ULTIMATE CARTOONS: Steve Martin could not be happier about his latest book and about the chance to work with New Yorker artist Harry Bliss.
Celadon Books announced Monday that Martin and Bliss were collaborating on the "ultimate cartoon book," currently untitled. It's scheduled for next year.
Martin, whose previous books include the novel "Shopgirl" and the memoir "Born Standing Up," praised Bliss as a cartoonist he "deeply" admires and "have never met." Besides his magazine work, Bliss has illustrated books by Kate DiCamillo and William Steig among others. He and Martin plan to create "original, never-before-seen cartoons," according to Celadon.
SIMON MEMOIR: Carly Simon is writing an "intimate, vulnerable" memoir about a very famous friend, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux announced Monday that Simon's "Touched by the Sun" was scheduled for Oct. 22. According to the publisher, Simon and Onassis met at a summer party on Martha's Vineyard and began an "improbable, but lasting friendship." Simon, best known for such songs as "You're So Vain" and "The Spy Who Loved Me," said in a statement that Onassis became everything from a "protective mother figure" to a "mischievous pal." Onassis died in 1994.
Simon has written a previous memoir, "Boys In the Trees."
THANKING HEROES: Joan Collins has thanked firefighters for their quick response after a blaze erupted in her London apartment.
The 85-year-old actress shared video images of a charred wall on social media after the weekend fire. She also tweeted thanks to the "marvelous" firefighters who tackled the "terrifying" blaze.
Collins said her husband Percy Gibson was a "hero" for trying to douse the flames with a fire extinguisher.
The London Fire Brigade said Monday that the blaze in the ritzy Belgravia neighborhood was caused by sunlight reflecting off a shaving mirror and setting fire to a bathroom blind. It said such fires were a particular risk at this time of year.
The brigade said Collins and Gibson were both checked at the scene but did not need hospital treatment.
RENOVATION RE-OPENING: Jay-Z will help re-open the newly renovated Webster Hall concert venue in New York City with a performance next week.
Tickets for the April 26 show go on sale Friday. It will be Jay-Z's first time performing at the venue located in Manhattan's East Village.
Webster Hall has operated as a venue since 1886. Others set to perform there include Patti Smith and Her Band, Rosalia, MGMT, Empire of the Sun, Old Dominion and Chromeo.
The concert hall says in a press release that the recent renovation "aims to preserve the iconic features of the venue, while modernizing it to meet today's entertainment and guest experience standards."