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The inside scoop on the book world

The inside scoop on the book world — Elvis chronicler Peter Gurainick will write about R&B legend Sam Cooke, while Brad Pitt is authoring an interior design photo essay

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Acclaimed Elvis chronicler Peter Guralnick has chosen his next subject: R&B legend Sam Cooke. ”It’ll be the story of [the music scene in] Chicago, L.A., and Atlanta and the growth of gospel into rock & roll,” says Little, Brown editor in chief Michael Pietsch, who plans to publish in 2003…. Nick Hornby meets Helen Fielding: That’s the pitch for Louise Voss’ To Be Someone, a novel about a female British DJ that Crown’s Kristin Kiser has just snapped up for a low six-figure sum. Crown editorial director Steve Ross says the company would like to package the novel with a CD of the rock & roll tracks that help drive the narrative.

IT’S A SNAP
Looks like Brad Pitt is as comfortable behind the camera as he is in front of it: The star is contributing a photo essay to Greene & Greene: The Blacker House, an architecture-interior design book due from Utah publisher Gibbs Smith next month. The restoration of the Pasadena, Calif., estate is the latest project of coauthor Randell L. Makinson (who also happens to be Pitt’s architect) and scholar/photographer Thomas A. Heinz. But since Pitt decided to participate (he’s even agreed to do promotional appearances for the book), Gibbs Smith has redesigned the cover to bill the actor’s involvement. ”We think it will really help the book sell,” says Gibbs Smith’s Melinda Rhodes. Got that right.