Right. First things first, here's your readings option for tomorrow:
ELIZABETH KOSTOVA was so obsessed with Dracula, she spent a decade researching the legend, originally inspired by “pleasantly creepy” tales her father told her about the vampire when she was a girl. Ten years later, the first-time novelist cashed into a publishing jackpot — a $2 million advance for The Historian, seven-figure rights to the film, dozens of rave reviews, and a #1 slot on bestseller lists. The big numbers surrounding The Historian are as much of a phenomenon among the literary set as the book itself. Or, one should say, books within a book — each of which involves meticulously intertwined mysteries set in three different time periods. The novel isn’t short on length (700-plus pages), or on horror (the narrative hinges on the story of a man called Vlad the Impaler), so get a double dose of goosebumps when she reads at Northeastern University, Snell Library, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston | noon | free | 617.373.5471 and then at the Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 7 pm | free | 617.499.2012.
Several people are all a-quiver about this:
You can smell the awkward and the Kibbles
The Globe's publishing guru David Mehegan reports that the Northampton family suing Augusten Burroughs, author of Running With Scissors, has reached a settlement with Sony Pictures. This somehow avoids a second lawsuit over the upcoming movie. Whatever, mega losers, we loved the book.
And finally, on an unrelated note:
Jeffrey Sebelia has our full endorsement. Good christ, the guy designed a perfectly wearable dress out of recycled newspaper.
Anything less, and we'll be assigning blame all over the place -- that includes you, Tim Gunn. Just keep those blindingly white feet of yours in check, mmkuh?