1. Look for a review of Entering Hades this weekend in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. You will notice the review includes quotes like "Leake has written the definitive book--dispassionate, superbly detailed--on Jack Unterweger." The Times joins The LA Times, Men's Vogue, Playboy, Entertainment Weekly, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Dallas Morning News, Publishers Weekly and others who have praised Leake's debut release. Kudos to Kathy Daneman at Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Sarah Crichton Books for a job well done with reviewers.
2. Did anyone see the story this week on GalleyCat about the author that got busted for creating his own publicist? The author, Troy Tompkins, sent press releases out to promote his book and instead of signing the release with his own name, he used the alias "Alan Chase." You will notice from the article that there are differing opinions within the industry on whether or not the author was out of bounds in doing it. One thing is for sure, he has gotten a lot of real publicity from using a fake publicist.
3.What would the soup nazi have to say about the cookbook scandal that has erupted for the Seinfelds this year? Wow, this is starting to get messy. The New York Times has an interesting article about the copyright infringement suit filed this week by Missy Chase Lapine, the author of The Sneaky Chef, against both Seinfeld and his wife, Jessica. Chase Lapine has accused Seinfeld of "brazen plagiarism" in her book Deceptively Delicious. Some have said that a suit could have been avoided had Jerry not been so harsh as to call Chase Lapine a "wacko" during his appearance on Letterman last fall. This should be a fun story to watch this year.
Finally, congrats to Tolly Moseley and Amy Currie for being receiving promotions to Senior Publicist this week!