– Hachette has acquired a “provocative, witty, and heartfelt book on the downsides of marriage” by the thrice-married actress and The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg, according to a press release from Tuesday. In the untitled book, set to be published in hardcover, ebook, and audio versions in September 2015, the personality “will speak openly, and with her trademark wit and wisdom about why marriage isn’t for everyone, how being alone can be satisfying, and how what’s ultimately most important is understanding who you are and what in life makes you happy.”
Goldberg is one of the few celebrities in the prestigious “EGOT” club—having won an Emmy, Golden Globe (twice), Oscar, and Tony over the course of her three-decade career. The winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor is also the author of children’s Sugar Plum Ballerinas series, as well as Is It Just Me?, her humorous take on the decline of modern society.
She said in the press release: “I get to hear from a lot of different people about relationships and this got me trying to figure out why the divorce rate is SO high. It occurred to me that as one who has done it badly often, I might have some insight into why a person might not put her best foot forward in a relationship… It’s hard to really know the other person’s agenda, but if someone says ‘you complete me’…RUN!!!”
– Chilean-American author Isabel Allende will become the first novelist to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony on Nov. 24. The Medal of Freedom, considered to be the greatest civilian honor in the U.S., will be presented to 18 other individuals from a diversity of fields.
President Obama said in a White House press release: “From activists who fought for change to artists who explored the furthest reaches of our imagination; from scientists who kept America on the cutting edge to public servants who help write new chapters in our American story, these citizens have made extraordinary contributions to our country and the world.” Allende is best known for the magical realism she employs in novels like her famous 1982 debut The House of Spirits and 2002’s City of the Beasts. Her books have sold sold 65 million copies in 35 different languages.
– Britain’s children’s laureate Malorie Blackman is asking teenage readers across the United Kingdom to creatively remix famous novels into comic strips, songs, short videos, raps, and cover designs. The eligible books in the Project Remix competition include classics like Pride and Prejudice and modern bestsellers like The Hunger Games. The YA novelist said that for many teenagers, “their creative spark is left to flicker precariously and sometimes fade entirely,” reports The Telegraph. “Project Remix is all about fuelling [sic] that inventive spark, encouraging young people to view literature in fresh and exciting ways, putting creative control directly back into their hands.” [The Telegraph]
– Penguin Random House has kicked off a new campaign to hold U.S.’s first National Readathon Day on Jan. 24, 2015. The event will fundraise for the National Book Foundation—an organization that encourages children’s reading, and the presenter of next week’s National Book Awards. FirstGiving, GoodReads and Mashable are partnering up with PRH to support the event, as well as libraries, schools and bookstores. Use the hashtag #timetoread to support the cause on Twitter.