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Simon & Schuster Win Paul Simon Bidding War

Five other publishers were interested in the rights to the singer’s authorized biography. But in the end, per AP’s Hillel Italie, Simon & Schuster came out the winner.

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There is no title or release date yet for the book, which will be crafted by former Los Angeles Times music critic Robert Hilburn. It promises to be a great read:

Hilburn said Tuesday that Simon was compiling a list of people he has been close to and sending the biographer contact information.

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NYC Playwright Moonlights as @dick_nixon

On Twitter, the owner and operator of beyond-the-grave account @dick_nixon is staying true to form:

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But in print, indeed, the jig is up. Per an article by AP writer Hillel Italie that is being member-syndicated left, right and center, the account’s spot-on emulation of Tricky Dick is the work of a local who authored the 2006 play Mickey Mouse is Dead:

Admirers have speculated that the account manager is a politician, a journalist or even a member of the Nixon family. But Twitter “Nixon” is, apparently, 33-year-old playwright and New York resident Justin Sherin, born years after the president left office…

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On Her 88th Birthday, Harper Lee Heralds Mockingbird eBook

ToKillaMockingirdCoverMark your literary calendars. Per an announcement today by HarperCollins, on what is author Harper Lee‘s 88th birthday, To Kill a Mockingbird will be available for the first time as an eBook July 8.

From today’s announcement:

“I’m still old-fashioned,” said Lee. “I love dusty old books and libraries. I am amazed and humbled that Mockingbird has survived this long. This is Mockingbird for a new generation.”

Added HarperCollins U.S. General Books Group and Canada president Michael Morrison: “Every home has a dog-eared copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, and now readers will be able to add this favorite book to their digital libraries. Although today is Nelle Harper Lee’s birthday, she is giving readers around the world the gift of being able to read or listen to this extraordinary story in all formats.”

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