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Tom Hanks Is a Novelist Now
Tom Hanks, Novelist

Tom Hanks, Novelist

Actor's first one comes out next year

(Newser) - Tom Hanks' next big venture has no hope of winning him an Oscar—unless it's adapted into a film. The 66-year-old actor is writing his first novel, one that's due out in May 2023, reports People . The book is called The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece,...

Death of Hilary Mantel 'an Enormous Loss to Literature'

British writer who wrote historical fiction about Thomas Cromwell suffered a stroke

(Newser) - Hilary Mantel, the Booker Prize-winning author of the acclaimed Wolf Hall saga, has died. She was 70. Mantel died "suddenly yet peacefully," surrounded by close family and friends, publisher HarperCollins said Friday, per the AP . Her longtime literary agent, Bill Hamilton, confirmed to the New York Times that...

2K Irish Artists Now Getting Universal Basic Income

3-year pilot program could transform lives, boost sector, backers say

(Newser) - Ireland's government has begun paying $325 per week to 2,000 artists—including actors, musicians, writers, and painters—as part of a research program on the effects of universal basic income. The 707 visual artists, 584 musicians, 204 film artists, 184 writers, 173 theater artists, 32 dancers and choreographers,...

2 Books Due Out From Pulitzer Winner Cormac McCarthy

'The Passenger' and 'Stella Maris' will be first fiction from McCarthy since 2006's 'The Road'

(Newser) - Cormac McCarthy has two novels coming out this fall, his first fiction releases since the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Road in 2006. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced Tuesday that The Passenger, a long-rumored novel about "morality and science" and "the legacy of sin" that McCarthy reportedly began decades ago,...

At 63, Gabriel Garcia Marquez Had an Affair—and a Daughter

AP confirms what was an open secret among family

(Newser) - For decades renowned Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez kept the public from knowing about an intimate aspect of his life: He had a daughter with a Mexican writer, with whom he had an extramarital affair in the early 1990s. The closely guarded secret was published by Colombian newspaper...

Critics Slam Men Who Won $1.2M Literary Prize: 'Scammers'

'Carmen Mola,' believed to have been a woman, is actually trio of middle-aged Spanish screenwriters

(Newser) - The Beast, a gruesome historical thriller about a serial killer in the 1830s, has won one of Spain's top literary prizes, and its author, Carmen Mola—a popular writer known for the "strong female protagonists" in her crime novels, per the Washington Post —was supposed to show...

Remember 'Cat Person'? The Backstory Just Got Weird

Alexis Nowicki says Kristen Roupenian based short story on her

(Newser) - More than three years ago, at the peak of the #MeToo movement, a short story in the New Yorker went viral, earning Kristen Roupenian a book contract and movie deal . This week, however, a swerve: In an essay for Slate , Alexis Nowicki says the main female character in Roupenian's...

Restored Novel by Late Author a 'Profound Critique of Racism'

Richard Wright's 'The Man Who Lived Underground' is already a bestseller

(Newser) - More than 60 years after his death, Richard Wright is again a bestselling author, and very much in line with the present. The Man Who Lived Underground, a short novel written in the 1940s and never published in full until this spring, is the surreal but credible story of Fred...

She Began as a Librarian. Then She Gave the World 'Ramona'

Children's author Beverly Cleary dies at 104

(Newser) - Beverly Cleary, the celebrated children's author whose memories of her Oregon childhood were shared with millions through the likes of Ramona and Beezus Quimby and Henry Huggins, has died. She was 104. Cleary's publisher HarperCollins announced Friday that the author died Thursday in Carmel Valley, Calif., where she'...

Writer Who Captured the 'American Experience' Dead at 84

Larry McMurtry won Pulitzer for 'Lonesome Dove,' Oscar for 'Brokeback Mountain' screenplay

(Newser) - He was a novelist, screenwriter, and nonfiction author, known for several books that ended up adapted for the big screen. Larry McMurtry, described by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the most acclaimed writers of the American experience," died at the age of 84 on Thursday at...

He Called Poland's President a 'Moron,' Now Faces Prison

Writer Jakub Zulczyk apparently violated article making it a crime to insult the head of state

(Newser) - A popular Polish writer is facing a potential sentence of up to three years in prison for calling the nation's president a "moron" on social media, per the AP . Jakub Zulczyk had criticized the manner in which Polish President Andrzej Duda—a close ally of former President Trump—...

Bestselling Novelist Eric Jerome Dickey Dead at 59

He died from cancer on Sunday

(Newser) - Eric Jerome Dickey, the bestselling novelist who blended crime, romance, and eroticism in Sister, Sister; Waking With Enemies; and dozens of other stories about contemporary Black life, has died at age 59. Dickey's publicist at Penguin Random House told the AP that the author died of cancer Sunday in...

Boy, 4, Lands Book Deal
Boy, 4, Lands Book Deal

Boy, 4, Lands Book Deal

Nadim Shamma-Sourgen writes 'purely childlike' poems

(Newser) - Not many poets try picking their nose on national television. But then, Nadim Shamma-Sourgen doesn't have much media experience: He just landed his first book deal at the age of four, the Guardian reports. "The poems talk about such important feelings, like love and loneliness, and Nadim finds...

JK Rowling's Idea for Kids in Lockdown Starts Today

She'll be releasing 'The Ickabog,' a 'political fairy tale,' in 34 free installments ahead of print edition

(Newser) - JK Rowling is set to release her first children's book unrelated to the Harry Potter series—and this time it's free. The Ickabog, a fairy tale "about truth and the abuse of power" in an imaginary land, written "in fits and starts" between the Harry Potter...

Fan Asks JK Rowling to 'Tell Me the Truth.' So She Did

Author reveals 'true birthplace' of her 'Harry Potter' books: a London apartment

(Newser) - On Thursday, a Harry Potter fan implored JK Rowling on Twitter to "tell me the truth"—and she did, with a reveal that may have surprised many readers. CNN notes that the initial tweet included a picture of the Elephant House, a coffeehouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, which has...

Neil Gaiman: A Hacker Did This to Me
Neil Gaiman:
A Hacker Did
This to Me

Neil Gaiman: A Hacker Did This to Me

The 'American Gods' author sees his marital woes go public

(Newser) - Really, I was hacked. That's all it is. So said Neil Gaiman after his Goodreads account showed he was reading the book Splitting: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder while his marriage fell into disarray, Mashable reports. His marital woes became public recently when...

At Age 4, He Knew He'd Write. His Creation: a Famous Witch

'Strega Nona' author Tomie dePaola dies at age 85 after complications, surgery following a bad fall

(Newser) - Tomie dePaola, the prolific children's author and illustrator who delighted generations with tales of Strega Nona, the kindly and helpful old witch in Italy, died Monday at age 85 at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, according to his literary agent. He was badly injured in a fall...

World War Z Author Calls Out 'Onion of Layered Lies'

Max Brooks says government could've prevented much of the current panic

(Newser) - Of the coronavirus-themed celebrity PSAs released so far, Max Brooks' entry with his famous dad Mel—in which the two communicate with each other through a sliding-glass door—has become one of the most shared . The author of 2006's apocalyptic World War Z explains to SYFY Wir e that...

She Helped Invent the Modern Romance Novel
Romance
'Came Out
of Me,' She
Said. Now
She's Gone
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Romance 'Came Out of Me,' She Said. Now She's Gone

Johanna Lindsey died this year at age 67

(Newser) - One of the world's best-loved romance writers is gone. Johanna Lindsey—whose pirates, aristocrats, and brave heroines sold at least 60 million copies—died earlier this year with stage 4 lung cancer, the New York Times reports. She was only 67. "Since I was old enough to appreciate...

Centuries-Old Manuscript Has a Surprising Author

Queen Elizabeth I's messy handwriting was the big giveaway, historian says

(Newser) - In what the Daily Express is calling a "royal bombshell," a centuries-old manuscript recently unearthed in a UK library turns out to have been penned by someone rather unexpected. The 42-page text, a translation of a book by the Roman historian Tacitus, has taken up residence at London'...

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