On the Books Mar. 14: Tina Fey and Steve Martin's joint show, James Frey's controversial Messiah, and more


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Tina Fey and Steve Martin are putting on a show together in Los Angeles April 19th to talk about their books. Unlike lower profile authors who often have to road-trip to near-empty bookstores to hock their tomes, Fey and Martin will be gracing the Nokia Theater stage for a paying audience (tickets are on sale for $29 to $119). Martin will be talking about his art world novel An Object of Beauty, and Fey will be promoting her highly anticipated Bossypants.

If he can survive a verbal beatdown from Oprah, he can survive anything: James Frey clearly isn’t afraid of controversy. His new book, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, centers on the second coming of Christ, only his Messiah is a pot-smoking, prostitute-soliciting alcoholic from the Bronx. Yikes–let the firestorm begin!

Have you had enough of Bill O’Reilly’s bold and fresh takes on politics and culture? Too bad. He’s set to release Bolder and Fresher: The Factor Years (Holt) this fall, a sequel to his best-selling memoir A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity. Around the same time, Holt will also release his other book Killing Lincoln: The Assassination that Changed America Forever.

Midnight’s Children author Salman Rushdie is writing an ambitious Showtime drama about contemporary American society, which will take on “politics, sex, religion, science and technology.”

Author (and my current creative writing professor!) Helen Schulman lays out philosophies on re-writing and self-editing. 2011’s National Book Critics Circle Award winner Jennifer Egan writes freehand and doesn’t revise until she’s done with an entire manuscript. Cynthia Ozick never writes a second draft. In the end, though, every writer has to come up with his or her own way of writing and revising.

UPDATE: Tina Fey and Steve Martin will be putting on ONE show together in Los Angeles, not going on a joint book tour as previously stated. Apologies for the confusion.

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  • Joe

    Not really a book “tour” if they’re only performing in LA.

  • Steve

    Yeah, I didn’t see anything regarding any other dates besides the one in LA. I’m not sure the writer of this post is aware of what a “tour” actually is.

  • angeljake

    Love Steve

  • Bryan

    It seems to me that EW has been intentionally printing mis-leading headlines lately. Probably so you have to look at one of their stupid pop-up ads when you click on the story. A book tour is more than one stop, AND it’s usually free, and in a bookstore.

  • Sean D

    It’s more than one stop for sure; I know Fey is coming here to DC where I am promoting her book. EW just didn’t write this very clearly. But, also, people on these boards are very bizarre and super-critical for needless reasons.

  • Derek

    I agree with you, Sean, but as someone living in Chicago, I read the headline with high hopes, only to have them dashed upon reading the article. It’s bait and switch, from where I stand. So while I do think commenters (in general) are often a harsh bunch, I do believe the scrutiny is warranted in this case. Maybe change the headline to “Tina Fey and Steve Martin hit the road” or something less misleading?

  • patgo

    Maybe you should also mention that the proceeds from the Tina Fey/Steve Martin event are going to charity (public radio).

    • Jan

      If that’s true then it definitely should have been in the article.

  • Christine

    I AM GOING TO SEE THEM!!! I already bought my ticket :D

  • Carmen

    James Frey’s sad attempt at garnering outrage and attention? Pitiful.



  • Jan

    Can’t wait for Bossypants.

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