— YOU’VE GOT KAEL Pauline Kael, arguably America’s most influential movie critic and the author of a dozen collections of reviews, will now be reviewed herself, in She Found It at the Movies: The Work and Life of Pauline Kael, which Los Angeles Times book critic Susie Linfield just signed to write for Farrar Straus & Giroux. ”The point is to look at this critic who embodied a huge amount of American cultural and social change in her own writing,” says FSG editor Ethan Nosowsky, explaining why ”work” comes before ”life” in the subtitle.
— HOLLYWOOD STORY Just weeks after Robert Blake’s wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, was found shot to death in his car, the star of the ’70s television series Baretta and the 1967 film In Cold Blood has inspired an instant book. True-crime veteran Gary C. King will write Murder in Hollywood for St. Martin’s Press in time to have 250,000 copies in bookstores by Aug. 7. ”[Blake is] a really eccentric character who married a wackadoodle of the first order, and Gary is meeting a lot of old Hollywood people who’ve known him for years,” says King’s manager, Peter Miller, who wanted to title the book In Hot Blood before St. Martin’s talked him out of it.
— GONE AGAIN We’ll bet the Margaret Mitchell estate is sorry now: Houghton Mifflin has pushed the official publication date of The Wind Done Gone — Alice Randall’s parody of Gone With the Wind, which recently won its court battle against the Mitchell Trusts — to June 28, and has upped the first printing from 25,000 to 38,000 copies.