Today in books and publishing: The rush to out Batman, the many problems of librarians, the bailout guy gets a book deal.
Nia Vardalos -- the My Big Fat Greek Wedding lady -- has signed a deal with HarperCollins to write a memoir about the challenges of trying to adopt a baby. Sad! But it all turns out OK, because -- spoiler alert -- she gets the baby in the end. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Everyone's getting book deals! Even Neil Barofsky, the
nerd Special Inspector General who helped oversee TARP. Officially, his book will be a "memoir" which sounds very personal, considering 95 percent of it will (probably) be a defense of TARP and an account of " recount "his many clashes with the Treasury Department and others in the government." It's going to be called Bailout (of course) and Simon & Schuster is publishing. According to the publisher, he's going to level some meaty bipartisan criticism at Bush and Obama White House officials for being "in thrall of big banks." Topical! Terms were not disclosed. [AP]
Librarians got problems. Specifically: whether to stock up on thrill-a-minute bestseller -- probably by people named J.D. Rankin and the like -- or buy musty classics. This is a problem, but is it really the biggest problem facing the modern librarian? The rise of e-books and budget cuts seem to pose more immediate problems, and also what to do with all those bestsellers of yesteryear. How many copies of The Firm does one branch need?. (The answer, of course, is three. Three copies of The Firm.) [The Millions]
Northstar, the gay Canadian superhero from Astonishing X-Men, is scheduled to marry his longtime partner in next month's issue. What The Guardian wants to know is, why, when Marvel teased us yesterday with the news that one of its heroes would be tying the knot with someone of the same gender, did media types automatically assume the character in question would be Batman? Doubly puzzling when you consider Batman is the property of DC Comics. [The Guardian]