Jennifer Lopez has a book called True Love coming out on October 28th. This is J.Lo’s first book, and she is exploring “the transformative two-year journey of how, as an artist and a mother, she confronted her greatest challenges, identified her biggest fears, and ultimately emerged a stronger person than she’s ever been.” No specifics on which two years she’s talking about, but seeing as she says “as a mother,” I guess we won’t be getting the Jenny from the Block tell-all, but something much more recent.
All Hallows College in Dublin is auctioning off private letters written by Jackie Onassis to a priest during her time as the First Lady. In the letters she talks about JFK flirting with other women: “He’s like my father in a way — loves the chase and is bored with the conquest — and once married, needs proof he’s still attractive, so flirts with other women and resents you. I saw how that nearly killed Mummy.” After her husband’s assassination, she wrote, “I am so bitter against God.” If you think this sounds a bit personal, you’re not alone. Author Tina Flaherty, who wrote What Jackie Taught Us, said at her book reading last week that the letters between Jackie and her priest were private and shouldn’t be sold. The priest’s letters are already on public display at the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. [NY Post]
The battle over whether Mark Twain was a racist continues. The great author and humorist was a fond lover of Lake Tahoe. It was at a Nevada newspaper that Samuel Langhorne Clemens first took his pen name of Mark Twain. The Nevada State Board was going to name a cove on Lake Tahoe after him, but they’ve now tabled that idea at the request of the Washoe Indians. The Washoe are native to the area and they hold a grudge against Twain for his derogatory portrayal of them. [Guardian]
New strategy for winning book awards: make fun of winning book awards. It’s a win-win. If you lose, it’s a win because you beat them to the punch. If you win, it’s…well, you win. That’s what happened to Edward St. Aubyn, who won the Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction for his book, Lost For Words, which satirized the literary community’s obsession with prizes. A cookbook is accidentally entered for a literary prize and wins because the judges see it as a supreme example of meta-fiction and try to divine its meaning. [NPR]