Treacherous times: Given Mohamed ElBaradei's prominent role in the opposition demonstrations against the Egyptian regime (today he warned that the pro-Mubarak crackdown could "turn into a bloodbath"), Henry Holt has announced that they are moving up the publication date of his first book, The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times, based on his time at the helm of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which lead to his Nobel Peace Prize in 2005, from June to April 26.
Countdown to Zero: Meanwhile, in other pre-order news, Colson Whitehead, as yet unconnected to Middle East unrest, tweeted yesterday that his new novel, Zone One, which "concerns the rehabilitation of NYC after the apocalypse," will come out October 18. Not sure if he means an apocalypse that's already happened or one yet to come, but he followed up with the cryptic explanation, "If the book were a mash-up, it'd be Leonard Cohen's 'The Future' + Wire's 'Reuters' + Joy Division's 'Decades.'"
Mine? Justine Bateman: Inspired by Alison Pearson's new novel, I Think I Love You (itself inspired by Pearson's schoolgirl crush on David Cassidy), the editors in the august (and still sometimes smoke-filled) halls of Alfred A. Knopf confessed their own youthful infatuations for the video camera, from Scott Baio to (only at Knopf) Charles Boyer, the great Judith Jones's choice for the Justin Bieber of the late 1930s:
Moving and shaking: When Oprah says, "Eat vegan for a week," it's no surprise that guest Kathy Freston's Veganist would take over our overall #1 spot, and rate highly on today's Movers & Shakers as well.