- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The prince of scribes

Royalty is coming to bookstores.

England’s Prince Charles is working on “Harmony,” a call for balance between “man and nature” that HarperCollins has scheduled tentatively for next year, with a picture-book version planned for 2011, Associated Press says the publisher announced Monday.

Meanwhile, Penguin Group (USA) will release a memoir in 2010 by Jordan’s King Abdullah II.

The book is called “The Last Best Chance: An Intimate Account of the Pursuit of Peace in a Time of Peril.” In a statement Monday, Penguin called the book a “personal narrative rich with human drama” by “an active participant in major events.”

Vegas ‘Peeps’ court LL

Will Lindsay Lohan be the next star to headline a Las Vegas act?

Possibly. The actress has approached the director of “Peepshow,” a new Las Vegas revue, about joining the act in several months, People.com reported Monday.

“I think she would be great in the show,” “Peepshow” director Jerry Mitchell told People. “I would need to meet with her and dance a bit, as I would with anyone who would love to be a part of ‘Peepshow.’”

Miss Lohan was in Las Vegas on Saturday taking in the performance, which headlines former “Dancing With the Stars” contestants Melanie Brown and Kelly Monaco. If Miss Lohan were to join the show, she would take over in several months for Miss Monaco, who is required to strip down to almost nothing — something that won’t change if Miss Lohan stars.

Brubeck’s back

Jazz legend Dave Brubeck has rescheduled a D.C. appearance at the Warner Theatre after a brief illness sidelined him a few weeks ago.

The pianist-composer, 88, will perform with his quartet June 11, says the Washington Performing Arts Society, which is hosting his appearance.

Mel’s mystery gal?

Shortly after Mel Gibson’s wife, Robyn, filed for divorce last week, details emerged about a woman with whom the actor-filmmaker has been spending a lot of time, even taking her on a family vacation to Costa Rica.

A woman named Oksana, People.com reports.

The celebrity Web site says she is Oksana Grigorieva, a Russian singer who is signed to Mr. Gibson’s record label, Icon Records.

Public records also suggest that Miss Grigorieva, 39 — an ex-girlfriend of former James Bond star Timothy Dalton’s — has lived in a house linked to Mr. Gibson, 53.

The home, purchased in Sherman Oaks, Calif., in December, has an ownership trust administered by the chief financial officer of Mr. Gibson’s production company, Icon.

Neither Miss Grigorieva nor Mr. Gibson has commented.

According to People, Miss Grigorieva, a composer, has one son — Alexander — with Mr. Dalton, 63.

Amy eyeing adoption?

After news that her estranged husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, has impregnated a fellow rehab patient, Amy Winehouse reportedly is planning to adopt a St. Lucian child.

The 25-year-old singer apparently sees herself as the ‘Angelina Jolie of St. Lucia’ and wants to help poor and underprivileged children, says Denverpost.com, citing a report in the London Daily Mail.

The news comes just a few weeks after it was revealed that the woman Mr. Fielder-Civil impregnated at a Sheffield rehabilitation clinic said she planned to keep her baby.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports.

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