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On The Books: Jon Cryer's Memoir from 'Pretty in Pink' to 'Two and A Half Men'

Jon Cryer is writing a memoir, and I hope he makes it a diary from the perspective of Duckie. I would snap that book up. Sounds like Cryer has the right attitude about it though: “In these times of truly global crisis when fear is outracing hope, I think we can all be grateful that the guy who played Duckie in Pretty in Pink is writing a book. It’ll be filled with just what you’d expect from me; juicy tidbits on international monetary policy, catty comments regarding agriculture in Central Asia and of course, forbidden anecdotes about stamp collecting. And maybe I’ll talk about Charlie Sheen.”

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On the Books: National Book Awards ceremony tonight; Brooke Shields to write book about mothers and daughters

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The winners of the National Book Awards will be announced tonight at a ceremony that will be streamed live here starting at 6 p.m. ET. In other books news, Brooke Shields will be writing a book, while a debut novelist has landed a staggering book deal for her novel about witches. Read on for more of today’s top headlines:

Speaking of the National Book Awards, Thomas Pynchon, whose novel Bleeding Edge is nominated for the fiction prize, is rumored (not surprisingly) to not make an appearance at tonight’s ceremony. [New York Times]

And to refresh your memory about the finalists, revisit some of their pieces for The New Yorker in this slideshow. [The New Yorker]

Actress Brooke Shields will be publishing a book about mother-daughter relationships with Dutton. [LA Times]

More awards news: The Everything Store, the book about retail behemoth Amazon by Brad Stone, has been named the Business Book of the Year. [Publishers Weekly]

Mexican political journalist and novelist Elena Poniatowska has won the Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious Spanish language literary award that’s also worth €125,000. [Washington Post]

Debut novelist Sally Green landed a £1 million book deal for Half Bad, a book about witches. [The Telegraph]

And lastly, children’s book author Charlotte Zolotow died Tuesday at age 98. [New York Times]

On to the must-reads: Hunger Games mastermind Suzanne Collins gave a rare, five-part interview to Time magazine about her series and the second film adaptation. [TIME]

Janet Evanovich answers five burning questions about her latest novel, how she comes up with titles, and what Stephanie Plum would do for Thanksgiving. [USA Today]

At last! Mathematician Ben Blatt has figured out a strategy to find Waldo. [Slate]

Finally, ICYMI: Demi Lovato talked to EW about writing her new book Staying Strong and the struggles she experienced in her career. [EW]

Jhumpa Lahiri, Thomas Pynchon named National Book Awards finalists

There are quite a few famous names among the National Book Award finalists, which were announced this morning. Among the fiction contenders are Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri for her novel The Lowland and the famously press-shy Thomas Pynchon for Bleeding Edge. Even the least known novelist, Rachel Kushner, has been a finalist before. See below for the entire shortlist in all four categories: READ FULL STORY

On the Books: Morrissey memoir to be released this month; study finds 'literary fiction' increases reader empathy

Craving a look at Morrissey’s life? Want to know if fiction readers are more empathetic? Read on for more of today’s books headlines: READ FULL STORY

Thomas Pynchon's full backlist comes to e-readers

For the first time, Thomas Pynchon’s seven novels and one short story collection will be beaming onto e-readers today. It shouldn’t be surprising that the notoriously private author is willing to embrace the digital form. After all, Wired magazine dubbed him “the paranoid poet of the information age,” as many of his works examine the fascinating and frightening effects of technology on modern culture. Plus, Pynchon probably isn’t averse to any format that allows you to buy a book without leaving the house.

Are you excited to download V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity’s Rainbow, Slow Learner, Vineland, Mason & Dixon, Against the Day, and Inherent Vice?

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Thomas Pynchon speaks! Author lends his voice to 'Inherent Vice' trailer

41786526So it turns out that Thomas Pynchon really does sound like The Dude from The Big Lebowski. Tracy Locke of The Penguin Press confirms that the reclusive author narrates the trailer for his new book, Inherent Vice, which we wrote about on Shelf Life yesterday. Of course, Simpsons fans might have recognized the voice from Pynchon’s memorable guest appearance — with a paper bag over his head — in a 2004 episode of the long-running Fox series. (In fact, the Wall Street Journal went so far as to send the Simpsons clip and a Pynchon-voiced German TV spot to a Michigan-based sound engineer and voice identification expert to help prove it’s Pynchon on the trailer.)

Although the text of the trailer’s voiceover is not from Inherent Vice, Locke says that Pynchon composed it himself. The trailer seems to channel the voice of the book’s hero, a stoner private eye in ’70s L.A. named Doc Sportello. Now the real question is: Does Pynchon also look like The Dude?

Thomas Pynchon's 'Inherent Vice': What were they smoking when they made the book trailer?

Last week, Penguin released a YouTube trailer for Inherent Vice, Thomas Pynchon’s new noirish mystery about a stoner P.I. in 1970s L.A. The result is, well, only groovyish. Low-budget without seeming cheap, the nearly three-minute clip presents a fun montage of actor-less scenes: well-shot images of driving along the Pacific coast in L.A. and the beach, with atmospheric close-ups of a red convertible, a black cat creeping along a low beach-side wall, etc. (That’s the general rule with book trailers: Unless you can tape a telegenic or media-savvy author on a camcorder, like another new Penguin trailer with Andrew Weil, it’s best not to hire actual actors.)

The only actor here is the voiceover artist, who seems to be channeling Jeff Bridges’ The Dude from The Big Lebowski, with all the gravel of a middle-aged pothead. Interestingly, it’s not the voice of Ron McLarty, the narrator of the audiobook version of Inherent Vice. Even more curious, it seems that none of the text of this trailer is from Pynchon’s book. I just scanned the first chapter and I can’t detect a single line that corresponds to Pynchon’s actual writing. And I’m not just talking about the cutish joke at the end about the narrator’s astonishment that the book costs $27.95 — “$27.95? That used to be, like, three weeks of groceries, man.” If you’re promoting a book by Thomas Pynchon, wouldn’t you want to put Pynchon’s words front and center — and not have someone summarize the book’s set-up in a Pynchon-like style?

Thomas Pynchon: What might he look like now?

pynchon_morphAbout three years ago, EW commissioned New York forensic artist Stephen Mancusi — a guy who’s done deliberately aged likenesses of everyone from JonBenet Ramsey to Marilyn Monroe — to use his professional techniques to render what reclusive author Thomas Pynchon might look like now. His drawing was based on Pynchon’s 1955 high school yearbook photo, one of the last known snapshots of the Gravity’s Rainbow scribe, and accompanied Ken Tucker’s grade-A review of the then 69-year-old writer’s novel Against the Day. Pynchon’s new novel, an L.A.-set mystery titled Inherent Vice, is due in stores this month (EW’s Sean Howe gives it an A). So we thought we’d resurrect Mr. Mancusi’s work. Yes, the artist’s Pynchon looks a little like John Ratzenberger from Cheers. Maybe that‘s the reason he doesn’t put an author photo on the dust jackets of his books.

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