James Carville, Mary Matalin
Updated: May 29, 2013 6:43AM
James Carville, Mary Matalin to spar on printed page
James Carville and Mary Matalin, political rivals and personal bedfellows, are collaborating on a book in which they will again agree to disagree. The longtime strategists have a deal with Blue Rider Press for a memoir with the working title “You Can Go Home Again,” scheduled for release in 2014. Carville, a Democrat, and Matalin, a Republican, previously worked together on the 1993 release “All’s Fair.” Blue Rider is billing them as “the nation’s best-known, most annoying, intensely rabid, romantically mismatched, and provocative political couple.”
“The heart of the book will be insights on culture and politics from two unique perspectives: Mine counterbalanced by one that is opposite and wrong,” Matalin said in a statement issued by Blue Rider.
“I love my wife, my family, LSU football, the Nats, the Saints and politics,” Carville added. “In this book I’ll talk about four of those six things I’m an expert on.”
According to Blue Rider, the book “will be written in two alternating and distinct voices” as Matalin and Carville share political war stories, their takes on current and past events and how they managed to stay married for 20 years and raise two children.
Don DeLillo honored by Library of Congress
Don DeLillo has won the first Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. Widely acknowledged as a master chronicler of American dread and secrecy, DeLillo was praised in a statement by the library Thursday for his narratives “into the sociopolitical and moral life” of the United States. DeLillo’s novels include “Underworld,” “Libra” and “White Noise.” The 76-year-old DeLillo will be presented with the award in September during the library’s annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Actor Jason Segel working on middle-grade book series
Jason Segel is becoming an author. The star of the TV series “How I Met Your Mother” and the films “Knocked Up” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” has a deal with Random House Children’s Books for a middle-grade series set in a haunted town. The series is called “Nightmares!” and will debut in the fall of 2014. Best-selling children’s author Kirsten Miller will collaborate with Segel. The publisher is calling the series a story of kids “overcoming their fears.”