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On the Books: First woman held captive by Ariel Castro to publish memoir; court orders delay of Malcolm X book printing

The first woman captured by Ariel Castro has signed a book deal, while printing of The Diary of Malcolm X has been postponed. Read on for more headlines:

Weinstein Books announced it has acquired the rights to publish a memoir by Michelle Knight, the first woman Ariel Castro kidnapped and held captive, in spring 2014. According to the press release, the book will cover Knight’s early life, abduction, and present day, as well as new details about her captivity and escape. “I want to give every victim of violence a new outlook on life,” Knight said in the press release. “Victims need to know that no matter how hard it rains in the darkness, they will have the strength and courage that God gave them when they were born to rise above and overcome any obstacle that stands in their way.”

The publisher of The Diary of Malcolm X has been ordered to delay printing because the corporation representing the heirs of Malcolm X claimed the publishing house does not have rights to the diary. [Publishers Weekly]

The American Book Awards unveiled this year’s winners, including Louise Erdrich, Amanda Coplin, and D.G. Nanouk Okpik. The award honors “excellence in American literature without restriction or bias with regard to race, sex, creed, cultural origin, size of press or ad budget, or even genre.” [AP]

Following the National Book Awards, publishers are rushing to reprint more copies of the winning books, such as  James McBride’s winning novel The Good. [Publishers Weekly]

But perhaps it’s time to reconsider what book awards are all about. Ishmael Reed argues that the honors are losing their importance. [The Wall Street Journal]

Poet Wanda Coleman, a National Book Award finalist, died Friday at 67. [LA Times]

As 2013 closes, we’ll be seeing more lists like these, ranking the best books of the year. Check out the picks from The Washington Post. [The Washington Post]

How do you write a book about boredom without making it boring? Here are three that do the trick. [NPR]

Historian Jim Cullen discusses 'Sensing the Past: Hollywood Stars and Historical Visions'

Have you ever noticed strains of Jeffersonian populism in Dirty Harry? Or Lincoln’s institutional confidence in Big? Jim Cullen has.

Cullen, a former Harvard professor who currently helms the History Department at the Fieldston School in New York City, sees historical undercurrents in a lot of films. So many, in fact, that he’s written a book on the subject. Sensing the Past: Hollywood Stars and Historical Visions explores American history as seen through the lenses of six A-list stars: Clint Eastwood, Daniel Day-Lewis, Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, and Jodie Foster. He even assigns each actor a historical counterpart – in Eastwood’s case, it’s Thomas Jefferson; for Meryl Streep, it’s pioneering feminist Betty Friedan. Cullen looks at each actor’s career and explains how their choices of roles reveal their individual notions of history, and how those notions align with those of their analogues. Daniel Day-Lewis, for example, is the consummate champion of the frontier.

EW spoke with Cullen about the book and the inspiration behind it. Read the edited interview after the jump:


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