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'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...

'This Is Going to Be a Classic'

Douglas Stuart wins Booker Prize for 'Shuggie Bain,' his first published novel

(Newser) - Scottish writer Douglas Stuart won the Booker Prize for fiction Thursday for Shuggie Bain, the story of a boy's turbulent coming of age in hardscrabble 1980s Glasgow. Stuart, 44, won the prestigious $66,000 award for his first published novel, the product of a decade of work, the AP...

2 Big Names Make Unusual Headlines in Book World

Those names being Quentin Tarantino and Bret Easton Ellis

(Newser) - Tuesday brings two notable entries related to the world of publishing:
  • Quentin Tarantino: Tarantino may be a fixture in the world of movies, but he has scored a deal to write two books for HarperCollins, reports Deadline . The first will be a novelization of his film Once Upon a Time
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In Dylan Farrow's New Book, a Swipe at Woody Allen

Fantasy novel comes with an afterword that references 'false narrative' by 'powerful individual'

(Newser) - Dylan Farrow's fantasy novel debuts Tuesday, part of a campaign that Time calls a move back into the public eye "on her own terms." Hush's main character, Shae, takes on a slew of wizards (mostly male) who constantly try to gaslight her, a plot point Time ...

Ex Campaign Aide: Trump Wanted Ivanka as VP

Rick Gates says Trump floated idea of his daughter as running mate before picking Pence

(Newser) - Rick Gates, a key Trump campaign adviser in the run-up to the 2016 election, has a book coming out next month, and in it he makes a claim that, if true and if it had come to fruition, would've meant we'd be saying "Vice President Ivanka Trump"...

'Extraordinary' Demand for Obama Memoir Expected

No. 44's 'A Promised Land' is due out Nov. 17, right after the election

(Newser) - A release date has been set for the first part of former President Obama's memoir, and demand is expected to be "extraordinary," the New York Times reports. A Promised Land, the 768-page first installation of a two-volume set, will debut globally on Nov. 17 via Penguin Random...

Woodward Defends Withholding Trump Virus Remarks

Journalist argues full context was necessary

(Newser) - Bob Woodward has defended his decision to include President Trump's comments on the coronavirus in his upcoming book, rather than in an earlier news story, and he said it was a decision based on two factors. "The biggest problem I had, which is always a problem with Trump,...

Cohen: Falwell Endorsed Trump After Topless Photo 'Favor'

Falwell says there was 'no quid pro quo'

(Newser) - Michael Cohen did indeed suppress racy photos of Jerry Falwell Jr.'s wife before getting the evangelical leader to endorse President Trump in 2016, according to Cohen's new book, out Wednesday. In Disloyal: The Memoir, Trump's former fixer says he helped "kill" the photos of a...

21-Year-Old Author Nabs 7-Figure Deal

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé to release 2 young adult books, one with Black protagonists

(Newser) - A 21-year-old author has agreed to a seven-figure deal for a pair of young adult novels, per the AP . Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, announced Thursday that it would publish Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé's highly anticipated debut, the...

Sanders Reveals Trump Reaction to Kim Jong Un Flirting

'He f---ing hit on you!' ex-WH press secretary says he exclaimed in incident detailed in new book

(Newser) - Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been making the rounds of late to help her ex-boss stump for November. This week, however, the buzz around Sanders is focused on her upcoming memoir, a copy of which the Guardian got its hands on a few days before its...

Lost Colony of Roanoke's 'Mystery Is Over'

Colonists went off with their Native allies and didn't try to hide it, according to a new book

(Newser) - The legend goes that the Lost Colony of Roanoke might have been the first English settlement in North America had its inhabitants not mysteriously vanished. But "they were never lost … it was made up," researcher Scott Dawson tells the Virginian Pilot , concluding the colonists joined their indigenous...

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...

New Book of Bush Paintings Is an 'Emotional' One

No. 43 has created 43 portraits of immigrants in hardcover book due out in March

(Newser) - We've known for a while that George W. Bush took up painting after leaving the White House, but it's been some time since his art has made headlines. That's about to change with Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants, a new book by Bush...

Oprah's Book Club Pick Links Racist South, Nazis

'Caste' by Isabel Wilkerson 'could change the way we see each other'

(Newser) - If not for the coronavirus, Oprah Winfrey tells the AP , she'd be out in the streets and marching with the Black Lives Matter protesters. She has instead found other ways to add her voice. She's working with Lionsgate on a multimedia adaptation of the New York Times' "...

Goodnight Moon Gets a Modern Twist

'Good Morning Zoom' is a play off of 'Goodnight Moon' amid the pandemic

(Newser) - Goodnight Moon, meet Good Morning Zoom. The children's classic by Margaret Wise Brown is getting a pandemic-themed update. Philomel Books said Monday that Good Morning Zoom, written by Manhattan banking exec Lindsay Rechler, will be released on Oct. 6, reports the AP . Rechler has two children, ages 2 and...

Ex-FBI Agent: Trump Let Putin Outdo Stalin

Peter Strzok has a book coming out before the election

(Newser) - Another book critical of President Trump is coming before the election, this one by former FBI agent Peter Strzok , reports the AP . Strzok had been part of Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election until anti-Trump texts surfaced between him and a fellow agent. The counterintelligence...

'Explosive' Tell-All Involving Melania Is Coming

Former adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff left the East Wing in 2018

(Newser) - Mary Trump's book isn't the only tell-all about the Trump family due out before the election. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former aide to and confidante of Melania Trump, is set to release a book on Sept. 1. And it's said to be "explosive," reports the...

Books Are Vanishing in Hong Kong Libraries

Authorities are 'one step away from ... actual book banning,' says activist Joshua Wong

(Newser) - Now unavailable in Hong Kong libraries: books by leading democracy activists. At least nine titles by authors like Joshua Wong and Tanya Chan are disappearing from city libraries only days after China passed a severe national security law , the South China Morning Post reports. The agency in charge of Hong...

Trump on Accusation in Niece's Upcoming Book: 'Disgraceful'

President pushes back on allegation he 'derided' dad with Alzheimers, warns Mary Trump has NDA

(Newser) - A tell-all book by President Trump's niece is set to debut at the end of July, but it sounds as if the president may be gearing up for a legal fight. Last week, the Daily Beast reported that, per a source, Trump "appeared irked" at the prospect of...

Bolton: Trump Is Not 'Fit for Office'

Former national security adviser says all Trump decisions revolve around reelection prospects

(Newser) - John Bolton has begun doing interviews to promote his controversial new book , and one of the first is generating strong words. "I don't think he's fit for office," Bolton tells ABC News in regard to President Trump. "I don't think he has the competence...

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