News: May 2008 Archives

New Bond book arrives

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The new James Bond book, Devil May Care (Doubleday, 304 pages, $24.95) hit store shelves today all over the world. It is another event in a year full of centenary tributes to the late Ian Fleming, who created the iconic British spy.

Sebastian Faulks (Birdsong, Charlotte Gray) wrote the latest installment of Bond's adventures, which began in 1952 with Casino Royale. Faulks, 55, told the Associated Press he was astonished to be asked to do the job and is hopeful the book will please Bond purists. He describes the book as ‘‘an affectionate homage to a playful character who has brought enormous pleasure’’ to millions of readers.


Sebastian Faulks
‘‘This is not usually how I spend my days,’’ said Devil May Care author
Sebastian Faulks, facing a barrage of cameras and reporters’ questions
at a packed news conference today in London. Yesterday, he had launched
the book aboard a Royal Navy warship, accompanied by a blonde model in
a red catsuit.
| AP photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth


NOTE: Read the Sun-Times' feature with James Bond analyst Simon Winder, by Jeffrey Westhoff. Also, Westhoff's review of Devil May Care.


Buy a book, feed the hungry

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This year, After-Words Books' semi-annual book sale for charity will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository, "a not-for-profit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community."

The sale will take place from noon to 6 p.m. May 25-26 at After-Words, 23 E. Illinois. Bring your own bag or purchase one at the bookstore. For $5 you can fill your bag with books.

For more information: (312) 464-1110.

Another Grisham book to big screen

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John Grisham's latest novel, Playing For Pizza (Doubleday, $21.95), which came out last fall, may be made into a movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Phoenix Pictures picked up the movie rights to the non-legal-themed book about a has-been NFL quarterback who gains a new perspective on life when his agent lands him a gig playing with a semi-pro team in Italy.

Playing for Pizza

Click here to read a review of Playing For Pizza.

Eloise back at the Plaza

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By ULA ILNYTZKY

NEW YORK — Eloise, the Plaza hotel’s most famous fictitious resident, has officially returned to the storied landmark following a $400 million renovation — with a portrait of the mischievous 6-year-old prominently displayed near its famous Palm Court dining room.

‘‘Children of all ages have been asking for Eloise and it is our pleasure to have her call The Plaza home once again,’’ said Shane Krige, the hotel’s general manager.

Eloise, known to fans worldwide from the children’s book by Kay Thompson (illustrated by Hilary Knight), is an endearing fixture at the hotel. An ‘‘Eloise’’ bubble bath, accompanied by milk and cookies, is available to all guests, and a children’s menu, which pictures Eloise on a tricycle, is available in all of The Plaza’s restaurants.

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The portrait was returned to its original spot on a wall outside the sumptuous restaurant, whose stained-glass ceiling, covered with plaster in the 1940s, was uncovered and restored during the two-year renovation.

The Plaza, a National Historic Landmark, first opened in 1907. It officially reopened to the public last weekend after its new owners, Elad Properties, converted the hotel’s original 805 guest rooms into 282 hotel rooms and 181 condominiums.

AP

No more catalogs — yippee!

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Hearing that HarperCollins is planning on doing away with the clunky catalogs they send out throughout the year and switching to an online system instead has me giddy.

‘‘I think we are overdue. We produce thousands and thousands of catalogs, many of which go right into the wastebaskets,’’ HarperCollins President Jane Friedman, who said the switch would likely begin by summer 2009, told The Associated Press.

She's absolutely right — in my case at least. The obvious cost-efficiency and environmental aspects notwithstanding, I get more advance reading copies and finished copies of books sent to me than I'll ever cover in the paper, so I decided early on to not waste time going through the catalogs. If someone wants me to look at their book, they'll have to e-mail me a heads-up or send me a copy directly.


Prince working on book

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NEW YORK (AP) — Prince the musical auteur is becoming an author.

21 Nights, a ‘‘photographic essay’’ that offers ‘‘a rare glimpse into the life, lyrics, and mystique’’ of the maker of such hits as ‘‘1999’’ and ‘‘Purple Rain,’’ will be published worldwide come fall, according to Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

The book, his first, is based on Prince’s 21 sold-out concerts in as many nights at London’s O2 Arena in 2007.

‘‘Juxtaposing his dueling worlds of music and solitude, [the book] will incorporate Prince’s evocative poetry and lyrics to new songs and other selections, and 124 full-color, sumptuous, never-before-published images by celebrated photographer Randee St. Nicholas,’’ Atria announced Monday.

21 Nights will include a CD of after-hours jams, ‘‘Indigo Nights,’’ unavailable from any other outlet.

Spitzer book, Strawberry memoir planned

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The folks that brought you Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room are now giving similar treatment to the Eliot Spitzer scandal.

Peter Elkind, a senior writer for Fortune magazine, and filmmaker Alex Gibney are collaborating on the book version, to be published by Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), plus a documentary about the former New York governor who resigned over allegations about his connection to a $5,500-an-hour call girl ring.

‘‘This is not a quickie book," Portfolio publisher and President Adrian Zackheim told The Associated Press. "[Elkind] is going to do what he does best: Come back with a very, very satisfying, in-depth and complicated story.’’

No release date has been set.

Meanwhile, former Major Leaguer Darryl Strawberry (with help from author John Strausbaugh) is writing a memoir, to be published in 2009 by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins.

According to the publisher, the book, titled Straw, ‘‘details his life growing up in Crenshaw, Los Angeles, his rise to baseball superstardom as a Met, Dodger, and Yankee, the high life and low life, his brushes with the law, his triumphant battle over cancer, his religious awakening, and his marriage to the love of his life.’’

Poetry winners announced

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The Poetry Center of Chicago announces the winners of the 14th Annual Poetry Center of Chicago Juried Reading at a ceremony here in town last weekend. Poet and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller was the judge. Winners include:

First place: Sara Parrell of Madison, Wis.

Second Place: Stacey Lynn Brown, Edwardsville, Ill.

Third Place: Susan Elbe, Madison, Wis.

Other finalists, chosen from a field of more than 250 submissions, were: T. Zachary Cotler, Iowa City, Iowa; Brett Foster, Wheaton, Ill.; Elizabeth Hoover, Bloomington, Ind.; Jennifer Perrine, Des Moines, Iowa, and Amanda Rachelle Warren, Kalamazoo, Mich.

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