If you remember this year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner, you weren’t there. Felix Gillette, John Koblin, and Choire Sicha flood the zone in D.C..
Janet Silver is moving from Houghton Mifflin to Nan Talese’s imprint at Doubleday. Leon Neyfakh checks in with with Ms. Talese who says, "I called Janet and she sent us a list of the authors she had worked with and the ones who’d said they wanted to come with her, if not immediately then eventually." That list may include Philip Roth and Jonathan Safran Foer. Plus: Islam observers on Wieseltier’s Amis review; James Frey’s PR Dream Team; Spitzer’s bio; Nabokov’s unfinished novel.
Doree Shafrir watches Lifetime and finds that, "the network has managed to replace its formerly interchangeable, and wholly forgettable, slate of made-for-TV movies with fare that’s based on trade-fiction women’s-book-group staples, like the very successful broadcast of Kim Edwards’s The Memory Keeper’s Daughter."
Also in this issue: Frank McCourt prefers bars to blogs; Tom Brokaw’s bison; Salman Rushdie goes to the mat for David Mamet; Ana Marie Cox on Arianna Huffington’s latest book: and will The Economist move way down town?