On the Books: Mary-Louise Parker to pen memoir in the form of letters
Actress Mary-Louise Parker will tell her life story through a series of letters penned to the most important men in her life—so exes Billy Crudup and Jeffrey Dean Morgan should maybe look out. Dear Mr. You will be released by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner in fall 2015. “I am so honored and thrilled to be working with Scribner and in the company of such wonderful writers,” said Mary-Louise Parker in a Scribner press release.
“From Frank McCourt to Jeannette Walls to Anjelica Huston, Scribner loves a great memoirist, and Mary-Louise Parker is one,” added senior vice president and publisher Nan Graham. “Her writing is magnificent; the conceit—a memoir in letters to men—is wholly original and brilliantly executed.” The Emmy-, Tony-, and Golden Globe-winning actress is best known for her critically acclaimed role as pot-dealing widow Nancy Botwin on Showtime’s Weeds.
Another beloved American actor has also inked a book deal with Simon & Schuster: Nathan Lane and his partner Devlin Elliot will write a picture book series for the publisher’s Young Readers division. Naughty Mabel, the first book to be published in fall 2015, tells the story of “a fabulous French bulldog based on Lane and Elliott’s very own naughty (but adorable) pup,” according to the press release. Lane is an award-winning stage and film actor, and he is currently starring in It’s Only a Play on Broadway. [GalleyCat]
The anti-Amazon group Authors United has scored a major supporter in literary agent Andrew Wylie. Wylie represents many of the world’s most acclaimed writers, all of whom he is asking to join him in the fight against Amazon’s negotiating tactics, The New York Times reports.He has already recruited Philip Roth, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, V. S. Naipaul, and Milan Kundera. “It’s very clear to me, and to those I represent, that what Amazon is doing is very detrimental to the publishing industry and the interests of authors,” Wylie said. “If Amazon is not stopped, we are facing the end of literary culture in America.”
The French Embassy opened a bookstore in New York City this weekend. Albertine Books, located in the historic Beaux-Art Payne Whitney mansion across the street from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will stock more than 14,000 books in English and French with the aim of making foreign-language books available at to Americans at lower prices. Antonin Baudry, the graphic novelist and French embassy cultural counselor behind the project, hopes the the store/reading room will help revive an anemic independent bookstore industry facing especially high rents in New York. A weeklong cultural festival at Albertine begins Oct. 14, featuring the likes of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz. [Publishers Weekly]
Sheila Levine, associate director and editorial director of the University of California Press for 40 years, died last week at 65 of ovarian cancer. Levine, who retired in 2011, worked with authors including Marion Nestle, Melvyn Goldstein, and Paul Freedman. She also started a food studies program at UC Press in 2001, the first of its kind. [Publishers Weekly]