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Your Name in Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith, or Ken Follett’s Book

LiteraryAuctionAuthorsImageJust like Will Ferrell’s character in “Stranger Than Fiction,” you might find “yourself”—or your namesake, your avatar—spinning through a tale told by Ian McEwan, Margaret Atwood, Julian Barnes, Ken Follett, Hanif Kureishi, Will Self, Alan Hollinghurst, Zadie Smith, Tracy Chevalier, Joanna Trollope, or another of the 17 authors participating in a fundraising event for the UK medical charity Freedom From Torture.

In this Literary Immortality Auction, participating authors have donated a character in a forthcoming work that will be named after auction winners.

Tracy Chevalier, author of the international bestseller The Girl with the Pearl Earring, said:

“I am holding open a place in my new novel for Mrs. (ideally a Mrs.) [your surname], a tough-talking landlady of a boarding house in 1850s Gold Rush-era San Francisco. The first thing she says to the hero is ‘No sick on my stairs. You vomit on my floors, you’re out.’ Is your name up to that?”

According the New York Times, Margaret Atwood is “offering the possibility of appearing either in the novel she is currently writing or in her retelling of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest,’ to be published as a Vintage Books series in 2016.”

Bestselling author Ian McEwan (Atonement) said:

“Forget the promises of the world’s religions. This auction offers the genuine opportunity of an afterlife. More importantly, bidding in the Freedom from Torture auction will help support a crucial and noble cause. The rehabilitation of torture survivors cannot be accomplished without expertise, compassion, time—and your money.”

Freedom from Torture notes on its site: “Seekers of a literary afterlife can place their bids online from 6pm this evening,” so get going.

Click here for your bid for immortality.

The real-time episode of the auction will take place at The Royal Institute of Great Britain in London on November 20th.

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Anchor Man Ron Burgundy’s Memoir Comes Out in Time For New Movie

ronburgundyRon Burgundy, the fictional protagonist played by Will Ferrell in Anchor Man, is publishing a memoir this month.

Let Me Off at the Top! My Classy Life and Other Musings from Crown Archetype is timed for release at the same time as the sequel to the comedy about TV news comes out. The book comes out later this month. Anchorman 2: The Legend of Ron Burgundy will hit theaters on December 20.

Check it out:

He has hunted jackalopes with Bobby Kennedy and Peter Lawford, had more than his share of amorous exploits and formed the greatest on-air team in the history of televised news. Along the way, he’s hobnobbed with people you wish you knew and some you honestly wish you didn’t— celebrities, presidents, presidents’ wives, celebrities’ wives, dogs and, of course, Veronica Corningstone, the love of his life. Who didn’t Mr. Burgundy, or ‘Ron,’ as he is known to his friends, rub elbows with in the course of his colorful and often-criminal life?

Tumblr & Twitter Celebrity Kelly Oxford Lands Book Deal

Blogger Kelly Oxford has inked a book deal with two different HarperCollins imprints, It Books and HarperCollinsCanada. Oxford (pictured) writes a popular blog and has over 100,000 Twitter followers.

It Books editorial director Cal Morgan and HarperCollinsCanada nonfiction editor Kate Cassaday acquired the book for their respective imprints.  William Morris Endeavor agent Erin Malone negotiated the deal in a two auctions. Last month Oxford also sold a sitcom about her life to CBS Studios entitled The Mother of All Something. The book and television show will explore her life as a wife and mom.

Here’s more from the release: “Oxford is a wife and mother of three who lives in Calgary. A blogger since the 1990s, she has a wide and growing following on Twitter … In March 2010, she performed alongside Ben Stiller, Ashton Kutcher, Will Ferrell, and other celebrities in A Night of 140 Tweets, a fundraising event for Haitian earthquake relief in LA, which brought together the biggest names on Twitter. Her Tumblr has received more than 2 million hits in the last nine months alone.

Tracy Morgan Improvises on Audiobook

morganmemoir.gif30 Rock star Tracy Morgan cut loose while reading on the audiobook version of his memoir, actually improvising about his post-Saturday Night Live relationships.

Gawker captured a snippet from the upcoming audiobook, as Morgan has some angry memories about fellow SNL castmembers Chris Kattan and Cheri Oteri and then cuts loose with some other thoughts. Morgan co-wrote the book with Anthony Bozza for Random House’s Spiegel & Grau imprint.

Here’s more from the Gawker post: “But the grudge apparently runs even deeper, because when Morgan sat down to record the audio version (in the clip above) of that passage, he started ad-libbing, expanding on his earlier points: Morgan says he still counts Will Ferrell, Molly Shannon and Colin Quinn as friends, but as for Oteri and Kattan: ‘F*** ‘em.’” (Via The Millions)