The Shmooze

Barbra Streisand To Open BookExpo America 2010

By Benjamin Ivry

Fans of the comedian Kathy Griffin will recall her deathless account of Barbra Streisand’s visit to “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and the television host’s astonishment on discovering that Streisand had painted her microphone white as part of a recent obsession with color. Another expression of this color sensitivity is Streisand’s forthcoming “My Passion for Design” due on November 16 from Viking Publishers. In advance of this much-anticipated arrival, BookExpo America 2010 will open with a splash, with Streisand herself being interviewed on May 25 by the chat show host’s best friend, editor Gayle King.

When first signed a year ago, Streisand’s book was titled “A Passion for Design,” but the change to the possessive “My” instead of “A” has surely added powerful new impact and a sense of personal control to this “lavishly illustrated personal tour of the great star’s homes and collections.”

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