As the Book World Turns

Amazon announced it will drop its Arkansas affiliates for requiring the online retailers to pay sales tax.

J. K. Rowling has set up a mysterious website which currently links to a Youtube video (with some seriously cool owl graphics) that announces that she will make an announcement on June 23rd. (It’s not a new book, according to Rowling’s PR people.)  Okay….

Abrams announced that the sixth book in Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Cabin Fever, will have a 6 million copy first printing. Entertainment Weekly had this conversation with Kinney this week.

Bestselling novelist Colum McCann won the IMPAC Dublin Award for his novel Let the Great World Spin. (And he deserves it. If you haven’t read this novel yet, be advised that you’re missing one of the best novels to come out in the last few years.  Read it!)

Singer/songwriter Carole King will release her first memoir in April 2012 titled Natural Woman.

A previously unpublished Che Guevara diary has been released in Cuba.

Samuel L. Jackson recorded an audio version of the runaway bestseller Go the F***ck To Sleep.

Tom Cruise is considering taking on the role of Jack Reacher in One Shot, the film based on Lee Child’s bestselling series.

Brat pack member Andrew McCarthy will write a travel memoir for Simon and Schuster titled The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Global Quest for the Courage to Settle Down.

And here at BookPeople, we had just a little event Wednesday night with some debut author named Simon-something.

Here’s a task to tackle this weekend:  Flavorwire showed us how to drink like our favorite writers.

And on that note.


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