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Beastie Boys members ink memoir deal

The two surviving members of the Beastie Boys, Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz, are writing a memoir. The pair signed a deal with Spiegel & Grau, a Random House imprint — but “the first words out of Mike’s mouth were, ‘I don’t want to do a straight memoir,’” the group’s agent Luke Janklow told The Times.

Instead, the book will have a “kaleidoscopic frame of reference,” according to Julie Grau and will be a right turn away from the typical rock memoir, taking the form of a loose oral history, with material from other writers and “a strong visual component.” It will be edited by ego trip founder Sacha Jenkins.

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Jason Segel to write 'Nightmares!' book series

We always knew that Muppet lover and Dracula musical writer Jason Segel was a giant kid at heart, and now he’s planning to tell stories directly aimed at a very young audience. Random House announced this morning that the How I Met Your Mother star will be releasing a middle-grade series called Nightmares!, co-written by The Eternal Ones author Kirsten Miller. The first book is scheduled for release Fall 2014.

Nightmares! is an adventure story about a group of kids who realize it’s up to them to save their town from fear, which has manifested itself in the form of nightmare creatures that have slipped into the everyday world.

“Ultimately, it’s a story about learning that we can accomplish anything, as long as we are brave enough to try,” said Segel in a press release. “These are the types of stories that always inspired me.”

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‘How I Met Your Mother’ star Josh Radnor to write memoir
Neil Patrick Harris announces memoir: ‘My plan is to reprint Tina Fey’s Bossypants’

B.J. Novak signs two-book deal for Woody Allen-esque stories

Ryan Howard and Kelly Kapoor may not have ended up together on The Office — but next year, you’ll get the chance to reunite them on your bookshelf.

Former Office writer, co-executive producer, and star B.J. Novak has signed a seven-figure, two-book deal with Knopf. But unlike his ex Office-mate Mindy Kaling — who released her own bestselling Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? in 2011 — Novak has eschewed essays for fiction. His agent, Richard Abate, describes the book as a collection of stories — “The closest analogy for me is Woody Allen,” Abate told the New York Times. “Underneath these stories is a real intellectual curiosity. I think their appeal is that they’re incredibly accessible and comic, but at the same time they’re exploring the modern condition.”

Abate knows what he’s talking about; he previously represented Tina Fey (Bossypants), Tracy Morgan (I Am the New Black), and 30 Rock‘s Judah Friedlander (How to Beat Up Anybody). Novak’s first book, which he wrote over the past year, is expected to be published in 2014.

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B.J. Novak on his ‘Mindy Project’ arc, being BFF with Mindy Kaling, and returning to ‘The Office’
Mindy Kaling is writing a second book about her ‘rollercoaster-y’ year
Yes, finally! Amy Poehler has a book deal

Margaret Thatcher biography to be released after her funeral

Margaret Thatcher made sure her legacy would live on.

Before her passing, the former British prime minister approved a biography to be released after her death. NPR reports that the biography, titled Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume One: Not For Turning, was written by Charles Moore and published by Allen Lane.

Allen Lane released a statement saying, “The biography was commissioned in 1997 on the understanding that it would not be published during Baroness Thatcher’s lifetime. Charles Moore was given full access to Baroness Thatcher’s private papers and interviewed her extensively.”

Thatcher’s biography will be released immediately following Thatcher’s funeral, which will take place next week.

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The teen E L James: Beth Reekles talks ‘The Kissing Booth’,’ sex in YA, and French homework — EXCLUSIVE
Diana Gabaldon answers burning questions about the next Outlander novel. Plus, the cover! — EXCLUSIVE
Watch the trailer for Leigh Bardugo’s ‘Seige and Storm’ — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

'Glee' star Chris Colfer reveals title, date, and cover of second 'Land of Stories' book -- EXCLUSIVE

Chris Colfer is used to being No. 1 on the iTunes chart as part of the Glee cast, and he shot to the top of the New York Times best-seller list with his first novel, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. EW has learned exclusively that Book 2 will be called The Enchantress Returns, coming to you Aug. 6, and will feature the evil Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty, who is back with a vengeance.

Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother. Against the will of their grandmother (the one and only Fairy Godmother), the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it’s ever faced.

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Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner lands book deal with Crown Publishers

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Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner has scored a book deal with Random House imprint Crown Publishers.

Geithner’s memoir, which is slated for 2014, will provide a “behind-the-scenes” look at the financial crisis, specifically offering a “play book” for future policy makers to draw on, as well as helping the public to understand how and why governments act in crisis.

“In telling this inside story, Secretary Geithner will chronicle how decisions were made during the most harrowing moments of the crisis, when policy makers faced a fog of uncertainty, risked catastrophic outcomes, and had no institutional memory or recent precedent to guide them,” Crown Publishers said in a press release. READ FULL STORY

Gwyneth Paltrow's new gluten-free, sugar-free cookbook brings out the knives

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great hasn’t even been published yet and it’s already getting heat.

The story goes like this: One day, Paltrow felt faint and feared she was “having a stroke.” The incident (which was actually just a panic attack) inspired her to give her diet an overhaul. She cut out coffee, alcohol, dairy, eggs, sugar, shellfish, deep-water fish, wheat, meat, and soy, as well as processed foods. Since this left her with few options for creative meals for her family (yes, Chris Martin and poor Apple and Moses also subsist on this diet), Paltrow joined forces with food writer Julia Turshen and compiled a gluten-free, sugar-free collection of 185 recipes that the actress guarantees are “not like a punishment.” READ FULL STORY

'Girls' guest star Bob Balaban really has written a best-selling series of books about a bionic dog. No, really...

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One of the best jokes on last night’s Girls involved Hannah’s therapist, played by guest star Bob Balaban, mentioning he had written a bestselling series of children’s books about a bionic dog.

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Joe Manganiello announces fitness book deal

Joe Manganiello has a great body — and so can you!

Today, Gallery Books announced it will publish Manganiello’s fitness book (deep breath), Joe Manganiello’s Evolution: The Cutting-Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You’ve Always Wanted. Release is slated for January 2014.

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Clive Davis on Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Barry Manilow, others -- EXCLUSIVE AUDIO

Clive Davis’ revealing memoir about his long life and career in the music industry has incited much discussion: first on his bisexuality, and then, much more interestingly, there’s been the back and forth between Davis and Kelly Clarkson about creative differences. But in an exclusive clip from the audio verison of The Soundtrack of My Life, Davis remembers less tumultuous relationships with artists, including with Janis Joplin, Barry Manilow, and Whitney Houston. When reflecting on these artists, he can’t choose which one had the most influence on him. “It’s like really asking a parent which child you’ve had the most special relationship with,” he says. It’s no surprise that he doesn’t mention a certain artist in this clip. READ FULL STORY

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