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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...

Author Whose Novel Became 1994 Blockbuster Film Has Died

'Forrest Gump' author Winston Groom was 77

(Newser) - Winston Groom, the writer whose novel Forrest Gump was made into a six-Oscar winning 1994 movie that became a soaring pop cultural phenomenon, has died at age 77. Fairhope Mayor Karin Wilson said in a message on social media that Groom had died in the south Alabama town, the AP...

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...

She Did for Adults What Spock Did for Babies

Gail Sheehy, author of 'Passages,' is dead at 83

(Newser) - Gail Sheehy, the journalist, commentator, and pop sociologist whose best-selling Passages helped millions navigate their lives from early adulthood to middle age and beyond, has died at age 83, per the AP . Sheehy, widow of New York magazine founder Clay Felker, died Monday of complications from pneumonia in Southampton, New...

Goodbye, Magic School Bus Creator

Joanna Cole was 75

(Newser) - Sad news for fans of Ms. Frizzle: Joanna Cole, creator of the Magic School Bus series, has died. Publisher Scholastic says the 75-year-old died Sunday from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, the AP reports. Cole, a former school librarian and magazine editor who grew up in New Jersey, started writing children's...

Before Writing Little Women, She Cut Her Chops on This

Unfinished early work by Louisa May Alcott is published in Strand Magazine

(Newser) - The current issue of Strand Magazine (subscription) will give readers the chance to discover an obscure and unfinished Louisa May Alcott work of fiction—and to provide a conclusion themselves. Alcott's Aunt Nellie's Diary has rarely been seen since she drafted what may have been a novel or...

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...

Author: Flying Halfway Around the World Was 'Stupid'

Neil Gaiman says travel advisories had him 'panicked'

(Newser) - Neil Gaiman has apologized for his "stupid" decision to fly halfway around the world amid a pandemic. In a Thursday blog post , the English-born author wrote that he flew three weeks ago from New Zealand—where his wife and son remain—to London, then drove to his writing retreat...

Author's Murdered Wife, FBI Training Were All Made Up

Stephane Bourgoin was considered one of France's leading experts on serial killers

(Newser) - French author Stephane Bourgoin specializes in nonfiction—except when it comes to his own life story. The 67-year-old, long considered France's leading expert in serial killers, has confessed to lying extensively about his past, the Guardian reports. Bourgoin, author of more than 40 books about serial killers and criminal...

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...

Simone de Beauvoir Book to Be Released After 66 Years

It tells the story of a friendship that ended tragically

(Newser) - A new book from Simone de Beauvoir is going to reach readers 66 years after it was written—and 34 years after the feminist author's death. Publishers say The Inseparables tells the story of the writer's friendship with Elisabeth "Zaza" Lacoin, who died at 21 from viral...

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 ...

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'...

Anonymous Anti-Trump Author Says He Will Reveal Identity

'Donald Trump has not heard the last of me'

(Newser) - After much speculation about his identity , the anonymous author of A Warning had an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit and promised not to stay anonymous forever. "I am not afraid to use my own name to express concern about the current occupant of the Oval Office,"...

Man Who Cracked Primary Colors Thinks He Knows 'Anonymous'

Kusnet believes author is Mattis speechwriter

(Newser) - David Kusnet, the former Bill Clinton speechwriter who deduced that Joe Klein wrote Primary Colors, believes he has figured out the identity of another anonymous author. Kusnet writes in the New Republic that he strongly suspects, based on a "close reading of the text," that the author of...

Why Irish Politicians Are Seeking to Unearth James Joyce

They want him repatriated by 2022, but it won't be easy

(Newser) - James Joyce could be in for an international move some 70 years after his death. Officials in Ireland hope to dig up the country's "premier writer" in order to repatriate his remains and those of his wife, kept at a Swiss cemetery, before the 100th anniversary of Joyce'...

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