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  1. book report
    James Frey Joins Team Michael BayBay reportedly paid in the “high six figures” for a Frey book about a group of alien children fallen to Earth following an attack on their home planet.
  2. book report
    McNally Jackson’s Coming Book Machine Heralds Future of Publishing (Again)Exclusive: New York’s first permanent machine will be cranking out paperbacks at Soho’s McNally Jackson Books.
  3. books
    Roxana Saberi, American Journo Imprisoned in Iran, Redeeming Celeb Publishing?She spent six years studying Iran from the inside, but does she have time to write the book she needs to?
  4. chat room
    Novelist Binnie Kirshenbaum on The Scenic Route and Life Under the Radar“Women narrators are supposed to be likable, and my characters are not necessarily nice and/or likable. But they are funny.”
  5. the end
    Adventures in Publicity: ‘Psychiatric Reports’ for CriticsWe were clobbered over a feature we wrote, and now suffer from “nyctophobia”?
  6. bea
    Sully Aces BookExpo AppearanceWith the attention of more than 100 conventiongoers at stake, Sully’s heroic brevity at BookExpo landed listeners safely at the five o’clock cocktail hour.
  7. bea
    BookExpo Another (Good) Excuse to Cry, ‘The Sky Is Falling!’The once-joyous red-letter events of the cultural calendar reduced to doom-y article ledes.
  8. bea
    Steven Tyler ‘Rocks’ BookExpo Keynote, Confuses Chuck KlostermanTopics included raccoon hunting, African cranes, harmonic fifths, and growing up in the Bronx with big lips.
  9. the end
    Sarah Palin Book Deal a Chance for Saul Bellow’s Son to ShineAdam Bellow finally has a chance to prove his genius.
  10. ink-stained wretches
    Stephen King Is Too Rich to Care About People Stealing His BooksLet them eat Funyuns.
  11. ad wizards
    Borders Adopts Bold New Marketing Strategy: Trying to Sell BooksColor us impressed!
  12. ink-stained wretches
    Annals of Law: New Guinea Tribe Sues New YorkerIt’s just your standard-issue case involving rape, murder, and pig theft.
  13. books
    A Big Day in Crap PublishingToday’s important author: 50 Cent.
  14. books
    Random House Finally ExhalesDan Brown’s desperately anticipated follow-up to ‘The Da Vinci Code’ will be released in September.
  15. books
    Breaking: Book Industry Hurt in 2008An industry that sees 5 percent growth as a bubble is taking this in (gimpy) stride.
  16. authoritarian voice
    Decider Less Than Half As Valuable As BubbaToday, George W. Bush sold his book for a reported $7 million.
  17. National Book Critics Circle Awards Turns Into a Roast for the Industry“Here we are with one stand-alone book-review section on the East Coast, and it won’t return my calls!”
  18. light reading
    Neil Strauss and Anthony Bozza on Their New Plans to Publish ‘Intelligent Writing About Stupid Topics’Then there’s the tale of a woman, brought up as a traditional Muslim, who became “the most depraved rock groupie you’ve ever seen.”
  19. light reading
    HarperCollins Launches ‘Escapist’ Imprint, Aided by Neil Strauss“We want to publish books that people want to buy and read.”
  20. wonderful news
    High Times Back Again, Sort of, for Penguin BooksCEO David Shanks is feeling a bit cocky.
  21. dirty books
    Philip Roth: Loyal to Houghton Mifflin, Lecherous ProtagonistsOne of two planned books features “a counterplot of unusual erotic desire”!
  22. fancy
    The Harper’s Take on the End of Publishing Just So … Harper’sSuperagent Andrew Wylie is “an ice sculpture of a tropic general, a moisturized fist of virile elegance.”
  23. inevitable things
    ‘Bag Lady’ Alexandra Penney Will Be Off the Streets A Little LongerBernie Madoff taketh away, but he also giveth.
  24. feuds
    Madoff Losses Unite Feuding BoncampagnisWho? Oh, them.
  25. media deathwatch
    The Media Climate Gets Hotter and HauterMore bad signs of the times, and more publications that are pretending times are better than they really are.
  26. liars
    With Apologies to Oprah: Holocaust Memoirist Confesses to FabricationThe publication of Herman Rosenblat’s Oprah-endorsed ‘Angel Through the Fence’ has been canceled, for obvious reasons.
  27. geniuses
    ‘Pretty Girls Are Like Cars That Need a Lot of Oil’The 9-year-old author of ‘How to Talk to Girls’ offers timeless advice.
  28. sadness
    The End Is NigherHoughton Mifflin is halting all acquisitions.
  29. election hangover
    Joe the Plumber Gets Book DealDo you feel like you are going to barf? Wait till you hear the title.
  30. bolanopalooza
    Why Big Books Still MatterIs Roberto Bolaño’s masterpiece, ‘2666,’ really any more difficult than two seasons of ‘Mad Men’?
  31. the rage of the creative underpaid
    Daily Intel’s Plan for Solving the Economic CrisisThe city is hemorrhaging jobs. Daily Intel knows just how to stanch the flow.
  32. controversy
    ‘The Jewel of Medina’ Rushed to Early ReleaseThe controversial book, which has already prompted one firebombing, will hit the stands on Monday in order to thwart more acts of terrorism.
  33. today in tina
    Tina Fey Too Busy to Deal With Her Multi-Million-Dollar Book DealPublishers are bidding upwards of $6 million for a nonfiction book from her — and she hasn’t even taken a meeting yet.
  34. controversy
    Firebomb Attack Will Not Deter British Publisher’The Jewel of Medina’ isn’t going over well with Islamic extremists.
  35. Celebrity Chefs
    Bam!Emeril Lagesse has signed a ten-book deal with HarperCollins’ experimental HarperStudio imprint.
  36. intel
    Jane Friedman: ‘I’m Not Done by a Long Shot!’At an unofficial gathering last night to celebrate the former HarperCollins CEO, everyone donned fun Jane masks and did their best not to acknowledge that her exit was totally awkward and abrupt.
  37. intel
    Found Hound to Get Book Deal?Owner hints dog “has more than enough material for a novel.” Please, God, no.
  38. party lines
    George Lois Didn’t Love Our ‘Two Guys Fisting’ CoverAlso, the legendary adman and ‘Esquire’ cover designer has a new gig.
  39. ink-stained wretches
    Hearst Corp. CEO Victor Ganzi Is OutThe abrupt departure leaves former CEO Frank Bennack Jr. in charge.
  40. intel
    Jane Friedman Shoved Out Just As She Was Leaving?Let’s just say her best friend left the party and things got awkward — so she started gathering her things to leave, but not quickly enough.
  41. intel
    Jane Friedman’s Departure: Sentimental or Suspicious?The HarperCollins CEO suddenly resigned late last night, leaving more than a few scratching their heads. Do people like her just simply retire?
  42. white men with money
    Bloomberg to Solve Country’s Problems the Old-fashioned Way: With Self-help BookThe mayor is currently working on a tome titled: ‘Do the Hard Things First (and Other Bloomberg Rules for Business and Politics).’
  43. ink-stained wretches
    Paula Froelich of ‘Page Six’ Enters the Fiction FrayThe laugh-it-up columnist just sold her ‘Sex and the City’–type debut novel to Simon & Schuster.
  44. apropos of nothing
    Publicists in Stirrup Pants: Self-Help Tome Yields Book-World GossipWho humiliated her male assistant for five years before finally driving him away?
  45. 21 questions
    Former Hillary Clinton Intern Keli Goff Thinks Chris Rock Should Be PresidentName: Keli Goff Age: 28 Job: Political pundit, author of Party Crashing: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence, out this week from Basic Books. Neighborhood: Lower East Side Who’s your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? Jackie O. The First Lady, not the rapper. What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in New York French fries at Bette, followed by cheesecake at Veniero’s. In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job? I write and talk about politics.
  46. in other news
    Kristen Is Rich Last night, Ashley Alexandra Dupré, a.k.a. “Kristen,” told the New York Times she was worried about paying her rent in the fancy Flatiron district building in which she lives. But in fact, in the less than 24 hours since that interview took place, Dupre’s personal wealth has increased considerably. The two songs on her Amie Street profile, which each cost 98 cents, have reportedly been downloaded more than two million times, and according to that site’s business model, Dupré should receive 70 percent of the total profit. Plus! Playboy and Penthouse are both reportedly interested in setting up photo shoots. “We’ve already discussed some options,” Penthouse publisher Diane Silberstein tells Radar, adding that they’d pay in the “high six figures.” Book publishers, however, are dragging their feet. “I don’t think it’s worth anything,” HarperCollins publisher Jonathan Burnham tells Portfolio today, making us want to wrap our hands around his neck and administer a light throttle. “There’s no story there.” Seriously? Does no one remember for instance the best-selling Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl, soon to be an HBO series with Darren Star? Hookers are so hot right now.
  47. the take
    Lit Siblings Lorin and Anna Stein Live the Life You Dream OfApple-picking and chocolate-brown velvet jackets.
  48. intel
    O.J. Simpson Shows the Goldmans the MoneyHey – did you hear O.J. Simpson got in trouble again? Yeah, apparently some bad mojo went down in Vegas. The whole mess began when Simpson tried to get back some personal memorabilia that had been taken from him and then was accused of armed robbery. Oddly enough, the stuff (a Hall of Fame plaque, a signed photo of Simpson and J. Edgar Hoover, and some signed footballs) was originally removed from his house to keep it away from the family of murder victim Ron Goldman, says the Daily News. The family is owed $38 million by Simpson, and a friend says Simpson’s cohorts were trying to keep the memorabilia from being sold off to help pay the debt. Which is funny, since in trying to get it back, O.J. has inadvertently thrown even more money into the Goldmans’ coffers.
  49. in other news
    Fake Steve Jobs Is Greedy, Outed, and at Work on a Fake Novel If you’re enough of a techie that the idea of a parody blog written from Steve Jobs’s point of view strikes you as rife with comic possibilities, well, you probably already know Fake Steve Jobs. And if you do, you’ve probably just read (while browsing the Times on your iPhone, no doubt) that the paper exposed the anonymous author of that blog — i.e. Fake Steve himself — as Daniel Lyons, a senior editor at Forbes. (“Hope you feel good about yourself, you mangina,” wrote Lyons to Times reporter Brad Stone in today’s you-got-me post — written in his own voice, not Steve’s.)
  50. apropos of nothing
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