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Archives: May 2007

Diane Sawyer Gets TB Interview

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ABC’s Diane Sawyer scored what’s probably the biggest get of the week: an exclusive interview with Andrew Speaker, otherwise known as the globetrotting Tuberculosis patient who criss-crossed countries and continents on planes (Atlanta to Paris to Greece to Prague to Montreal to New York) despite warnings not to travel. He is now in government-ordered isolation in a Denver hospital.

This exclusive interview will air tomorrow on Good Morning America.

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    Children's Picture Book WritingStarting September 15, this part lecture, part workshop course will take you through the process of outlining, writing, editing, and submitting a children's picture book. Taught by a published children's book author, Dashka Slater will teach you how to write in pictures, hook readers and editors with your story, apply the nuts and bolts of marketing, and more. Register now! 

    BookExpo America Preview: Christopher Hitchens, MySpace and Book Bloggers Who Like To Party

    book_expo_053107.jpgBookExpo America 2007, the nation’s largest publishing convention, kicks off at the Javits Center today. One of this year’s major convention sponsors will be, of all things, MySpace. The social networking ubernetwork, which recently launched MySpace Books, will be hosting a panel on networking and surviving as a supporting sponsor. BookExpo America already has an officially-sanctioned MySpace group with over 300 members. However, MySpace will not be the only social networking site with a presence at BEA. The quasi-Amazon affiliated Last.FM-inspired site Shelfari will be making its industry premiere at the convention as well.

    Scheduled speakers on BEA panels include Joyce Carol Oates, Valerie Plame, Francine Prose and — oh, GodChristopher Hitchens.

    Speaking of which, mediabistro.com is throwing a BookExpo publishing party — hosted by GalleyCat bloggers Ron Hogan and Sarah Weinman and white-hot author Dana Vachon — tonight:

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    Tiffany Loves Her Dirty Rice, Tells World: My Favorite Weekend Jumps Shark, Falls, Can’t Get Up, Festers and Dies

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    Sandra Tsing Loh proclaims the official end to My Favorite Weekend in the LAT. Today’s celebrity, songstress Tiffany, confided to a breathlessly waiting public that:

    The dirty rice at The Blue Bayou Restaurant, adjoining the Pirates of the Caribbean, is “off the hook.”

    Loh says:

    The already-staggering Thursday section has officially hit bottom, with a big clanging sound.

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    What Does $1,000 Buy You At Page Six?

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    Following the latest wrinkle in the Jared Paul Stern-Page Six Fix scandal, Nello’s Nello Balan defended his $1,000 gift to Page Six‘s Richard Johnson in this week’s New York magazine.

    “Parties, strippers, $50,000 trips, and what everybody focuses on is that Christmas gift in 1997. It’s impossible that I was thinking if I give a Christmas gift that would influence someone’s opinion of me or do something for me. There’s nothing behind that Christmas gift. It’s not an obligation. It’s a thought.”

    We asked three former Page Sixers — Jared Paul Stern, Fernando Gil, Ian Spiegelman — what, exactly, $1,000 could buy you at Page Six.

    Stern said something about Col Allan‘s “y-front” pants. Gil dodged the question (“I think that money would be better spent on weed.”) Spiegelman, though, gave us this answer:

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    Diane Sawyer Gets Andrew Speaker Interview/ Doesn’t Anyone Want To Talk to his Father-in-Law?

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    While Diane Sawyer has landed the interview with Andrew Speaker, the personal-injury lawyer with the case of drug-resistant tuberculosis, who’s going after his father-in-law? Robert Cooksey, PhD, a microbiologist with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, issued a statement:

    As part of my job, I am regularly tested for TB. I do not have TB, nor have I ever had TB. My son-in-law’s TB did not originate from myself or the CDC’s labs, which operate under the highest levels of biosecurity.

    Some publications and studies that list him as an author or participant include:
    Risk Factors for Rifampin Mono-resistant Tuberculosis

    Acquired Rifamycin Resistance with Twice-Weekly Treatment of HIV-related Tuberculosis

    Speaker was coming back from his honeymoon, when he was stopped by a border inspector.

    Media Events 5.31.07

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    THURSDAY 05.31.07
    WHAT: Signing, reading and story-swappin’ for Louisana’s Song
    WHO: Author Kerry Madden
    WHEN: 7 p.m.
    WHERE: Duttons Books
    WHY: If you’ve got kids age 9 and up, this could be a good way to get them off their computers and out of the house for a few hours tonight.

    TUESDAY 06.05.07
    WHAT: Screenwriting Course
    WHO: Unknown screenwriter Matthew Waynee
    WHEN: 7 p.m., but you’ll want to register in advance.
    WHERE: West Hollywood
    WHY: Because without this 12-week course, you’ll never get that damn screenplay finished.

    THURSDAY 06.07.07
    WHAT: Online News Association/LAT panel
    WHO: Panelists include Meredith Artley, executive editor, latimes.com; Andrew Breitbart, publisher, Breitbart.com; Robert Long, vice president and news director, KNBC-TV; Anthony Marquez, Los Angeles bureau chief, The Associated Press
    WHEN: 6:30 p.m.
    WHERE: Los Angeles Times building
    WHY: Because all journalism is online journalism these days. RSVP before you show up.

    THURSDAY 06.07.07
    WHAT: TV Writer’s Symposium
    WHO: Producer/author/playwright Chad Gervich as well as showrunners, producers and staff writers of various shows.
    WHEN: The six-week seminar starts at 7 p.m. You might want to register before that, though. Like, now, would be nice.
    WHERE: West Hollywood
    WHY: Whether you’re an aspiring writer, producer, director, or executive, this is the seminar you’ve been waiting for.

    LAT Finds Its “Missing Ingredient”

    chefcaul.jpgAnd just what was that missing ingredient? Another chef.

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    HuffPo Hires Willow Bay As Editor-at-Large

    willow_bay_053107.jpgYet another Huffington Post hire of note: The impossibly-named Willow Bay, former CNN, ABC and MSNBC anchor and wife of Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger, has signed up with Arianna Huffington‘s tribe as editor-at-large.

    Bay will oversee HuffPo’s new lifestyle section, Living Now, as well as contribute to the site’s widening content.

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    Video: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Together

    Last night at the All Things Digital Conference in Carlsbad, California, an impossibly historic meeting for tech nerds took place: Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Apple’s Steve Jobs, together on one stage. (It was sorta like a meeting between Luke Skywalker and Captain Kirk, for you nerds of another galaxy).

    The event, of course, was sold out, but you can watch all of it here.

    Said Gates: “We’ve kept our marriage secret for over a decade now.”

    (Funny, that’s exactly the type of titillating discussion Star Wars and Star Trek nerds partake in.)

    Those hoping for fireworks, though, were disappointed. Gates: “I don’t think either of us has anything to complain about. … I miss some people who’ve left the industry. It’s nice to have someone like Steve around.”

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