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The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah Will Release Childhood Memoir

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Trevor Noah, the erstwhile comedy-cutie turned host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, has just nailed a book deal. Noah has promised Spiegel & Grau, of Penguin Random House, a collection of personal essays on growing up in South Africa during the final years of apartheid as a child of a then-illegal biracial relationship. The book, currently untitled, is slated to come out in November, and is said to contain crazy stories from Noah’s youth — including the time when “he was thrown from a speeding car driven by murderous gangsters.” The Associated Press revealed that insiders are reporting the deal is valued at more than $3 million. In a statement about the new deal, Noah quipped, “I couldn’t find…

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Jon Stewart does his in ink: 5 Tips for crossword puzzle success

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Some people casually pick up the crossword puzzle, fill in a few answers and then call it a day. (Jon Stewart does his in ink!) Those people are not my mom. She’s a crossword fanatic, complete with an endless supply of sharpened pencils, a sturdy clipboard, last week’s puzzles cut out of the newspaper and neatly stacked, and a battered, almost-falling-apart copy of her crossword puzzle dictionary. Which is why I’m going to buy her Merriam-Webster’s new Crossword Puzzle Dictionary as soon as the 4th edition comes out on July 1. It’s the perfect gift for any crossword puzzle proficient—whether you need to know a four-letter word for butter substitute (oleo) or a poet’s muse (erato). And for those of…

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The late night sky is falling–Stewart departs from The Daily Show

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I first saw the news on Facebook in bold caps: JON STEWART IS LEAVING THE DAILY SHOW. Even though I’m a huge fan, my first reaction was to worry about my son hearing the news. He’s a millennial and for him and his peers, Stewart is the absurdist Walter Cronkite, the man they trust to deliver, and analyze, the news. Not only has Stewart kept his generation informed, he made them aware of and even interested in politics, world events, social issues and so much more. To anyone who has tried to inspire interest about current events in the younger generation, this is no small feat. My son’s reaction was predictable—he declared it the end of the world as we…

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And a writer will lead them: The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore debuts

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It’s a time of great confusion amidst late-night TV. Two Jimmys and a Seth have settled into their time slots, but David Letterman is on his way out. Stephen Colbert has been tapped to replace Letterman, but he won’t make his Late Show debut until September. And Craig Ferguson, along with his robot pal Geoff and his pantomime horse Secretariat, are gone completely. (Don’t even talk to me about that one. I’m not dealing with it well.) Into this chaos marches Larry Wilmore, former Senior Black Correspondent of Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Starting January 19, Wilmore takes over The Colbert Report’s post-Stewart slot with a new entry, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. Wilmore’s background in…

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The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart heads to the big screen: Political drama Rosewater

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On the one hand, it might seem like an odd choice for a satirical comedian with his own cable show to tackle weighty material like the hotly contested 2009 elections in Iran between the conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his liberal challenger, Mir-Hossein Mousavi. On the other hand, anyone who’s seen Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show will know that its creator delivers harder hitting news on Comedy Central than most talking heads do on CNN, MSNBC, and most certainly Fox News. Stewart makes his directorial debut with Rosewater, which he adapted from Maziar Bahari’s 2011 memoir, Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival. Documentary filmmaker and Newsweek correspondent Bahari tells the story of his incarceration…

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Jonesin’ for a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — EMMY edition

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Fans of Jonesin’ know that we here at the BookTrib Nerd Squad love our TV shows and the books that inspire them. Like you, we often commiserate that our favorite shows and actors don’t get the credit they deserve. So for this edition of Jonesin’, we’re taking matters into our own hands and choosing the actor or TV show that we feel is most deserving of praise and the golden statue. You can find predictions elsewhere—here’s what we love. Word Nerd says – In some categories it’s just too hard to choose favorites. The Daily Show or The Colbert Report? I love them both and always hope for some impromptu misbehavior from them and their co-nominees during the Emmys. Or,…

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