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On the Books: Texas Sen. Wendy Davis to release memoir

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Today’s news features a memoir in the works, a study focusing on self-censoring over surveillance concerns, and literary real estate that’s worth millions. Read on for more headlines:

Texas Sen. Wendy Davis is writing a memoir. Davis is also running for governor in 2014, and is well-known for her 11-hour filibuster over a state bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. [USA Today]

A new study discovered that many American writers are self-censoring by avoiding controversial topics for fear of government surveillance. “Fully 85% of writers responding to PEN’s survey are worried about government surveillance of Americans, and 73% of writers have never been as worried about privacy right and freedom of the press as they are today.” [PEN American Center and the FDR Group survey]

In other news, the Florence villa that inspired Pinocchio author Carlo Collodi has gone up for sale — for a staggering £8.7 million. [The Telegraph]

The is probably the most James Franco thing James Franco has done so far: The actor-director-producer-multitasker is starring in a film called Tar that’s based on a book of poems, featuring NYU student writer-directors. [LA Times]

On to some must-reads: Jeffrey Eugenides penned a new story, “Find the Bad Guy,” for The New Yorker. [The New Yorker]

ICYMI: Ylvis’ viral video “What does the Fox say?” will be turned into a children’s book. [EW]

Is this really the end of literary fiction, as writer Lars Iyer claims? Andrew Gallix investigates. [The Guardian]

Another question to ponder: Is literature lacking style these days? [The New York Review of Books]

Here’s something fun: Check out the first tweets of some of the literary world’s top writers. Bret Easton Ellis’ first tweet: “Does anyone know who @BretEastonEllis is?” [The Millions]

Half the country’s seen the first snowfall of the season this week, and to celebrate the beginning of winter (or mourn the end of fall?), here’s a list of 45 great indie bookstores across the U.S, perfect for picking out that holiday gift. [Flavorwire]