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Mar 31, 2010 @ 6:20:00 am

David Mamet

If you can weather a blizzard of ALL CAPS WRITING, David Mamet's recently leaked memo to the writers of the TV show The Unit has some wise writing advice. Our two cents? Good prose begins when you release the caps-lock key.

Glen Beck's new novel, The Overton Window, is coming out this summer. Beck, a newsman known for his measured tone and fair and balanced reporting, supposedly loosens his tie a little in his fiction. We can't wait to see the fiery emotion roiling underneath his placid surface.

Sorry, print, reports of your death have turned out to be only slightly exaggerated. Rumors that Apple would use the publisher-friendly "agency model" for e-book pricing have turned out to be false. Apple, not publishers, will be dictating how much e-books cost on the iPad.

Stephen King, a diehard Red Sox fan, may have been inspired to pen his latest book after witnessing the horror of last year's Yankees' championship. He's just announced the April release of his new novella, Blockade Billy, a baseball thriller ("All great works of literature either dissolve a genre or invent one," wrote Water Benjamin). And hope springs eternal over at the Rumpus, where writer Adam Gallari says, “I think that the greatest analogy between baseball and writing, or even life, is that the game is designed for its players to fail.”

Riding high on the success of his novel Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann has sold two more novels to Random House.