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May 18, 2010 @ 9:00:00 am

Vivien Leigh test shot photo, from  the Harry Ranson Center archvies

In search of "literary pyrotechnics with a heart," Bloomsbury USA, known for its non-fiction, is expanding its fiction list, including a new novel by Matthew Sharpe, author of 2008's Jamestown.

As the labyrinthine BEA conference comes to New York next week, the array of events, tables, and booths at the Javits center (as well as the off-site parties) will be a little easier to navigate with the BEA To Go mobile app, which, contra Apple, will work on any web browser. Aside from schedules and maps, the app will have news, twitter feeds, and audio and video, among other handy features.

Penguin Books is celebrating seventy-five years in the biz. We wonder: What will the next seventy-five look like? Perhaps health-care (of all things) can shed some light on the future of publishing. Undoubtedly, the iPad, or a similar device, will be a big part of the story, and Wired wants to know: Is the iPad driving e-book piracy, and does it matter? 

Frankly, we don't give a damn about our looks: Seventy years since the film Gone With the Wind has propelled the novel  to sell more than thirty-millions copies, the Harry Ransom Center archives has unearthed production photos of Scarlett O'Hara, Rhett Butler, Belle Waiting, and the rest of the cast, offering a striking view of the Technicolor characters in mug-shot-like black-and-white.

Two thumbs up: Roger Ebert, the subject of a recent unforgettable Esquire profile, has inked a deal with Grand Central publishing for a 2011 memoir, detailing his battle with cancer and his relationship with buddy and co-host Gene Siskel.