How Soon is Now: Tony Fletcher’s ‘A Light That Never Goes Out’ Hits Bookshelves Today, and More

How soon is now? A Light That Never Goes Out, Tony Fletcher’s The Smiths biography, is scheduled for release today -- and just shy of 700 pages. This tale of the little Manchester band that made music for five short years yet changed the sound and look of rock forever is packed with swoon-worthy closeups of the cleverly forlorn Morrissey alongside indie guitarist icon Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke, and drummer Mike Joyce. Fletcher’s musical storytelling is well honed: His biographies covering REM and Rolling Stone Keith Moon are considered definitive sources of music history. [via Slate]

We’re about to learn a lot more about the earthly life of Pope Benedict, the current head of the Roman Catholic Church. Journalist Peter Seewald has written a biography due to be published in 2014 -- and the film rights were quickly bought by the German Odeon Film company. Just who will writer, direct, and star in this biopic on the Cardinal of Rome remains shrouded in mystery, but one thing is clear: Seewald, who has conducted multiple interviews with the religious leader, has signed on as consultant to the yet-to-be-announced scriptwriter. [via Reuters]

Writer Charles Tyson had been putting the finishing touches on his “Macho” Camacho biography when news came of the boxing champion’s murder. He quickly released the work in electronic format, making last week’s Hector 'Macho' Camacho: The True Story Behind His Inspiring Life and His Tragic Death the boxer’s first biography, albeit an unauthorized one. The e-book covers all the elements, rough and otherwise, that went into Camacho’s ascent to prizefighting stardom -- all told, Tyson says, to celebrate his extraordinary life. [via Examiner]

After warming up with a small spot in "The Hunger Games," Lenny Kravitz has landed his first starring role, signing on to play Marvin Gaye. The still unnamed film will be directed by Julien Temple -- of "Earth Girls are Easy" and David Bowie–helmed "Absolute Beginners" fame -- and cover Gaye’s turbulent days during the 1980s. It will begin shooting in 2013. [via The Huffington Post]

Since at least last December, when Nobel prize–winning South African novelist J.M. Coetzee died suddenly and unexpectedly, the world has been awaiting his biography. Some of us are now one step closer to getting it: JM. Coetzee: A Life in Writing, penned by South African historian and biographer JC Kannemeyer, has been translated from Afrikaans to English. Kannemeyer’s authorized biography is based on interviews with Coetzee’s family, friends, and colleagues and loads of the author’s private documents, -- all of which he was granted access to by Coetzee himself. [via Books Live]