Amazon Publishing Announces the Launch of “Icons”
NEW YORK-August 14, 2013-Amazon Publishing today announced "Icons," a new series of short biographies, and the first ten titles in the series. Written by a range of celebrated authors, the books will focus on canonical figures in the culture, both historical and contemporary. The inaugural list of ten titles will be published bi-monthly beginning in December 2013 with a biography of Jesus by Jay Parini. The series is co-edited by James Atlas, veteran publisher, general editor (Penguin Lives), and author (Bellow: A Biography), and Ed Park, senior editor at Amazon Publishing.
"In a time when our fascination with the private aspects of public lives is so intense, it's not surprising that biography has become one of the most prominent forms of narrative nonfiction," said James Atlas. "Yet reading habits have changed dramatically in the digital age and I am excited to bring these short biographies to the Kindle platform."
The first ten books in the series are Jesus by Jay Parini, Stalin by Paul Johnson, Lucian Freud by Phoebe Hoban, J.D. Salinger by Thomas Beller, Poe by Paul Collins, Van Gogh by Julian Bell, Hemingway by Mark Kurlansky, David Lynch by Dennis Lim, Hannah Arendt by Anne Heller, and Hitchcock by Michael Wood.
"It seems appropriate to launch a series of short, thought-provoking biographies with a figure who has dominated our collective imagination and cultural iconography for over twenty centuries," said Jay Parini, author of Jesus. "This first book in the series will consider Jesus as the human face of god and dramatize the transformation from man to myth."
"We are thrilled to collaborate with James Atlas doing what he does best, and excited about the amazing authors that he's brought on board," said Ed Park.
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