New Sharpton book due out in October
The Rev. Al Sharpton is working on a book to be co-released this fall by the publishing arm of Cash Money Records, home to Lil Wayne, with whom Sharpton has feuded over some of the rapper’s lyrics.
Sharpton’s “The Rejected Stone” is scheduled for release Oct. 8. The book will be published by Cash Money Content and Massenburg Media, in partnership with the Simon & Schuster imprint Atria. The book will track Sharpton’s “personal evolution” from New York street activist to political candidate and civil-rights spokesman.
Sharpton told The Associated Press recently that the book would include his thoughts on Lil Wayne and other rappers and that he was anxious to have a positive dialogue.
He added: “Just because we disagree doesn’t mean we have to be disagreeable.”
Publishing executive wins Perkins Award
A publishing executive who has helped release books by such acclaimed authors as Jhumpa Lahiri, Jane Smiley and James Salter has won the Maxwell E. Perkins Award for lifetime achievement in fiction.
Robin Desser of Alfred A. Knopf is the latest recipient of a prize named for the editor of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Desser, a vice president and editorial director at Knopf, has worked on a wide range of fiction, from such acclaimed debuts as Sandra Cisneros’ “The House On Mango Street” to books by established stars such as Salter and Smiley.
The Perkins award is sponsored by the nonprofit Center for Fiction.
Previous winners include Nan A. Talese of Doubleday and Jonathan Galassi of Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Vindicator wire reports