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*NEW*: The Weekly Round Up with Stories about Oprah, Sam Shepard and Studio 54

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We have a new weekend column on BookTrib! The Weekly Round Up will cover all the news in the publishing world! Each Saturday and Sunday, look for us to keep you abreast of what you need to know about your favorite writers, literary events, openings and book signings. This week, we kick off our new column with news about Oprah’s latest book, a new Studio 54 picture book and the startling statistics about WHO is really getting published (it may surprise you and it may not). We hope you will come back each week and catch up on all news. ‘O, That’s Good’: Oprah Winfrey Dishes with ABC on her New Book and the Scandal That’s Rocking Hollywood Not only…

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‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’: Why We’re Mourning Tom Petty

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Legendary rocker Tom Petty died earlier this week of cardiac arrest at the age of 66. Since the ‘70s, Petty and his band The Heartbreakers have been putting their own unique spin on classic rock, producing hit after hit, including songs like Last Dance with Mary Jane and Into the Great Wide Open. Most of us have been moved by Petty’s music at some point in our lives. Just try and listen to Free Fallin’ without singing along to every line. Over the years he’s been writing and performing, Petty has cemented himself as one of the greatest rockers of his generation. We’re pretty devastated over the news of his death, though we’re trying to take comfort in the fact that…

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4 Books to Read After You Binge Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle

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Sometimes I’ll casually watch a show for years, just popping in to catch an episode or two. But other times I’ll become instantly obsessed, binging every episode I can get my hands on in a matter of days. This was my recent experience with the Amazon Original Series Mozart in the Jungle, which I watched in a flurry of laughter, tears and the occasional swoon. For such an awesome show, Mozart in the Jungle has been flying mostly under the radar, at least until it cleaned up at the Golden Globes this year. And why wouldn’t it? Gael Garcia Bernal is awesome as Rodrigo, the young upstart conductor who takes over the New York Symphony from the older, traditional Maestro Thomas (Malcolm McDowell).…

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Patti Smith’s ‘Just Kids’ to Premiere on Showtime

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Last year we wrote about rock icon Patti Smith’s memoir Just Kids, which detailed one of the more infamous times in American rock history and charted the legendary relationship between Smith and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The book was a critical and commercial success for Smith, who has been rumored to have been working on a cinematic interpretation of the memoir for some time now. And now, thanks to a message from Smith and Showtime President David Nevins, we know exactly what the next chapter will hold for Kids. Smith will be working with Penny Dreadful’s John Logan to release the memoir as a miniseries on Showtime. This news comes on the heels of the announcement of Kids’ follow-up novel, M…

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Come for the chicken wings, stay for the rockstars: Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe are JUST KIDS

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Just Kids, a memoir by artist and musician Patti Smith, is a touching glimpse into one of the most endearing relationships ever seen on the page. Throughout the book, the strong bond between Smith and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is evident; the relationship guiding and dividing both of their lives in complicated ways. Early in the book, before Smith or Mapplethorpe find fame, the young couple walks through Washington Square Park, dressed in beatnik sandals and love beads. An older couple notices them and starts to take their picture. “Oh, take their picture,” said the woman to her bemused husband. “I think they’re artists.” “Oh, go on,” he shrugged. “They’re just kids.” The event is an ironic foreshadowing and the universal…

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