Today in publishing and literature: The release date of Joe Posnanski's authorized Joe Paterno biography gets moved up, a book based on a Tumblr that's actually worth buying, and Uggie the dog continues to extend his canine 15 minutes of fame.
Simon & Schuster has moved up the release date of Paterno, the authorized biography of the late Penn State coach by former Sports Illustrated columnist Joe Posnanski originally scheduled to come out next June, to late summer of this year. Meanwhile, biographers like David Maraniss admit they're fascinated to see how Posnanski -- who defended Paterno last year in a series of blog posts -- will incorporate the circumstances of Paterno's ignominious exit last November with a project that was pitched to publishers (and the Paterno family) in 2009 as an overwhelmingly positive look at a figure who changed college sports and academia for the better. [The New York Times]
It's always vaguely depressing when a beloved Tumblr publishes a book that's nothing but a few hundred blog posts bound together, topped off with a fancy cover and maybe an introduction by a semi-notable name. Jason Oberholtzer and Cody Westphal make it clear that's not the approach they took when writing the book version of I Love Charts, which comes out tomorrow. Mother Jones describes it as a "memoir told through charts," an assessment Oberholtzer doesn't disagree with, noting the project originally was supposed to be just another coffee table book. But "I felt weird writing a book that I didn't think needed to exist," he explains. "[N]ow I feel like it's at least self-contained and it's worth existing, for some reason." [Mother Jones]