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Tuesday News: B&N CEO resigns; Francis Ray passes on; HarperCollins implements digital autographs

Tuesday News: B&N CEO resigns; Francis Ray passes on; HarperCollins implements...

“Michael Huseby, who was the company’s CFO, replaces Lynch as CEO of Nook Media and president of Barnes & Noble. Mitchell Klipper remains CEO of Barnes & Noble’s retail division. Huseby and Klipper will report to Barnes & Noble’s executive chairman and largest stockholder, Leonard Riggio.”

This further separation continues to highlight how Barnes & Noble’s Nook Media has no real direction. Riggio is probably desperate to unload it. Perhaps Microsoft will buy it for a song. Maybe Random Penguin should buy it and lease its technology back to Barnes & Noble. paidContent

“Using a stylus pen and Autography’s author application on iPad devices, Avon Impulse authors will digitally personalize e-books for fans, signing their name to ePub files and including a customized message.”

These books are free and will be made available at a special signing. No kindle versions, though. Inbox


Francis RayIt is with great sadness that St. Martin’s Press announces that longtime and bestselling author Francis Ray passed away on July 2nd.

A native Texan who resided in Dallas, Ray published 54 novels, many of which appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Essence bestsellers lists. Her latest, ALL THAT I NEED, part of the Grayson Friends series, was published July 2nd, with the next book in the series, ALL THAT I DESIRE, scheduled for publication in the fall.

Ray was first published by St. Martin’s in two anthologies, ROSIE’S CURL AND WEAVE (1999) and DELLA’S HOUSE OF STYLE (2000). Her first mainstream novel, THE TURNING POINT (2001), was a finalist for the highly esteemed Holt Medallion Award, and she subsequently established the Turning Point Legal Fund to assist victims of domestic violence.

Her many awards and achievements include the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, The Golden Pen, The Emma Award, and The Atlantic Choice. Her 1999 novel, INCOGNITO, became the first-ever made-for-TV movie for Black Entertainment Television (BET).  Her first book to appear on the New York Times bestsellers list was NOBODY BUT YOU (2009)

“I’ve had the extreme pleasure of working with Francis Ray for the past thirteen years,” said Monique Patterson, Executive Editor at St. Martin’s Press. “Francis was passionate, loving, feisty, funny, serious about her craft and about the people in her life. She touched them with her presence and with the stories she shared with all of us—and those stories were emotional and powerful. I think it’s safe to say that Francis paved the way for a lot of writers, especially in romance. She will be deeply, deeply missed by all of us.”

Matthew Shear, St. Martin’s Executive Vice President and Publisher, said “Francis Ray was not only a wonderful writer but she was a particularly caring person who went out of her way to make sure everyone around her was doing well. You could tell from her novels that human interaction and relationships were one of the most important things to her. She will be missed.”



  •  Friday July 12, 2013, 4:00-7:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 13, 2013, 9:30-11:00 AM

Concord Church
6808 Pastor Bailey Dr
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Saturday July 13, 2013,  11 AM


Concord Church
6808 Pastor Bailey Dr
Dallas, TX 75237
(214) 331-8522


Cards and notes for the family may be sent to:
Francis Ray
P. O. Box 764651
Dallas, TX 75376

Tuesday News: Jonah Lehrer caught fabricating quotes in new book; Stephen Leather terrorizes unknown author; Maeve Binchy passes away

Tuesday News: Jonah Lehrer caught fabricating quotes in new book; Stephen...

Reader Cat not impressed  by author shenanigans

The world is filled with terrible people and awful news. I’m sorry.

Lehrer was caught self plagiarizing his own work earlier this year and since this all was revealed, he resigned from the New Yorker.

You can read more here. Leather is now threatening lawsuits against Jeremy Duns for … truth telling? I’m not sure. In the US, defamation is defensible by truth. Nothing Dun has said appears to be false. Not sure what the standard is in the UK.  One of Jeremy Duns’ followers pointed him to a law in the UK that prohibits the faking of customer reviews.

Some proprietors may not be aware that astroturfing is illegal, but it is. The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations say that pretending to be a consumer and giving yourself a positive review is ‘an unfair commercial practice’. This is a criminal offence and proprietors are potentially liable for an unlimited fine and a prison sentence of two years.

Really wonderful people have died already in 2012. Nora Ephron passed away in last month.  Sally Kristen Ride, Ph.D died a week ago.  She was the first woman in space.  Even more sad, her partner of over twenty years is not entitled to any benefits because of the lack of recognition for same sex partners.  And yesterday news of Maeve Binchy’s death at the age of 72 was delivered.

Finally, let me briefly address the Chick Fil A debacle.  As many of you may know, the CEO came out and said that he supports only the biblical definition of families:

Chick-fil-A is “very much supportive of the family,” according to Dan Cathy, president of the popular fast food chain. That is, “the biblical definition of the family unit,” he said.

And that doesn’t include Adam and Steve, suggests Cathy, whose father S. Truett Cathy founded the Atlanta-based company.

Jim Henson’s Muppets subsequently severed ties with Chick-fil-A.  There is supposed to be a national GLBT kiss in this Wednesday. And finally, the Berenstein Bears posted a note on its site that said “A message from HarperCollins:  We have a long history of diversity and inclusiveness, and are very disappointed to hear recent statements made by Chick-Fil-A.  After much consideration, we have decided to honor our previous arrangement, [sic] with the chain. We have no plans to work with them in the future.”

If you’ve made it this far, have a gander at Buzzfeeds list of cats and dogs getting ready for the Dark Knight Rises.