Sunday, September 28, 2008

James Frey's Book A Million Little Pieces is being Adapted into a Movie

After 6 film adaptations of such classics as "The Catcher in the Rye", "Waiting for Godot", "The Brothers Karamazov," "Hamlet," "Quran" and "Oedipus Rex" (all the films are available at, Nigel Tomm hits TV screens with the new film adaptation of James Frey's novel "A Million Little Pieces".

As in previous film adaptations where, in each, different silent color was shown for over one hour (for example, Nigel Tomm's film adaptation of The Catcher in the Rye. lasts 75 minutes and it's 75 minutes of a silent blue screen; nothing more, nothing less), "A Million Little Pieces" lasts 70 minutes and according to movie description at "This is 70 minutes and 41 seconds of pure turquoise screen. Nothing more, nothing less."

The description goes on as follows: "Nigel Tomm's film adaptation of James Frey's book "A Million Little Pieces" is the transfer of the story to the space of art. Somebody calls it absolute art. Somebody calls it abstract film. Somebody calls it fraud. To have your own opinion you must trust your eyes and experience for yourself the seductive turquoise screen. Naturally. Turquoise is the film color. Totally innocent yet completely alluring. Let your eyes judge the ultimate beauty. The new Nigel Tomm's film has been perfected for your eyes only, not just for optical sensors. The moment you see and compare it, you will discover the magic of the new "A Million Little Pieces". Freedom, smoothness, toughness: whatever angle you take, the new "A Million Little Pieces" film adaptation is close to perfection. 101% art. Fearless art."

Nigel Tomm is also known for his literary works. In his books: "Shakespeare's Sonnets Remixed" (2006), "Shakespeare's Hamlet Remixed" (2006) and "Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Remixed" (2007) he extended and developed literary remix genre. In 2008 Nigel Tomm began to publish a novel "The Blah Story" (up to now 23 volumes are published), which belongs to abstract literature genre and it is the longest published literary book in English.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Lauren Conrad of MTV's The Hills Signs Three-Book Deal with HarperCollins

HarperCollins Publishers has acquired world rights to a young adult fiction series from Lauren Conrad, star of MTV's mega-hit reality show The Hills. The series, entitled L.A. Candy, is loosely inspired by Conrad's own transformation from ordinary teen to reality TV darling, fashion designer, and "It Girl."

The three-book deal was negotiated by Adam Korn and Lisa Sharkey, Senior Editor and Senior VP, respectively, of the Creative Development team at HarperCollins, and Literary Agent Matthew Elblonk of The Creative Culture with Max Stubblefield at UTA. The first book in the series will be published in Summer 2009.

L.A. Candy tells the behind-the scenes story of a young girl who moves to L.A. and unexpectedly becomes the star of a reality television show. With her stardom comes wealth, famous friends, fabulous clothes, and romance -- as well as the darker realization that everyone wants something from her, and nothing is what it appears to be. Though L.A. Candy is a work of fiction, the characters -- their lives, their loves, and their never-ending dramas -- are perfectly drawn by Conrad, the only person who can give her readers an accurate and juicy insider look at young Hollywood.

Publisher Breaks Record with 2009 Releases

Art and crafting magazine publisher Stampington & Company becomes the highest title-producing publisher in the industry with its 2009 releases, generating a total of 31 titles that represent a broad range of art and crafting media. Included in the record-breaking list of titles are several new publications, which focus on a number of emerging trends, such as "green" crafting, art journaling, playful stuffed creatures (commonly known as "softies"), and art quilting.
Beginning with the January 2009 releases, Stampington & Company will launch eight new titles during 2009. Newly added titles include: Stuffed: A Gathering of Softies (semi-annual, launching on January 1st), Somerset Art Journaling (semi-annual, launching on January 1st), Somerset In Love (special, launching on January 1st), apronology (special, launching on February 1st), Somerset Apprentice (annual, launching on March 1st), Marie Antoinette (special, launching on April 1st), Art Quilting Studio (semi-annual, launching on June 1st), and GreenCraft Magazine (semi-annual, launching on September 1st).


Sunday, September 07, 2008

Book on virtual teams signed by Wiley

Now that global industry generates products in every corner of the world, employees must be skilled, not only interacting with co-workers in an office down the hall, or at a neighboring facility, but often they must collaborate with team members in other states, other countries, and in ever more distant time zones.

Virtual Teams, to be published by John Wiley & Sons next year, shows how faculty in universities and leaders in industry can effectively exploit the fast-growing adoption of virtual teaming in online classrooms, in R&D labs, and on the factory floor. It is edited by the leading international online learning expert, Robert Ubell at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Just as the Internet gives millions of workers incredible ease in collaborating around the globe, online learning opens education to millions who might not be able to attend class because of demands at home or at work or because they are too far from campus. More than 3.5 million college students now take courses online, translating to nearly one in five of all university enrollments and growing at a rapid rate.

Contributors to Virtual Teams are drawn from faculty who teach online at Stevens' award-winning WebCampus and by scholars at other schools and companies. Based on best practices generated over the last decade, Virtual Teams reveals how to manage teams successfully, with chapters on how to build intimate virtual relationships and how to communicate creatively online. Other chapters cover international virtual teams, competition, mentoring, psychology, and how to handle conflict.