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PUBLISHING NOTES



Published: Sat, August 13, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



PUBLISHING NOTES

Former secretary of state to write two more books

NEW YORK -- Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, author of a best-selling memoir, has reached agreement with HarperCollins to write two books.

The first book, "The Mighty and the Almighty, will be published next spring and will concentrate on religion and its role in international policy.

"Secretary Albright's thoughts on the complexities of foreign policy in an age of religious extremism are required reading: bold, frank, clearly argued and informed by experience. This will be a powerful and enlightening contribution to our understanding of the present crisis," HarperCollins senior vice president and publisher Jonathan Burnham said Monday in a statement.

Burnham worked on Albright's memoir, "Madam Secretary," when he was president and editor-in- chief at Miramax Books. Albright served as secretary of state from 1997 to 2001.

Her second publication, currently untitled, "will be an illustrated book on Albright's collection of decorative pins of historical and personal significance," according to HarperCollins.

ON AUDIO

Old radio series formsbasis of new 'Galaxy'

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Tertiary Phase" by Douglas Adams; Audio Partners (three CDs, approximately three hours, $29.95).

DALLAS -- Before the books, the television show, the play and the movie, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" was a BBC radio series. This new six-episode version, an adaptation of "Life, the Universe and Everything," keeps the tradition alive, with a small caveat. Three decades later, the story is starting to show its age. The jokes lack the same edge, and the story doesn't consistently offer the delightful topsy-turvy logic that made the franchise a cult hit.

That said, "Hitchhiker" fans will welcome the new series. It even includes the voice of the late Douglas Adams. He appears as the put-upon Agrajag, whose eternal fate is to be repeatedly (although accidentally) murdered by our hapless hero Arthur Dent. From mysterious encounters with sofas to confounding Bistro Math, there are plenty of gags to keep the story alive. Too bad Adams isn't still with us to share in the laughter.

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