Roger Ebert

Hillary Clinton has signed a deal with Simon and Schuster to write a book (her third) about “key decisions and experiences from her time as Secretary of State.” The book, which as of yet does not have a title, is slated to come out in 2014—just around the time that Clinton is rumored to announce a possible run for her boss’s job.

Legendary Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert passed away on Thursday at the age of 70. In addition to his incredible body of criticism (much of which is available at the Sun-Times archive), Ebert will be remembered for his very public struggle with cancer and candid writing and tweeting about the experience. For more on Ebert, Will Leitch wrote movingly about his first encounter with the critic for Deadspin. At the New Yorker, Robert Mankoff talks about Ebert’s ultimately successful bid to win a cartoon caption contest. And Salon has posted an essay about death by Ebert himself.

The Atlantic has hired longtime Slate editor (and TNR vet) Ann Hulbert to be their new books and culture editor.

What’s it like being asked to write your first book review for the Times? Like being summoned by God (which is to say: terrifying), says Roxana Robinson at the New Yorker’s Page Turner blog.

Ig Books is launching a new imprint to bring back forgotten YA novels of the past century. The initiative will be spearheaded by Shelf Discovery author Lizzie Skurnick (and ergo called Lizzie Skurnick Books). The lead-off title will be Debutante Hill by Lois Duncan.

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