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Chris Rock has a new book coming out in 2020
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Chris Rock announces upcoming essay collection

The comedian Chris Rock will publish an essay collection tentatively titled My First Black Boyfriend in 2020. Celadon Books, an imprint of Macmillan, will publish the collection. In a press release, Celadon said the book will be “comprised of funny essays about relationships and race.” 

“There are very few topics that are as evergreen as relationships. And the inimitable, singular Chris Rock is the perfect moderator of that discussion,” Celadon Senior Vice President and Co-Publisher Deb Futter said in a statement. 

Read the full press release here. 


Philip Roth’s estate is up for sale

For just $2.925 million, you could own Philip Roth’s 147-acre estate in Warren, Connecticut, a country retreat-turned-permanent residence where he wrote many of his novels. The property includes a three-bed, three-bath main house built in 1970, a pond, a pool, and Roth’s personal writing college. 

See the listing here. 


USPS honors Walt Whitman

The U.S. Postal Service will soon be unrolling a commemorative stamp honoring the 200th anniversary of poet Walt Whitman’s birth as part of their USPS Literary Arts series. The stamp is designed by Art Director Greg Breeding and is a First Class 85-cent stamp for domestic letters up to 3 ounces. 

See the stamp here. 


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