Monthly Archives: April 2014

The daily Lowdown–Books and Authors

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*Doris Pilkington Garimara, the aboriginal author who wrote of the forced separation of mixed-race aboriginal children from their families, . She was thought to be 76. Garimara’s novel Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence was based on the story of her mother, one of the so-called Stolen Generation, who was taken from her family and placed in a government settlement. She escaped with two other girls and walked more than 1,000 miles through the Australian wilderness. Garimara, too, was a member of the Stolen Generation and grew up in a mission believing she had been abandoned by her mother. “[W]hile we were in the mission, again, we were continually told, you know, that the Aboriginal culture was evil … [a]nd the people who practiced it were pagans and devil worshippers,” she said in a . Reunited years later, Garimara’s mother told her the story of her escape, which became a novel and then a celebrated film.

*Author Randy Jernigan spills more than just a few personal secrets in his new publication out today. In The Road to Happiness (Creative Partners Books) Jernigan goes into greater detail about his deep depression issues while attending Brigham Young University, and how a close friend and member of the famous singing Osmond family once saved him from suicide. “My depression was just more than I could handle at the time,” Jernigan writes. “…I was in such a dark, lonely place. I didn’t want to live any more. I’m grateful that there was a friend there to talk to me and slap some sense into me.” The Road to Happiness is the first in a series of 6 essays books Jernigan will publish for Creative Partners Books.

J K Rowling tells BBC’s Woman’s Hour this morning of the sadness she feels that her mother, who died of complications related to MS at 45, never knew of her success with her Harry Potter novels. Her mother died after suffering with an aggressive form of the disease 15 years ago; “Her death was an enormous shock to me,” Rowling tells the show’s host. Earlier this week it was also reported that her “Casual Vacancy” will be produced as a television miniseries for both HBO and the BBC.

* Michele Glazer has a poem titled in the Boston Review:
We have arrived at what we dread: the
diminution of loved ones, livid

and unmistakable lapses, quick
angers that lap at, lick at

dread: dread

that is the one certain shore.
The Best Books Coming Out This Week:
*Lisa Robinson began reporting at a time when rock journalism “was in its infancy and mostly populated by boys who had ambitions to become the next Norman Mailer,” she writes in her pleasantly gossipy memoir, There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll. Her memories of some of music’s biggest legends, from Mick Jagger to Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga (whom she describes as “a cute girl in her twenties who had really good manners”), animate this book, though Robinson sometimes gets a little too misty with nostalgia.

* Francine Prose’s Lovers At the Chameleon Club, 1932 follows Lou Villars, a French lesbian racecar driver who spied for the Nazis. Told by competing narrators, the book is more a story about the unreliability of memory and storytelling than a tale about Lou. The book is flawed, mostly because of its habit of assigning ever-more elaborate identities (lesbian Nazi racecar driver, wealthy baroness who worked for the Resistance) to its characters rather than developing them as people. But it also makes a persuasive point about the ways that the authors of history have their own agendas.


George Clooney Gets Hitched!

George Clooney
George Clooney

George Clooney is engaged! A reliable source close to the couple confirms the news to ET… Any words for the happy couple?

George Clooney is engaged! A reliable source close to the couple has confirmed to ET that the Oscar-winning star, 52, has proposed to his girlfriend, 36-year-old lawyer Amal Alamuddin. Read on for the romantic details!

On Thursday night, George and Amal were spotted having dinner at Nobu in Malibu, CA, with friend Cindy Crawford, and multiple sources confirm that they saw Amal showing off a ring to Cindy, the wife of Clooney’s business partner Rande Gerber, sparking rumors of an engagement.

Security was notably tight at the restaurant Thursday night, and actor Edward Norton was reportedly with the group.

Earlier today, Clooney’s rep told ET, “I don’t comment on my client’s personal life.”

George and Amal were first rumored to be dating in October 2013. As reported by ETonline last month, Clooney and Alamuddin showed some PDA snapped by photographers while on a private photographic and observational safari in Tanzania with a few friends.

So, when’s the wedding? Stay tuned to ET for more breaking news…


J K Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy to become HBO/BBC miniseries

Like most of JK Rowling’s literary projects, The Casual Vacancy’s release in 2012 was shrouded in secrecy. But an announcement that

J K Rowling
J K Rowling

the book will be turned into a miniseries? Not so much.

Her “pretty little town of Pagford” will get the small-screen treatment as a three-hour miniseries, to be co-produced by HBO and the BBC. The BBC announced in 2012 that the book would be adapted for television.

The novel was Rowling’s first attempt to write for an adult readership, and while it received mixed reviews, it became a bestseller. As scandal takes centre stage, the material certainly seems in keeping with its HBO bedfellows, such as True Blood, True Detective and Game of Thrones: “Pagford is of course a hot-bed of seething antagonism, rampant snobbery, sexual frustration and ill-disguised racism,” wrote the Guardian’s Theo Tait in his initial review. “The Casual Vacancy has all the satisfactions and frustrations of this kind of novel.”

HBO is owned by Time Warner Inc, and Rowling has a fruitful history with the company: her Harry Potter films grossed upwards of $7.7bn/£4.6bn worldwide. Even though The Casual Vacancy is aimed at an adult readership, the miniseries may well broaden the book’s fanbase, as Harry Potter readers enter their 20s (or 30s, or 40s). Diehard Potter fans – like @Jess_The_Muggle – are already tweeting their casting wishes.

Is Vegas Songbird Marie Osmond Headed for Divorce–Again?


Las Vegas sources are saying that singer Marie Osmond and husband are separated and headed for the divorce courts.

It appears that a fed up hubby, Stephen Craig, is demanding that work-a-holic Marie, who stars in a music review with brother Donny at the Flaming Resort in Las Vegas, spend more time making him happy and working on their suffering marriage.

Our sources are telling us that Steve moved out of the house last month and into a rented apartment until Marie could prove that she’s willing to make some real changes and work on their relationship. “I love my wife but I’m tired of being in this relationship alone.” said Craig.