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Karl Rove has made a deal to
Karl Rove has made a deal to "shed light" in print. (By Manuel Balce Ceneta -- Associated Press)

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Rove in His Own Words

The worldwide publishing rights for Karl Rove's memoirs have been acquired by Threshold Editions, the Simon & Schuster imprint announced yesterday.

Rove said in a statement that his book would cover his "role in George W. Bush's campaigns and in his consequential and contentious presidency." He added that his book would "shed light on important events and big controversies, spell out their implications for America and set the record straight."

Since resigning in August from his post as deputy White House chief of staff, Rove has talked of writing a record of his experiences with Bush. Rove's agent, attorney Robert Barnett, said Threshold was chosen over eight other bidding publishers. Threshold didn't say how much Rove would be paid, but the bidding reached at least $1.5 million, two publishing officials familiar with the bidding told the Associated Press.

Rove's statement did not provide details about a title or publication date, and telephone messages left with the publisher were not returned.

Cutting the Ham

The Justice at Smithfield campaign, which has targeted Smithfield Foods and its TV chef spokeswoman Paula Deen, is trumpeting a tactical victory.

According to a Dec. 7 Smithfield memo obtained by the campaign and released yesterday, Oprah Winfrey decided not to give Smithfield hams to audience members during a taping of her show, after it had been contacted by the campaign.

When will the campaign end? "When [Deen] agrees to meet with the abused workers from Tar Heel," said Leila McDowell, the D.C.-based communication coordinator for the campaign, referring to Smithfield's Tar Heel, N.C., plant, the world's largest pork processing plant and employer of roughly 5,000.

The campaign began confronting Deen at public appearances last April, starting with her sold-out book reading at the National Museum of Natural History. Organizers say they are concerned about working conditions and workers' inability to unionize at the Tar Heel plant.

"It's sad they've resorted to such poor behavior," Deen publicist Nancy Assuncao said yesterday. "Last week they demonstrated in front of her restaurant, Lady and Sons, and as elderly people were getting off a bus to have dinner, they ran across the street with megaphones and were chanting in the ears of elderly people."

Brooks Remains Offstage

More cancellations for the Shakespeare Theatre's ill-starred production of "Tamburlaine." Because of an injury suffered by its star, Avery Brooks, the company has scrapped performances of the Christopher Marlowe play on Dec. 26 and 27.

On Dec. 27, the theater said in a statement yesterday, it will "reassess Brooks's availability" for future performances of the work, which was scheduled to run through Jan. 6. More information is available from the theater at 202-547-1122.

End Notes

¿ Rapper Remy Ma"willfully, wantonly and maliciously" shot and critically wounded an acquaintance, a $10 million civil lawsuit filed against her claimed Friday. The Grammy-nominated rapper also faces criminal charges arising from the shooting of an acquaintance in July. Ma, 26, whose real name is Remy Smith, has pleaded innocent to the criminal charges in New York state court.

¿ Luxury jeweler Van Cleef and Arpels sued supermodel and television star Heidi Klum's company Friday, claiming she copied a vintage clover jewelry design. The suit, filed in Manhattan federal court, seeks more than $25,000 in damages from Klum's company and another company she has designed jewelry for.

Spotted: Jenna Bush and Henry Hager at a window-side table in the lounge at Proof in Penn Quarter on Thursday night. The couple spent several hours sipping wine.

-- Christian Hettinger, from staff and wire reports


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