Bette Midler is using words and pictures to tell a New York story. Midler's picture book "The Tale of the Mandarin Duck" will be published Feb. 16, Random House Books for Young Readers announced Thursday. With a story based on a real duck seen in Central Park in 2018, the book combines Midler's words, photographs by former New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani and illustrations by Joana Avillez.

Midler said she thought of the book after seeing Kakutani's pictures of the duck. "It came to me practically overnight: the duck that had enchanted an entire city," she said. "The real duck's visit to New York was a cause for celebration; everyone who saw him fell instantly in love. I wanted to memorialize his visit, and let readers know that the natural world is full of creatures just like him, if we only take the time to raise our eyes and actually see them."

An online festival of stars

Dolly Parton, Cate Blanchett and Justin Bieber are part of the virtual edition of the Paley Center's annual festival celebrating TV programs and their makers. PaleyFest LA taped socially distanced discussions with stars and producers that began streaming free this week on the Paley Center's YouTube channel. The showcased series includes "Dolly Parton's Heartstrings"; "Justin Bieber: Seasons"; "Late Night with Seth Meyers"; "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"; "Mrs. America"; "One Day at a Time"; "Outlander"; "Ozark," and "Queer Eye." Blanchett is part of the "Mrs. America" panel that includes Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba and Sarah Paulson.

'Rage' this fall: Veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward's new book about President Donald Trump is titled "Rage" and will be released Sept. 15, less than two months before Election Day, according to a listing on Amazon.com. Publisher Simon & Schuster said the book follows "Trump's moves as he faces a global pandemic, economic disaster and racial unrest." It said Woodward conducted a series of exclusive interviews with the president. The listing also notes that Woodward obtained 25 personal letters between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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