‘General Hospital’s’ Damian Spinelli to be Featured in Novel from Disney Hyperion

Following the success of the New York Times bestselling books, ‘The Killing Club’ and ‘Charm!,’ Hyperion and ABC Daytime announced today that they will join efforts to publish a novel based on Damian Spinelli, one of the most beloved characters on ABC-TV’s popular daytime soap, ‘General Hospital,’ to coincide with the show’s 48th anniversary.

Titled The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli (Hyperion; $22.99 hardcover; April 5, 2011 publication date), this book is the story of the endearing, lovable computer genius and geek, Damian Spinelli, and his exploits as a private detective as told to another character on the show, the high-powered attorney of Port Charles, Diane Miller. Filled with mystery and suspense, the pages were found on
Ms. Miller’s stolen computer disc and include never-before-told stories of Port Charles residents-their confessions and behaviors in times of crisis and triumph through Spinelli’s imagination.

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World’s Smallest Horse to be Honored by Photographic Book in 2011 from Disney-Hyperion

Einstein, the world's smallest horse, with owners Dr. Rachel Wagner and Charles Cantrell (Photo by Mark WagnerDisney Book Group announced today that it will publish a photographic picture book about the miracle of Einstein—the smallest horse ever born—and his search for a perfect friend. The agreement for North American rights was negotiated by Stephanie Owens Lurie, Editorial Director, Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, and Cheryl Pientka of Grinberg Literary. The book is scheduled for publication in April 2011, just in time to celebrate Einstein’s first birthday.

A Friend for Einstein: The Smallest Stallion, written by Einstein’s owners, Charles Cantrell and Dr. Rachel Wagner, celebrates the unique size and personality of the mini miniature horse. Cantrell also contributed all of the photographs that appear in the book.

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Disney Hyperion and ABC Family Debut eBook Inspired by ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’

Hyperion and ABC Family announced today that The Secret Diary of Ashley Juergens (Hyperion; $12.99) is now available as an enhanced eBook on the iBookstore, which is included in the free iBooks app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (www.itunes.com/apps/ibooks). The first based on a television series on the iBookstore, this eBook is enhanced with video footage from Season One of ABC Family’s top-rated hit television series, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” integrating complementary text and video to provide a cohesive story.

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Cal Ripken Jr. Signs Middle Grade Book Deal with Disney Book Group

Disney Book Group will publish a middle-grade baseball series written by National Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and co-authored by Baltimore Sun sportswriter Kevin Cowherd. The series will feature characters from a Babe Ruth League team named the “Orioles”. The agreement for world rights was negotiated by Stephanie Owens Lurie, Editorial Director, Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, and Ian Kleinert, of Objective Entertainment.

The first book in the series—Hothead—will be published in Winter 2011 under the Disney-Hyperion imprint. It centers on all-star third baseman Connor Sullivan, who has a big problem: his temper. The story was inspired by Cal’s own struggle with frustration as a young player. Additional books will follow every year.

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Glamour’s Chicken Dinner Recipe Yields Engagement and Three Book Deal with Hyperion

Ellen Archer, President and Publisher of Hyperion, and Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief of Glamour magazine, today announced a publishing partnership. This collaboration begins with three books to be published in 2011 and 2012. This deal marks a strategic partnership that draws on each company’s promotional and marketing strengths to reach and cater to women readers. Both Hyperion and Glamour will support the books with multi-tiered publicity and marketing campaigns. Glamour, which has a readership of 12.2 million, was just selected Magazine of the Year at the National Magazine Awards, given by the American Society of Magazine Editors. The website Glamour.com has an online monthly readership of three million unique visitors and is the #1 women’s magazine website in the country. Hyperion is known for its innovative digital outreach, exemplary publicity campaigns, and strategic ability to build upon platforms and leverage partnerships.

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Queen Rania of Jordan to Offer Book Storytelling and Signing in New York City April 27

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan will make a rare public appearance at Borders bookstore at Columbus Circle in New York City on April 27 to promote her children’s book The Sandwich Swap.

In the story, based on part of the Queen’s own personal experiences, Lily and Salma are best friends. They play together and stick together through thick and thin. But who would have ever thought that ordinary peanut butter or plain old hummus could come between them? Lily and Salma don’t quite understand each other’s tastes, but does that mean they can’t be friends? They understand far better than a lot of grown-ups that these things hardly matter and that friendship is the most important thing of all.

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Scrooge McDuck #2 on Forbes Fictional 15; Joined by Tony Stark and Artemis Fowl

Forbes has released its annual Fictional 15 and despite last year’s #1, US Sam, dropping clear off the list, Mr. McDuck was unable to re-claim his position in the top spot. Instead, McDuck, with an estimated worth of $33.5B was bested by Twilight‘s Carslile Cullen. Better duck next year.

McDuck wasn’t the only member of the Disney family to make the list, however. Extended family member and wildly eccentric billionaire Tony Stark of Stark Industries took #4 with an estimated $8.8 billion while child spy Artemis Fowl hung on at #11 with an estimated 1.9B.

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Richard Castle to Pen ‘Heat Wave’ Sequel for Release in September

HEAT WAVE by Richard Castle, star of the hit ABC series “Castle” (Mondays, 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), has been a successful cross-platform collaboration between ABC and Hyperion. Published at the end of September 2009, HEAT WAVE has spent 14 weeks on the New York Times Hardcover bestsellers list, currently holding the #32 position for Sunday, January 17, 2010. Hyperion has gone back to press eight times and now has over 170,000 copies in print. With this great success, a second book from Richard Castle will be published at the end of September 2010.

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Hyperion Unveils ‘Kernl’ Web Publishing Initiative

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that tomorrow’s broadcast of ABC’s Good Morning America will mark the official debut of a new ‘e-imprint’ initiative by Disney publisher Hyperion called Kernl (reasons behind name/spelling not revealed). Looking like your standard run-of-the-mill web-based video player, the Kernl is offered in a tabbed format and offers more in-depth text and other forms of information to supplement the originating content.

If you’re not confused about why this is news, please let me know, because I sure don’t get it.

Full article here.

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