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Story magazine makes comeback

The magazine that first published J.D. Salinger, Tennessee Williams, William Saroyan, Truman Capote and Norman Mailer is being revived after a hiatus of several decades. Founded 58 years ago in Vienna, Story was known for discovering talented young writers.

The revived magazine will take the same approach, its editor, Lois Rosenthal promises, publishing ``great unknown storytellers' and ``brilliant works by today's finest authors.' It will be quarterly and will include only short pieces of fiction. Subscriptions are $17 from Story, P.O. Box 396, Mount Morris, Ill. 61054.\

The book business \ Booky by 800 number

Having trouble finding a certain book? One telephone call may be all it takes. A Connecticut bookseller is advertising that it can get any book still in print.

Book Call is essentially a mail-order company, like L.L. Bean or Land's End. It has an 800 number, accepts American Express, Mastercard, Visa cards or checks, and delivers anywhere in the world. The number is 1-800-255-2665 (or 1-800-All-Book.) Or fax your request to 1-203-966-4329.

You might also check with your local bookstore for hard-to-find titles. Most are happy to special order books they don't have in stock.

Former hostage to tell all

In what promises to be a pointed indictment of the Reagan-Bush administration, Hostage: My Nightmare in Beirut - David Jacobsen's harrowing memoir of his 17-month ordeal at the hands of the Hezbollah - is being rushed through for spring by publisher Donald I. Fine because of the ``importance of Jacobsen's message,' says his editor, David Gibbons.

Freed by his captors in November 1986, Jacobsen will confront the U.S. government on what he believes is its virtual abandonment of the remaining hostages, most notably journalist Terry Anderson, who has been a captive for so long that he has never seen his six-year-old daughter.In light of the Persian Gulf war, Jacobsen and his publisher are convinced that they are fighting against time to help save the remaining hostages, who have slipped from the national news. Says the author, ``Statements that everything possible is being done are no longer acceptable or true. The kidnappers are not professional soldiers. Conditions permit a rescue with minimum risk.'

- Publishers Weekly

Marilyn Quayle pens novel

The Rage of the Lamb, a novel by Marilyn T. Quayle, the vice president's wife, and Nancy T. Northcott, her sister, has been bought by the Crown Publishing Group, which hopes to publish it in the summer of 1992.

The novel is a thriller about the death of Fidel Castro and the struggle for succession inside Cuba, a struggle that also pits the Russians against the Americans.

Robert Barnett, a Washington literary agent, said the book was written within the last 18 months, and the sisters - one in Washington, the other in Tennessee - had collaborated by exchanging computer disks.

The book's hero is Robert Grant, a senator who discovers chicanery in the Cuban government as well as in Washington. Richard Marek, the editor who bought the book for Crown, said it contains no mention of a vice president. ``This is pure fantasy,' he said.

- The New York Times

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