Today in books and literature: Carrie Brownstein gets a book deal, the last edition of Encylopaedia Britannica is flying off shelves, John Grisham has a humble brag, and precocious kids discover self-publishing.
Portlandia co-star Carrie Brownstein announced that she will publish a memoir with Riverhead Books that will tell "her life in music, from ardent fan to pioneering female guitarist to comedic performer and luminary of the independent rock world," according to the publisher. That sounds like standard boiler-plate celebrity memoir stuff, but Brownstein's proven her writing ability with pieces in Slate and elsewhere, so there's hope! Plus, fans of Portlandia might get some behind-the-scenes dope. We're particularly excited to hear her take on her friendship with co-star Fred Armisen which, as described in a recent New Yorker piece, is intense and quirky. Happy writings, Ms. Brownstein. [Media Bistro]
Apparently America's tendency not to know a good thing till it's gone extends to thousand dollar encyclopedia sets. After announcing the end of its print edition, Encylopaedia Britannica has seen a huge spike in sales, as suddenly ardent fans snap up the last-ever edition of a cultural behemoth. The New York Times reports that they are now selling about 130 sets a week for $1,395 where before the announcement they sold only about 60 sets a week. Set aside your surprise that even 60 people a week wanted to buy a set of encyclopedias, and you'll agree that it's quite the sales bump. Meanwhile, for those wondering what possible place Encylopaedia Britannica will have in the wilds of the web, check out L. Gordon Crovitz's thoughtful Wall Street Journal piece as highlighted in our Five Best Columns last month. Long live Encylopaedia. [New York Times]