People: Daltrey memoir to come out next August
Roger Daltrey is ready to look back.
The Who's longtime frontman has a book deal with Blink Publishing in the U.K. and Henry Holt and Co. in the United States. The memoir, announced Wednesday, is currently untitled. It's scheduled to come out next August.
According to the publishers, Daltrey will not only reflect on his decades with The Who and on his solo career, but also on how Britain has changed in his lifetime. Daltrey, 73, was born in London during World War II and was one of rock's biggest stars in the 1960s and '70s, known for his vocals on "My Generation," ''Won't Get Fooled Again" and other hits.
Daltrey said in a statement that the book would capture his head-turning rise from factory worker to musical idol.
Black novelist Ward 'overjoyed' by MacArthur win
An African-American novelist praised for her raw and powerful depictions of poor African-Americans confronting racial and economic inequalities in the rural South said Wednesday that winning a MacArthur fellowship gives her time and freedom.
"I think those are the two most important gifts you can give to an artist," Jesmyn Ward said in a video Wednesday from Tulane University, where she's a professor. "So I am deeply humbled and also overjoyed."
Hours earlier, the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced she was among 24 recipients of the so-called genius grants, which bestow $625,000 on each winner over five years.
Ward was the 2011 recipient of the National Book Award for her second novel, "Salvage the Bones," about the struggles of a poor African-American family in her native Mississippi, set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina's strike on the Gulf Coast.
Cohen to replace Griffin on New Year's Eve
CNN says Anderson Cooper will co-host its New Year's Eve celebration teamed with Andy Cohen, host of Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live."
The twosome will ring in 2018 from Times Square in New York on CNN's "New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen" on Sunday, December 31.
Cohen replaces comedian Kathy Griffin, the previous co-host, who was dismissed by CNN last spring after posting a video of herself holding a mask styled to look like the severed head of President Donald Trump. A storm of outraged reaction forced Griffin to apologize for what she said was meant only as a spoof.
Now in its 11th year, CNN's New Year's Eve show is a global celebration featuring contributions from CNN correspondents across the country and around the world.
Today's birthdays: Actress Melinda Dillon ("A Christmas Story") is 78. Musician Paul Simon is 76. Singer Sammy Hagar is 70. Singer-actress Marie Osmond is 58. Actress Kate Walsh ("Grey's Anatomy") is 50. Country singer Rhett Akins is 48. Singer Ashanti is 37. Actor Caleb McLaughlin ("Stranger Things") is 16.
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