Today’s bevy of book news includes an open letter, another digital archive, and a retirement that’s up in the air. Read on for more top headlines: READ FULL STORY
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Corey Feldman and the late Corey Haim — known at the height of their popularity as “the Two Coreys” — were iconic ’80s teen stars who dealt with more adult problems behind the scenes. In his upcoming memoir Coreyography (Oct. 29), Feldman, 42, details the sexual abuse he and Haim experienced while working in Hollywood.
According to Feldman, Haim told him about an incident on the set of the 1986 film Lucas:
“Haim started to confide in me, about some intensely personal stuff, very quickly … Within hours of our first meeting, we found ourselves talking about Lucas, the film he made in the summer of 1985, the role I had wanted for myself. At some point during the filming, he explained, an adult male convinced him that its was perfectly normal for older men and younger boys in the business to have sexual relations, that it was what all the ‘guys do.’ So, they walked off to a secluded area between two trailers, during a lunch break for the cast and crew, and Haim, innocent and ambitious as he was, allowed himself to be sodomized.” READ FULL STORY
On the Books: World's largest Shakespeare collection to go online; Whiting Writers' Awards winners announced
Shakespeare is being digitized, self-published erotica is more scandalous than previously thought, and Charles Darwin once let his son draw on his manuscripts. Read on for more of today’s top headlines: READ FULL STORY
Author of 'One Life to Live' history gets decades' worth of dish, plus Nathan Fillion defends the honor of soaps
It’s no surprise daytime soaps get a bad rap. They’re on the air seemingly forever, and over the course of several decades, tackle everything from break-ups, hook-ups, and make-ups to out-of-body experiences, espionage, and even time travel.
Yet One Life to Live, which has included all of the above as plot points, has survived with a loyal following since premiering in 1968. Of course, the show has navigated some tricky daytime soap terrain in recent years: First, ABC canceled it (along with fellow long-running soap All My Children) in 2011. Then, it almost landed online as a web series with production company Prospect Park, but the deal fell through, and most of the cast left to join General Hospital. Finally, in January 2013, Prospect Park brought the show back as a half-hour daily series on Hulu and iTunes until the Oprah Winfrey Network picked it up in July.
In Llanview in the Afternoon: An Oral History of One Life to Live, entertainment writer Jeff Giles (not to be confused with EW’s deputy editor of the same name) spent 18 months talking to the show’s writers, producers, and cast and crew members about the stigma of soap operas and how OLTL managed to produce five hours of scripted content every week. Through his more than 50 interviews, including ones with Erika Slezak, Judith Light, and Nathan Fillion, Giles uncovered anecdotes from behind the scenes, as well as tales about the production’s challenges as a show struggling to survive on a medium actively rejecting daytime soaps.
Giles talked to EW about his writing process, the time he ate quiche with Slezak, and why he thinks Breaking Bad is a soap. And don’t worry, Llanview lovers: He doesn’t leave this interview on a cliffhanger.
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On the Books: Apple to be monitored over deals with publishing houses; Amazon removes self-published pornographic e-books
No prizes or major announcements today, folks — this morning’s books headlines feature major companies hitting snags with publishing houses, but there are plenty of other good reads online. Check out more of today’s links below: READ FULL STORY
Awards dominate today’s book news, with the youngest winner of the Man Booker Prize announced Tuesday night and the National Book Award finalists revealed this morning. Below, more of today’s top headlines and must-reads: READ FULL STORY
There are quite a few famous names among the National Book Award finalists, which were announced this morning. Among the fiction contenders are Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri for her novel The Lowland and the famously press-shy Thomas Pynchon for Bleeding Edge. Even the least known novelist, Rachel Kushner, has been a finalist before. See below for the entire shortlist in all four categories: READ FULL STORY
On the Books: Writers remember Oscar Hijuelos; the U.K. preps for tomorrow's Man Booker Prize announcement
Today’s top books headlines include essays dedicated to the late Oscar Hijuelos, more chatter about the Man Booker Prize, and book announcements from Carl Bernstein and Alice Walker. Read on for more:
The literary world remembered novelist Oscar Hijuelos, who died on Saturday at age 62. The late author’s friend Gustavo Perez Firmat told NPR that Hijuelos “helped to open doors with both publishers and readers to other Latino writers,” while Hector Tobar of the Los Angeles Times called Hijuelos “a cultural pioneer.”
The winner of the Man Booker Prize will be announced tomorrow, and The Telegraph breaks down the favorites, including Jhumpa Lahiri, Colm Toibin, and Jim Crace. But the controversy about including American writers is still not over, with former winner Julian Barnes commenting that British writers will be damaged by the new rules. [The Telegraph]
Back in the States, poet, professor and critic James Emanuel died Sept. 28 at age 92, according to The New York Times. His work commented on racism in America and in an interview with NPR, Emanuel explained, “If America ever solves its racial problem, it will be the greatest country in the world.”
On to some book announcements: Carl Bernstein will release a memoir in 2016 about his experience as a journalist at The Washington Star, the D.C. newspaper that folded in 1981.
The Color Purple author Alice Walker will publish a book called Gathering Blossoms Under Fire, a compilation of excerpts from her personal diaries, in 2017. [AP]
And for your must-reads of the day: Bridget Jones author Helen Fielding talked her evolution as a writer and why she took Bridget in the controversial new direction. [USA Today]
Meanwhile, Nathaniel Popkin took an in-depth look at Oscar Wilde’s stint as a journalist. [The Smart Set]
Finally, writers, it’s time to go to Iceland: The island nation is home to the largest percentage of writers in its population — one in 10 people there will publish a book. [BBC News]
This weekend’s news featured a debate about the content of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, several upcoming anniversaries, and a philanthropic teenager. Read on for more of the top book headlines: READ FULL STORY
Cuban-American novelist Oscar Hijuelos, who became the first Latino author to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, died on Saturday in Manhattan, the New York Times reports. According to his wife Lori Marie Carlson, Hijuelos collapsed on a tennis court and never regained consciousness. He was 62 years old. READ FULL STORY
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