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She Was Set to Read to Kids, Got Derailed by Pottymouth

Texas school district cancels appearance by author Emma Straub over f-bomb-filled tweet

(Newser) - On Emma Straub's website , a write-up about her newly released children's book, Very Good Hats, notes that the "joyous and inventive read-aloud will inspire kids to see ordinary objects in a whole new way." Straub, the daughter of horror writer Peter Straub and author of such...

In His Books' Pages, the Working Class Came Alive

'Cloudsplitter,' 'Affliction' author Russell Banks is dead at 82

(Newser) - Russell Banks, an award-winning fiction writer who rooted such novels as Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter in the wintry, rural communities of his native Northeast and imagined the dreams and downfalls of everyone from modern blue-collar workers to the radical abolitionist John Brown in Cloudsplitter, has died. He was 82....

Emily St. John Mandel Ran Into Odd Snag After Divorce

Wikipedia still said she was married, and she couldn't change it herself

(Newser) - On the Wikipedia page for Emily St. John Mandel—the bestselling Canadian author of Sea of Tranquility, The Glass Hotel, and Station Eleven, the last of which was adapted into an HBO Max miniseries—it's noted under the "personal life" section that she separated from executive recruiter Kevin...

Renowned Sports Writer Collapses, Dies at World Cup

Grant Wahl, one of the best-known US journalists in the soccer world, is dead at 48

(Newser) - Grant Wahl, one of the most well-known soccer writers in the United States, died early Saturday in Qatar while covering the World Cup match between Argentina and the Netherlands. He was 48. US media seated near him said Wahl fell back in his seat in a section of Lusail Stadium...

Bush's 9/11 Condolences Came From Him
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Bush's 9/11 Condolences Came From Him

Presidential speechwriter, 'Washington Post' columnist Michael Gerson dies at 58

(Newser) - "This world He created is of moral design. Grief and tragedy and hatred are only for a time. Goodness, remembrance, and love have no end. And the Lord of life holds all who die and all who mourn." Those words spoken by then-President George W. Bush in the...

After Writing for The Office, He Took a Job at Macy's

Anthony Q. Farrell says he's working to improve diversity in TV writers rooms

(Newser) - Anthony Q. Farrell's first TV writing job was a big one. He worked as a staff writer and story editor on The Office from 2008 to 2009 until he was laid off amid the recession. It was two years before he found another job in his field, but Farrell...

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...

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,...

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...

Big-Name Writers Teaming Up on a Pandemic Novel

Including John Grisham and Margaret Atwood

(Newser) - One of the first novels about the pandemic will be a collaborative effort, with Margaret Atwood, John Grisham, and Celeste Ng among the writers, per the AP . The Authors Guild Foundation announced Thursday that it had reached a deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media to publish Fourteen Days:...

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...

NYT Writers Slam Cotton Op-Ed: It Puts Black Staff in Danger

Arkansas senator wants US military to handle George Floyd protests

(Newser) - In what Fox News calls an "open revolt," New York Times staffers pushed back on their employer after the paper published a Wednesday op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton titled "Send In the Troops." In his piece, the Arkansas senator argues for using the US military to...

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...

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...

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