*Because we're apparently living in the Remake Age of Hollywood, director Baz Luhrmann has started nailing down actors for his production of The Great Gatsby. In a casting move I find monstrously bad, Carey Mulligan was just announced as Daisy, while Tobey Maguire is expected to play Nick Carraway and Leonardo DiCaprio will be taking on the role of Jay Gatsby. No word yet on the other roles.
*Here's a couple who deserve their own tag on Fark.com. A man and woman stole a rare first-edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone from an exhibition in the U.K. If they think they'll be able to get full market value for it, they've got another thing coming. "Whoever stole it will have a terrible time selling it," said the book dealer who loaned the book to the exhibit. "We have photos of where it is restored so it’s easy to identify.”
*The National Book Foundation announced the winners of this year's National Book Awards earlier this week. Jaimy Gordon won the fiction prize for Lord of Misrule (McPherson & Co.), Patti Smith nabbed the nonfiction award for Just Kids (Ecco), while Terrance Hayes walked away with the poetry prize for Lighthead (Penguin) and Kathryn Erskine won the prize for young people's literature with Mockingbird (Philomel).
*The biggest news story this week was obviously the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and because no one wanted to be left out, the books department at the Guardian put together a nuptials quiz to mark the occasion. How well do you know your literary marriages? (7/10 here - a sight better than the last one!)
*If you didn't have a chance to pick up the Sarah Palin comic before it sold out in 2008, then here's some good news: there's to be a sequel!