NEW YORK – George Washington’s personal copy of the Acts of Congress is heading to a New York City auction.
Christie’s is offering it June 22. Its presale estimate is $2 million to $3 million. It’s being sold by the Dietrich American Foundation.
The 93-page leather-bound volume contains the U.S. Constitution and a draft of the Bill of Rights. It was printed in 1789 during the first president’s first year in office.
Washington made notations in the margin of the Constitution and bracketed passages pertaining to the president’s duties. The title page contains his signature.
Two similar copies were made for Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson and Attorney General John Jay. Jefferson’s is in Indiana University’s Lilly Library. Jay’s is in a private collection.
NEW YORK – The 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking has returned a classic account of the tragedy to best-seller lists.
Walter Lord’s “A Night to Remember” was first published in 1955. The paperback was published by Henry Holt and Company. The e-book was released last month by Open Road Integrated Media, a digital publisher that says the e-edition had been downloaded around 30,000 times.
Lord’s book was adapted into a movie of the same name in 1958. The author was a consultant on James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster “Titanic.” Lord died in 2002 at age 84.
NEW YORK – Kitty Kelley’s next book project will be “heartwarming.” Promise.
The author of gossipy best-sellers about Frank Sinatra, Jacqueline Kennedy and others is providing the text to “Capturing Camelot,” a collection of photographs by her friend, Stanley Tretick.
Tretick, who died in 1999, covered the White House for Look magazine while John F. Kennedy was in office. He took many pictures of the president and his children.
Thomas Dunne Books is releasing “Capturing Camelot” in November. The publisher announced that Kelley, who manages Tretick’s estate, would contribute an “insightful, heartwarming essay” about the photographer and the president.
LOS ANGELES – Walt Disney Pictures has wrangled Jack White to compose the score for “The Lone Ranger.”
The studio announced that the Grammy-winning rocker will write, produce and perform the score for director Gore Verbinski’s upcoming adaptation of “The Lone Ranger.”
The movie will mark The White Stripes frontman’s first time scoring a feature film. The film stars Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the Ranger. It is set to debut in May 2013.
White previously wrote and performed the theme song to the 2008 James Bond film “Quantum of Solace” with Alicia Keys.
NEW YORK – At last, the truth about Rhoda Morgenstern.
Valerie Harper, the actress who played one of television’s most beloved sidekicks, is working on a memoir called “I Rhoda Book.” (“I wrote a book”). Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced that the memoir is scheduled for January and would feature Harper’s years on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and as star of the spinoff series “Rhoda.”
The book will include “charming anecdotes” about Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and other performers.
ATLANTA – Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, T.I. and Ludacris will headline two days of concerts in September at Atlanta’s Music Midtown.
Organizers of the music festival announced that the event will take place at Piedmont Park. The musicians are slated to perform Sept. 21-22.
This year’s lineup also will feature Florence and The Machine, The Avett Brothers, Joan Jett, The Blackhearts, Girl Talk, Civil Twilight, LP and O’Brother.
For tickets, visit www. musicmidtown.com.
NEW ORLEANS – Comedian and actor Kevin Hart has been added to the main lineup for the 2012 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.
Organizers say Hart, hot on the heels of his starring role in “Think Like a Man,” will debut his comedic talents during the festival scheduled for July 6-8 at the Superdome. Hart joins a lineup that includes Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Charlie Wilson, Ledisi, Fantasia and Eve.