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Alan Cumming plays all the roles in 'Macbeth' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Actor Alan Cumming can play a huge array of characters, from an evil Russian computer programmer to a blue, be-tailed mutant to Eli Gold, the venal public relations guru from The Good Wife. Cumming is putting that versatility to the test by starring in a one-man version of Shakespeare’s MacBeth for a limited engagement run at Lincoln Center. This latest reimagining casts Cumming as the only patient in a psych ward, where he is inhabited by the different characters from the classic tragedy. For those of us who can’t attend the show in person, Simon & Schuster Audio has recorded an audiobook version (out July 3) that captures the intensity of Cumming’s performance. Check out an interview with Cumming and an exclusive audio excerpt below! READ FULL STORY

Jenner sisters from 'Kardashians' to write dystopian novel

Young adult readers are hungry for dystopias following the success of The Hunger Games, and now two sisters from Keeping Up With the Kardashians are ready for more chaos.

Kendall and Kylie Jenner announced today that they are writing an as-yet-untitled book about two sisters in a futuristic world, due next summer. Karen Hunter Publishing, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will publish the book.

“We can’t wait to share these characters and the world we created with readers everywhere,” Kylie said in a statement.

The two have teamed up with Maya Sloan, author of High Before Homeroom, to co-write the story, which could be the first in a possible series, E! reports.

Cissy Houston to write a book about her daughter Whitney Houston

Cissy Houston, mother of Whitney Houston, has signed a deal with HarperCollins to tell the story of her megastar daughter’s life. The currently untitled book, which is described as the late singer’s “unabridged and unbelievable story,” is slated for February 2013. READ FULL STORY

Oprah's Book Club returns in a new, updated form

Since the end of her iconic daytime talk show last year, Oprah Winfrey’s sway in terms of TV ratings may have diminished, but it remains to be seen whether her influence on the publishing world is still intact. After a two-year hiatus, the popular Oprah’s Book Club is returning — no doubt to the relief of publishers, publicists, and booksellers everywhere. Winfrey’s first pick is Wild by Cheryl Strayed, which EW’s Melissa Maerz gave an “A” grade, calling it “a rich, riveting true story about a woman who has bottomed out emotionally and decides to do something wildly out of character — hike the Pacific Crest Trail — to get her life back on track.” READ FULL STORY

Chris Colfer bookstore appearance dates! -- FIRST LOOK

Glee star Chris Colfer has been on sold-out arena tours before, but come July, he’ll be embarking on a different kind of tour altogether. To promote his upcoming children’s book The Land of Stories (July 17), he’ll be giving book signings across the country, mostly in the New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco areas, as well as in Kurt Hummel’s home state of Ohio.

Described as a “modern-day fairy tale,” the book will focus on twins Alex and Conner, who leave the real world behind and find themselves in a land where they come face-to-face with the fairy-tale characters — witches, goblins, trolls — they’ve always read about.

See if Colfer is coming to a bookstore near you! READ FULL STORY

Snooki's new novel 'Gorilla Beach': I read it so you don't have to!

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Mommy-to-be and Jersey Shore starlet Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is at it again. Today her third(!) book, Gorilla Beach, hits shelves. Simultaneously, a part of me died because this is her third book. Beach is a follow-up to her first novel A Shore Thing, written with the help of ghostwriter Valerie Frankel. Confessions of a non-guidette: I didn’t read A Shore Thing, but the EW review pretty much covered the basics. Gia and her cousin Bella take Seaside Heights by storm, consume large amounts of alcohol, and shenanigans ensue.

In Gorilla Beach, the girls return to Seaside Heights only to run into some bad luck. So what do they do? Flee to Atlantic City, of course! Joining Gia and Bella on their AC adventure is a new character, Fredo. Together, they manage to win $60,000 at the roulette table. Meanwhile, Gia meets Arthur Ponzirelli, a.k.a. Ponzi. And guess what? He’s a professional con man who scams Gia and her friends out of their prize money. (I seriously couldn’t make this stuff up.)

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Bethenny Frankel talks new novel 'Skinnydipping'

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Bravo TV starlet Bethenny Frankel can now add fiction writer to her long list of credits. Skinnydipping, her fiction debut, hit shelves yesterday. The story follows Faith Brightstone, an aspiring actress, who packs her bags and moves to L.A. hoping to find fame, fortune, and a handsome boyfriend while she’s at it. But when things don’t go quite as planned, she moves to NYC. Five years later she ends up on a reality TV show for Sybil Hunter, a Martha Stewart-esque personality. (The reality program is clearly a nod to Frankel’s own time spent on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, and it certainly isn’t the only similarity to Frankel’s life.) Here, the three-time best-selling author talks about her inspiration for the novel and explains the title.

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Simon Cowell's biography -- I read it so you don't have to!

Simon Cowell is the latest celebrity to get the biography treatment. Tom Bower’s Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell is on shelves now, and I’ve decided to spare you with the latest edition of “I Read It So You Don’t Have To.” Starting with Cowell’s upbringing in England and continuing through his rocky launch of the The X Factor in the United States, Bower paints a pretty detailed picture of how Simon Cowell became the (very rich) man he is today. Cowell started out working in the mailroom of a music company, and—like him or not—he’s one of the great media moguls of our day.

But Cowell is not an easy man to please, and it’s evident that he doesn’t want to see any of his competitors (he’s looking at you, Simon Fuller) succeed. “I despise it when somebody who isn’t working with me is successful on their own—it really upsets me. And I wish for their demise.” Way harsh, Tai!

Unless you count yourself a huge Simon Cowell fan, you can probably skip the book. Instead, read on for the highlights of Sweet Revenge, which include some ’90s pop gems and the admission that Simon uses black toilet paper!

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Gregg Allman talks life behind the scenes in new memoir, 'My Cross to Bear' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Nearly two decades ago, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band headlined sold-out concerts across the country. Behind the scenes, he was tussling with unsuccessful marriages to six different women including Cher, substance abuse, and a battle with hepatitis C. The result: the stories chronicled in My Cross to Bear (out May 1).

In the revealing memoir, the musician opens up about his rocky past, including the defining moments after he discovered the death of his older brother in a motorcycle accident. Allman recounts what it was like to lose his brother in this exclusive clip from the enhanced version of the e-book: READ FULL STORY

Carole King talks about her memoir 'A Natural Woman' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Iconic singer-songwriter Carole King has written a memoir, A Natural Woman, that’s as rich and soulful as one of her hit songs. In it, she writes about her teenage years, during which she wrote her first chart-topper “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” and takes the reader through her rise to celebrity and her four marriages, including her tumultuous creative and personal partnership with Gerry Goffin. Running through the entire narrative is King’s passionate love and deep knowledge of music, and given that King is an iconic singer-songwriter, the audiobook version, voiced by the author herself, might be the best way to experience her story — she takes frequent breaks from the narrative to break into a cappella renditions of her songs. Check out the clip below to see King sound off on the writing and narrating process. READ FULL STORY

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