05 Jan '12, 1am

Actor, director, student, and all-around overachiever James Franco signs deal with Amazon for first novel

Actor, director, student, and all-around overachiever James Franco signs deal with Amazon for first novel

Cinema still: 127 Hours starring James Franco. -- PHOTO: FOX NEW YORK (REUTERS) - After receiving tepid reviews for his first book of fictional short stories, actor James Franco has sold his debut novel to Amazon Publishing, a spokesman said on Wednesday. The novel is titled Actors Anonymous and will be published in 2013. The spokesman for Amazon declined to say how much money the book deal was worth and whether the novel would be published in e-book as well as print form. Franco's collection of short stories Palo Alto, released last year, received a mixed response by reviewers with some commenting it lacked insight and depth. Other critics said that while the 33-year-old, Oscar-nominated actor is yet to match the standard of his work in films such as Milk and 127 Hours, it was a promising literary debut. Franco has earned recognition not only for acting, but also for bran...

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