Another literary note


Dominick Dunne is taking a leave of absence from his column in Vanity Fair for three months. He says he needs to devote the time exclusively to completing his novel, "A Solo Act" for Crown. "I’m gung…

Not Taking A Dime


Sherry Lansing is donating the six-figure check she’ll receive from Crown’s Harmony Books for her autobiography "to cancer research. I’m not taking a dime," she told me on the phone from Munich. She…

Lifting Another Rock


"The unexpurgated version" — that’s what author Robert Hofler calls the just-published edition of his book, "The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson" (Carroll & Graf). When the hardcover was published…

Literature as Art


Art Linkletter (94) says he writes a book every 20 years. "How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life" (Norton) is his current, this one with Mark Victor Hansen (54). Art says his first…

. . .and about Mel


The Mayor of Haifa, Yona Yahav, will be the special guest of Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts’ Yom Kippur services, held at 8 p.m. on Oct.1. The Temple’s Rabbi David Baron set Yahav to speak…

Warning from Bob Newhart


"I have to warn you, I’m not just some sitcom guy. I’m now an author," said Bob Newhart, before he broke into a laugh. And if you need a laugh — and who doesn’t these days — get a copy of his…

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