— ON THE GLAM If living well is the best revenge, writing a novel based on your experiences as an assistant — particularly at Conde Nast — would have to rate a close second. The newest addition to the genre is The Devil Wears Prada, a first novel by Lauren Weisberger, who was once an assistant to Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. Not that the novel, which has been described as a cross between Bridget Jones’s Diary and The Nanny Diaries, is really about the famed and feared editrix. ”She was Anna Wintour’s assistant, but her experiences are a springboard for this very fictional account,” says Doubleday exec editor Stacy Creamer, who was the winning bidder in an auction that drove the price over $200,000.
— THE WEIGHT IS OVER If you thought Liza Minnelli’s wedding was fabulous, just wait till you hear about her diet: According to sources, Artists Management Group agent Alan Nevins is shopping two books by the diva. The first will focus on how she lost so much weight and managed to turn her life around. The second will be a full-scale autobiography. Nevins did not return a call seeking comment.
— JIMI-DANDY Fresh off his biography of Kurt Cobain, Charles R. Cross plans to tackle the life of another Seattle-raised music legend — Jimi Hendrix, who has been the subject of assorted books over the decades but none as authoritative as what Hyperion claims to have in mind. Says exec editor Peternelle van Arsdale, ”He’s going to have access to the family and those close to Hendrix, so I think we can trust he’ll uncover texture and depth to the story that no one else has.” Look for the book in 2005, in time for the 35th anniversary of Hendrix’s death.