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Showtime Has Already Snagged The Rights to Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s Forthcoming Novel The President Is Missing

Forget Peak TV, here comes POTUS TV: Former President Bill Clinton and blockbuster author James Patterson (Kiss the Girls) are setting up shop at Showtime. The premium cable network has won a high-stakes (and almost certainly high-dollar) bidding war for the right to adapt the duo’s forthcoming novel The President Is Missing into a television series. The Clinton-Patterson collaboration, announced in May, won’t be released until next June. But as Deadline reported in July, news of the book set off a feeding frenzy in Hollywood as various film studios and TV outlets jockeyed for the rights. According to one person familiar with the rights negotiations, Clinton and Patterson met with more than a dozen companies, ultimately landing at the CBS Corporation–owned Showtime in part because of both men’s decades-old respective relationships with CBS chief Leslie Moonves.

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20 Descriptions of Armie Hammer’s Voice in the Call Me By Your Name Audiobook

You’ll be in tears by the end of André Aciman’s 2007 novel Call Me By Your Name. Turning that last page feels like being rudely cast out of the love story between Elio and Oliver, two men who must be together, who have to be together, because, in the words of Faith Evans, “I never knew there was a love like this before.” But if you’re going to be heartbroken, at least let it be via Call Me By Your Name’s audiobook, read gorgeously by the upcoming film adaptation’s star, Armie Hammer, whose voice is the audio equivalent of ordering a Lyft Line and having it all to yourself.

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  • Posted 9/21/17 at 10:00 AM

How Whitney Cummings Learned to Write Roast Jokes

The following is an excerpt from Whitney Cummings’s new memoir, I’m Fine … and Other Lies, out October 3. You can catch her on tour this fall.

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Nicole Krauss on 8 Inspirations That Shaped Her New Novel

Nicole Krauss recently released Forest Dark, her first novel in seven years. The book follows two separate yet thematically connected strands: First, there’s the story of a wealthy 60-something New Yorker named Jules Epstein, who, following the death of his parents, decides to quit his high-powered job, divorce his wife, divest himself of all his worldly possessions, and move to Israel. And then there’s the story of a successful 30-something novelist called Nicole, floundering in a failing marriage* and struggling with writers block, who also travels to Israel upon finding that she no longer believes in the things that once held her together — “the unassailability of love, the power of narrative, the essential health of domestic life.”

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  • Posted 9/20/17 at 12:11 PM

Eugene Hütz’s 10 Favorite Books

Bookseller One Grand Books has asked literary celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with Vulture. Below is Gogol Bordello front man Eugene Hutz’s list.

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  • Posted 9/19/17 at 4:26 PM
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YouTuber Hank Green Is Writing His First Novel, Confusing People Who Thought John Green Was the Book-Writing Brother

You’ve probably heard of John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, and several other young-adult novels, but have you heard of his younger brother Hank Green? (Yes, probably, the Greens are famous for the YouTube channel they run together.) Anyway, Hank’s trying out the whole novel thing with a new book he’s writing that will be out in the fall of 2018 called An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, which is, of course, about someone who gets famous on the internet. The character in question is April May, an art student who discovers a mysterious robot sculpture in New York, right before mysterious robot sculptures start appearing all over the world. “Every character in the book is a different version of me,” Green told the New York Times, presumably not referring to any of the robot sculptures.

  • Posted 9/16/17 at 3:36 PM

So, Mike Pence’s Pet Rabbit Has a Book Deal Now

A few weeks ago, Mike Pence’s pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo, posted on his Instagram account that he was “patiently waiting until I can tell you all some really exciting news! It’s so hard!” followed by the zippered-lips emoji. If, like us, you’ve been refreshing Marlon’s page every day since then, you were finally rewarded today with said news: The rabbit has a book deal. Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President is due out March 19. It was written by Pence’s daughter Charlotte Pence (who also runs Marlon’s Instagram account) and illustrated by Second Lady Karen Pence. As the title suggests, it’ll feature Marlon following “Grampa” Mike Pence around for a day as he does vice-presidential things.

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Danielle Steel’s Desk Is Just a Giant Stack of Her Own Books

The rooms in which writers create their work are often a source of fascination, but Danielle Steel has single-handedly one-upped everyone with hers. The 70-year-old novelist gave Vanity Fair an inside look of her work-space, and what they found was this: instead of a desk, she writes on three giant copies of her own books. Which is a thing that you absolutely can and should do when you’re the best-selling author alive.

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  • Posted 9/13/17 at 10:49 AM

George Saunders, Paul Aster Make the 2017 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

Open up your Amazon cart: On Wednesday morning, the Man Booker Prize announced its shortlist for the prestigious literary award. That means you’ve got six books to speed read or skim before the winner is announced. A few behemoths from the longlist, including Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Zadie Smith’s Swing Time, and Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad — failed to make the cut. The six selections are a mix of old talent and new: Fiona Mozley’s Elmet is her debut novel; Paul Auster’s 4 3 2 1 is his 20th, according to the announcement. See the shortlist below:

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  • Posted 9/13/17 at 9:51 AM

Remembering No Country for Old Men, a Masterful Book–Movie Collaboration, 10 Years Later

When No Country for Old Men, the Coen brothers’ adaptation of the novel by Cormac McCarthy, screened at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2007, it arrived on a wave of sustained, if not unanimous, praise after its spring debut at Cannes. Variety’s Todd McCarthy called it “a scorching blast of tense genre filmmaking shot through with rich veins of melancholy, down-home philosophy and dark, dark humor.” The Hollywood Reporter, for its part, was less impressed: “Plot holes, cracker-barrel philosophizing and setting a major climactic scene offscreen serve to undo all [the Coens’] fine work.” The film, of course, went on to earn exemplary reviews when it was released theatrically in November — New York’s David Edelstein called it “a near-masterpiece” and Roger Ebert declared it “as good a film as the Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, have ever made, and they made Fargo” — and, a few months later, it won the Oscar for Best Picture, beating out the similarly venerated There Will Be Blood.

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The Best Way to Read John le Carré’s George Smiley Books

Nearly three decades ago, after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the breakup of the U.S.S.R., John le Carré retired his greatest character, the potbellied English intelligence agent George Smiley, and turned away from Cold War, great-game spy novels toward one-off thrillers about gangsters, terrorists, and arms dealers. But with Western Europe tilting toward populist turmoil and grappling with new consequences of the communism’s fall, le Carré couldn’t stay away. In his new book, A Legacy of Spies, Smiley — beta spymaster bureaucrat, cuckold savior of liberal Europe — finally returns. It’s the best news in international relations all year.

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Alleged Author of Legendarily Bad Fanfic ‘My Immortal’ Steps Forward, Announces Book Deal

More than two years ago, Vulture published an investigation into one of the greatest online mysteries in recent history: the origins of “My Immortal,” widely regarded as the world’s worst piece of fanfiction. Published over the course of 2006 and 2007 on the shady repository known as fanfiction.net, it was ostensibly an homage to the world of Harry Potter, and it clocked in at 22,678 words — making it just a little shorter than The Old Man and the Sea. The text itself is a wild ride, chronicling the adventures of a narrator named “Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way” as she interacts with, bangs, and travels through time with oft-vampiric versions of the students at Hogwarts. It’s barely comprehensible due to the (sometimes deliberately) poor spelling and the wildly off-brand character depictions (most infamously, Dumbledore at one point catches Ebony and Draco boning and yells, “WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING YOU MOTHERFUKERS!”)

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Simone Rocha’s 10 Favorite Books

Bookseller One Grand Books has asked celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with Vulture. Below is fashion designer Simone Rocha’s list.

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Hillary Clinton Compares Bernie Sanders To That Entrepreneurial Murdering Hitchhiker From There’s Something About Mary

Remember that crazy hitchhiker character from There’s Something About Mary? The murderer/entrepreneur (played by a twitchy Harland Williams) who tried to get Ben Stiller to buy into his big idea for the next big workout craze? Well, apparently, debating Bernie Sanders is a lot like arguing with that guy, according to Hillary Clinton. In an excerpt from her new book, What Happened, Clinton writes, “President Obama urged me to grit my teeth and lay off Bernie as much as I could. I felt like I was in a straitjacket.” It was her aide Jake Sullivan who apparently drew the comparison between Sanders and the “deranged hitchhiker” from the 1998 comedy who was certain that he could unseat 8-Minute Abs as the workout empire du jour by coming out with 7-Minute Abs instead. “That’s what it was like in policy debates with Bernie,” Clinton wrote. “We would promise a bold infrastructure investment plan or an ambitious new apprenticeship program for young people, and then Bernie would announce basically the same thing, but bigger. On issue after issue, it was like he kept promising four-minute abs, or even no-minutes abs. Magic abs!”

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9 Books You Need to Read This September

Each month, Boris Kachka offers nonfiction and fiction book recommendations. You should read as many of them as possible.

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  • Posted 9/1/17 at 10:30 AM

What Game of Thrones Season 7 Tells Us About George R.R. Martin’s Next Book

Game of Thrones has spent its last two seasons in uncharted territory. While showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had certainly taken adaptational liberties before, seasons six and seven took the story beyond where George R.R. Martin had left off in A Song of Ice and Fire. As such, for huge fans of the book series, watching season seven became a very meta detective mission. Which of the show’s plotlines will end up in The Winds of Winter, Martin’s next book in the ASOIAF series? Which won’t? Which details will be used in an altered form? Now that the season is over, we can look back and tease out the most significant changes between book and TV show. Here are the three biggest story lines to keep in mind while you wait for Martin to finish The Winds of Winter.

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18 Book-to-Film Adaptations Still to Come in 2017

Though cash-grabbing summer blockbusters are quickly waning away with the heat, fall’s film calendar promises to bring a bounty of adaptations for our viewing pleasure — literary adaptations, that is. In short, Hollywood executives seemingly spent a day at the Strand to get inspired for their 2017 lineup. Whether you have a preference for big-budget retellings of popular novels (It, Murder on the Orient Express) or more meditative narratives derived from fiction (Call Me by Your Name, Tulip Fever), browse below for the 18 book-to-film outings to expect for the rest of the year.

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  • Posted 8/30/17 at 12:00 PM

Yara Shahidi’s 10 Favorite Books

Bookseller One Grand Books has asked literary celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with Vulture. Below is Black-ish star Yara Shahidi’s list.

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  • Posted 8/30/17 at 10:22 AM

The Late Terry Pratchett Gets His Final Wish: To Have His Unfinished Work Crushed By Steamroller

A hard drive containing the late Sir Terry Pratchett’s unfinished works was crushed by a steamroller at the Great Dorset Steam Fair earlier this week, all according to the author’s wishes. Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, among many other sci-fi books, stipulated that any unfinished works at the time of his death be “taken out along with his computers, to be put in the middle of a road and for a steamroller to steamroll over them all.” Rob Wilkins, who manages his estate, tweeted photos of the process.

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  • Posted 8/25/17 at 12:48 PM

Author of YA Novel Pulled From Bestseller List Claims There Was No Attempt to Game the System

The saga involving the young-adult novel Handbook for Mortals, the New York Times best-seller list, and former American Pie actor Thomas Ian Nicholas is continuing to spiral out of control. After the book was pulled from the top of the YA hardcover best-seller list yesterday after the Times noted “inconsistencies” in reporting and various Twitter users alleged that people behind Handbook for Mortals were trying to game the system by placing bulk orders at various bookstores, first-time author Lani Sarem has fired back in The Hollywood Reporter. In an interview, Sarem, an actress and former music manager for Plain White T’s and Blues Traveler, claimed that to her knowledge, there was no strategy to inflate Handbook for Mortals’ sales. Sarem insisted that she, Nicholas, who is attached to star in a film adaptation, and her husband Brian Keathley, who founded GeekNation, which is publishing the book, have been promoting the book at events around the country as a multi-platform property. “To go after the traditional marketing strategy of when your goal is just to have a successful book didn’t make sense to us,” she told THR.

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