The Free Library event on Sunday was so much fun...and, if you missed it, or if you don't live in Philadelphia, the library has promised that they'll put it up as a podcast. With an "explicit" label. Because I am salty, bawdy AND earthy, and that's just how I roll. Download, and hear me talk about the Jew thing, balancing work and motherhood, and why you should never try to breast-feed in a sweater dress.

In other news, the expurgated, chumetz-free version of me will be on the CBS Early Show this Monday morning in the 8:30 hour.

Finally, from today's Hollywood Reporter:

Jennifer Weiner inks deal with ABC
By Nellie Andreeva
April 15, 2008

Best-selling novelist Jennifer Weiner has inked a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios.Under the seven-figure pact, she will create and executive produce series projects for the studio.Several of Weiner's books have made the transition to the big screen. "In Her Shoes" was made into a 2005 feature starring Cameron Diaz. "Little Earthquakes" is in development at Universal, while her short story "The Guy Not Taken" is in the works at DreamWorks.

Her next novel, "Certain Girls," the sequel to her breakout debut "Good in Bed," was released this month."

"Jennifer's work is loved by legions of fans," ABC Studios president Mark Pedowitz said. "Millions have read her books, seen the film and will soon have another source to enjoy her humor and heart on television."

Weiner, who has no TV experience, is an interesting choice for an overall deal in the post-strike environment where such pacts are scarce. During the work stoppage, ABC Studios shed about 30 overall pacts with writer-producers.

However, the deal with Weiner comes on the heels of ABC Studios' successful collaboration with another popular "chick lit" author, Cecelia Ahern.


In fall 2006, Ahern sold her show idea to the studio, which paired her with veteran TV producer Don Todd for what became ABC's breakout freshman comedy "Smanatha Who?"

Weiner is similarly expected to team with experienced TV writer-producers. "I'm excited about having a new canvas for my storytelling," Weiner said.

Weiner's deal, which was finalized before the strike, was handled by Benderspink and attorney Don Walerstein.

The only tiny issue I'd take with the story is the whole "no TV experience" thing. I mean, does anybody watch more TV than I do? Can anybody spend as much time parsing the ins, the outs, the implants and the eyeliner of "Rock of Love?" Did anybody else watch four entire cycles of "America's Next Top Model," all of "Ugly Betty" AND three seasons of "Lost" during one week of bed rest?

Didn't think so.

Basically, what the deal means is that I'll come up with ideas, and help steer the ship should any of the ideas turn into a TV show. I hope that the shows will have some of the same voice and sensibility and non-size-zero characters as my books...and yes, I'll still be writing books.

Jen