Some updates on Empty Mansions – the book and the movie!

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I got an email from Bill Dedman yesterday. He’s a senior writer at Newsday and co-author with Paul Clark Newell, Jr. of Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune. He told me about two recent developments in the Huguette Clark story:

  • Paramount Studios and Ryan Murphy Productions are moving forward with the film about Huguette Clark. Dedman just returned from a trip to Paramount and tells me that they have a great team working together on this exciting project.
  • The Pulpwood Queens Book Club recently selected Empty Mansions as its Nonfiction Book of the Year. The Pulpwood Queens Book Club is the largest book club in the world, with more than 650 chapters. Here’s a description of the club, taken from the Empty Mansions blog:

    “The Pulpwood Queens is the largest “meeting and discussing” book club in the world with more than 650 chapters nationwide and in 15 foreign countries. Founded in 2000 in Kathy Murphy’s hair salon in Jefferson, Texas, the Pulpwood Queens don’t take themselves seriously, with their signature outfits of hot pink and leopard print, but they do take their reading seriously. Their motto is “where tiaras are mandatory and reading good books is the rule!” Their mission is to help undiscovered authors get discovered in a big way and to help promote authors, books, literacy, and reading. Each month they read the main selection that their founder selects, and for the voracious readers the bonus selections too. A film about the group is in the works from Dreamworks Entertainment, based on Murphy’s book The Pulpwood Queen’s Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Guide to Life.”

I really enjoyed Empty Mansions. Be sure to check out my Book Club Mom review of Empty Mansions from December 29, 2013.

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