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This week in publishing: Celebrity memoirs, publisher boycotts, and new plans to publish Patricia Highsmith’s diaries

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This week in…library news

Despite our best intentions, many of us have missed a library deadline to return borrowed books. For one woman in Michigan, however, it led to an arrest warrant – for just two books she’d already returned. 

On the flip side of the library coin, Chicago Public Libraries are reporting a 240 percent increase in book returns after eliminating overdue book fines. 

And ICYMI: Libraries show no sign of backing down from their intended boycott of newly released Macmillan e-books in protest of the publisher’s embargo. Catch up on the conflict here. 


…author estate news

Patricia Highsmith’s private diaries will be made public as early as 2021. 


A 200-foot-long yellow brick road – er, sidewalk – is being constructed outside of a Humboldt Park affordable housing cluster where L. Frank Baum once lived while he wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. 

Sue Grafton’s former estate is on sale for $6.999 million. The Montecito property includes a 5,800-square-foot house, a three-car garage, a guesthouse, and two acres of property. 


…and celebrity memoir news

Here are the latest celebrities to announce a forthcoming memoir: Val Kilmer (I’m Your Huckleberryout in April 2020), Tiger Woods (Back, release date TBD) Rob Halford (Confess, out in October 2020), and Mariah Carey (title and release date TBD).