- - Monday, July 2, 2012

The nation’s new poet laureate will be telling her own story, in prose.

Natasha Trethewey is working on a memoir, currently untitled, that has been acquired by Ecco. The publisher, an imprint of HarperCollins, announced Monday that the book is scheduled to come out in 2014.

Ms. Trethewey, 46, is the daughter of a white father and black mother. The memoir will tell of her childhood in the American South in the 1970s and ‘80s.

Ms. Trethewey won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for her collection “Native Guard.” This fall, she begins a one-year term as U.S. poet laureate.

Pierre Cardin makes catwalk comeback

French fashion designer Pierre Cardin appears at the end of his Men's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, for the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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Pierre Cardin, the man who invented Paris menswear shows back in the 1950s, has staged a long-awaited comeback.

The legendary designer, famed for dressing the Beatles in collarless jackets and taking high fashion to communist China, celebrated his long career on Sunday with his first menswear catwalk show in several years, showcasing his signature space-age designs.

It was by far the most exhaustive menswear collection of the season, with a staggering 138 retro looks.

If many of the clothes felt uncontemporary — chunky sweaters, collarless suits and retro space-age neoprene jackets — this was perhaps unsurprising: The designer turns 90 next week.

But despite his age, and a resume that spans 65 years, retirement is not in his vocabulary.

“Aesthetics is simply my craft,” the designer said backstage. “I’ve still got gasoline for tomorrow.”

The multimillionaire, who worked with Elsa Schiaparelli and Christian Dior in his 20s, has not been slowed by age.

“I was the youngest couturier in Paris when I started, and now I’m the oldest. It’s extraordinary, I’m still here.”

‘Emmanuelle’ actress hospitalized after stroke

Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, known for her role as the eponymous heroine of the erotic “Emmanuelle” film series, is in an Amsterdam hospital following a stroke, her agent said Monday.

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