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Carole Radziwill Debuts The Widow’s Guide to Sex & Dating

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Carole Radziwill, who stars on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City, has lived quite a life. She began her career at ABC News and, as fate would have it, that’s where she met her husband, Anthony Radziwill. Tragedy struck just a few years later, when Anthony died of cancer, three weeks after the death of his cousin, John F. Kennedy Jr., and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy (Radziwill’s best friend).

Radziwill wrote a New York Times best-selling memoir, What Remains, about that painful time in her life. Her writing continues, with her debut novel, The Widow’s Guide to Sex & Dating, out today. Mediabistro chatted with Radziwill about the surprising challenge she faced when penning the novel:

When I was writing the memoir, I thought it would be so much easier to make it up. Then when I started writing this, it was so much harder to write fiction because the only limitation is my imagination. I think fiction says as much about you as a writer — and as a person — as memoir does. So I’m extremely nervous. It’s like giving birth to something that you care about very much, like a little child. But of course… you don’t really get celebrated like you do when you pop out a kid!

To hear more from Radziwill, including her best dating advice, read: So What Do You Do, Carole Radziwill, Journalist, Author and Reality TV Star?

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DreamWorks Picks Up Film Rights to Doris Kearns Goodwin’s New Biography

bullyDreamWorks has snatched up the film rights to The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, & the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Simon & Schuster will release the 928-page tome on November 5th. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian has been working on this book for seven years.

Goodwin has devoted her research and writing career to studying American presidents; her subjects have included John F. KennedyLyndon B. Johnson, and Abraham Lincoln. Last year, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln movie enjoyed great success and made her a Hollywood name. To learn more, check out her TED talk.

Robert Caro’s Kennedy Assassination Account Coming as eBook Short

Vintage Books will publish an excerpt from Robert Caro’s The Passage of Power as a digital short, republishing his account of John F. Kennedy‘s assassination as Dallas, November 22, 1963.

The excerpt is part of Caro’s critically acclaimed biography series, The Years of Lyndon Johnson. The $1.99 eBook will come out October 1, 2013. Check it out:

We follow the slow path of the presidential motorcade through the streets of Dallas; we hear the shots;  we witness the dramatic events that ensue—the race to get JFK to Parkland Memorial Hospital;  the long minutes in which Johnson, unable to learn whether Kennedy is alive or dead, stands waiting in a Parkland cubicle.  We watch him take the oath of office on Air Force One, Kennedy’s blood-stained widow standing dazedly bedside him. And we see Johnson taking charge—taking command of the presidency with his unrivaled mastery of political power.

LIFE to Release ‘The Day Kennedy Died’

LIFE will publish a book called The Day Kennedy Died to honor the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death.

The book, which comes out on October 15th, opens up with a foreword featuring a conversation with historian David McCullough. It also contains photos, several essays, and “all 486 frames of the [Abraham] Zapruder film in print for the first time.”

The assassination of our 35th president took place in Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963. President Jimmy CarterDr. May Angelou, actor Alec Baldwin and other celebrities contributed personal stories about “where they were when they heard the news.”


Poets Who Inspired Presidents

The Poetry Foundation has published “Poetic Presidents,” a study of 12 Presidents and “the poets that inspired them.”

Just in time for the election, the match-ups include George Washington and Phyllis Wheatley (the first African-American female to publish a book of poetry), John F. Kennedy and Robert Frost (the first poet to perform a reading at a presidential swearing in event) and Barack Obama and Elizabeth Alexander.

Here’s more from the article: “Politicians campaign in poetry and govern in prose, former New York governor Mario Cuomo once said. While it’s debatable whether this epically long and tumultuous election cycle has inspired much verse, we at the Poetry Foundation would like to think that poetry has its place at the White House regardless of who emerges as the victor on November 6.”

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Edward Klein Lands 2-Book Deal with William Morrow

The Amateur author Edward Klein has signed a two-book deal with HarperCollins’ William Morrow imprint.

According to CBS News, one of the books will profile the 2016 presidential nominee of the Democratic party. The other will spotlight on politicians who promote “the left-wing political agenda.”

In the past, Klein has written books about the President John F. Kennedy, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, secretary of state Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama. Prior to establishing his publishing career, Klein worked in journalism. He served as an editor at both Newsweek and The New York Times Magazine.

Jonathan Demme to Adapt Stephen King’s 11/22/63

Stephen King‘s forthcoming novel, 11/22/63, has already been picked up for film adaptation. Variety reports that Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme has optioned the feature film rights.

Demme will work on the script, produce and direct this project. King has signed on as an executive producer. Ilona Herzberg, who has previously worked with Demme on The Manchurian Candidate film, will also produce.

Here’s more from the article: “Book follows Jake Epping, a 35-year-old high school English teacher from Maine who travels back in time to try to prevent President John F. Kennedy‘s assassination … [the director] helmed adaptations of Richard Condon‘s The Manchurian Candidate, Toni Morrison‘s Beloved and, most notably, Thomas HarrisThe Silence of the Lambs, for which Demme won an Oscar.” (via Publishers Lunch)

How a Book Becomes a Vook

In an eBook Summit talk, Vook CEO Brad Inman and Perseus Books Group online marketing director Peter Costanzo explained the process for turning a print book into a multimedia product.

Vook partnered with NBC News to acquire several film reels chronicling the days of John F. Kennedy‘s presidency and approached Perseus to collaborate on a project that eventually spawned the vook, JFK 50 Days. The video embedded above showcases the iPad app version.

They then acquired the multimedia rights to the title, JFK: Day by Day: A Chronicle of the 1,036 Days of John F. Kennedy’s Presidency by Terry Golway and Les Krantz. Multimedia rights cover the inclusion of multimedia content embedded in the text. Perseus picked 50 moments from the footage in celebration of the 50 years that have passed since Kennedy’s presidential election.

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Maya Angelou Donates Personal Papers to the New York Public Library

Renowned poet Maya Angelou has donated 300 boxes filled with her personal papers to the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Angelou had this quote in the press release: “The Schomburg is a repository of the victories and the losses of the African American experience … I am grateful that it exists so that all the children, Black and White, Asian, Spanish-Speaking, Native American, and Aleutian can know there is a place where they can go and find the truth of the peoples’ history.”

The donation contains the notes for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and some of her most famous poems. One notable inclusion are the notes for the poem written at the request of former President Bill Clinton, On the Pulse of Morning. The video embedded above shows her reading it at Clinton’s 1993 inauguration. Several unpublished manuscripts and poems have also been included in the lot.

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