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Taking Names: Poet laureate Trethewey to publish memoir in 2014

- - 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

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.

"We don't know what the future holds," Henriette Hoogenboezem told Agence France-Presse, adding that the 59-year-old actress also had serious cancer problems. "We are very worried."

She said Ms. Kristel had the stroke some three weeks ago after apparently successful treatment for throat cancer. She was also to have begun treatment for liver cancer but this had been put off.

Ms. Kristel became famous with her first movie, "Emmanuelle," which appeared in 1974 and described the erotic adventures of a young woman in Asia. A worldwide success, it was shown in a cinema on the Champs-Elysees in Paris for 13 years.

A series of sequels followed, also starring Ms. Kristel, with "Emmanuelle 2" in 1975, "Goodbye Emmanuelle" in 1977 and "Emmanuelle 4" in 1984.

Civil Wars singer has baby boy

It's a boy for Joy Williams of the Civil Wars.

Miles Alexander was born Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. It's the first child for Ms. Williams and her husband, Nate Yetton, the duo's manager. A statement said mama and son are happy and healthy.

Ms. Williams and her musical partner John Paul White officially went on maternity leave after a performance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival earlier this month. The Grammy Award-winning duo plans to begin recording the follow-up to their surprise hit "Barton Hollow" during the hiatus.

Ms. Williams said she "never really knew the meaning of love at first sight until today."

Compiled from Web and wire reports