Today in publishing and literature: A beautiful children's book by Saul Bass is finally back in print, why J.K. Rowling's new book might be a mystery, and Victor Cruz is the first member of the Giants to land a post-Super Bowl book deal.
In 1962, Saul Bass -- bar none, the greatest title designer in film history -- collaborated with a librarian named Leonore Klein on a vibrant and beautiful picture book called Henri's Walk to Paris. After being out of print for decades, it was reissued last week. As one would expect, it's very Bassian and beyond gorgeous. [Brain Pickings]
You may have heard, J.K. Rowling's writing a book for grown-ups. Nobody knows what it's called, what it's about, and when it will be released, but The Guardian makes a compelling case that it's going to be a crime novel of some sort based on the fact that Little, Brown's publisher David Shelley would be serving as Rowling's editor. Shelley's crime fiction ties run deep: he started his career as the publishing director at Allison & Busby "an independent press strong in crime and thriller writing" and "dragged [it] back into profit, introducing a line of library hardback crime novels" before being hired away by Little, Brown to serve as "editorial director of crime and thrillers." Since rising to publisher, he's "taken over editing major brand-name (crime) authors including [Mark] Billingham, Nelson DeMille and Duncan Falconer" and poached the likes of Dennis Lehane, Val McDermid and Carl Hiaasen from rival publishers. McDermid tweeted Thursday night that Shelley's presence means it's "reasonable" to assume the book will be a mystery. [The Guardian]
Terms of the Rowling deal weren't initially disclosed, but publishing insiders hear she received a little over £5million to write the maybe-a-mystery. (That's more than $7 million in U.S. dollars.) Her agent also confirmed she didn't hold an auction for the book. [The Daily Mail]
Wide receiver Victor Cruz is the first member of the New York Giants to land a post-Super Bowl book deal. Penguin won a "spirited auction" for the book, giving Cruz an advance "estimated to be in the mid-six-figure range." And they say the athlete memoir genre is dead. [Fox News]
Billy Bob Thornton has a memoir coming out called The Billy Bob Tapes and ex-wife Angelina Jolie is writing the forward. Vials of blood sold separately. [New York Daily News]