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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Book Buzz: 'Fifty Shades' casting, Katy Perry memoir

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Will Emma Watson star as Anastasia Steele? (Photo: Joel Ryan AP)

Here's a look at what's buzzing in the book world today:

Emma Watson in 'Fifty Shades': Could Emma Watson be the actress to bring Anastasia Steele to life? Hackers have leaked several documents which note that Watson is attached to star in the upcoming film adaption of E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey.

Geithner book: Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is writing a book that will be a "behind-the-scenes account of the American response to the global financial crisis," to be published in 2014.

Man Asian prize: Malaysian novelist Tan Tan Eng has won the Man Asian prize for his book The Garden of Evening Mists, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize and is about memory and forgetting.

Pope book race: Publishers are already cashing in on this week's news of the new Pope. Two books about Pope Francis has been set for an April 30 release: Pray for Me: The Life and Spiritual Vision of Pope Francis, First Pope From the Americas by Robert Moynihan which was announced yesterday, and Francis, Pope of a New World by Andrea Tornielli, announced today.

Long-lost Stevenson essay:The Strand Magazine has published a long-lost essay from Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island and Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, in which he says he was often bored by the fiction written in his life.

Katy Perry book: Could the pop star be writing a memoir? British tabloids have reported that Perry signed a book deal for $3 million, but her rep has denied the news. Last month, ex-husband Russell Brand said that he was writing a second memoir that would touch on his 14-month marriage to the singer.

NYC Teen Author Festival: Six venues in New York City will host the fifth annual NYC Teen Author Festival next week, in which more than 90 authors have signed on to participate. The celebration includes a one-day event called the NYC Big Read.

'Devil Wears Prada' sequel: Check out the book cover for Revenge Wears Prada, the sequel to Lauren Weisberger's 2003 best seller that inspired the 2006 movie starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway.

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