road, all Family Choice Award-winners.

All seven books in the Novel Learning Series include the full text of the novel or memoir along with study guides after every few chapters, and “question and explanation” sections, essay prompts and sample essays for students’ enrichment and understanding.

Nov. 4, 2013

Little, Brown and Company to Publish New Definitive Autobiography by American Icon Willie Nelson

Reagan Arthur, publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Little, Brown will publish the unvarnished, complete, and tremendous story of Willie Nelson’s life. World rights for the book were acquired by executive editor John Parsley in a deal by David Vigliano at Vigliano Associates. Publication is currently slated for summer 2015.

A beloved American icon, Willie Nelson and his music are embedded in the hearts and minds of fans the world over, winning ten Grammys, being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and receiving the Kennedy Center Honors. Nelson’s life story is rich and ripe for the telling. Having recently turned eighty, Nelson is ready to open up about all aspects of his life. He starts at the beginning, revealing a tough little kid abandoned by his parents, and moves through his failures at various jobs, his early days as the self-starting proprietor of Willie Nelson Presents, his struggles in 1960s Nashville, and then on to the profound success he has had as one of America’s all-time most beloved singer-songwriters. And, in between, he shares stories he hasn’t told involving a fascinating cast of characters, including Ray Charles, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, and many more. Though Willie Nelson has published several books, none will be as personal or as wide in scope as this.

“Willie Nelson is an extraordinary musician and man, and it is a deep thrill to announce Little, Brown’s publication of his definitive autobiography,” said John Parsley. “One of the most eagerly anticipated books by any performer alive, Willie’s book will be authentic to the core and bursting with the stories, insight, and wild wit of this true American icon.”

Oct. 30, 2013