Today in books and publishing: A memoir for Whitney Houston; how to walk and read; day two of Book Expo of America; and more.
Whitney Houston's mom, Cissy, is writing a book about her "daughter's life, career and death," HarperCollins announced yesterday. The memoir, which has been kicking around since April, is scheduled for release in February—a year from the date of Whitney's death. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed (estimates are in the seven figures). Portions of the book will be donated to the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark where Whitney's funeral was held, and where she sang as a child. [Reuters, MSNBC]
For the multi-tasking book lover, Time has a handy guide on how to walk and read at the same time, inside, in one's own home, in the office, and even in the out of doors. An excerpt, regarding sidewalks: "Short bursts is the approach. You look for a stretch of open sidewalk, maybe a half a block, you hastily memorize the major obstacles, and then you glance down at the book. You’re speed-reading here—you don’t so much run your eye over the page as grab the next few sentences all at once. Then the book goes back under the arm. You look up again and digest the words as you walk. You check your location and bearing, like a submarine, and then you prepare to dive again." Related: Why is there no device in one's shower in which you can set a book to protect it from the water and also, automatically have pages turned when necessary, so that you can keep reading all the while? [Time]