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Romance Novelist Accused of Murdering Her Husband

Author Nancy Brophy allegedly shot her chef husband in Oregon

(Newser) - A romance novelist might've been better suited to the crime genre, according to Oregon authorities who accuse Nancy Crampton-Brophy of killing her chef husband. The 68-year-old, who writes under the name Nancy Brophy, was arraigned on charges of murder and unlawful use of a weapon Thursday, three months after... More »

Hemingway Short Story Published After 62 Years

A Room on the Garden Side is set in postwar Paris

(Newser) - The themes and trappings are familiar for an Ernest Hemingway narrative: Paris, wartime, talk of books and wine, and the scars of battle. But the story itself has been little known beyond the scholarly community for decades: A Room on the Garden Side, written in 1956 and set in the... More »

Fight Club Author Learns Why He's Going Broke, Apologizes

Chuck Palahniuk was going broke, but not for the reasons he suspected

(Newser) - Strange as it sounds, novelist Chuck Palahniuk apologized and expressed gratitude after learning he's been cheated. The Fight Club author blogged this week that his dwindling income can be attributed to an alleged embezzler at his literary agency who's accused of stealing millions, TorrentFreak reports. "I apologize... More »

Philip Roth Dead at 85

Portnoy's Complaint author died of heart failure

(Newser) - Philip Roth, the prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation, and fate, from the comic madness of Portnoy's Complaint to the elegiac lyricism of American Pastoral, died Tuesday night at age 85. Roth's literary agent, Andrew Wylie, says he died in a New York City hospital... More »

Author Tom Wolfe Dead at 88

He wrote 'Bonfire of the Vanities,' 'The Right Stuff,' was pioneer of New Journalism

(Newser) - Tom Wolfe, author of works including The Right Stuff, the Bonfire of the Vanities, and A Man in Full has died in Manhattan at age 88, reports the New York Times . The cause of death was unclear, but Wolfe had been recently hospitalized for an infection. In addition to his... More »

Author Helps Son With Essay About His Book, Gets a C+

Ian McEwan 'a little dubious' about his work being studied

(Newser) - A British teenager struggling with an essay on an Ian McEwan book didn't get a top grade even after getting help from his father—Ian McEwan. The award-winning British author says he feels "a little dubious" about his books being studied in school, especially after his youngest son... More »

Author Junot Diaz's Legacy Just Got More Complicated

Several women have accused the Pulitzer Prize winner of sexual misconduct, verbal abuse

(Newser) - Junot Diaz is the latest high-profile figure to be accused of abusive behavior by women. Several have come forward detailing disturbing encounters with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, as reported in the Cut . What We Lose author Zinzi Clemmons tweets that Diaz forcibly cornered and kissed her at a workshop. National... More »

Psychologist Jordan Peterson Is Becoming a Phenom

His message to men to 'grow the hell up' is one reason

(Newser) - Heard of Jordan Peterson? If not, it seems inevitable that will happen soon, given his viral videos and headlines referring to the "Jordan Peterson Moment" and the "Jordan Peterson Phenomenon." Peterson is a 55-year-old psychologist at the University of Toronto whose latest book, 12 Rules for Life... More »

'Strikingly Opaque' Harper Lee Will Unsealed

It's not clear how estate has been divided up

(Newser) - Harper Lee's will was unsealed Tuesday in response to a lawsuit filed by the New York Times —but anybody hoping the document would answer some of the mysteries surrounding the author would have been extremely disappointed. The will, described by the Times as "strikingly opaque," does... More »

Inmate Wrote a Hit Book, Now State Wants to Collect

Michigan officials say Curtis Dawkins owes them the cost of his imprisonment

(Newser) - A Michigan convict who won accolades for his book of short stories may be forced to give up all he earned from his book deal. Curtis Dawkins' debut, The Graybar Hotel, was published in July by Scribner and details life behind bars in ways that have thrilled readers. Michigan's... More »

Hopes for Future Novels From Terry Pratchett Literally Crushed

Late fantasy author's hard drive flattened by steamroller

(Newser) - Fans' hopes for future novels from the late Terry Pratchett were literally crushed last week as the fantasy author's old hard drive fell victim to a steamroller, the Guardian reports. Following Pratchett's death from Alzheimer's in 2015, friend and fellow author Neil Gaiman told the Times that... More »

Cops: Writer Who Dreamed Up Tale of Murders Committed Some

Liu Yongbiao accused of bludgeoning 4 people to death

(Newser) - Police in China have arrested a well-known author who had already chosen the title for his next novel, reports the Guardian : The Beautiful Writer Who Killed. And that's what authorities allege Liu Yongbiao did more than 20 years ago. The Times of London reports Liu had been born into... More »

Paddington Bear's Creator Dies

Michael Bond was 91

(Newser) - It was a last-minute Christmas gift for his wife that inspired Michael Bond to create Paddington bear, the marmalade-loving teddy in a duffel coat and floppy hat. Bond would go on to see his creation enchant children for more than half a century and become an icon immortalized in print,... More »

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Author Dies

Robert Pirsig was 88

(Newser) - Robert M. Pirsig, whose philosophical novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance became a million-selling classic and cultural touchstone after more than 100 publishers turned it down, died Monday at age 88. Publishing house William Morrow announced that he died at his home in South Berwick, Maine, the AP... More »

Jane Austen Also Wrote Fake Wedding Notices

Her own included

(Newser) - Her heroines may have found advantageous marriages, but Jane Austen never did. That's precisely why records detailing the Pride and Prejudice author's impending nuptials to two separate men are so remarkable, according to historians. In honor of the 200th anniversary of the British author's death, Hampshire Archives... More »

Author of the Novel Critics Loved to Hate Is Dead

Robert James Waller wrote 'Bridges of Madison County'

(Newser) - Author Robert James Waller, whose best-selling 1992 novel The Bridges of Madison County was turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood and a Broadway musical, has died in Texas, according to his literary agency. He was 77. Lucy Childs of Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency said Waller... More »

Author's Joke at Her Home May Have Given Killer an Idea

'Great place to hide a body,' said Helen Bailey

(Newser) - While giving a tour of her $1.6 million home in 2013 with her partner in tow, children's author Helen Bailey noted that the cesspool beneath the garage would be a "good place to hide a body," according to court documents. Prosecutors said that's exactly how... More »

His Amazing Survival in 1939 Became a Kids' Classic

Donn Fendler, author of 'Lost on a Mountain in Maine,' is dead at 90

(Newser) - Donn Fendler was big national news back in 1939: The 12-year-old got separated from his family on a hike up Maine's highest mountain and became the subject of an increasingly desperate search. As the New York Times recounts, mothers across the US sent his mother prayers via Western Union.... More »

Popular Children's Author Leaves Dying Wish

Anna Dewdney, creator of the 'Llama Llama' series, died Saturday

(Newser) - A popular children's author had one final wish when she died Saturday after a battle with brain cancer: Instead of holding a funeral, read to a child. Today reports that 50-year-old Anna Dewdney became a household name with parents when she published her first Llama Llama book—Llama Llama ... More »

Are You the Heir of This Mystery Crime Author?

Publisher saving royalties for Clifton Robbins' relatives

(Newser) - If only the detective from Clifton Robbins' crime novels could hop off the page and give his new publisher a hand. Scott Pack of Canelo imprint Abandoned Bookshop has been searching high and low for Robbins' relatives after discovering the novelist's 80-year-old works and deciding to publish two as... More »

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