Booklicious: Friday Bookmarks

March 11, 2011


*Salman Rushdie, not content with racking up gorgeous exes, appearing in music videos and incurring a fatwa for writing one of the 20th century's most famous works, is writing a TV show. Why not?

*In other small-screen news, books are apparently hot stuff this pilot season, with both fiction and nonfiction finding a place in next-season's scripts. On ABC, Poe is to be immortalized and a contemporary re-imagining of The Count of Monte Cristo is planned, fairy tales are coming alive on both NBC and ABC, and a handful of autobiographical shows also are in the lineup (to mention just a few).

*Got $30 million and a savior complex? The Long Island mansion that supposedly was the inspiration for Daisy Buchanan's house in The Great Gatsby is scheduled for demolition, unless someone with very deep pockets swoops in and saves it.

*Oh, to have friends in high places. Bill Clinton's college roommate has written a book - and the former president showed his support by penning the preface.

*Britain's Royal Mail this week released a new set of stamps featuring famous wizards, witches and enchanters. The stunning collection includes Merlin, The White Witch, and Albus Dumbledore.

*Perhaps the strangest book news this week, however, is the announcement that Funny or Die is launching its own book imprint. The first release - Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk - is set for a July print date.


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