Alan Hollinghurst

South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, a “Tea Party politician on the rise,” has signed a book deal with Sentinel, which will publish her memoir Can’t Is Not an Option: My Story in January 2012.

The Guardian details the disastrous results of the recently announced Booker Prize, which columnist (and Wodehouse biographer) Robert McCrum calls a “car crash.” Meanwhile, another one of Britain’s literary awards, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, has been suspended.

The Rest Is Noise author Alex Ross has been documenting his visit to Italy, including his trip to Venice’s San Michel cemetery, where he pays respects to Igor Stravinsky, Joseph Brodsky, and others.

At the Book Bench, Elizabeth Minkel takes issue with the way the British press continues to pigeonhole Alan Hollinghurst, whose The Stranger’s Child was just released in the UK, as a gay novelist.

Insider softball: Vanity Fair’s third baseman clearly struck a nerve when he told The Paris Review players to quit their “literary softball bullshit.”