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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...

Same Classic Novel, Except for One Thing

In a first, Middlemarch, other books attributed to their female authors

(Newser) - One name has graced the cover of Middlemarch, one of the great British novels, since its publication 150 years ago. But it isn't that of the author. George Eliot is the male pen name of Mary Ann Evans, whose work might not have been accepted without it. It's...

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...

New Twilight Book Is a Different Kind of Follow-Up

Author Stephenie Meyer announces long-awaited novel

(Newser) - Stephenie Meyer's mystery countdown is over: After the final seconds ticked off, the Twilight author announced that the long-awaited next installment in her wildly popular saga will be out in August, reports the Guardian . But this is a different kind of follow-up: It's a retelling of the story...

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...

Stephen King Makes Big Move on Social Media

Author has quit Facebook over concerns on 'false information,' privacy

(Newser) - Last month, Facebook decided it wasn't going to bar or fact-check political ads during this election season, nor keep those ads from being targeted to certain groups of people. Now, partly based on that, Stephen King has made his own decision: He has left the social media site for...

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'...

That 'Handsome and Perceptive Lady' Has Died

Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison was 88

(Newser) - Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in Beloved, Song of Solomon, and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit of freedom within the boundaries of race, has died at age 88, reports the AP . Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced...

Author's Tale of Cozying Up to Serial Killers Now in Doubt

After the Yorkshire Ripper reportedly says he never met Paul Harrison

(Newser) - What is known for certain: That Paul Harrison was a UK cop who exited the force in 1999. What's all of the sudden much more murky: Whether the true-crime author's claims to have met and interviewed a series of serial killers actually ever happened. The Guardian reports Harrison'...

For First-Time US Author, a Life-Changing Surprise

Emily Ruskovich wins prestigious literary prize worth more than $100K

(Newser) - Lots of debut novelists would be happy if they won only good reviews. In this case, a young American writer just picked up the world's most lucrative prize for a single novel, reports the Guardian . Emily Ruskovich, 33, has won the International Dublin award, which comes with a payday...

Mystery Writer's Previous Day Job Costs Her

Group yanks prestigious award from Linda Fairstein over role in Central Park jogger case

(Newser) - "I'm pinching myself," Linda Fairstein wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning. And for good reason: The Mystery Writers of America had just bestowed on her its prestigious Grand Master honor. Just two days later, however, Fairstein was lamenting a different move by the MWA. In a first,...

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...

#CockyGate Has Romance Authors in a Tizzy

Battle rages over trademark on word 'cocky'

(Newser) - A strange fight is brewing in the world of romance novels over the word "cocky." Faleena Hopkins is the author of a 17-book series about the Cocker brothers, and all of those books have the word "cocky" in the title. Last month, Hopkins managed to trademark use...

Edward Albee Left a Controversial Final Wish

Playwright's will instructs executors to destroy all his unfinished manuscripts

(Newser) - When Franz Kafka died, he left instructions for his friend Max Brod to incinerate any incomplete works—a request Brod ignored, which led to the publishing of The Castle and The Trial, among other writings. Edward Albee also wanted to avoid such posthumous publications, and the New York Times reports...

Authors Are Writing 100 New Books—to Publish in 2114

Future Library will only unlock for future readers

(Newser) - Authors Margaret Atwood and David Mitchell have wrapped up new works of fiction, but unless there are major strides in longevity in the near future, you won't ever get to read them: They won't actually be released for another 98 years. Such is the plan of the Future...

Stephen King, Amy Tan Sign Writers' Petition Against Trump

Hundreds of writers "oppose, unequivocally, the candidacy of Donald J. Trump"

(Newser) - Ben Carson and Chris Christie are apparently Donald Trump fans (and Paul Ryan's still not sure ), but count Stephen King, Amy Tan, and Junot Diaz among those who definitely fall into the "Dump Trump" camp. They're among the hundreds of writers who've signed an...

JK Rowling Shares Harsh Rejection Letter ... a Recent One

An editor told her to attend a writer's course

(Newser) - Every good writer gets rejected, and JK Rowling may know that better than most. Despite selling 400 million copies of her Harry Potter books, she still had trouble getting her 2013 novel The Cuckoo's Calling published under pseudonym Robert Galbraith . In fact, she got some pretty "cringe-worthy" rejection...

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...

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