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Meet the Man Who's Authored 100K Books

Though, technically, they were compiled by a computer

(Newser) - Reading 100,000 books in a lifetime sounds impossible. Authoring that many sounds unthinkable, but that's exactly what Philip M. Parker can proclaim he has done. The professor at business school INSEAD calls himself "the most published author in the history of the planet" and claims 200,000... More »

Bob Marley-Inspired Novel Wins Booker Prize

Marlon James is the first Jamaican winner

(Newser) - Marlon James became the first Jamaican winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction Tuesday with a vivid, violent, exuberant, and expletive-laden novel based on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley. The chairman of the judging panel said A Brief History of Seven Killings was "the most exciting... More »

5 Great Quotes From the Late Jackie Collins

Author of racy novels is dead at 77

(Newser) - The family of Jackie Collins announced last night that the author of steamy novels had died at 77 of breast cancer, reports People . Collins followed actor sister Joan to Hollywood from the UK and became a star in own right, selling more than 500 million copies of her books. Maybe... More »

Author EL Doctorow Dead at 84

Wrote 'Ragtime,' 'Billy Bathgate'

(Newser) - Acclaimed author EL Doctorow is dead at age 84 from complications of lung cancer. He might be best known for Ragtime, a novel set at the turn of the 20th century that was published in 1975 and later turned into a film with James Cagney as well as a musical,... More »

Beloved Fantasy Author Terry Pratchett Dies

'Discworld' creator had rare form of Alzheimer's

(Newser) - Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, creator of the exuberant, satirical Discworld series and author of more than 70 books, has died. He was 66. Pratchett, who suffered from a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's disease, had earned wide respect in Britain and beyond with his dignified campaign for the right... 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 »

How Unbroken Author's Illness May Make Her a Better Writer

NYT Magazine profiles the 'unbreakable Laura Hillenbrand'

(Newser) - Casual fans will know Laura Hillenbrand as the author of Seabiscuit and, more recently, Unbroken, two of the most acclaimed nonfiction books in the last two decades. Closer fans will know that the 47-year-old suffers from a debilitating condition called chronic fatigue syndrome, or myalgic encephalomyelitis, that keeps her largely... More »

Literary 'Queen of Crime' PD James Dies at 94

Her sales have surpassed 10M in the US

(Newser) - PD James, a mystery writer whose books have flown off the shelves, has died at age 94, the New York Times reports. James, who earned the nickname "The Queen of Crime" for her novels, several of which were made into TV shows and movies, died peacefully at home in... More »

RL Stine Tweeting New Story Tonight

'Goosebumps' author promises Halloween tale

(Newser) - Fans of Goosebumps author RL Stine—and the Bustle thinks this includes "every teen, twentysomething, and thirtysomething"—will want to tune in to his Twitter feed . Stine today promised this : "For Halloween, I'll be writing a story live on Twitter this evening. Hope you'll join... More »

Man Booker Prize Doesn't Go to an American

Australia's Richard Flanagan wins with WWII novel

(Newser) - This is the first year that American authors have been eligible for the prestigious Man Booker Prize , but their feared domination did not materialize: The prize has been won by Australian writer Richard Flanagan with The Narrow Road to the Deep North, set during the construction of the Burma Death... More »

At Heart of Unusual Lawsuit: The Word 'How'

Chobani yogurt in trademark feud with business-ethics guru

(Newser) - A business-ethics expert is at war with a yogurt company, and the word "how" is at stake. Dov Seidman, a bestselling author who pushes for companies with a conscience, focuses his campaigns on "how" business is done; he's got a trademark on the word. Chobani yogurt is... More »

JD Salinger's Former Home Yours for $679K

First place he bought in Cornish, NH, is on the market

(Newser) - For $679,000, you can live where one of the great American writers spent his days. The former New Hampshire home of JD Salinger, who died in 2010 , is up for sale in Cornish, featuring four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and 12 acres, Bloomberg reports.Salinger moved to the 2,900-square-foot... More »

Now on Chipotle Cups: Stories by Famous Writers

Jonathan Safran Foer spearheads project

(Newser) - Jonathan Safran Foer. Toni Morrison. George Saunders. Michael Lewis. Malcolm Gladwell. They're some of the most famous authors working today, and now they're lending their prose to, of all things, fast-food packaging. Starting today, cups and bags at Chipotle Mexican Grill will come adorned with text from one... More »

5 Writers Even Slower Than George RR Martin

JRR Tolkien, Junot Diaz couldn't match pace of Game of Thrones books

(Newser) - Fans are impatient for George RR Martin's next installment in A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series behind Game of Thrones. But instead of getting on his case, let's consider some authors who take even longer to write a book than he does. Yohana Desta offers... More »

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead at 87

'100 Years of Solitude' author was a Nobel laureate

(Newser) - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence, and inequality, died today at his home in Mexico City at age 87. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the... More »

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 »

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