Andrew Gumbel, the L.A. correspondent for the Independent, has sold Steal This Vote! to Nation Books. They call it "an entertaining history of American electoral fraud, and the larger than life figures who have been involved, from Tammany Hall through Chicago in 1960 to Election 2000 and beyond." One of Gumbel's latest pieces for the London paper revisited the movie flop Showgirls:
Showgirls may or may not be the worst film in history – the competition is pretty heavy – but one thing is sure. The 1995 paean that director Paul Verhoeven and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas lovingly erected to the sleaze, ambition and multiple naked breasts of Las Vegas is the most spectacular professional suicide note a Hollywood production team has ever composed.
Also from Publishers Lunch: Ex-rock groupie Pamela Des Barres has sold her latest book, Let's Spend the Night Together, to Chicago Review Press. The deal includes rights to her previous I'm With the Band.