Today in books and publishing: Molly Ringwald talks up her novel; Thurber Prize finalists; Jerry Sandusky is working on a book in prison; what Ira Glass is reading.
The Breakfast Book Club. Molly Ringwald, the '80s teen flick star and Brat Pack graduate, chats about her new novel When It Happens to You with the New York Times' John Williams. Ringwald's book follows an unraveling marriage, and the 44-year-old actor-turned-author says that the book began as "a collection of connected stories around the subject of betrayal, which I liked as a focus because of its universality." When It Happens to You isn't Ringwald's first foray into writing. Her 2010 book Getting the Pretty Back got positive write-ups. She says of her latest book, "I would very much like to adapt it for film and have been thinking seriously about the best way to do it. Writing and directing for the screen is an aspiration I have carried around with me for years now." [The New York Times]
Would anyone ever want to read Jerry Sandusky's tell-all? According to Johnstown, Pennsylvania's local TV station WJAC, former Penn State assistant football coach and convicted child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky is working on a book in jail. The project is a collaboration between Sandusky and his wife Dottie, who maintains that she never saw her husband commit any wrongdoing. Sandusky's lawyer Joe Amendola says, "He continues to believe that the truth will come out at some point, and that he'll get another trial or another opportunity to establish his innocence." In case that's not gross enough for you, consider this: Sandusky's first book—the unfortunately titled Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story—fetches up to $400 on Amazon these days. [Los Angeles Times]
What Ira Glass is reading. The voice behind This American Life tells the New York Times that he mostly reads for "homework of one sort or another." Glass says when it comes to reading, he almost exclusively reads nonfiction, and doesn't believe in guilty pleasures. "People who call reading detective fiction or eating dessert a guilty pleasure make me want to puke," he says. "Pedophilia is a pleasure a person should have guilt about. Not chocolate." We also learn that he vastly prefers Hermione over Harry Potter, would like to meet Edgar Allan Poe, and finds David Rakoff's manuscript Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die; Cherish, Perish, a Novel "very funny and very sad, which is my favorite combination." [The New York Times]
Thurber Prize shortlist. The annual award for humorous writing, won last year by recently deceased essayist David Rakoff, will go to either Nate DiMeo, Patricia Marx, or Calvin Trillin. The winner will be announced in October. [Publishers Weekly]
Kafka 2.0. The London Review of Books is trying something new. They've commissioned novelist Will Self to write a "digital essay" on Franz Kafka, something that could only be experienced online. Self delivers an interactive work in which readers can toggle side-notes and watch videos, listen to videos and read archival passages. [The London Review of Books]
Here you go, Internet. A list of the top 10 animal picture books. [The Guardian]
What Gustave Flaubert left behind. A catalog of the novelist's personal effects, taken 12 days after his death. [The Paris Review]
We all knew it would come to this. Get ready for Fifty Shades! The Musical. [The Independent]
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