It’s always a joy to see celebrated authors doing undignified things. In an effort to bring the high-brow writers to late night — and even more unusually, to TBS — Conan O’Brien came up with a gag to make Tom Wolfe, Joyce Carol Oates, and Maya Angelou exciting to a young audience. I have to say, the choice in excerpts is brilliant, although they probably should have cast this guy for Maya Angelou’s voice. See video below: READ FULL STORY
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On the Books Aug. 23: Neil Gaiman's HBO deal for 'American Gods,' Kathryn Stockett's legal battle centers on handwritten note
++ Novelist Neil Gaiman has nabbed a deal with HBO to adapt his most successful novel, American Gods, into series for HBO. Gaiman told a crowd at the Edinburgh International Book Festival that he plans to write the pilot, the finale, and perhaps some episodes in the middle. He joins Sloane Crosley, Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, and Tom Perrotta in the slate of authors recently tapped by HBO to try their hand at writing for television. Echoing Salman Rushdie’s praise of cable television as a storytelling medium, Gaiman said, “I was doing a couple of screenplays, and was incredibly grumpy at the idea of doing 124-page stories with beginnings, middles, and ends and was determined that the novel should be formless and would have lots of ends, and several beginnings, and middles all over the place. So I actually like the idea that HBO are doing it.”
Pawnee, the Paris of America. Pawnee, the Akron of Southwest Indiana. Pawnee, the factory fire capital of America. Pawnee: Welcome, German soldiers. Pawnee: first in friendship, fourth in obesity.
As far as fictional realms go, Pawnee, Indiana, home to our friends at NBC’s Parks and Recreation, has become as mysterious and storied as Middle Earth. Now you can learn about the town’s checkered yet glorious past and events only hinted at in the series in a new book, Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America, told from the perspective of author Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler). READ FULL STORY
Is gubernatorially-themed science fiction one of this year’s hot trends? Could be. It only seems like, oh, six weeks ago that EW broke the news about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Governator TV show and comic book. Meanwhile, this September will see the publication of the novel, The Walking Dead: The Rise of the Governor, whose cover art you can see to the left and below.
It Books announced this morning that the outgoing star of Live! With Regis and Kelly will chronicle his illustrious showbiz career, which has spanned more than four decades, in a memoir due for release this fall. The currently untitled memoir will include stories about co-hosts Kelly Ripa and Kathie Lee Gifford, as well as celebrities Jack Nicholson, George Clooney, and Jerry Seinfeld. Philbin, 79, says the book will serve as a “personal thank-you” to his fans. Previously, he has written I’m Only One Man and Who Wants to Be Me?
The inspirational New York Times bestseller, Three Cups of Tea, may be rife with inaccuracies, alleges 60 Minutes in a report due to air this Sunday on CBS. The 2006 memoir was co-written by Greg Mortenson, a mountaineering humanitarian who co-founded and directs the Central Asia Institute, a non-profit that’s supposedly built 170 schools in rural Afghanistan and Pakistan. But the CBS newsmagazine is claiming many of the schools the Institute built were either built by someone else, or simply don’t exist.
After attempting to climb K2, an exhausted Mortenson says in his book that he stumbled upon a Pakistani village, and hospitality and warmth he experienced inspired Mortenson to build a school there. Into the Wild author Jon Krakauer is one of Mortenson’s doubters who 60 Minutes will cite in its broadcast Sunday night.
Penguin, Mortenson’s publisher, did not return EW’s requests for comment.
The third book in Richard Castle’s Nikki Heat series hits shelves (for real) in September, and EW has obtained a plot description from Hyperion, which has already published two New York Times best-sellers from the crime novelist Nathan Fillion plays on ABC’s Castle, Heat Wave and Naked Heat.
The bizarre murder of a parish priest at a New York bondage club is just the tip of an iceberg that leads Nikki Heat to a dark conspiracy that reaches all the way to the highest level of the NYPD. But when she gets too close to the truth, Nikki finds herself disgraced, stripped of her badge, and out on her own as a target for killers with nobody she can trust. Except maybe the one man in her life who’s not a cop. Reporter Jameson Rook.
In the midst of New York’s coldest winter in a hundred years, there’s one thing Nikki is determined to prove. Heat Rises.
Sounds like Castle did some research during episode 216, “The Mistress Always Spanks Twice.”
Actress Carolyn Hennesy (General Hospital, Cougar Town) is no stranger to writing — she’s already written six books for her young adult Pandora series. But Hennesy was particularly excited when the powers that be at GH, where her feisty lawyer Diane Miller is a recurring character, asked her to write The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli, in which the show’s lovable computer geek/private detective shares juicy stories about some of Port Charles’ most prominent residents with her character.
“His mind is so fantastical. When Spinelli is Spinelli, the Spinelli-speak is very difficult to wade through, which is why I think [actor] Bradford Anderson is deserving of something higher than an Emmy. How he has managed that dialogue is genius to me,” Hennesy says. “But in addition to Spinelli normal, there’s the fantasy Spinelli, which is right out of Raymond Chandler … right out of Dashiell Hammett. I’m a huge noir buff and when I realized that I would get to explore that noir aspect, it was like being in a candy store.” READ FULL STORY
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