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'The World Is a Lesser Place Today Because She Is Gone'

Author bell hooks has died at the age of 69

(Newser) - bell hooks, the groundbreaking author, educator, and activist whose explorations of how race, gender, economics, and politics were intertwined made her among the most influential thinkers of her time, has died. She was 69. In a statement issued through William Morrow Publishers, hooks' family announced that she died Wednesday in...

Hatchet Author Gary Paulsen Dead at 82
He Taught a
Generation About
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He Taught a Generation About Life in the Wild

'Hatchet' author Gary Paulsen dies at 82

(Newser) - Gary Paulsen, the beloved author of more than 200 books about adventure and survival in the wilderness, died Wednesday, according to Publishers Weekly . He was 82. It's sad news not only for those who knew the three-time Newbery Honor author—including his wife, the artist and author Ruth Wright...

Only Known Recording of JD Salinger Will Be Burned

Woman who secretly made it plans to be cremated with tape

(Newser) - Only one recording of JD Salinger is known to exist, but its days are numbered. In an interview with Bloomberg , the woman who made the secret tape more than four decades ago says she plans to have it cremated with her when she dies. Bette Eppes, then a 40-year-old reporter...

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...

Bridgerton Author Says Drunk Driver Killed Her Father, Sister

'I have lost my father, and I don't have my sister with whom to grieve,' Julia Quinn says

(Newser) - "I have lost my father, and I don't have my sister with whom to grieve," Bridgerton author Julia Quinn said in a Facebook post Wednesday night. She said father Steve Cotler, 77, and sister Ariana Cotler, 37, were killed in a crash involving a drunk driver in...

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...

Stacey Abrams Romance Novels See New Light of Day

Woman of varied talents has new thriller coming out, to be followed by romance reissues

(Newser) - Plenty of people know Stacey Abrams, the political organizer, voting rights activist, and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate. Soon, many more will get to know Abrams, the romance novelist . Penguin Random House imprint Berkley has obtained the rights to the first three romance novels Abrams wrote more than 20 years ago...

Meghan Markle Is Soon to Be a Published Author

Duchess' first children's book, inspired by her family, is due out June 8

(Newser) - Meghan Markle can add a new job title to her resume: that of children's author. The Duchess of Sussex will release her first children's book, The Bench, on June 8, reports the Independent . The illustrated story about a "special bond between father and son” told from the...

Author Michael Lewis Finds Heroes, Villains in Pandemic

His book 'The Premonition,' amounts to an indictment of the CDC's response

(Newser) - Those familiar with the books of Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Big Short, The Blind Side, etc.) know that he loves finding a hero "who gives a defiant middle finger to the conventional wisdom," writes Jennifer Szalai in the New York Times . His latest book, The Premonition , follows...

True-Crime Case Has Nearly Destroyed Best-Selling Author

'Water for Elephants' writer Sara Gruen became obsessed with proving a man's innocence

(Newser) - Sara Gruen became a best-selling author in 2006 with her novel Water for Elephants, which was later turned into a movie. Gruen has received tons of fan mail over the years, including a 2015 letter from convicted murderer Charles Murdoch, who is imprisoned in California. The letter struck a chord...

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...

Vow of Celibacy Taught Me to Love Myself
Author
Explains Her
Vow of Celibacy
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Author Explains Her Vow of Celibacy

Paula McClain discusses sex abuse as a child

(Newser) - When Paula McClain came out of a two-year relationship in 2019, she heard familiar voices "telling me that all I needed to do was try again with the next one, the right one." Instead, The Paris Wife author opted for celibacy. After "two failed marriages" and "...

Author of Children's Classic Phantom Tollbooth Dies

Norton Juster was 91

(Newser) - Norton Juster, the celebrated children's author who fashioned a world of his own in the classic The Phantom Tollbooth and went on to write such favorites as The Dot and the Line and Stark Naked, has died at 91. Juster's death at his Massachusetts home was confirmed Tuesday...

For Hillary Clinton, Next Gig Is a 'Dream Come True'

Former secretary of state is co-authoring 'State of Terror,' a political thriller, with Louise Penny

(Newser) - First lady, senator, secretary of state, presidential nominee, and now, author of an "international political thriller." That's the latest addition to Hillary Clinton's CV, per Axios , which reports that Clinton is partnering with writer Louise Penny, a longtime pal, to pen State of Terror, due out...

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...

Gail Sheehy, Author of Influential Passages , Is Dead
She Did for Adults What
Spock Did for Babies
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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...

Magic School Bus Creator Dies
Goodbye, Magic
School Bus
Creator
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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...

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