On the Books Mar. 22: Exclusive info on 'The Gaggle,' new book deal for Elizabeth Kostova, and more
Jess Massa and Rebecca Wiegand are not only poster-girls for modern day dating, but also for 21st century book publishing. These best friends came up with a theory on “dating in the post-dating world” called “the Gaggle.” In a nutshell, the idea is that in a time when traditional dating relationships can’t be expected, women now have a group of guys in their lives who fulfill different romantic roles. Massa and Wiegand turned their idea into an interactive blog (wtfisupwithmylovelife.com), YouTube series, popular Twitter feed, and they even have a movie currently in development with New Line (screenwriters Emily Cook and Kathy Greenberg are attached), which will most likely be reminiscent of recent rom-coms with large casts, such as He’s Just Not That into You and Valentine’s Day. With an already strong brand and film option behind them, Massa and Wiegand, with A-list literary agent Alex Glass, shopped their Gaggle idea for a book, with Massa as author and Wiegand as co-creator. Massa told me exclusively they made a “significant six-figure deal” after a hotly contested auction among six interested publishers, with editor Kerri Kolen at Simon & Schuster coming out on top. Slated for spring of 2012, Massa will pen the book, giving a whole picture of the current dating world and its changing values, and describing the types of guys a girl might find in her Gaggle. Also exclusive to the book will be a rundown of a guy’s Gaggle of girls.
Elizabeth Kostova, bestselling author of 2005’s record-breaking The Historian, joins Random House Publishing Group’s Ballantine Bantam Dell for her next novel, which will “be set in the U.S. and Eastern Europe, and like The Historian will move between past and present, and combine elements of suspense, myth, and folklore.”
The “flipback” book, all the rage in Holland and newly released in Britain, stands as a print alternative to the Kindle. Lightweight and easily portable, the rice paper-thin pages allow even long novels to fit in your pocket. I haven’t seen a flipback yet, but it seems like it might be a strain on the eyes. And for me, a huge advantage of having print books is being able to display them on shelf, which I don’t think these little book-nuggets would be good for. (By the way, if these make it to America, they should totally be called “book-nuggets.”) What do you think of flipbacks as a stand-in for e-readers?
Read a tense, suspenseful excerpt from Swedish author Henning Mankell’s upcoming book, The Troubled Man: A Kurt Wallander Mystery.
Grammar is getting with the times! The AP Stylebook sent out a decree: “E-mail” is no longer correct; it’s now email. Cell phones and smart phones are now single-word entities, cellphones and smartphones. Apparently using hyphens and spaces when it comes to no-longer-new technology is for old-timers.