Picks and Pans Review: Book Buzz

UPDATED 10/27/1997 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 10/27/1997 at 01:00 AM EST

>A NEW FRANKNESS THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, STARRING Natalie Portman (The Professional), starts previewing on Broadway on Nov. 21. This $1.6 million revival of the 1955 play incorporates once-suppressed diary entries revealing Anne's blossoming sexuality. Explains co-producer David Stone: "You couldn't talk about this during the 1950s."

MIDNIGHT'S RUN IT SEEMS THE U.S. CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Since journalist John Berendt, 57, published the true story of a homicide in Savannah, the book has sold 2 million hardcover copies and been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 165 weeks. With next month's release of the movie version, starring Kevin Spacey and John Cusack, Random House has printed 400,000 more books and issued 30,000 unabridged audio-books. Sit back and settle in because the tapes run 11½ hours.

GO FIGURE

WITH THE NAGANO, JAPAN, OLYMPICS only four months away, publishers are planning for the midwinter madness. Already on sale: Tara Lipinski: Triumph on Ice (Bantam, $15.95). Due next month: Michelle Kwan: Heart of a Champion (Scholastic, $14.95) and Boitano's Edge: Inside the Real World of Figure Skating by gold medalist Brian Boitano (Simon & Schuster, $25). Meanwhile, Crest-wood House has published a four-book series on great skaters. What's next—Oksana Baiul's holiday cookbook?

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