Today in books and publishing: Michelle Obama's book about the White House garden finally arrives, Fifty Shades of Grey returns to shelves in Florida, and what it was like to stage an opera with Maurice Sendak.
American Grown -- First Lady Michelle Obama's oft-delayed book about the White House organic garden -- hits stores on Tuesday. Charming anecdotes include the revelation that she's only grown five pumpkins in three years and that the president was very concerned about the White House bee hive being too close to his basketball court. [The New York Times]
The Fifty Shades trilogy: no longer too hot for public libraries in Brevard County, Florida. The Board of County Commissioners issued a press release on Monday -- Memorial Day-- declaring that all 19 copies of the kind of sexy, kind of lousy novels will be available again "effective immediately," though the county is still conducting a "review of our [library] selection criteria," which makes it seem as if they are looking less spectacularly public way to pre-censor racy books. [Brevard County via The Guardian]
Carole Geithner -- wife of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner -- also has a book out this week. It's a young adult novel called If Only about a girl named Corinna "navigating a landscape of adolescent awkwardness in the wake of her mother’s death." [Page Views]
This is fun: Netia Jones, the lady who directed operas based on Where the Wild Things Are and Higlety Piglety Pop!, has written about what it was like to work with the late, prickly Maurice Sendak. Apparently his first words to her were "I'm sick of Wild Things!" which would be a very Maurice Sendak thing to say. [The Guardian]