Two Borat books coming this fall

Published May 25, 2007

Glorious booksellers of America: Please welcome the esteemed Borat Sagdiyev. The ever eloquent ambassador from Kazakhstan, an alter-ego of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, has a book, with two titles, coming out this fall:

- Borat: Touristic Guidings To Minor Nation of U.S.

- A. and Borat: Touristic Guidings To Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

According to publisher Flying Dolphin Press, "one half will be a guide to America for Kazakhs and the other half . . . a guide to Kazakhstan for Westerners, " the Associated Press reported. It will feature Borat's timeless wisdom, plus illustrations and photographs.

'Idol' finale viewership drops sharply

An estimated 29.5-million Americans tuned in for the TV season's final American Idol, a sharp drop from last year's finale, according to preliminary ratings from Nielsen Media Research on Thursday. Last year, 36.4-million people watched Taylor Hicks win the title over Katharine McPhee. Wednesday, the two-hour, 10-minute show in which Jordin Sparks was named the winner over Blake Lewis for this year's title represented a 19 percent decrease in viewers, the Associated Press reported. That estimate, however, was expected to be adjusted later Thursday. For one reason, the preliminary numbers measured Fox's telecast only from 8 to 10 p.m.; Sparks wasn't announced as the winner until 10:03.

'Rehab' nabs prestigious award

Rehab, the autobiographical top 10 single by Amy Winehouse, won best contemporary song Thursday at Britain's prestigious Ivor Novello songwriting awards.

"Thank you all very much. I didn't even have time to get drunk. I've only been here about 15 minutes, " said Winehouse, known for her high-voltage personality and reputation for heavy drinking and smoking.

Winehouse recently married boyfriend Blake Fielder-Civil; she said their decision was sudden, "but that's the way I am." "I had a lovely dress, and he looked very handsome, " she said. "We're not planning a honeymoon. Every day is a honeymoon. I've married the best man in the world."

The awards are presented by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. They are named for early 20th century musician and songwriter Ivor Novello, who composed hits including Keep the Home-Fires Burning and We'll Gather Lilacs.