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YouTuber Michelle Phan Lands Book Deal

Michelle PhanBeauty expert Michelle Phan has landed a book deal.

Harmony, an imprint of Penguin Random House, will release Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success–Online and Off on October 21, 2014. Those who pre-order the book will receive an exclusive limited-edition jacket designed by Phan herself.

Phan calls this project a “self-empowerment book.” She made a video announcement about this project on her YouTube channel. Thus far, it has drawn more than 330,000 views and over 4,000 “likes” on Facebook.

‘Watson & Holmes’ Comic Series Featured on Kickstarter

New Paradigm Studios hopes to raise $20,000 on Kickstarter for the second volume of the Watson And Holmes series. This comics project re-imagines Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective duo as two African-Americans who live in New York City.

The finished book will contain a collection of one-shot stories. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Money earned will go to covering fees, postage, and printing of the exclusive Kickstarter copies. Leftover money will be used to fund future projects, which include adding more stories to this very trade. As always, if the demand is high enough and additional funds are earned beyond our request, we plan to roll out additional investment rewards and incentives as well.”

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Robin Williams’ Daughter Remembers Her Father With a Quote From ‘The Little Prince’

Zelda Williams, the daughter of the late Robin Williams, shared a quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince on Twitter and Instagram in remembrance of her father.

In her posts, Zelda wrote: “You – you alone will have the stars as no one else has them…In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night…You – only you – will have stars that laugh.”

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Christopher Walken to Play King Louie in ‘The Jungle Book’ Adaptation

Jungle BookChristopher Walken has signed on to star in the new Jungle Book movie re-make.

The Oscar-winning actor will play the orangutan King Louie in Disney’s live action adaptation. TheaterMania reports that the movie will be released in October 2015.

As we previously reportedIron Man director Jon Favreau will helm this project. The cast also includes Idris ElbaLupita Nyong’o, and Scarlett Johansson. Who would you cast as Rudyard Kipling’s orphan “man cub” character, Mowgli?

Former Aide Pens ‘Nixon’s Secrets’ Book

Nixon-AdvisorRoger Stone, a writer and former aide to President Richard Nixon, has penned a new book entitled Nixon’s Secrets.

Stone (pictured, via) gave this statement in the press release: “Richard Nixon has been the subject of curiosity and public debate for six and a half decades. Since the time I served in his 1968 campaign, I have held a deep fascination with our 37th President and, as his friend, I had the rare opportunity to witness firsthand much of the history, key decision making, and people—both good and bad—that made for his complex and personae.”

The book features stories about the Watergate Scandal, an explanation for the 18.5 minute gap in the infamous White House tapes, and more. Skyhorse Publishing plans to release it on August 11, 2014. That date was selected to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation from office.

Maxine Hong Kingston & Julia Alvarez Honored as Recipients of the National Medal of Arts

Maxine Hong Kingston and President Barack ObamaWriters Maxine Hong Kingston and Julia Alvarez have been awarded the National Medal of Arts.

Here’s more from the press release: “The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the federal government. It is awarded by the President of the United States to individuals or groups who are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts in the United States.”

President Barack Obama himself presented all the recipients with their medals in a ceremony at the White House. Follow these links to check out podcasts featuring Kingston and Alvarez. (Photo Credit: Jocelyn Augustino)

Hillary Clinton Coerces Stephen Colbert to Promote Her Book

During an appearance on The Colbert Report, many shenanigans were exchanged between the host and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In the clip embedded above, Stephen Colbert criticized Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices, for excessive “name dropping.”

Clinton then came on stage and the two engaged in a “name drop” battle. Towards the end of this heated conversation, she threatened to not appear on the show if Colbert refused to promote her book and it worked.

Parnassus Books, Bank of Books, & the Franklin Park Reading Series Get Booked

franklinHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

The next session of the Franklin Park Reading Series will feature five authors. Check it out on Monday, August 11th at the Franklin Park Bar & Beer Garden starting 8 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

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LeVar Burton Stars in the ‘Tweeting Rainbow’ Video

Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show and created a hilarious video called “Tweeting Rainbow.” The video embedded features Burton singing a parody version of the beloved TV show’s theme song and reading from celebrity Twitter feeds. What do you think? (via The Huffington Post)

Kim Kardashian Inks Deal with Rizzoli For a Book of Selfies

KardashianReality TV star Kim Kardashian has become well-known for her selfies. Universe, an imprint of Rizzoli Publications, will publish a collection of her photos in a book entitled Selfish.

PerezHilton.com reports that Kardashian revealed on an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians that she was aiming to snap 1,200 photos. The finished book will contain 352 pages.

According to E!, “the book was inspired by a collection of Polaroid shots she gave to Kanye West for Valentine’s Day.” A release date has been set for April 07, 2015.

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