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Andrew Dice Clay Lands Book Deal for a Memoir

Comedian Andrew Dice Clay has inked a deal with Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint for a memoir entitled The Dirty Truth.

Vigliano Associates literary agent David Vigliano negotiated the deal with senior editor Matthew Benjamin.  Here’s more from the release:

From humble beginnings at smalltime gigs in Brooklyn to performing in front of stadium-sized crowds, Andrew Dice Clay roared to fame in the 1980s, becoming the only comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden two nights in a row. But his edgy material came at a price; he was forced into exile. Now, Dice is back, selling out performances as well as starring in Woody Allen’s new film, Blue Jasmine, in theatres July 26, 2013.

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Etta James Has Died

Music legend and author Etta James has passed away. She was 73 years old.

In the video embedded above, James sang her classic tune, “At Last.” In 1995, she co-wrote a memoir with David Ritz, a book called Rage To Survive: The Etta James Story. Follow this link to read excerpts from her memoir.

Here’s one review of her book: “This is a personal testament to one woman’s struggle to survive. Etta doesn’t seem to leave much out, but she’s largely non-judgemental, both about her own failings and those of others. She tells of her own demons and how self-doubt and her heroin addiction threatened to destroy her, but she never descends into self-pity. There are numerous stories about those she has known and worked with, including Johnny Otis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Esther Phillips and Bo Diddley.”

Paul Auster’s Daughter Serenades Literary Luminaries

m_39056001ccd340228a080978bd488e23.jpgNovelist Paul Auster‘s 22-year-old daughter Sophie (pictured, via) sang songs in New York last night at a benefit for PEN America’s Readers & Writers program. Book Bench was there, sketching the literary luminaries in the audience.

Here’s an excerpt: “Auster, who is twenty-two, is already at work on her second album and is slated to appear in two films next year. Her father, the novelist Paul Auster, was standing in the crowd as well, listening with one knee bent against the back of his seat. He looked unabashedly proud. Sophie, at moments, became more like a kid than a star, as though unaccustomed to the power of her voice. ‘This one is my, uh, Aretha Franklin song,’ she said of her last act, rolling her eyes and mussing her hair. Salman Rushdie, who was sitting across from Auster and his wife, Siri Hustvedt, tried to take a picture with his iPhone.”

Find out more about Auster’s music on her MySpace page.