CNN’s Peter Bergen, author of Holy War, has signed a book deal with Crown Publishers to write the “definitive account” of the search for Osama bin Laden. Working title: Manhunt.
The Scene at this weekend's LA Times Festival of Books
From n+1: Richard Beck's report from the Ground Zero celebrations after Osama bin Laden's death was announced: "Obama got Osama! Obama got Osama!"
Former SEAL sniper Howard E. Wasdin, who was recently a member of SEAL Team Six, the special Navy unit that killed bin Laden, has a book being published in late May.
Salman Rushdie writes of bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, incredulous that the country’s security services (supposedly a US ally) did not know where the most wanted man in the world was hiding for the past five years. Rushdie says that the US should confront Pakistan and ask them tough questions: “This time the facts speak too loudly to be hushed up.”
The LA Times Jacket Copy blog has rounded up their coverage of last weekend’s Festival of Books, reporting on a chat between Dave Eggers and Patti Smith about memoirs, a panel on The Pale King, and Jennifer Egan (who scored another award: the LA Times Book Prize) discussing “the boundries of form” with fellow authors Benjamin Hale, Olga Grushin, and Frederick Reike.