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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'... More »

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,"... More »

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... More »

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'... More »

Students React to Writer's Talk by Burning Her Book

Jennine Capó Crucet was speaking out against white privilege

(Newser) - A visiting novelist at Georgia Southern University inspired such debate Wednesday that some students set her book on fire, BuzzFeed reports. Jennine Capó Crucet told a student audience about her novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers, which depicts a Cuban American girl trying to fit in with a privileged, mostly... More »

Why the Name 'Cokie'? Blame Her Brother

Acclaimed journalist and author Cokie Roberts is dead at 75

(Newser) - Acclaimed journalist and author Cokie Roberts has died at age 75 of complications from breast cancer, reports ABC News . Roberts had been diagnosed back in 2002, and in August she sought to reassure worried fans after she appeared on the news program This Week. "Over the summer, I have... More »

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... More »

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'... More »

Judith Krantz Dies at 91

Steamy romance novelist didn't start writing until she was 50

(Newser) - Writer Judith Krantz, whose million-selling novels such as Scruples and Princess Daisy engrossed readers worldwide with their steamy tales of the rich and beautiful, died Saturday at her Bel-Air home. She was 91. Krantz's son Tony Krantz, a TV executive, confirmed her death by natural causes on Sunday afternoon.... More »

Author Dropped After Tweet Wants $13M From Publisher

Natasha Tynes posted a photo of a Metro worker eating on train

(Newser) - An author who faced a social media backlash over a tweet shaming a DC Metro worker for eating on a train has sued her publisher for canceling her book deal. The $13 million suit says Rare Bird Books breached its contract and defamed Natasha Tynes, destroying her reputation, the Washington ... More »

Author Gets Unpleasant Surprise During Radio Interview

BBC interviewer points out errors in Naomi Wolf's book on homosexuality

(Newser) - Author Naomi Wolf went on BBC radio to plug her new book, which details harsh punishments homosexuals faced in 19th-century England. The problem? Interviewer Matthew Sweet pointed out two fundamental errors in Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalization of Love, per Boing Boing . For instance, Wolf talked about how she... More »

Author's Train Tweet May Cost Her a Book Deal

Natasha Tynes posted photo of worker eating on DC train, is accused of public shaming

(Newser) - A writer on the verge of releasing her debut novel is facing a backlash after she posted a picture on Twitter of a public transit worker eating on a train and gave details to the woman's bosses. Natasha Tynes apologized a day later on Twitter and deleted her post... More »

'Voice of Wandering Evangelicals' Dies at 37

Popular Christian author Rachel Held Evans dies of complications of infection and brain seizures

(Newser) - Progressive Christian author Rachel Held Evans, who the New York Times says "gave voice to a generation of wandering evangelicals wrestling with their faith," died in Tennessee on Saturday after spending two weeks in a hospital for treatment for an infection and brain seizures. She was 37. Sarah... More »

Kafka's Long-Hidden Works Could Soon See Daylight

Untouched papers are in Swiss deposit box

(Newser) - A long-hidden trove of unpublished works by Franz Kafka could soon be revealed following a decade-long battle over his literary estate that has drawn comparisons to some of his surreal tales. A district court in Zurich upheld Israeli verdicts in the case last week, ruling that several safe deposit boxes... More »

Million-Dollar Author Admits to a Big Lie

Dan Mallory says he never really had cancer

(Newser) - A best-selling author who apparently likes lying about himself has admitted to a whopper: He never really had brain cancer, the BBC reports. Dan Mallory's admission came in response to a New Yorker profile about his many alleged fabrications. "I felt intensely ashamed of my psychological struggles—they... More »

Novelist's Insane Poisoning Tale Isn't From Her Books

Sherrilyn Kenyon describes broken bones, shattered teeth in lawsuit against her husband

(Newser) - You'd be forgiven for assuming Sherrilyn Kenyon's tale about a conspiracy and poisoning comes from one of the fantasy author's best-selling novels. It instead makes up a lawsuit brought by Kenyon against her husband, whom she accuses of conspiring with his assistant to poison her over three... More »

Alice Walker, New York Times Take Flak on Book Comments

Author mentions reading a book deemed anti-Semitic, and no context is provided by Times

(Newser) - The New York Times is standing by its Q&A with Pulitzer-winning author Alice Walker despite complaints about her comments on a book by an accused anti-Semite. The 74-year-old author of The Color Purple told the newspaper's By the Book column that was she was currently reading David Icke'... More »

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,... More »

Romance Novelist Accused of Murdering Her Husband

Author Nancy Brophy allegedly shot her chef husband in Oregon

(Newser) - A romance novelist might've been better suited to the crime genre, according to Oregon authorities who accuse Nancy Crampton-Brophy of killing her chef husband. The 68-year-old, who writes under the name Nancy Brophy, was arraigned on charges of murder and unlawful use of a weapon Thursday, three months after... More »

Hemingway Short Story Published After 62 Years

A Room on the Garden Side is set in postwar Paris

(Newser) - The themes and trappings are familiar for an Ernest Hemingway narrative: Paris, wartime, talk of books and wine, and the scars of battle. But the story itself has been little known beyond the scholarly community for decades: A Room on the Garden Side, written in 1956 and set in the... More »

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