Today in books and literature: Richard Russo is putting his money where his dislike of e-books is, another filmmaker lands a deal to write a filmable series of YA books, and 2012 has been a good year for fans of baseball books.
Pulitzer Prize winner and e-book skeptic Richard Russo has found a way to support brick-and-mortar bookstores and handsome home libraries: his upcoming short story collection, Recollections, will only be available in print. We don't necessarily agree with the sentiment that prompted the decision, but that's a nifty way of fighting the digital book menace, if you're so inclined. The collection comes out in May. [Publishers Weekly]
Twilight: New Moon director Chris Weitz is the latest filmmaker to land a deal to write -- or at least oversee the writing of -- a series for young adults. Weitz's deal is with Little, Brown and the books are apparently of the "post-apocalyptic" variety. The first installment, The Young World, is slated to arrive in the spring of 2013. [Variety]
2012 is shaping up to be one of the best years in recent memory for baseball books, writes Barnes & Noble Review columnist Katherine Powers. One caveat: you have to enjoy books about the New York Yankees. Two of the five sparking new hardball-themed books that Powers singles out -- Harvey Araton's Driving Mr. Yogi and Damn Yankees, in which 24 sportswriting heavyweights, including Jane Leavy, Charles Pierce, and Frank DeFord, take turns cutting the Bronx Bombers down to size -- are Yankee-centric. [Barnes and Noble Review]
Publisher's Marketplace news editor Sarah Weinman tweets that Portfolio has acquired an untitled book from New York Times technology columnist Nick Bilton "about the rise of Twitter" at auction. Apparently it will be published at some point in 2013. No word on the terms of the deal. [@sarahw]
Patrick Nolan is the new editor-in-chief at Penguin Books. Penguin's paperback sales director for more than a decade, he will be tasked with "overseeing the editorial direction of Penguin Books' list" and report to president and publisher Kathryn Court. [Publishers Weekly]