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Palin Nemesis, Author Joe McGinniss Dead at 71

'Fatal Vision' writer, Palin provocateur suffered from prostate cancer

(Newser) - Joe McGinniss, the bestselling author of books that ranged from politics to true crime, and more recently the provocateur behind the most famous fence in Wasilla , has died at the age of 71. McGinniss announced last year that he'd been diagnosed with inoperable prostate cancer; he died yesterday in... More »

Nobel-Winning Author Lessing Dies at 94

'The Golden Notebook' scribe said Nobel win was a 'bloody disaster'

(Newser) - Doris Lessing, the Nobel prize-winning, free-thinking, world-traveling, and often-polarizing author of The Golden Notebook and dozens of other novels that reflected her own improbable journey across the former British empire, has died. She was 94. Her publisher, HarperCollins says that the author of more than 50 works of fiction, nonfiction... 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 »

Author Tom Clancy Dead at 66

Reportedly died last night in Baltimore hospital

(Newser) - Outlets including Publishers Weekly and the New York Times are reporting on Twitter that bestselling author Tom Clancy has died, Business Insider reports. The president of Putnam, Clancy's publisher, reportedly told the NYT that Clancy, whose bestselling books include Patriot Games and The Hunt for Red October, "was... 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 »

Woman Reads Library Book, Realizes Author Is Her Sister

Cheryl Strayed's best-selling memoir brings women together

(Newser) - What many of us end up with after checking a book out of the library: a fine for returning it late. What one woman ended up with: a long-lost half sister. That woman isn't named by NPR , who spoke to author Cheryl Strayed. Wild is a memoir of her... More »

Taliban Kills 'Escape From Taliban' Author

Sushmita Banerjee is executed in Afghanistan

(Newser) - A woman whose memoir about life under Taliban rule was turned into a Bollywood movie was shot dead yesterday by suspected members of the Islamist militia, officials said. The killing of Sushmita Banerjee in eastern Afghanistan was the latest in a string of attacks on prominent women in Afghanistan. Militants... More »

JK Rowling Uses Fake Name to Write Crime Novel

Well-received book by 'Robert Galbraith' is really by 'Harry Potter' author

(Newser) - Fans of Harry Potter author JK Rowling who can't get enough might want to check out a new detective novel by Robert Galbraith. It turns out that Rowling and Galbraith are one and the same, reports the Telegraph . The 450-page crime novel called The Cuckoo's Calling came out... More »

Is This 21-Year-Old the Next Literary Superstar?

Samantha Shannon's 'Bone Season' is out this summer

(Newser) - Samantha Shannon may not be a household name, but her UK publisher thinks she will be sometime in August when her first novel, the Bone Season, comes out. It's the first in a seven-book series set in 2059 London, and Shannon scored a six-figure advance for the first three,... More »

Alice Munro May Be Done Writing

Author, 81, says she's 'probably' finished

(Newser) - Less than a year after Philip Roth announced he had stopped writing books, another literary great may be retiring: Alice Munro. The 81-year-old Canadian author, widely regarded as one of the world's greatest short story writers, told Canada's National Post during a recent interview that she was "... More »

Celebrated Scottish Author Dies of Cancer

Iain Banks dies days before final book hits the shelves

(Newser) - Scottish author Iain Banks has died barely two months after revealing that he had late-stage bladder cancer. The 59-year-old—who alternated mainstream fiction books with sci-fi novels written as Iain M. Banks—was widely seen as one of the best British writers of his generation and tributes have poured in... More »

Kipling Letter: I Stole Parts of Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling letter set for auction

(Newser) - A letter from 1895 is raising new questions about the tales of Mowgli and friends. Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling wrote to an unknown recipient regarding the Law of the Jungle, a portion of the book: "A little of it is bodily taken from (Southern) Eskimo rules for the... 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 »

Harper Lee Sues Agent Over To Kill a Mockingbird

Author says he tricked her into signing over copyright

(Newser) - Atticus! Harper Lee has sued her former literary agent, claiming that he tricked her into signing over the rights and royalties of To Kill a Mockingbird, reports Reuters . The 87-year-old author alleges that Samuel Pinkus, the son-in-law of her late longtime agent, pulled a fast one on her while she... More »

Willa Cather's Lesbian 'Shame': Finally Put to Rest in Letters?

Debate about her 'sexual psychology' has raged for years

(Newser) - Willa Cather's letters are coming to print after decades of scholarly frustration and debate about her sexuality, the New York Times reports. But be warned: The Selected Letters of Willa Cather, which reveals her emotional attachment to women, is short on steamy details. Still, it reveals a complex, humorous,... More »

Literary Giant Chinua Achebe Dead at 82

'Things Fall Apart' author gave literary birth to modern Africa

(Newser) - Chinua Achebe, the internationally celebrated Nigerian author, statesman, and dissident who gave literary birth to modern Africa with Things Fall Apart and continued for decades to rewrite and reclaim the history of his native country, has died following a brief illness. He was 82. His eminence worldwide was rivaled only... More »

French Spy Novelist Is Must Read— for Real Spies

Gerard de Villiers is plugged in: NYT profile

(Newser) - American readers might not be familiar with French spy novelist Gerard de Villiers, unless they happen to work for the CIA. The New York Times has a fascinating profile of the prolific, 83-year-old author, whose racy novels—wildly popular outside the US—have an uncanny ability to provide accurate, inside... More »

Dan Brown Has New Novel Coming in May

Brown-esque stunt helps launch 'Inferno' publicity blitz

(Newser) - Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown is bringing back fictional code-breaker Robert Langdon in a new novel in May. Inferno will center on Dante, taking its name from the first part of his 14th-century work, The Divine Comedy. Brown and Doubleday announced the title today in a social media stunt... More »

Author: Find My Dog, I'll Name Character After You

Best-selling writer Dennie Lehane's beagle has gone missing

(Newser) - Author Dennis Lehane is offering an unusual reward for the person who finds his family's beloved missing beagle: He'll name a character in his next book after whoever finds Tessa, who disappeared from the family's home in Brookline, Mass., this week. He says on his Facebook page... More »

Big Find: Hans Christian Andersen's 'First Work'

'The Tallow Candle' likely written when writer was 18

(Newser) - A Danish historian has found what he believes is an early Hans Christian Anderson manuscript buried at the bottom of a box in the National Archives of Funen. "I was ecstatic," the historian says. "I had never imagined this." The handwritten story, titled "Tallow Candle,... More »

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