Warner Twelve - which announced in July its plan to publish only twelve books a year - has acquired its first three titles, which include Christopher Hitchens' latest (repped by none other than former LATBR editor Steve Wasserman). The announced titles are:
Boomsday by Christopher Buckley: A fiery female activist opposed to Baby Boomer excess convinces the government to solve the Social Security crisis by offering Boomers incentives to kill themselves at retirement age. She is opposed by the Elmer Gantry-like head of the pro-life movement.
Waiting for Hockney by Julie Checkoway: The true story of Billy Pappas, a Baltimore artist who devoted ten years of his life to creating a groundbreaking life-size portrait of Marilyn Monroe, rendered in microscopic detail. He begins the portrait in 1993 and finishes it in 2003, nearly forty, unmarried, childless and in debt to his benefactor for a quarter of a million dollars. Has he deluded himself or has he really taken portraiture “where Lindbergh took the airplane”? In Billy’s mind, only one man can be the judge of his work: David Hockney.
God Is Not Great: The Case Against Religion by Christopher Hitchens: Will explain why religion does more harm than good in the world, and how society would benefit if faith remained personal rather than public.