SUN-TIMES WIRES September 27, 2012 7:40PM
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine)
Updated: November 1, 2012 6:24AM
Retiring Sen. Snowe plans ‘call to action’ memoir
Sen. Olympia Snowe plans a few words about politics even after leaving office. The Maine Republican, who has cited Washington’s partisan atmosphere as the reason she is stepping down this year, has a deal with Weinstein Books for a publication due out in the spring. Weinstein is billing the book, currently untitled, as a “memoir and call to action.” “The point is that elected officials have a responsibility to take on the issues that are confronting the nation,” Snowe said in an Associated Press interview. The 65-year-old Snowe listed several reasons for her unhappiness with Washington, from the influence of money to the growing trend of politicians appealing to their “base” and not to the broader public. “We are constantly mired in ideological/philosophical debates with no solution,” she said.
Niece of Scientology leader plans tell-all book
A niece of Scientology leader David Miscavige is planning a tell-all memoir about the church. Jenna Miscavige Hill has been a frequent critic of the Church of Scientology since publicly breaking with it in 2005. She has a deal with HarperCollins Publishers imprint William Morrow for “Beyond Belief: My Secret Life inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape,” which will come out in January. The 28-year-old Hill will reportedly reveal “strange and disturbing” details about growing up in the church and will provide a firsthand account of Scientology’s “upper ranks.” David Miscavige chairs the board that oversees the church, founded in the 1950s by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. Scientology teaches followers they’re immortal spiritual beings who live on after death.
Ross Perot will get down to brass tacks with memoir
Eighty-two-year-old Texas billionaire and former presidential candidate H. Ross Perot has a deal with Simon & Schuster for his autobiography, scheduled to come out in January. The publisher announced that Perot’s book is called “Ross Perot: My Life.” Perot’s previous books include “Ross Perot: My Life & the Principles for Success” and “United We Stand,” a campaign book published in 1992. Known for such folksy expressions as “Let’s get down to brass tacks,” Perot was among the most successful third-party candidates in history. In 1992, he received nearly 19 percent of the vote in a race won by Democrat Bill Clinton.
Willie Nelson to tell never-before-heard stories
Willie Nelson has proven to be one of America’s most prolific songwriters. Turns out he’s no slouch when it comes to memoirs, either: He has a new one due in November. Nelson will release “Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die” on Nov. 13. Publisher William Morrow says the American music icon will tell never-before-heard stories about his life, family, music, politics, Texas, religion and favorite recreational activity. A news release says the book will include contributions from family and friends, artwork by his son Micah and a forward by author, musician and friend Kinky Friedman. Nelson has published a number of books on several topics since his first autobiography in 1988.
Joe Nocera to cover Penn State and other scandals
Joe Nocera is working on a book about college sports and the NCAA, subjects the New York Times columnist often writes about. Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), announced that Nocera’s book, currently untitled, is scheduled for 2014. According to Portfolio, Nocera will cover the Penn State scandal and academics for college athletes among other controversies.