*It's no secret - bookstores are dropping faster than the proverbial flies. Flavorpill's compiled a list of 10 that hopefully won't be going anywhere soon. [Thanks, Al!]
*A rash of biographies about musical stars are scheduled to hit shelves this autumn, featuring notables like Keith Richards, Jay-Z, Susan Boyle and Bret Michaels. So how is a celeb supposed to stand out from the crowd? Maybe they should start by binding their book in leather, wrapping it in silk and charging $685 for it - à la Jimmy Page.
*A group of very wonderful people is slowly but surely digitizing George Bernard Shaw's extensive photography collection - all 24,000 images of it. Considering the collection includes a few of Shaw in his birthday suit, I have a feeling more than a few scholars are currently placing bets as to whether Shaw will turn out to be man or superman.
*A poet in Atlanta, Ga., is papering the city with haikus.
*If you've got a few dollars to spare and want to give to a good cause, you need look no further than this literary auction on eBay. All proceeds go to pay the medical bills of Jennifer Derilo, an editor at the Kartika Review who is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma and currently has no health insurance. You can bid on autographed books, manuscript critiques by established authors and book artwork.
*Betty White's been everywhere lately, it seems, and now she's making her mark in yet another arena - comic books. That's right, the octogenarian will be the star of a comic called Female Force: Betty White. It's scheduled for a November release. I predict it will be stuffing a large number of stockings come Christmas.
*The Man Booker prize shortlist is now out - ladies and gentlemen, place your bets.