Brilliance Audio has signed an agreement with Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, the two publishing groups that make up HarperCollins (HC) Christian Publishing, for exclusive global distribution rights to frontlist and some backlist audio products on CD and MP3-CD. HC Christian Publishing continues to control all digital audio rights. Among the first audiobooks published and distributed by Brilliance is Mario Escobar’s Francis: Man of Prayer, a biography of Pope Francis.
When asked to vote for which previously unrecorded Star Wars ® title they most wanted to hear as an audiobook, conventiongoers at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando, FL, chose Timothy Zahn’s Allegiance, which was originally published as a hardcover in December 2007 by LucasBooks. Random Audio will be releasing Allegiance on June 11 as a digital download narrated by Marc Thompson. Additionally, Random Audio is rereleasing two other Zahn titles from the “Hand of Thrawn” series, Specter of the Past and Vision of the Future, as unabridged audio downloads in September and October 2013. Both were published as hardcovers in the late 1990s by Spectra: Bantam and released as abridged downloads in 2007. Thompson will narrate these as well.
ABC Studios has picked up a television drama series based on Jason Mott’s debut novel, The Returned, which will be published by Harlequin’s Mira imprint in September. Resurrection is slated for the 2013–14 midseason. Written by Aaron Zelman (AMC’s The Killing and Damages) and directed by Emmy Award winner Charles McDougall (Desperate Housewives; The Tudors; The Good Wife), the show will follow the residents of the small Southern town of Arcadia, whose deceased loved ones suddenly begin to return. The ensemble cast includes Omar Epps, Samaire Armstrong, Frances Fisher, Sam Hazeldine, and Kurtwood Smith, among others.
The Restaurateur, Roger Sherman’s documentary about New York restaurant owner Danny Meyer, won theJames Beard Award for Best Documentary, Broadcast Journalism, on May 3. The film follows Meyer as he struggles to open two restaurants in New York City, Tabla and Eleven Madison Park. The film then catches up with Meyer and the restaurants 11 years later. The review of the First Run Features DVD (LJ 9/15/11) read, “Meyer is shown to be a visionary blessed with enough practical smarts to make his dreams come true… [The DVD is] more than a good value and highly recommended for those who appreciate food in all its glory.”—Stephanie Klose