On the Books May 20: Gregg Allman to write memoir, Bloomsbury announces Haiti novel, and Oprah's best-selling book club pick | EW.com

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On the Books May 20: Gregg Allman to write memoir, Bloomsbury announces Haiti novel, and Oprah's best-selling book club pick

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Continuing the recent trend of rockers-turned-authors, Allman Brothers frontman Gregg Allman has signed with William Morrow to write a memoir, to be released in spring 2012. Fans have long been awaiting Allman’s take on his storied career and personal life. Allman said in a press release, “When I got out of high school, I thought, I’ll take a year off and play the clubs, get this out of my system and then go to med school. More than 40 years later, I figure it’s finally time to write about this crazy journey that’s taken me around the world and back.”

Bloomsbury Publishing has acquired the rights for In Darkness by Nick Lake, who is currently Children’s Editorial Director at Harper Collins UK. The novel begins in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake – a 14-year-old boy named Shorty is trapped in the ruins of a collapsed building, recalling his short life up to that point. Interwoven with Shorty’s story is that of Toussaint L’Ouverture, the black revolutionary who led the 18th century slave revolt. The book will be released simultaneously in the US, UK, and Australia on January 17, 2012.

According to Nielsen BookScan, Eckhart Tolle tops the list of best-selling Oprah’s book club picks. Tolle’s A New Earth has sold 3.4 million Oprah-stamped copies, coming out in front of second-place finisher James Frey (2.7 million copies of A Million Little Pieces) and Elie Wiesel’s Holocaust memoir Night (2 million).