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On the Books: Mary-Louise Parker to pen memoir in the form of letters

Actress Mary-Louise Parker will tell her life story through a series of letters penned to the most important men in her life—so exes Billy Crudup and Jeffrey Dean Morgan should maybe look out. Dear Mr. You will be released by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner in fall 2015. “I am so honored and thrilled to be working with Scribner and in the company of such wonderful writers,” said Mary-Louise Parker in a Scribner press release.

“From Frank McCourt to Jeannette Walls to Anjelica Huston, Scribner loves a great memoirist, and Mary-Louise Parker is one,” added senior vice president and publisher Nan Graham. “Her writing is magnificent; the conceit—a memoir in letters to men—is wholly original and brilliantly executed.” The Emmy-, Tony-, and Golden Globe-winning actress is best known for her critically acclaimed role as pot-dealing widow Nancy Botwin on Showtime’s Weeds. 

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On the Books: Bruce Springsteen's publishing a book about a bank-robbing baby

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The Boss is jumping on the bandwagon of musicians writing children’s books with the November 4 release of Outlaw Pete, a picture book based on his 2009 song of the same name. The book will be composed of Springsteen’s lengthy lyrics about a bank-robbing baby paired with illustrations by cartoonist/author Frank Caruso, according to New York Times.

While it’s being marketed as a picture book for adults, Simon & Schuster president Jonathan Karp said it’s “for readers of all ages.”

“It’s a book for anybody who loves a good Western,” he told The Times. “Obviously, the song it’s based on is for adults. It has an adult sensibility, and so does the book. Outlaw Pete is a quintessentially Springsteen character, brought to life here, and like the song, it’s a meditation on fate. Pete is robbing banks at a very young age, and he does a lot of things he regrets, but as the lyric says, you can’t undo the things you’ve done.”

Fellow musician Keith Richards announced back in March would be writing a children’s book, following in the footsteps of Madonna, Jimmy Buffett, and three of the four Beatles.

On the Books: Maya Angelou writes poem for Nelson Mandela; Simon & Schuster launches 'Hot Bed' category

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Shonda Rhimes lands book deal for memoir(ish) take on work and family

If you’re like me and have to watch Grey’s Anatomy with closed captions to keep up with the characters’ fast-paced emotional monologues (“Something something I’m your person something something dark and twisty something me something ME!”), you’ll love this news: Shonda Rhimes is getting a book deal!

The creator of Scandal, Grey’s, and Private Practice has inked a deal with Simon & Schuster for a book that’s being billed as “part memoir, part inspiration, part prescription.” Rhimes — a single mother of three girls — will write about building her family on the cusp of her skyrocketing Hollywood career and navigating the subsequent challenges that come from balancing those two facets of her life.

“Simon and Schuster is crazy for giving me a book deal as I am clearly in no position to be handing out wisdom,” Rhimes said in a release. “But I have made a lot of mistakes as a single mother and as a working mother and as a sleepless mother and as a dating mother. And I did all of it while running a bunch of TV shows. So I’m going to write about that and hope my kids don’t use it against me in therapy later.”

The book is due for publication in 2015.

'What Does the Fox Say?' children's book on the way

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You’ve probably seen that YouTube video about what the fox says. Soon you’ll get to read about it.

Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Publishing has acquired a picture book based on the online sensation devised by the Norwegian comedy team Ylvis. The publisher announced Monday that the upcoming release, What Does the Fox Say?, will come out Dec. 10.

Ylvis, alias for brothers Vegard and Bard Ylvisaker, have scored more than 200 million YouTube hits since September of them prancing in fox suits singing: “Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding! Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!”

Watch the video below:
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Listen to Forest Whitaker and Lee Daniels narrate 'The Butler' audiobook -- EXCLUSIVE

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Lee Daniels’ The Butler actors Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and David Oyelowo, as well as director Lee Daniels, lend their vocal talents to the audiobook version of The Butler: A Witness to History. The film’s inspiration, Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article “A Butler Well Served by This,” has been extended to a full book, available in print, digital, and audiobook form.

The work chronicles the story of Eugene Allen, the real-life man who served as a butler in the White House through eight presidential administrations, from Presidents Truman to Reagan.

Daniels narrates his foreword, whereas Whitaker reads the bulk of the text. Winfrey and Oyelowo narrate an additional essay by Haygood also included in the book that focuses on the history of black images in film and Hollywood.

This exclusive excerpt highlights snippets from the audiobook as well as scenes from the film:
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The 'Fifty Shades' bump: More 'Twilight' fanfiction is being turned into novels

Here’s some news appropriate for Bram Stoker’s 165th birthday: Another piece of Twilight fanfiction is getting adapted into an original novel, Fifty Shades of Grey-style. The fic, originally called “The Office,” reimagined Edward Cullen and Bella Swan as a powerful businessman and his smart, ambitious intern.

Sound familiar? That’s not because the story rips off Fifty Shades — in fact, “The Office” appeared on the Internet before the fic that became E L James’ bestseller. “The Office paved the way for Fifty Shades and a thousand other imitators,” University of Utah professor and fanfiction expert Anne Jamison tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It turned fanfiction’s ‘porn without plot’ into porn as plot, peopling Twilight‘s basic plot structure with sexually voracious, assertive and snarky adults.”
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The problem with publishing the Joe Paterno biography

It’s hard to remember these days that once upon a time, Joseph Paterno was above all described as “America’s winningest college football coach, who changed the country one football player at a time.”

Indeed, in the ongoing aftermath of a scandal that rocked both sport and nation alike, Paterno is now more immediately–if not exclusively–recognized as one of several powerful men that for 14 years “failed to take any steps” to protect child sexual abuse victims, some of which were suffering under his supposedly hallowed locker-room roof.

It is in this pickle of epithets that book publisher Simon & Schuster currently finds itself when it comes to the handling of one of its upcoming releases.  That book?  Sportswriter-turned-author Joe Posnanski’s biography Paterno.

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