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The inside scoop on the book world

Kato Kaelin, J.D. Salinger, and Peter Osnos made news the week of June 13, 1997

BLOND AMBITION The O.J. blitz continues: Industry sources say that lion-maned former houseguest Kato Kaelin will soon shop his story. Tentatively titled The Sixteenth Minute, the book will separate itself from the Bronco-loads of other O.J. tomes by focusing on the ”weird and wacky” life of an instant celebrity. One highlight: Kaelin recounts how he told Marcia Clark that, for him, DNA stands for Dude Needs Apartment.

FAST TIMES So where is Hapworth 16, 1924, the J.D. Salinger novella that Orchises Press was supposed to publish in April? It never showed. That didn’t stop the New York Times from running a blistering review anyway. ”The timing was germane because it had already been published in The New Yorker,” says a Times spokesperson. Umm, yeah…in 1965. Orchises publisher Roger Lathbury insists that ”the book has not been canceled” but won’t say when it will appear.

PUBLIC SERVANT Although some publishers have just axed their nonfiction imprints, Peter Osnos — formerly the publisher of Random House’s Times Books — has optimistically formed PublicAffairs, a company dedicated to publishing books on current issues by journalists, historians, and public figures.

MYSTERY DATE Who is Ted L. Nancy, and why is Jerry Seinfeld doing him the favor of plugging his book, Letters From a Nut? The comic claims he discovered the material for the book — a collection of cranky correspondence — on the coffee table of ”a friend” and found it so sidesplitting that he passed it on to his literary agent, Dan Strone. The jacket of the resultant volume says that Nancy, a Thousand Oaks, Calif., resident, ”hopes to do for comedy what Anonymous did for politics,” and indeed, there’s no Ted L. Nancy listed in Thousand Oaks information. Seinfeld vehemently denied to Larry King that he himself is the author, even though he’s been acting like a man on a book tour. ”It’s a bit of a mystery, and I guess it’s supposed to be that way,” is all Strone will say. Which leaves the question: What, exactly, did Anonymous do for politics?