Teresa Budasi: July 2009 Archives

Chimp memoir on Booker long list

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The purported autobiography of a movie-star chimpanzee is among the contenders for Britain's most prestigious literary award.

Me Cheeta: My Life in Hollywood is one of 13 novels on the Booker Prize longlist.

Originally published anonymously, James Lever's book claims to tell the life story of the chimp who gained 1930s Hollywood stardom in "Tarzan" movies.

Other contenders announced Tuesday are former Booker winners A.S. Byatt and J.M Coetzee, as well as Adam Foulds, Sarah Hall, Samantha Harvey, Hilary Mantel, Simon Mawer, Ed O'Loughlin, James Scudamore, Sarah Waters, William Trevor and Colm Toibin.

The shortlist will be announced Sept. 8 and the winner of the 50,000 pound (about $82,000) prize on Oct. 6.

The Booker is open to writers from Britain, Ireland or the Commonwealth.


When Random House reissues Michael Jackson's 1988 memoir, Moonwalk, in October, it will include an introduction by a mystery celebrity.

Harmony Books, the Random House imprint re-releasing the book, will divulge only that the mystery celeb is "a well-known figure in the entertainment industry who was close to Michael."

That could be any one of a number of folks -- Quincy Jones, Brook Shields, Lisa Marie Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Ross. Deepak Chopra, perhaps? Maybe it's his sister, Janet Jackson.

As much as I might like to read some more of Lisa Marie Presley's ramblings about their life together, I'd put my money on Jones or Ross. They've both known Michael Jackson since he was a child star and would both lend a bit of class to the project.

Proceeds from the book, which has been out of print for more than 10 years, will go to the Michael Jackson Family Trust, and to charity.

E. Lynn Harris dies at 54

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Author E. Lynn Harris. (Jean Lachat/Sun-Times)

Author E. Lynn Harris died while on tour promoting his latest book, Basketball Jones. The openly gay, African-American novelist was 54.

Ex-Miss California gets book deal

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The former Miss California who was stripped of her title last month has a book deal.

Carrie Prejean will publish a memoir called Still Standing. Conservative book house Regnery Publishing said Monday that it will release the book.

Prejean believes her crown was taken because she said she opposed gay marriage. California pageant executive director Keith Lewis has said that Prejean was skipping Miss California USA events while speaking out against gay marriage at unsanctioned appearances.

Prejean was replaced by the Miss California pageant's first runner-up, Tami Farrell. Farrell has also said she believes marriage should be between a man and a woman.