The inside of Roald Dahl's storied writing shed.
Rapper Nas has signed a deal with HarperCollins to write a memoir, tentatively titled It Ain’t Hard to Tell. The book will be co-authored with journalist and TV host Touré, and is slated to come out next year. Meanwhile, Sean (Diddy) Combs is preparing to release his own book, Culo by Mazzucco, a 248-page “photographic coffee-table collection of women’s backsides.”
Triple Canopy debuts its fourteenth issue (and first literary one!), titled Counterfactuals.
A very cheesy trailer for Haruki Murakmi’s novel 1Q84.
Roald Dahl’s family is trying to raise over $790,000 to relocate the late author’s writing shed from his backyard in Great Missenden to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Buckinghamshire, England; commenters aren’t happy that the public is being asked to pay.
Buchpreisbindung, a German law that enforces standard pricing on all new books—whether they’re sold online or in stores—is what's responsible for the German publishing industry's surprising success, Bill Morris reports at The Millions.
The following J. D. Salinger “autograph letter,” written in “nearly illegible cursive,” and dated March 12, 1989, is going for $50,000 on eBay: “Dear Mary—Please make sure all the errands are done before you go on vacation, as I do not want to be bothered with insignificant things. Thank you. J. D. Salinger”.
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Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan has refused to be paid for his role in Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Bachchan will be playing Meyer Wolfsheim, the crooked businessman who Gatsby claims fixed the World Series.