The O.J. Simpson trial continues to be a publishing genre unto itself. Though sales of late arrivals to the O.J. bazaar have not fared as well as the early releases, Dominick Dunne’s recently published novelistic memoir, “Another City, Not My Own,” reportedly is selling briskly. Crown made an initial print run of 300,000 copies of Dunne’s slightly fictionalized tale of the Simpson saga.
Last week, Doubleday bought a proposal from defense team member Barry Scheck, which may discuss the trial to some degree but is said to be a chronicle of cases in which state-of-the-art DNA analysis has been used to retry old cases. Scheck will co-write the book with his partner, Peter Neufeld, and journo Jim Dwyer.
And in what seems an overly optimistic title, Daniel Petrocelli, the attorney who represented the Goldman family in the civil trial, is co-writing with Peter Knobler “Triumph of Justice: Closing the Book on the Simpson Saga.” Crown will publish the book in April. Among the disclosures the book promises are details of what actually happened that night in Brentwood; why the prosecution in the criminal trial failed; and the evidence that lawyers in the criminal trial overlooked.
Online pub gets into serial ‘Spirit’
With publishers and agents less likely to take risks on untested talent or material that doesn’t have blockbuster promise, indie publishers are taking to the web as an alternative to sell their books. Recently, Colonnade Books, a newly established online publisher, based in Culver City, began serializing author Luis Gonzalez’s debut novel, “Spirits of the Revolution.” Colonnade is posting one chapter a week, with graphics and artwork, on its Web site at http://www.colonnadebooks.com — with the intent of “creating a soap opera-like feel and a more manageable experience for the reader.”
Set in Cuba and the U.S., “Spirits” tells the tale of a young man’s struggle with nationality and cultural identity, interwoven with political intrigue and scandal.
Pages in preview
“Sotheby’s: The Inside Story”
Peter Watson (Random House) Pub date: January
In 1995, the art world was electrified by a British TV documentary and its sequel that detailed rigged sales at the prestigious international auction house of Sotheby, and its complicity in smuggling and selling old-master paintings and ancient artifacts. Tipped off by a disgruntled Sotheby employee who provided damning internal documents, the revelations in this book resulted from more than five years of undercover investigation by journalist and art researcher Watson (“The Caravaggio Conspiracy”).
“The St. James Film Directors Encyclopedia”
Andrew Sarris, editor (Visible Ink Press) Pub date: October
The volume is a listing of 200 contemporary, up-and-coming and legendary film directors, from Chantal Akerman to Fred Zinnemann. Compiled and edited by film critic Sarris, the book contains biographical and critical information on each of its subjects in essays written by film scholars, historians and critics.
“Tricky Dick and the Pink Lady: Richard Nixon vs. Helen Gahagan Douglas: Sexual Politics and the Red Scare, 1950”
Greg Mitchell (Random House) Pub date: January
Book outlines how Nixon cut his political teeth by destroying a rich and beautiful former actress turned progressive politician. The dirty campaign launched the Cold War era in America. In the pivotal year that saw the start of the Korean War, the rise of the Hollywood blacklist and the coming of Joe McCarthy, Nixon’s sole campaign strategy was smearing Douglas as a communist sympathizer.