At first I thought for sure that Michael Lee West's new novel, Mermaids in the Basement, was a 24-years-in-the-making literary adaptation of the screenplay for Splash, which would have been awesome. Then I remembered that Tom Hanks lived in a Manhattan apartment in that movie and probably didn't have a basement of his own to keep Darryl Hannah in. So then I went for the second logical choice—a retelling of the Cher/Winona Ryder classic Mermaids set in a bunker during nuclear winter. Wrong again. Unfortunately, it's yet another book about a Southern girl and her eccentric, slightly dysfunctional family (yawn)--expect the film adaptation starring Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd or Reese Witherspoon any minute now. You can make your own casting suggestions at 7 p.m. Friday, when West signs her book at Borders Preston/Royal, 10720 Preston Road. Call 214-363-1977.
Fri., Jan. 18, 7 p.m., 2008