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Dove ready to go public

GOOD MORNING, American Booksellers Assn.: Dove Books and Dove Audio, which made terrif ties with showbiz talent in both writing and reading the product with owners Michael Viner and wife Deborah Raffin, now reportedly is readying to go public. They’ve tied up with the Fox holiday pic by publishing “Miracle on 34th Street: Where’s Santa?,” a photo book of the John Hughes movie. Among the 12 hardcovers Dove bows at the ABA confab is Intl. Management Group chairman/CEO Mark McCormack’s “Hit the Ground Running — The Executive Travel Guide.” His previous book, “What They Didn’t Teach You at Harvard Business School,” was a bestseller … Warner Books parties Berry Gordy Sunday at the St. James’s Club to launch his autobio, “To Be Loved — The Music, the Majesty and the Memories of Motown.” William Morris’ Norman Brokaw started on Berry’s case four years ago. And Warner Books VP and publisher Nansey Neiman says it took that long to get Berry to tell it all. “It’s very frank and honest,” she says, “answering all the accusations.” Yes, he acknowledges daughter Rhonda with Diana Ross and explains why they did not get married, adds Neiman, who edited the book … Among other Warner Books at their ABA stalls is Dodd Darin’s book about his dad Bobby and mother Sandra Dee, “Dream Lovers,” to be feature-filmed at WB by Barry Levinson. And “The Juror” by George Green, to be bigscreened by Irwin Winkler at Columbia. And Nelson De Mille’s “Spencerville,” which Alan Ladd Jr. produces at Par … No rights have yet been sold to Alexandra Ripley’s saga post-“Scarlett, “”From Fields of Gold,” about three generations of a tobacco family … CAA clients and their books at the ABA: April Smith, “North of Montana” (Knopf); Ken Follet, “A Dangerous Fortune” (Delacorte); Elaine Kagan, “The Girls” (Knopf); Terry Kay, “Shadow Song” (Pocket Books); Bebe Moore Campbell, “Brothers & Sisters” and “Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine” (both Putnam). And CAA holds an ABAsh at the agency Saturday evening … ICM’s N.Y. and L.A. literary agents will be on hand to greet these client/authors: Anna Quindlen, “One True Thing” (Random House); Tim O’Brien, “In the Lake of the Woods” (Houghton-Miflin); Brent Staples, “Parallel Time” (Pantheon); Peter Lefcourt, “Di and I” (Random House); Elizabeth Berg, “Talk Before Sleep” (Random House); Carol Edgarian, “Rise the Euphrates” (Random House) …”Lauren Bacall, Now” (Knopf) is being readied for October … In time for the box office bonanza with “Maverick,” is “Maverick, Legend of the West” (Pomegranate Press Ltd.) by Ed Robertson, now on the stalls … Geoffrey Boehm’s “The Phantom” script was sent by Robert Evans to director Joe Dante.

BACK IN SURGERY is Garrett Morris, at Daniel Freeman for the hoped-for final operation resulting from the shooting on Feb. 24. He still hopes to host “The Comedy Event” to benefit Kids Against Guns, June 28 at the Comedy Store …”How do you top this show?” Phyllis George asks of her first “periodic special” for TNN, June 22. Her guests are Naomi (who calls herself “Goofy”) Judd, Richard and Kyle Petty and — Bill Clinton. The interview with the president during the Concord, N.C., auto exhibition where Clinton showed his 1967 Mustang reflects the longtime friendship between Phyllis, wife of John Y. Brown, former governor of Kentucky, and the Clintons during the days in their respective governors’ mansions. Phyllis asked Clinton, “Is it bearable?” about the personal brickbats tossed at him while he tries to run the country. “I’m bearing up,” he smiled. He also reveals the personal side of being a father (to Chelsea) in the White House. “You’ll see a different side of Bill Clinton,” George promises … The Human Rights Watch Intl. Film Festival launches with director Michael Apted’s “Moving the Mountain” June 9 at the DGA, airing June 15 on ABC.

RAY STARK ISSUES A CHALLENGE to Hollywood to “‘stand and deliver.” He’s issued a matching-funds challenge for the Jobs for a Future program, to which he’s donated $ 250,000 so far for the Homeboy Bakery, which employs former gang members. He’ll match contributions — the first of which was $ 25,000 from Edward James Olmos. Stark is back after a location visit to his “Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde” set — and a stop at Johns Hopkins for a checkup following recent eye surgery there. Among the Rastar future projects is the remake of the Carole Lombard starrer “Nothing Sacred,” for which he’s talking to Oscar nominee Angela Bassett … Daryl Hannah signed as spokeswoman for Karl Lagerfeld’s new fragrance, Sun Moon Stars, and donates a percentage of her fee to the Make-a-Wish Foundation … I’ll be back in two weeks after a looksee in Hong Kong and China.

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