The inside scoop on the book world

HAIL CAESAR Sid Caesar, the comedian and television pioneer whose last literary venture was his 1982 autobiography Where Have I Been?, is now planning a book along the lines of What Did I Do? William Morris agent Mel Berger is shopping the tentatively titled In Praise of Me: Sid Caesar and the Art of Comedy, to be written with humor historian Eddy Friedfeld. According to one industry insider, the book would be an ”inspirational tool for aspiring young comedy writers and performers,” as well as the story of Caesar’s life as an entertainer, from his early days as a big-band musician to his work on Your Show of Shows. It certainly doesn’t hurt the book’s prospects that a collection of his TV sketches was recently released on video and DVD.

ALMOST UNFAMOUS Where Have I Been? could just as easily be the name Michael Tucker — a.k.a. the chubby, principled litigator Stuart Markowitz on the 1986-94 hit TV show L.A. Law — gives to his new book. Or perhaps a better title would be Becoming Unfamous, which is what he’s calling the memoir he’s writing about his life with wife (and former costar) Jill Eikenberry. ”It is not a complaint,” says Tucker’s agent Jane Dystel, who is shopping the proposal. ”It’s about what happens to us all when certain things that define our lives don’t define them anymore.”

TWYLA TIME Twyla Tharp, a survivor of the perennially cash-strapped world of dance, is planning to take her nearly 40 years of experience choreographing and leading dance companies and distill them into a book on the creative process — something along the lines of Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird or Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. ”It’s a step-by-step program for developing, preparing for, and using your creativity,” says Jeff Neuman, senior editor at Simon & Schuster, which sources say paid $400,000 for the tentatively titled The Creative Habit. ”It’s not a book about the dance world,” he adds.