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George W. Bush to Open Miami Book Fair; Tickets Cost $40

bushbook.jpgAccording to Book Signing Central, former President George W. Bush will make an appearance on November 11th at the National Museum of the US Air Force. Next, Bush will open the Miami Book Fair on November 14th.

The Washington Post reports: “Bush is scheduled to speak at the 27th annual Miami Book Fair International, which runs from Nov. 14-21. The former president will present his memoir ‘Decision Points,’ on Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. Book fair organizers told The Associated Press that tickets to Bush’s presentation are $40. That includes a presigned copy of the book.”

The Drudge Report revealed a few passages from the Bush memoir last week. Matt Lauer will be airing an interview with Bush on November 8th and Oprah Winfrey will interview the former President the next day. (Via Huffington Post)

Should Tyra Banks Review Books in a Post-Oprah World?

Plenty of celebrities–from Kristen Bell to Elizabeth Banks–have tweeted about Suzanne CollinsHunger Games trilogy. But, not all of them have their very own talk show. That’s what sets Tyra Banks apart from all the rest. You can read Banks’ Twitter book review in the image embedded above: “Soooooo good!!!”

Shelf Life poked fun at the review: “That is especially impressive, since six o’s and three exclamation points is the highest possible score in Tyra’s rating system. (By comparison, she thought Twilight was ‘Soooo good!!’ and she broke with critical consensus by only giving the new Franzen a tepid ‘Soo good!’)”

Oprah Winfrey chose Jonathan Franzen‘s Freedom as this year’s book club pick. Could Banks review books in a post-Oprah world?  Some feel that with or without Oprah, publishing will go on.

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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Jonathan Franzen Copies Pulped in UK

9780374158460.jpgSeveral thousand copies of Jonathan Franzen‘s Freedom will be pulped in Britain following a printing error. Instead of printing the finalized manuscript, the printing company mistakenly used an older copy. UPDATE: HaperCollins UK has issued an apology about the printing mistakes.

According to The Guardian, Franzen urged fans at a London appearance to wait for the true version which will be released today. According to Franzen, the printers had opened and copied the wrong draft of the manuscript instead of the finalized one. The printing company maintains the errors were not their fault.

The Guardian reports: “The book was released in the UK earlier this week by HarperCollins; it is not yet known how many copies will have to be pulped. Franzen told the audience that all copies would be exchanged or refunded, including postage and packaging. He did not say whether copies printed in the US – originally published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in August – were affected.”

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Kitty Kelley Sells Movie Rights to Oprah Winfrey Biography

kitty23.pngAuthor Kitty Kelley has reportedly sold the movie rights to her unauthorized Oprah Winfrey biography for a “TV movie or miniseries.”

E! Online has the scoop: “Kelley finalized a six-figure deal with Larry Thompson, a veteran producer behind biopics on Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Sonny and Cher, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Thompson says that the plan is to develop the project to coincide with Winfrey’s final syndicated episode in September 2011, with an unknown actress in the lead role.”

In the Media Beat show, Kelley (pictured)explained her work: “This book is not a takedown of Oprah by any means. There are many, many people on the record talking about her in a most admirable fashion.”

Oprah Winfrey Book Clubber Jacquelyn Mitchard Seeks Her Own Show

Aviary jackiemitchard-com Picture 1.pngNovelist Jacquelyn Mitchard scored a writers’ dream: her novel The Deep End of the Ocean scored the inaugural spot on Oprah Winfrey‘s book club. Now, Mitchard is competing to start her own show on Winfrey’s brand new OWN cable network.

As Mitchard (pictured, via) explains in her audition video, she recently lost her savings in an investment scheme. She hopes to rebuild her life with a television show. Currently, more than 8,700 aspiring television stars are vying for a spot on the new network. Mitchard has collected 2,206 votes so far.

Here’s more from the post: “I was a young widow, with no money and no hope, I tapped away at night on my novel when the children were asleep, and became the first Oprah Winfrey author! Then, just a year ago, I lost all the rewards of all that hard work, overnight, to a hometown investment thief. I wanted to give up, but what would that have taught my nine children, including two daughters from Ethiopia orphaned by AIDS? I had to regroup, restore, and reinvent myself, just as I had before, just like millions of others. We are the people this show is about — people who’ve won, lost and fought back — and those who need the courage to try.” (Via Sarah Weinman)

Oprah Winfrey to Produce ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’

sklootbook.jpgAccording to an AP report this morning, Oprah Winfrey and American Beauty co-producer Alan Ball will team up to produce an adaptation of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for HBO. The article had no additional details about the release schedule.

The nonfiction book by Rebecca Skloot became a bestseller this year, telling the fascinating story of an African American woman who died of cancer and how her cells were used by generations of scientists. Follow this link to read GalleyCat Reviews’ take on the novel.

Here’s an excerpt from the AP report: “The network said Wednesday that Ball, creator and executive producer of HBO’s drama series True Blood, will develop the project with Winfrey and her Harpo Films studio.”

Kitty Kelley Predicts the End of the Unauthorized Biography

After documenting the lives of iconic figures like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the Bushes, and Britain’s royal family, author Kitty Kelley says she doesn’t see much of a future for the genre of biographies and her style of in-depth writing.

“Well, I just think it’s a huge investment of a writer’s time and a publisher’s commitment. This represents four years of my life. This was college,” she says of her latest release, Oprah: A Biography. “You know, we’re in a 24/7 information era…I don’t think you’ll be able to write this kind of book 10 years from now.”

Watch the final installment of our Media Beat interview to find out what Kelley says has been the biggest piece of feedback she’s gotten on the book, plus the answer to the million dollar question: How would she feel if there was a bio about her?

Part 1: Kitty Kelley Says Bio is Not ‘A Takedown’ of Oprah

Part 2: Kitty Kelley Calls Oprah Herself ‘The Biggest Source’ for Bio

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Kitty Kelley Calls Oprah Herself ‘The Biggest Source’ for Bio

Few remember that Oprah Winfrey wasn’t always the beacon of “best life” she is today. Once upon a time, the rising talk show host covered topics like KKK members, Mexican satanic cult murderers, and women who were allergic to their husbands (true story). Unfortunately for the now media mogul, educator, and activist, all of her not so enlightened moments are back in the spotlight thanks to infamous biographer Kitty Kelley.

For Oprah: A Biography, Kelley says she combed through a mountain of information on the icon and spoke to 850 people who either worked with or knew her. “Oprah turns out to be the biggest source of information in this book — THE biggest source. Because I got all the interviews that she’s given over a period of 25 years to radio and television, to newspapers, and to magazines.”

Sidebar: How happy are you that Twitter and Facebook didn’t exist back then?

Part 1: Kitty Kelley Says Bio is Not ‘A Takedown’ of Oprah

Part 3: Kitty Kelley Predicts the End of the Unauthorized Biography

RELATED: Attend Mediabistro Circus to hear from visionary women in media and tech.

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