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On the Books Mar. 1: Anjelica Huston signs a memoir deal; Lindsay Lohan will not be naked in Terry Richardson book; Bristol Palin update; lawsuits; and more

Angelica-Huston

Angelica-HustonImage Credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.com Scribner’s Nan Graham has signed Anjelica Huston to write her as-yet-untitled memoir, due out in 2013. In a press release, Huston said, “My father once said that interest was the most important thing in the world, and he wasn’t talking about money, but rather the infinite possibilities and choices and patterns we all have in life. In this book, I want to look back at the landscapes that formed me—the exceptional highs and lows I have experienced.” I don’t know about you, but this is the one Hollywood memoir I’ve always been dying to read (her father! her acting career! her years with Jack Nicholson!).

The Daily Mirror reported that Lindsay Lohan signed a deal worth $3.4 million to appear nude in “graphic” shots, alongside James Franco, in a book by photographer Terry Richardson. Lohan confirmed that she will be in the book but called the story “absurd,” saying she would appear fully clothed and the book will not be about sex.

We already reported that Bristol Palin would write a memoir, but now it gets an official announcement from William Morrow and a title: Not Afraid of Life. We should hope not! One might say that at the age of 20, Palin hasn’t experienced the travails necessary to write a compelling memoir, but maybe she has: the “aching hours of practice” for DWTS, and you know, being Sarah Palin’s daughter, which can’t be easy.

Wing Chau, President and founder of Harding Advisory, is suing author Michael Lewis, publisher W.W. Norton, and hedge fund manager Steven Eisman. Chau claims that Lewis made “false and defamatory” comments about him and his company in the book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, which spent six weeks as the New York Times No. 1 bestselling nonfiction hardcover. W.W. Norton stands by the book.

Random House finally gives in to the agency model. What exactly that means is rather complicated—basically the publisher will have to split profits with digital booksellers—and  that Random House books may become available in the iBookStore in the very near future.

A judge threw out a lawsuit by cookbook author Missy Chase Lapine, who accused Jerry Seinfeld of damaging her reputation by calling her a “wacko” on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Sometimes, reading hurts but we do it anyway.

Originally posted March 1 2011 — 10:28 AM EST

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