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New literary journal asks, 'What if we were all James Franco?'

We should’ve seen this coming. America’s highest-profile English student and most prolific Faulkner adapter is now the namesake of a literary journal. Prepare for The James Franco ReviewBut despite bearing the actor’s name and silhouetted image on its cover, the journal won’t feature articles curated or written by him. Instead, it’s a publication founded on this question: “What if we were all James Franco?” At least, that’s what it’s founder Corinne Manning claims on the Review‘s about page.

The project is essentially devoted to giving everyday writers the visibility they’d have if they were Franco. Manning and her colleagues came upon the idea after seeing Franco’s byline in multiple publications, and realizing they might stand a better chance of getting published if they submitted as the movie star, instead of themselves. A couple degrees of abstraction and poof: The James Franco Review.

“We seek to publish works of prose and poetry as if we were all James Franco, as if our work was already worthy of an editor’s attention,” Manning writes. “All submissions received are submitted as James Franco and are read by a roving cast of guest editors who choose based on their tastes as readers.”

This falls short of parody and definitely isn’t an homage. It’s almost an indictment. [L.A. Times]

Save the date: On April 28, 2015, you’ll be able to read the true story of America’s first Ebola casualty. Thomas Eric Duncan died on Oct. 8 in Dallas after contracting Ebola while in his native Liberia. Now his fiancée, Louise Troh, has signed on with the Weinstein Company and the Perseus Books Group to tell her story. “Louise Troh’s account of Eric’s life and the aftermath of his death will put a human face on an issue that has gripped the entire nation,” David Steinberger, Perseus’ President and CEO, said in a press release. [AP]

Remember when everyone was toting around copies of Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope and Dreams From My Father? Books are one of the best ways for political hopefuls to get across their message with style, coherency, and depth—and now possible presidential candidate Marco Rubio has signed on to release one. Due out Jan. 13, the book will actually be Rubio’s second, after his 2012 memoir. Based off the title, American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone promises to provide readers with a bit more partisanship, and maybe some reasons to vote for or against the Florida senator. [L.A. Times]

On the Books: 'New Yorker' archives available for free online, for now

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The New Yorker has relaunched its website with a swanky new design (no more pagination!). In the fall, the magazine will introduce a new paywall system that’s similar to that of The New York Times. But for now, everything in its archives since 2007 are available to the public. To highlight those archives, they’ll be posting collections of different journalistic genres; profiles and love stories are already up. [The New Yorker]

David Orr reviews James Franco’s new poetry collection, Directing Herbert White, in the New York Times Book Review, taking his celebrity and academic credentials into account. “I’m obliged here to note that this actor is well acquainted with the educational system, having apparently attended graduate programs at Yale, Columbia, New York University, Brooklyn College, Warren Wilson College, the Rhode Island School of Design, Le Cordon Bleu, Quantico, Hogwarts (Ravenclaw), the Vaganova School of Russian Ballet and the Jedi Academy.” [The New York Times] READ FULL STORY

'Hi doggie!': Hear 'The Room' star Greg Sestero read from his memoir -- EXCLUSIVE AUDIOBOOK EXCERPT

When Entertainment Weekly first spoke to actor Greg Sestero back in 2008 the cult which surrounded his film The Room was still a small, mostly Los Angeles-based affair. Six years on, director-writer-star Tommy Wiseau’s fantastically awful film has become famous around the world and Sestero’s recent memoir The Disaster Artist – which concerns both the film’s production and his friendship with Wiseau — has been optioned by James Franco. READ FULL STORY

On the Books: Wendy Davis to release memoir; study finds more writers self-censoring

Today’s news features a memoir in the works, a study focusing on self-censoring over surveillance concerns, and literary real estate that’s worth millions. Read on for more headlines: READ FULL STORY

On the Books: Eleanor Catton wins Man Booker Prize; National Book Award finalists announced

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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

On the Books: Neil Gaiman's 'Neverwhere' removed from New Mexico school district

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

See James Franco star in the book trailer for 'Actors Anonymous': 'I Am The Actor' -- EXCLUSIVE

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James Franco writes what he knows in his offbeat first novel Actors Anonymous (Oct. 15), which follows his debut short story collection Palo Alto (2010). The structure of the novel is based partly on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, in that members of an actor’s support group make wild confessions from the trenches of their profession in each chapter.

In this exclusive book trailer, Franco and his fellow actors recite some of the maxims, confessions, observations found in the book, like “I’m a good actor, but sometimes I look like a bad actor,” and “I used to care about how I looked. Now I don’t care so much. Maybe it’s because I’m so handsome.”

See the video below: READ FULL STORY

On the Books: Authors feud over Jonathan Franzen essay; Man Booker Prize goes global

Double the feuds, double the fun essays, with the Man Booker Prize and Jonathan Franzen stirring up literary controversies left and right. But even without the fighting, Thursday’s headlines include appearances by Junot Diaz and James Franco. Find out more below on today’s top books news: READ FULL STORY

Amazon Publishing to release James Franco novel

In a move that should surprise no one, James Franco is set to release his first novel, courtesy of the ever-expanding Amazon Publishing. The book, tentatively titled Actors Anonymous will reportedly be based — loosely — on the life of the actor/artist/writer/director/producer/host/perpetual student/clothing-optional magazine cover boy.

Franco released a collection of short stories, titled Palo Alto, in 2010 to mixed reviews and is currently involved in several book-to-screen adaptations. READ FULL STORY

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