Tina Brown will have a sort of homecoming in an upcoming issue of Vanity Fair, ETP has learned: The former VF editor and Graydon Carter's predecessor will be publishing the first excerpt of her upcoming book on Princess Diana, "The Diana Chronicles" in the magazine, in what would appear to be an impressive get for, well, both of them. It's heartwarming, really: Brown, who helmed the mag from 1984-1992 before leaping to the New Yorker, has a storied rivalry with Carter, who it is said had hoped for the New Yorker editorship back in '92 and was given instead given the top spot at Vanity Fair by Condé Nast boss Si Newhouse. Though Brown had been credited with reviving Vanity Fair, under Carter the magazine has since gone from strength to strength; meanwhile, Brown left the New Yorker to launch the doomed Talk Magazine, which put her in direct competition with Carter and allegedly intensified the rivalry. Carter reportedly offered Brown a column in Vanity Fair following the demise of Talk, which never materialized; instead, Brown went on to host a CNBC talk show, "Topic A With Tina Brown" which was not what one would call a ratings juggernaut. Then she was signed to write the definitive Diana book (sorry, Andrew Morton) while Carter continued to publish magazines with pretty semi-clothed people on the cover, plus very important babies.
Brown's book officially launches on June 12, 2007, so we're assuming that the excerpt will appear in the June 2007 edition; a spokesperson for Vanity Fair confirmed that the excerpt would indeed be running but could provide no other details.