Martin Amis's State of England: Lionel Asbo, Lotto Lout, David Bowie's Object, Kiran Desai's The Loneliness of Sonia and Sunny, Naomi Wood's The Godless Boys. Agents reveal some of the big titles they'll bring to this year's Frankfurt Book Fair.
Actor and author James Franco has bought the rights to Stephen Elliott's excellent The Adderall Diaries, which blends memoir, true-crime reportage, and meditations on the trickiness of storytelling. If all goes according to plan, Franco will write the script, direct, and star in the film. Elliott, who founded The Rumpus, seemed happy about the news, though he joked about Franco on Twitter: "Is he handsome enough?"
Flavorwire has assembled a diagram of Infinite Jest.
We can't get enough of Alex Ross's Listen to This. The book—which collects the New Yorker critic's pieces on musicians ranging from Mozart to Bjork—delivers fascinating and complex ideas in crystal-clear prose. Ross clearly really wants you to listen—evidenced by his amazing audio guide. If you're in New York, you can catch the author at two promising New Yorker Festival events this weekend: He'll talk with Yo-Yo Ma on Saturday, and he'll give a presentation on his chapter "Chacona, Lamento, Walking Blues" on Sunday.
Snooki of MTV's Jersey Shore is publishing a novel. Title: The Shore Thing. Book Case blog expects the book to do well.