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The inside scoop on the book world

”The Stars That Shine” and ”No Apparent Danger” made book news the week of March 10, 2000

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Stars are born
Julie Clay, daughter of Brenda Lee, persuaded a dozen of country’s biggest stars — including Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood, and Tim McGraw — to share childhood stories for The Stars That Shine, coming from Simon & Schuster in October. Clay spun fictionalized tales from the singers’ memories — LeAnn Rimes‘ features a girl in a song-and-dance competition, while Willie Nelson‘s focuses on a little boy named ”Booger Red” (Nelson’s actual nickname). ”I knew a lot of them through Mother,” says Clay. ”But I was surprised at the gusto [with which] they all participated.”

Danger zone
A 1993 volcanic eruption that claimed the lives of six scientists and three tourists threatens to become the Mount Everest of book subjects. No Apparent Danger, by volcanologist Victoria Bruce, will investigate what really happened when Mount Galeras in Colombia erupted — including the role of the expedition’s lead scientist, Stanley Williams, who is writing his own account of what happened. HarperCollins executive editor Dan Conaway, who bought Danger for a mid-six-figure advance, says the book will focus not on ”a scientist’s negligence” but on ”the incredible man-versus-nature circumstance of volcanoes.” Williams’ book, purchased by Houghton Mifflin, ”will talk very eloquently to what the limits of our knowledge are,” says Eamon Dolan, executive editor at Houghton.

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