Beck to have book series published

NEW YORK - Glenn Beck loves the publishing game.

The conservative commentator and best-selling author has reached an agreement with Simon & Schuster for a series of books - fiction and nonfiction, for young and for old, in a variety of formats - the publisher announced Monday.

As part of the deal, Beck will accept a smaller advance, but also will receive part of the profits, an arrangement Simon & Schuster has used previously with Stephen King.

Sarsgaard and Gyllenhaal tie the knot

NEW YORK - Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal have made it official.

Amanda Silverman, Gyllenhaal's publicist, says the couple were married Saturday.

Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard have a daughter, Ramona, who was born in October 2006. They announced their engagement earlier that year.

Gyllenhaal's film roles include 'The Dark Knight' and 'World Trade Center.' Sarsgaard has appeared in the films 'Jarhead,' 'Boys Don't Cry' and 'Kinsey.'

Dissertation by Obama's mom to be published

DURHAM, N.C. - A dissertation written by President Barack Obama's late mother is being published.

Duke University Press said Monday that an edited version of Ann Dunham's anthropological study about rural craftsmen in Indonesia is scheduled to reach stores this fall. Dunham completed the study three years before she died in 1995.

Duke marketing manager Emily Young said the foreword was written by the president's half-sister and Dunham's daughter, Maya Soetoro-Ng.

The book is based on Dunham's 14 years of research living among village workers on the Indonesian island of Java.