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Better late than never
Somehow or another, we’ve managed to blog, but not put in the print edition, that our colleague Mara Leveritt has work heading to the big screen.

Dimension Films has bought the rights to “Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three.” Paul Harrison Boardman (“The Exorcism of Emily Rose”) will be on the script-writing team and Scott Derrickson will direct the supposedly faithful retelling of the infamous Arkansas murder case that sent three people to prison (Damien Echols remains on Death Row) on the flimsiest of evidence in a case inflamed by rumors of devil worshipping.

Variety, the trade publication, quoted the director: “There is already a dark tone to the material, but we are absolutely committed to only telling the truth, and not exaggerating to entertain,” Derrickson said. “We were very frank with Bob [Weinstein of Dimension] that this was the only way we’d make the movie, and he was right in line with us. We all understand the gravity, the high stakes of the situation, and the story is not over.”



Book it
Little Rock native E. Lynn Harris’ new book, “I Say a Little Prayer,” is No. 5 in the latest New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list. He says this makes him the first African-American, male or female, to have eight consecutive Times bestsellers.

Harris tells us he “wrote like a demon” the past year after taking the previous three years off, churning out two novels, with the second scheduled for release in 2007. He also says he’s having to come up with a new title for the next release. Whether it will be a popular song title like “I Say a Little Prayer” or his last work, a memoir titled “What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted,” remains to be seen.

“I like music, and if the title works with what I’ve written, I try to use it,” he said.

The 48-year-old Harris is gay, and his previous novels have included a main character who was gay. The next novel, he says, will center on three heterosexual characters. Also in the works for publisher Disney-Hyperion is a young-adult novel.

Harris, who has homes in Atlanta and Houston, returns in the fall to his alma mater, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, to teach creative writing and African-American literature. He says the upcoming semester there will be his last, though he adds he loves teaching. “I’ve left the door open there.”



Come on down
Joel Osteen, pastor of the 46,000-member Lakewood Church in Houston, will be in North Little Rock on Friday, June 9, to sign his new book, “Your Best Life Now.” He’ll be at the Books-a-Million in Lakewood Village at noon. Sign-up for a place in line starts at 9 a.m. that day. 





Easy chair

An award-winning chair made entirely of rolled refrigerator box cardboard and glue by University of Arkansas architecture students Amy McCarty and Samantha Smith will be exhibited at the American Institute of Architects’ national convention in Los Angeles in July. Dubbed the “Extension,” the chair expands from 24 to 42 inches wide.

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