On the Books July 8: Mario Lopez writes a children's book; speculation about a Casey Anthony deal
++ Oh no. Publishers are already circling Casey Anthony, freshly acquitted of murdering her daughter Caylee, for a book deal that could net the 25-year-old upwards of $750,000. Literary agent Linda Konner told ABC News, “Anything to do with a mother and a dead child tends to attract lots of attention. I think there will be some frenzy among publishers to acquire her book.” Everything about that statement sounds terrible, but is it true? Other publishing insiders think it’s unlikely that people will pay money for a Casey Anthony memoir, citing the public’s disgust regarding O.J. Simpson’s failed memoir If I Did It. Under what circumstances would you ever buy a memoir written by Casey Anthony?
++ While researching her new book The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama’s Father, journalist Sally Jacobs uncovered a document from 1961 detailing the president’s parent’s plans to give him up for adoption. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told the Boston Globe that Ann Dunham, Obama’s mother, had no plans to put young Barack up for adoption.
++ Saved by the Bell star Mario Lopez’s children’s book, titled Mario and Baby Gia, has been given a Sept. 27 release date by Penguin. The book is named after Lopez’s baby daughter, Gia Francesca.