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Modern Literary Mystery May Be Solved

Italian journalist thinks he knows who the real Elena Ferrante is

(Newser) - It's what the New York Times calls "one of the most intriguing literary mysteries in recent history." But now Elena Ferrante, author of several best-selling novels who has lived under that pseudonym since the early 1990s, appears to have been unmasked by Italian journalist Claudio Gatti. In... More »

Author: My Character's Rape Was Based on My Own

Jessica Knoll says acknowledging gang rape when she was 15 is 'a start'

(Newser) - The author of the best-selling novel Luckiest Girl in the World is starting a frank conversation with her readers, admitting a year after her novel's release that the excruciating rape scene in her book is based on events that happened to her at a party when she was 15,... More »

Book on Jew-Arab Love Banned From Israeli Schools

Reportedly over concerns it would promote marriage between Jews and non-Jews

(Newser) - Israel has refused to include a novel about a love affair between a Jewish woman and a Palestinian man in the country's high-school curriculum, reportedly over concerns that it could encourage intermarriage between Jews and non-Jews. The rejection of Borderlife, a novel published last year, created an uproar in... More »

6 Great Novels by Young Authors

These all-time classics were written by college-age kids

(Newser) - It turns out college students aren't just going to keggers, doing bong rips, and hooking up. Occasionally they find time to write an all-time classic novel in between going to keggers, doing bong rips, and hooking up. In honor of National Novel Writing Month, USA Today published a list... More »

Harper Lee's Lawyer: She's 'Humiliated' by Controversy

Assisted-living worker says author is 'sharp as a tack'

(Newser) - As debate swirls over how much input Harper Lee had in a decision to publish a second novel, her lawyer and friend Tonja Carter—who found the text last summer—says the author is certainly capable of making the choice. In fact, Lee is "extremely hurt and humiliated" by... More »

Red Flags Raised About Harper Lee's 2nd Novel

Questions emerge about publicity-shy author suddenly releasing book

(Newser) - The literature world rejoiced yesterday in hearing that Harper Lee would be publishing her reportedly long-lost second novel more than 50 years after To Kill a Mockingbird. But others aren't so sure everything's on the up-and-up, citing the author's notoriously publicity-shy nature, the recent death of her... More »

How a Christmas Gift Changed Harper Lee's Life

And those of generations of readers

(Newser) - If it hadn't been for a New York City couple, the world might never have seen To Kill a Mockingbird. Its author, Harper Lee, was a ticket agent for British Overseas Airways in 1956, and it was difficult for her to find time to write with a separate full-time... More »

34-Year-Old Sells Debut Novel for About $2M

Garth Risk Hallberg's 'City on Fire' set in 1970s NYC

(Newser) - There's a good chance you've never heard the name Garth Risk Hallberg; that ends now. The 34-year-old's debut novel, City on Fire, found itself the subject of a two-day bidding war that ended with quite the payday for its young author: nearly $2 million, two sources tell... More »

This Book Will Scare You Off Social Media

Dave Eggers' novel The Circle describes Facebook-like firm: Michele Filgate

(Newser) - Most of us are familiar with the pervasive need to check, and recheck, Facebook and Twitter—but it's not always easy to take a step back and realize how dependent we've become. For Michele Filgate, that moment of perspective came when she read Dave Eggers' upcoming book, The ... More »

Meet the US Senate's Crime Novelist

Barbara Mikulski's heroine is a crime-fighting senator

(Newser) - If the American electorate ever actually throws the bastards behind the shutdown out, at least one career legislator has a plan B in place. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the Maryland Democrat who's the Senate's longest-serving woman, is also the published author of a pair of novels, notes Roll Call... More »

On the Road's 'Camille' Dead at 90

Carolyn Cassady was married to Neal for roughly 15 years

(Newser) - Carolyn Cassady, a key figure in the Beat Generation of writers—both as character and author—has died at age 90 after slipping into a coma following an emergency appendectomy, the New York Times reports. Cassady, who inspired the character of Camille in Jack Kerouac's On the Road, was... More »

'New' Pearl Buck Novel Found After 40 Years

'Eternal Wonder' manuscript turns up in Texas storage unit

(Newser) - It's not quite accurate to say that a "long-lost" manuscript by Nobel laureate Pearl Buck has turned up 40 years after her death, because nobody knew the thing existed in the first place. Buck, who also won the Pulitzer for her 1931 novel the Good Earth, apparently wrote... More »

Next From John Grisham: A Time to Kill Sequel

'Sycamore Row' out Oct. 22

(Newser) - Twenty-four years after his first novel, A Time to Kill, was released, John Grisham is writing a sequel. Sycamore Row, out October 22, will focus on the original book's main character, Jake Brigance, but publisher Knopf Doubleday hasn't released any other details. It does, however, promise much "... More »

Cloud Atlas Tackles Too Much —But See It Anyway

Tom Hanks, Halle Berry star in Wachowski-Tykwer epic film

(Newser) - The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer may have bitten off more than they—or anyone—could chew in attempting to make a film out of David Mitchell's enormous, past-and-future spanning novel Cloud Atlas. Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and a host of others, it's a visual treat, but critics... More »

JK Rowling's Latest Decidedly Not for Kids

But The Casual Vacancy has Potter-esque themes

(Newser) - In JK Rowling's estimation, just seven people read the final Harry Potter book before it was published. But the New Yorker has already managed a read of her first adult novel, out Thursday, and it's definitely for adults. One quotation, for instance: "The leathery skin of her... More »

The Erotic Novel That Went Viral

EL James' 'Fifty Shades of Grey': fun or horribly regressive?

(Newser) - Nothing like a female protagonist who likes being slapped, stalked, and whipped by a ruthless tycoon. But Anastasia Steele is such a sensation with women readers that Vintage Books, part of Knopf Doubleday, is setting its highbrow literary reputation aside to run off 750,000 copies of a runaway pulp... More »

James Franco Sells Book Straight to Amazon

Yet another occupation for busy actor

(Newser) - Jack-of-multiple-trades James Franco is about to peddle his latest endeavor on Amazon. The actor's first novel, Actors Anonymous, has been acquired by Amazon's new fiction editor and the tome will head directly to the company's online store. The work is supposed to be a barely-fictionalized version of... More »

2011's Top 10 Books

Stephen King, Christopher Hitchens make the cut

(Newser) - If you need a book recommendation for holiday reading, look no further than the New York Times ' list of the 10 best books of the year. Five are fiction and five non-fiction:
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King: A time portal sends an English teacher back to 1958 to try and
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Brazenly Plagiarized Spy Novel Pulled

Author's debut was 'collage of others' work'

(Newser) - Bookseller Quentin Rowan appears to have forged a writing career entirely by raiding the contents of his shelves. Publisher Little, Brown & Co. recalled every single copy of his debut spy thriller, Assassin of Secrets—written under the pseudonym QR Markham—after discovering that passages had been lifted from more... More »

Gabriel García Márquez Novel Spurs Rebels in Iran

'News of a Kidnapping' selling out after Mousavi comment

(Newser) - Want to know what it’s like to be an Iranian opposition leader under house arrest? Read Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s News of a Kidnapping. Ever since Mir Hossein Mousavi told his daughters the Colombian novel describes “my situation in captivity,” it’s been flying off the shelves... More »

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