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On Tuesday the London Guardian reported that "Julian Assange is understood to have sold his memoirs, to publishers Canongate in the U.K. and Knopf in the U.S."[1]  --  "The British publisher was trying to keep the book secret but, as Assange would know more than most, things get out when they are not intended to," the Brisbane (Australia) Times said early Thursday.[2]  --  Carolyn Kellogg, who writes a book blog for the Los Angeles Times, observed that Assange's stay "at a friend's country estate . . . sounds like very good circumstances for getting a memoir written."[3]  --  After a brief hesitation, Cannongate, based in Edinburgh, confirmed the news late Monday, Daily Finance reported.[4]  --  "Caroline Michel of the U.K.-based literary agency Fraser, Peters & Dunlop brokered the English-language book deals, and both publishers expect Assange to deliver a finished manuscript by March, with plans to publish later in 2011. . . . Interestingly, news of Assange's memoir first came through in Spanish, when Claudio Lopez, head of the literary division for Random House's Spanish-language division Mondadori, posted a message on Twitter Monday afternoon.  That's even more ironic since rights to the memoir haven't sold yet in Spain, though that will almost certainly change -- as it likely will in other countries around the world.  Speaking of irony, what are the chances the book gets leaked before it's published?" ...


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JULIAN ASSANGE REPORTED TO HAVE SOLD MEMOIRS

By Benedicte Page

** WikiLeaks founder expected to publish book in March, through UK publishers Canongate **

Guardian (London)
December 21, 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/dec/21/julian-assange-memoirs?intcmp=239


Julian Assange is understood to have sold his memoirs, to publishers Canongate in the U.K. and Knopf in the U.S.  The news leaked appropriately enough via a tweet from Spanish publisher Random House Mondadori, with head of the literary division Claudio Lopez telling the world that "Manuscrito listo en marzo" -- the manuscript will be ready in March.

Online money and finance website DailyFinance said Canongate publisher Jamie Byng had confirmed the news to the site by email, telling them that the U.K. publisher was handling all the translation rights.  Literary agency Peters, Fraser, and Dunlop declined to comment on reports that agent Caroline Michel had sealed the English language deals for the WikiLeaks founder's book.

Assange is currently on bail in England, and defending himself against the Swedish authorities' demands that he return to the country to face questioning over allegations of sexual assault.

Assange's memoir would come hard on the heels of a volume from his former second-in-command Daniel Domscheit-Berg, whose *Inside Wikileaks: My Time at the World's Most Dangerous Website* is set to tell the inside story of the whistle-blowing site in the new year.  The book is due out from German publisher Econ Verlag on 27 January.

Contacted by the Guardian this morning, Canongate refused to "confirm or deny" the story.

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WORD LEAKS OUT ON ASSANGE MEMOIRS

By Jason Steger

Brisbane (Australia) Times
December 23, 2010

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/word-leaks-out-on-assange-memoirs-20101222-195no.html


Julian Assange may be confined to an English country house while he fights extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault charges, but there could be productive benefits for him.  The editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks has signed a deal to write his memoirs and has to deliver the manuscript by March for publication later next year.

The British publisher was trying to keep the book secret but, as Assange would know more than most, things get out when they are not intended to.  The deal was done by Canongate, which means the book is likely to be published here by its Melbourne partner, Text.  Yesterday Text publisher Michael Heyward would neither confirm nor deny the deal.

Ironically, Canongate and Text publish the memoirs of U.S. President Barack Obama, whose government has been critical of and embarrassed by WikiLeaks' release of secret documents.

But Assange's book won't be the first account of WikiLeaks to be published.  Melbourne company Scribe has acquired Australian and New Zealand rights to *Inside WikiLeaks: My Time at the World's Most Dangerous Website* by German IT specialist Daniel Domscheit-Berg.  It will be published in February.

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WIKILEAKS' JULIAN ASSANGE WILL WRITE MEMOIR

By Carolyn Kellogg

Los Angeles Times

December 22, 2010

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2010/12/wikileaks-julian-assange-will-write-memoir.html


Julian Assange, the Australian behind the controversial WikiLeaks website, will write a memoir to be published in 2011.

The news was not announced by his publisher but shared -- leaked? -- on Twitter by a publishing colleague in Spain; L.A. Times contributor Sarah Weinman explains at Daily Finance:  "[N]ews of Assange's memoir first came through in Spanish, when Claudio Lopez, head of the literary division for Random House's Spanish-language division Mondadori, posted a message on Twitter Monday afternoon.  That's even more ironic since rights to the memoir haven't sold yet in Spain, though that will almost certainly change -- as it likely will in other countries around the world."

Assange was released on bail last week in Great Britain, on the condition that he check in daily with police, surrender his passport and abide by a curfew; it was reported that he's staying at a friend's country estate. All of which sounds like very good circumstances for getting a memoir written.

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WIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN ASSANGE TO WRITE HIS MEMOIRS

By Sarah Weinman

Daily Finance

December 20, 2010

http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/media/wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-to-write-his-memoirs/19770772/?icid=sphere_copyright&icid=sphere_copyright


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange cleared one legal hurdle last week when he was granted bail in the U.K. over sexual assault charges filed in Sweden.  And as the embattled 39-year-old Australian hacker's lawyers fight his extradition, he'll be working on a memoir.  The book will be published in the U.S. by Knopf, a division of Random House, and in the U.K. by Edinburgh-based Canongate.

Canongate publisher Jamie Byng confirmed the news to DailyFinance by email, adding that the U.K. publisher was handling all translation rights.  (A spokesperson for Knopf was on vacation and didn't return request for comment.)  Caroline Michel of the U.K.-based literary agency Fraser, Peters & Dunlop brokered the English-language book deals, and both publishers expect Assange to deliver a finished manuscript by March, with plans to publish later in 2011.

Interest in Assange is at fever pitch since WikiLeaks began disseminating more than 250,000 diplomatic cables in late November. Companies such as Visa (V), Amazon (AMZN) and PayPal have cut off the organization's ability to collect donations and existing funds, and Time magazine passed over Assange for Person of the Year, giving Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg the honor.  As a result, a memoir from Assange is a logical step, since the book will have great interest for his many admirers -- and just as many detractors.

Interestingly, news of Assange's memoir first came through in Spanish, when Claudio Lopez, head of the literary division for Random House's Spanish-language division Mondadori, posted a message on Twitter Monday afternoon.  That's even more ironic since rights to the memoir haven't sold yet in Spain, though that will almost certainly change -- as it likely will in other countries around the world.

Speaking of irony, what are the chances the book gets leaked before it's published?

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 December 2010 22:49