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Shawn Colvin writing memoir

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Shawn Colvin, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, is working on a memoir, A Few Small Repairs, named for her best-known album and tentatively scheduled to come out in the fall 2009.

According to HarperCollins, the book ‘‘will finally allow all of the fans that have followed her career over the past 19 years to further connect with her on a personal level that only a book could allow.

Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin (left) will trade her guitar
for a pen as she writes her memoirs.

| Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

‘‘In concert Shawn is known for engaging the audience and interweaving dialogue ranging from the very personal to the truly hilarious, so the book will be a natural extension for her,’’ the publisher said in a statement.

Colvin, 53, is known for such records as ‘‘Steady On,’’ ‘‘Fat City’’ and ‘‘A Few Small Repairs,’’ which featured the hit single ‘‘Sunny Came Home’’ and won Grammys for song and album of the year.


Queen knights Salman Rushdie

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LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II conferred a knighthood on The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie on Wednesday, a year after the announcement of the knighthood provoked protests from the Muslim world.

Some Muslims accused Rushdie him of blasphemy in the book and Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini pronounced a death sentence on him in 1989.

‘‘I really have no regrets about any of my work,’’ Rushdie told reporters after being asked about The Satanic Verses. ‘‘This is, as I say, an honor not for any specific book but for a very long career in writing and I’m happy to see that recognized.’’

Salman Rushdie
British author Salman Rushdie
after receiving his Knighthood
at Buckingham Palace.

(John Stillwell/AP)

Rushdie, 61, published his first novel, Grimus, in 1975.

Success came with his next book, Midnight’s Children, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 1981.

Rushdie was forced to accept round-the-clock protection after The Satanic Verses was published in 1988. The Iranian government withdrew the death sentence in 1998 and Rushdie has gradually returned to public life.

‘‘It’s been a long time — my first novel was published 33 years ago but I think the thing you hope to do as a writer is leave behind a shelf of interesting books and it’s great just to have that work recognized,’’ Rushdie told reporters.

He added: ‘‘At this stage ,you know, it’s certainly not a day to talk about controversy, it’s a day for myself and my family to celebrate this.’’


Military historian Allan R. Millett will receive the Pritzker Military Library's 2008 Literature Award for Lifetime Acheivement. Millett will receive the $100,000 prize at the library's annual Liberty Gala on Oct. 4 at the Drake Hotel.

"The selection committee has honored an in dividual whose life's work in the area of understanding and wirting about military history is at the highest scholarly level," said James N. Pritzker, the library's founder and president. "Allan Millett's written work, teaching and other pursuits have educated and informed us all in a most profound way."

Allan Millett
Allan R. Millett

Millett's books include Semper Fidelis: The History of the United States Marine Corps; The Politics of Intervention: The Military Occupation of Cuba, 1906-1909; The General: Robert L. Bullard and Officership in the United States Army, and In Many a Strife: General Gerald C. Thomas and the U.S. Marine Corps.

Millett, a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, had this to say about the Pritzker award: "The award is especially satisfying since it is decided by a group of distinguished historians. I share this honor with my two co-authors, Peter Maslowski and Williamson Murray, and with our loyal legion of graduate students at the Ohio State University."

Win the Tony, write a memoir

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Hot off a big Tony win, actress Patti LuPone announces she's going to write a memoir. The untitled book is scheduled to come out in 2010, according to the publisher, Harmony Books, an imprint of Random House.

In her acceptance speech Sunday night, LuPone gave a shout-out to the Ravinia Festival for their continued summertime collaborations with her, specifically in regard to her pre-Broadway work on "Gypsy," for which she won this year'sTony Award. Maybe the book will feature a chapter on Ravinia (hint, hint). LuPone's only other Tony win came nearly 30 years ago when she won for originating the title role in "Evita."

Broadway star Patti LuPone just
after winning the Tony for her
role as Mama Rose in "Gypsy."

According to the publisher, LuPone will write about "her beginnings in Northport, Long Island, where she discovered that being onstage was the one place she couldn’t get into trouble, she takes us on the roller-coaster of professional highs ... and emotional lows (her humiliating firing from ‘Sunset Boulevard,’ nightclub work in the Catskills to pay the bills).’’

No word on how much she'll be paid for the book.

Madonna's brother, Christopher Ciccone is writing a memoir about his famous sister — titled Life With My Sister Madonna — and it's coming out next month, Simon & Schuster told the Associated Press.

Simon Spotlight Entertainment, an S&S imprint, had been promoting a mysterious "celebrity memoir" without identifying the author or subject. No details on how much little brother will make on the reported tell-all. The book will have a first printing of 350,000.

The 47-year-old Ciccone has worked with Madonna before, most notably as artistic director on her 1991 documentary, "Madonna: Truth or Dare," but the two are not close these days, according to Madonna's spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg, who told the AP: ‘‘Madonna has not cooperated with any biography about herself.’’

Christopher Ciccone
That's Christopher Ciccone on the left,
posing with his famous sister and film
director Alek Keshishian back in 1991
at the premiere of "Madonna: Truth
or Dare."
(AP photo)

Marlee Matlin working on a memoir

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Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin, hot off the last season of ‘‘Dancing With the Stars,’’ is working on a memoir, scheduled to come out next year.

Many folks might not know this about the 42-year-old Matlin, but she's no newbie to the literary beat. She wrote a novel in 2002, Deaf Child Crossing, and two children's books, Nobody’s Perfect and Leading Ladies. The tentative title for the memoir, to be published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment, a Simon & Schuster imprint: I’ll Scream Later.

Marlee Matlin
Marlee Matlin

‘‘As a young girl, I imagined myself as Marcia Brady who just happened to be deaf, skating down the street saying hi to everyone I knew,’’ Matlin said in a statement issued by the publisher. ‘‘But today, as a mom of four, I’m no longer Marcia. I’ve morphed into Alice, the Maid. Goodbye, Marcia, Marcia, Marcia.’’

Matlin made a big splash in the movie world when she won the best actress Oscar for her role in the 1986 film "Children of a Lesser God," opposite William Hurt, who became her off-screen lover as well. Will she tell all? Reportedly, she will ‘‘delve into her loves and life in Hollywood’’ and will write about her ‘‘unresolved issues and battles with addiction and abuse, many of which she kept hidden from the public and her family.’’

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