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Rookie Novelist Scores a National Book Award

Gunty's 'The Rabbit Hutch' won fiction prize; Imani Perry won for nonfiction for 'South to America'

(Newser) - Tess Gunty's The Rabbit Hutch, a sweeping debut novel set in a low-income housing community in Indiana, has won the National Book Award for fiction. The 30-year-old Gunty was among three writers nominated for their first published books, per the AP . The nonfiction prize went to Imani Perry's...

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,...

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,...

Man Who Fled Nazi Germany Now Has a Bestseller

Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz's 'The Passenger' went out of print in early '40s, but now it's back

(Newser) - A novel that's made its way onto a UK bestseller list has finally found its place in the sun, eight decades after a mostly tepid reaction to its first printing. The Passenger, written by Germany's Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz in 1938, tells the story of Jewish businessman Otto Silbermann...

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...

Police Brutality Novel Coming Out, 80 Years Later

Richard Wright's 'The Man Who Lived Underground' involved a Black man framed for murder

(Newser) - By the 1940s, after the publication of Native Son, Richard Wright was the nation's most successful Black author, notes the Chicago Tribune . And yet when he submitted a novel called The Man Who Lived Underground, publishers balked because of its subject matter—racism and police brutality, reports Axios . Eight...

'Immersive Historical Saga' Coming Soon From Fergie

Romance novel based on Sarah Ferguson's ancestor will be published by Mills & Boon

(Newser) - An "immersive historical saga" with a lovestruck heroine is on its way to readers, and though the author is a rookie at writing romance novels—or any novels, for that matter—it's a name you'll recognize. Sky News reports the Duchess of York herself, Sarah Ferguson, has...

Meet Anthony Fauci, 1991 Romance Novel Hero

Doctor was 'a little embarrassed' that Sally Quinn based hero of 'Happy Endings' on him

(Newser) - Anthony Fauci is literally the stuff romance novels are made of. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was the inspiration for the erotic hero in Sally Quinn’s 1991 novel Happy Endings, in which widowed First Lady Sadie Grey falls for a sandy-haired NIH scientist...

Prophetic Book Saw All of This Coming

Saleema Nawaz's 'Songs for the End of the World' just came out as an e-book

(Newser) - Face masks, hoarding, social distancing—it all happened before … in Saleema Nawaz's mind. The Montreal author devoted six years of her life to a novel that looks a lot like our life with the coronavirus, the Globe & Mail reports. If this sounds exaggerated, consider that Songs for ...

Lost Chapter of World's First Novel Found in Chest

Family has been holding it for nearly 300 years

(Newser) - The chest was opened. And suddenly, a chapter has been added to the oldest known version of what's considered to be the world's first novel . The original manuscript of the Tale of Genji—telling of the political and romantic life of Genji, the son of an ancient Japanese...

Clinton-Patterson Thriller Jumps to the Top on Amazon

'The President is Missing' posted the biggest first week for adult fiction since Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman'

(Newser) - Bill Clinton's debut novel had the year's biggest opening so far for a work of fiction, reports the AP . The President is Missing, a thriller he co-wrote with James Patterson, sold 250,000 copies its first week. Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Co., the book's...

Clinton's Next Book: a Thriller Written With James Patterson

Yes, really

(Newser) - Bill Clinton's books: a 1,000-page autobiography , a couple of treatises on his political philosophy, books on the importance of giving and government , and ... a thriller? Yes, Clinton is collaborating with best-selling novelist James Patterson on The President Is Missing, due out June 2018, the AP reports. The book...

Grad Student Keeps Finding Lost Whitman Works

This time Zachary Turpin tracked down novel originally printed in a NY newspaper

(Newser) - A University of Houston grad student poking around in the Library of Congress' archives stumbled across a long-lost novel from the mid-19th century—and it's a discovery the editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review tells the Houston Chronicle is "going to change everything we thought we knew"...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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