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On the Books: Keith Richards wrote a children's book and Anne Rice's Lestat lives!

Keith Richards is publishing a children’s picture book, called Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar. Richards’ grandfather was in a jazz big band and was a childhood role model of the rocker’s. “I have just become a grandfather for the fifth time, so I know what I’m talking about,” says Richards in a press release. “The bond, the special bond, between kids and grandparents is unique and should be treasured. This is a story of one of those magical moments. May I be as great a grandfather as Gus was to me.” His daughter Theodora Richards will do the illustrations in pen and ink. The book will be released in hardcover and ebook on September 9, 2014, with the hardcover edition including an exclusive audio CD featuring bonus book content.

City Room’s Big City Book Club had a funny little Q&A with Gary Shteyngart on Jay McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City. Shteyngart reminisces on the good old days when Manhattan was “a genuine mix of pathology and creativity.” Now the craziest thing that might happen to you is “a Citi Bike might run over your foot on the way to the Equinox and then you’ll tweet about it pretty hard.” True. [New York Times]

That Amtrak writers residency is now a real thing. They’re accepting application on their website and 24 “winners” will receive round-trip tickets to a mystery location that Amtrak chooses based on availability. So get ready for a romantic ride to Bakersfield, CA.

George Saunders is going to have to install a second mantle in his house to hold all his trophies. He has now won his second award in as many weeks. First it was the Story Prize and now it’s the inaugural Folio Prize from the UK, which comes with a $67,000 reward. Slow clap for the Tenth of December. [New York Times]

LESTAT LIVES! Anne Rice is publishing a new Lestat novel, Prince Lestat, which will be out in October (go figure.) The book will be a sequel to her Vampire Chronicles and the start of a new series. [Guardian]

I had to read all the Vampire Chronicles over again and I had to kind of … I don’t want to be irritating or pretentious talking about a character as if he’s a real human being, but I really had to wrestle Lestat to the ground, and beat him up, and say ‘look, you’ve got to talk to me, I’ve got to know what you’ve been doing’. Because I can’t really write novels about that character unless he wants to come through, and it really is like he’s a living breathing being somewhere, and suddenly he did, he came through, and he started to talk and I was taking the dictation, and everything went splendidly well and it was very exciting.

Carlos Santana to pen memoir

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Guitar God Carlos Santana will soon join the ranks of Keith Richards, Grace Slick, Marilyn Manson…basically every rocker who’s had the wherewithal to capitalize on their legacy with a tell-all memoir, The Associated Press reports.

Santana signed an agreement with Little, Brown and Co. (the same imprint that published Keith Richards’ Life two years ago) to spill his life story in a book, due for release in 2014.

The 65-year-old musician is expected to dish on the likes of Eric Clapton and Herbie Hancock as he recounts his mammoth career.  His tale is sure to be juicy – you don’t sell 100 million records without a few gritty details.

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Keith Richards' memoir 'Life': The Next EW Shelf Life Book Club pick

keith-richards-lifeThe book club took a little hiatus, but we’re back! First up for discussion — this Friday,  Nov. 19 —  is Keith Richards’ autobiography Life. And then, on December 10, check back for a discussion on Allie Condie’s Matched, the novel being touted as the next Hunger Games.

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