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J. Randy Taraborrelli to Write Biography On Beyoncé Knowles

BeyoncéAuthor J. Randy Taraborrelli has landed a deal to write a biography about Beyoncé Knowles. This project will be the the first comprehensive biographical profile on the Grammy Award-winning singer (pictured, via).

Grand Central Publishing, a division of the Hachette Book Group, will publish the not-yet-titled book in Fall 2015. President Jamie Raab negotiated the terms of the agreement with literary agent Mitch Douglas.

According to the press release, Taraborrelli conducted exclusive interviews with people who share important personal and professional relationships with the diva. In the past, he has written biographies on music icons including Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and Madonna.

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‘Harry Potter’ Play Set to Open in 2015

harrypotterJ. K. Rowling has signed on as a co-producer for a Harry Potter play. The author behind the beloved Harry Potter book series will not write the script, but she does plan on serving as a collaborator with a playwright.

According to The Daily Mail, this theatrical production will open in London’s West End sometime in 2015. An announcement on Facebook revealed that this project “will explore the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast. Featuring some of our favourite characters from the Harry Potter books, this new work will offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard.”

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Michael Jackson’s Doctor is Looking For a Book Deal

mjConrad Murray, the doctor that was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson‘s death, is reportedly out of jail and looking for a book deal.

According to reports, Murray spent his time in jail working on the book and will use the tome to tell his side of the story in the Michael Jackson scandal. TMZ has the scoop: “Sources connected with the doc tell TMZ … during his time in L.A. County Jail, Murray penned a large portion of a book about his life and his time with Michael Jackson.  We’re told a big chunk of the Jackson story casts blame on others and justifies his conduct in the treatment that ultimately killed the singer and sent Murray to the slammer.

No publishers are attached to the project thus far. (Via Vanity Fair).

Fake J.D. Salinger Oral History Coming in August

Late Show with David Letterman writer and George W. Bush: An Unauthorized Oral History author Tom Ruprecht will publish This Would Drive Him Crazy: A Phony Oral History of J.D. Salinger as a humorous Kindle Single in August.

The parody book will explore imaginary excerpts from the author’s unpublished work, taking a decidedly silly look at Salinger’s life. Here’s more from the release:

This Would Drive Him Crazy reveals shocking secrets about the notoriously reclusive Salinger, from his painful breakup with Taylor Swift to his failed attempt at turning Franny and Zooey into a “Laverne & Shirley”-type sitcom. Ruprecht pulled off a daring Oceans 11-style heist to bust open the safe in Salinger’s house and as a result you’ll be treated to excerpts from J.D.’s diaries, letters and unpublished novels (including the 1985 sequel to The Catcher in the Rye that finds Holden working as a lobbyist for Big Oil).This Would Drive Him Crazy chronicles Salinger’s fascinating encounters with some of the most recognizable figures of our time, including The Beatles, George W. Bush, Pamela Anderson, Michael Jackson and Michael Jackson’s baboon.

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John Jeremiah Sullivan & the Blues

In John Jeremiah Sullivan‘s new essay collection, Pulphead, the journalist gives readers a deep introduction into the esoteric world of blues musicians and blues music collectors.

While reading “Unknown Bards” in the book, this GalleyCat editor built a Spotify playlist with eight hours of blues music by forgotten musicians that Sullivan celebrated in his book. If you want to read the original essay, you can find it at Harper’s Magazine.

Follow this link to listen to the list on Spotify. Once you have an account, check out our Haruki Murakami Spotify playlist, our Patti Smith Spotify playlist, our Geoff Dyer Spotify playlist and our new James Ellroy Spotify playlist.

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Jermaine Jackson to Write About Michael Jackson

Former Jackson 5 member Jermaine Jackson will pen a memoir about his late brother, Michael Jackson. Entitled You Are Not Alone: Michael Through a Brother’s Eyes, Jackson aims to write “the most authoritative account from inside the Jackson music dynasty illuminating the private man, the son, the father, and the brother.”

The video embedded above features both Jermaine and Michael (as well as Tito, Jackie, and Marlon) performing their 70′s hit, “ABC.” Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone will release the memoir in fall 2011. Publisher Stacy Creamer negotiated the deal with Curtis Brown literary agent Gordon Wise.

Creamer had this quote in the release: “Jermaine’s book will offer a unique view of the real Michael Jackson, a perspective only a very few people could possibly have. As his brother and close confidante since they were children, Jermaine can explain Michael in a way that, in life, Michael was never able to articulate himself.”

Oprah Winfrey & Matt Lauer to Interview George W. Bush on Memoir Release

bushbook.jpgAlthough book tour dates have yet to be announced, former President George W. Bush will be interviewed by Matt Lauer and Oprah Winfrey when his memoir arrives next month.

Lauer will air his interview November 8th. Winfrey will air her interview on November 9th, the day of the book’s release. The regular hardcover will cost $35, but 1,000 copies of it will be signed and specially cloth-bound with a $350 price-tag.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair received a reception of shoes, eggs, and protests during his book tour this year. Would you go to a book signing by former President Bush? Let us know in the comments section.

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J.K. Rowling Rejected Michael Jackson’s Harry Potter Musical Proposal

The great Michael Jackson once offered to make a Harry Potter musical for J.K. Rowling. The story came out during a recent Oprah Winfrey interview special with the bestselling author.

“Were you reluctant to increase the empire?” asked Winfrey in the video embedded above.  Rowling replied: “It could be so much worse. Michael Jackson wanted to do a musical … I said no to a lot of things. For me, I love the films, I love the books, and there’s elements that I love around it.”

Winfrey called it “one of the most fascinating interviews I’ve ever conducted.” The women spoke at Edinburgh’s Balmora Hotel, the place where Rowling finished Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows. Rowling mentioned that if she wanted, she could write more Harry Potter books. She explained: “I definitely could write an eighth, ninth, tenth book. I could, easily.”

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Michael Jackson Literary Links

Today is the one year anniversary of Michael Jackson‘s death, and we picked out some literary links to remember the great pop star.

Check out these posts about the books written by Jackson during his lifetime, Jackson’s favorite bookstore, the The Little Prince’s role at his memorial service, and finally, Maya Angelou’s poem about Michael Jackson (read by Queen Latifah in the video embedded above).

eBookNewser pointed us to a new digital book about the pop icon. FastPencil is publishing an eBook version of What Really Happened to Michael Jackson, the King of Pop: The Evil Side of the Entertainment Industry by Leonard Rowe.

Here’s more about the eBook: “Rowe is a concert promoter and long time friend of the Jacksons. He was working with Jackson on “This Is It,” the tour that Jackson was preparing for before he died. The book chronicles Jackson’s rise to fame, his challenges with tabloids, the corruption within the music industry and postulates a conspiracy that Jackson was murdered.”

Author Paul Theroux on eBooks and His New Novel

paultheroux.jpgAs the eBook revolution begins, some of literature’s most respected writers are joining the great experiment. Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was critically acclaimed novelist Paul Theroux–discussing his new novel, A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta.

Over his long career, Theroux (pictured, via Yingyong Un-anongrak) has written many novels and travel books, including The Mosquito Coast, Dark Star Safari, and The Great Railway Bazaar. During the interview, he pondered digital books, his recent Kindle-only Atlantic story, and his surreal adventures while visiting Michael Jackson‘s home.

Press play on the embedded player below to listen. The show will be archived around the mediabistro.com network as well.

Here’s an excerpt: “I think it’s a very, very strange thing. I can’t say it’s good or bad. The big danger is copyright infringement. Stealing books and sharing books without paying for them. What could happen to the publishing industry is what happened to the music industry. It was destroyed. Absolutely destroyed. People don’t buy cd’s anymore, they share [MP3s], they swap them, and they steal them. That could happen with books. The upside is that … my [Atlantic piece] is a 17,000 word story. You could open the New Yorker and you won’t find a 17,000 word story. That’s a big, it’s more than twice as long as the longest story … The technological part is great, but the legal part, the copyright part, I don’t know what will happen.”

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