Book news for week of May 11, 1990 -- Brief updates from the literary world

Wild at Heart
Filmmaker David Lynch (Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks) is planning to empty the contents of his mind into a coffee-table book, an eclectic collection of his drawings, paintings, photographs, short fiction, and essays. Harper & Row will publish in fall 1991.

Satellite Write
While explorer Will Steger was battling 60-day-long storms on his trans-Antarctica expedition begun in the summer of 1989, his coauthor, Jon Bowermaster, was toiling away in upstate New York on the research and writing of their book, Saving the Earth: A Citizen’s Guide to Environmental Action. As Bowermaster finished each chapter, he sent it to Steger via supply plane from a base in Chile. Steger responded by satellite, typing GOODJOBJON or LAST2PAGESFINE on his monitor. When Steger finally reached the Soviet base at Vostok, he rushed to a phone to give Bowermaster line-by-line changes, just as the book was about to go to press.

Mambo Jumbo
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love earned Oscar Hijuelos the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for fiction — and a $16 million lawsuit. ”Glorious Gloria” Parker, who leads an all-female band, charges that Hijuelos defamed her in The Mambo Kings by portraying a fictional band called ”Glorious Gloria Parker and Her All-Girl Rhumba Orchestra” as rife with promiscuity. Parker also insists that as a consequence she and her band have been unable to earn a living.

Even though audio books — taped versions of classics and current hot sellers — sell smartly, some audio publishers are aware that many people are phasing out their cassette decks. So Rykodisc and Carol Publishing have joined forces to release the first book on CD. ”We haven’t decided exactly which book, but it will come from our Citadel Underground series,” says Carol publisher Steven Schragis, referring to the company’s line of books about the American counterculture.