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Crichton's Books Written as 'John Lange' See New Life

Blackstone acquires rights to 8 early novels in 7-figure deal, will publish new editions

(Newser) - The early writings of Michael Crichton look destined for the big screen following a seven-figure deal announced Tuesday. The late Jurassic Park author's estate sold the worldwide print, e-book, and audiobook rights to Crichton's first eight novels—unconnected pieces of fiction across various genres, written under the pseudonym...

Book Becomes Bestseller After Author's Daughter Posts TikTok Video

She said her dad worked on 'Stone Maidens' for 14 years and she'd 'love to see some sales'

(Newser) - Vermont man Lloyd Devereux Richards has become a bestselling author 25 years after he started working on Stone Maidens, a thriller about an FBI forensic anthropologist trying to track down a mysterious killer. The book hit No. 1 on Amazon's Serial Killer Thrillers list and cracked the overall top...

She Was Set to Read to Kids, Got Derailed by Pottymouth

Texas school district cancels appearance by author Emma Straub over f-bomb-filled tweet

(Newser) - On Emma Straub's website , a write-up about her newly released children's book, Very Good Hats, notes that the "joyous and inventive read-aloud will inspire kids to see ordinary objects in a whole new way." Straub, the daughter of horror writer Peter Straub and author of such...

Author's Husband: We Faked Her Death to Save Her Life

'New York Times' uncovers the strange tale of romance writer Susan Meachen

(Newser) - Earlier this month, a strange story made headlines from the world of self-publishing romance novelists. Author Susan Meachen reemerged online two years after an online post written by her daughter suggested Meachen had committed suicide. Meachen's reentry into the public caused shock and outrage among fellow writers, some of...

In His Books' Pages, the Working Class Came Alive

'Cloudsplitter,' 'Affliction' author Russell Banks is dead at 82

(Newser) - Russell Banks, an award-winning fiction writer who rooted such novels as Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter in the wintry, rural communities of his native Northeast and imagined the dreams and downfalls of everyone from modern blue-collar workers to the radical abolitionist John Brown in Cloudsplitter, has died. He was 82....

Author Emerges Years After Apparent Suicide. It Doesn't Go Well
Author Emerges Years
After Apparent Suicide.
It Doesn't Go Well
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Author Emerges Years After Apparent Suicide. It Doesn't Go Well

'Let the fun begin,' Susan Meachen apparently wrote on Facebook, to fans' horror

(Newser) - For more than two years, the Facebook page of self-published author Susan Meachen has served as something of a shrine, used to promote her romance novels and share posts about suicide prevention. In October 2020, a person claiming to be Meachen's daughter posted from Meachen's account, announcing the...

Emily St. John Mandel Ran Into Odd Snag After Divorce

Wikipedia still said she was married, and she couldn't change it herself

(Newser) - On the Wikipedia page for Emily St. John Mandel—the bestselling Canadian author of Sea of Tranquility, The Glass Hotel, and Station Eleven, the last of which was adapted into an HBO Max miniseries—it's noted under the "personal life" section that she separated from executive recruiter Kevin...

Literary Mansion Sells for $3.8M, but Tenants Won't Go

Evelyn Waugh lived at Piers Court for 19 years

(Newser) - The author Evelyn Waugh wrote Brideshead Revisited in an eight-bedroom mansion he lived in for 19 years in the UK's Cotswolds region, and what's happening at the home now is entirely plot-worthy. Former BBC Worldwide/Sony Entertainment exec Jason Blain bought Piers Court in 2019 for £2.9m...

She Was Disappointed by Turnout at Her Book Signing. 'Join the Club,' Authors Said

Margaret Atwood, Stephen King were among many who shared their experiences

(Newser) - After the first official book signing for her debut novel was a bust, fantasy author Chelsea Banning shared her disappointment on Twitter—and was surprised when numerous best-selling writers, including Steven King and Margaret Atwood said, "Welcome to the club." The Saturday event at a bookstore in Ashtabula,...

Tom Hanks Is a Novelist Now
Tom Hanks, Novelist

Tom Hanks, Novelist

Actor's first one comes out next year

(Newser) - Tom Hanks' next big venture has no hope of winning him an Oscar—unless it's adapted into a film. The 66-year-old actor is writing his first novel, one that's due out in May 2023, reports People . The book is called The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece,...

Death of Hilary Mantel 'an Enormous Loss to Literature'

British writer who wrote historical fiction about Thomas Cromwell suffered a stroke

(Newser) - Hilary Mantel, the Booker Prize-winning author of the acclaimed Wolf Hall saga, has died. She was 70. Mantel died "suddenly yet peacefully," surrounded by close family and friends, publisher HarperCollins said Friday, per the AP . Her longtime literary agent, Bill Hamilton, confirmed to the New York Times that...

Agent on Rushdie: 'The News Is Not Good'

Author will likely lose an eye, suffered severed nerves in arm, damaged liver, says Andrew Wylie

(Newser) - One day after he was stabbed while onstage at New York state's Chautauqua Institution to give a lecture, Salman Rushdie is hooked up to a ventilator and not able to talk, his agent says, per the BBC . "The news is not good," Andrew Wylie told the New ...

Author of Girls Guide Bestseller Dies at 61
Girls Guide
Author
Melissa Bank
Dies at 61
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Girls Guide Author Melissa Bank Dies at 61

Creator of bestseller from 1999 had lung cancer

(Newser) - Melissa Bank, whose 1999 bestseller The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing was a series of interconnected stories praised for its wit and precise language and embraced by young readers, has died at age 61. Viking Books announced that Bank died Tuesday in East Hampton, New York, per the AP...

Oprah Gives Teen Author 'Surprise of a Lifetime'

Leila Mottley, 19, is youngest-ever Book Club pick

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey has chosen 19-year-old Leila Mottley's Nightcrawling, a debut novel about a young Black woman from East Oakland and her battles with poverty, racism, and the police, for her next book club pick. A spokesperson for Winfrey said Mottley is the youngest author ever selected for Oprah’s...

Twitter Spat Costs Author Literary Prize Nomination

Lauren Hough, a lesbian, says she was wrongly painted as transphobic

(Newser) - A New York Times best-selling author says her debut memoir has been removed from contention for a Lambda Literary Award following a dust-up on Twitter. Lauren Hough's essay collection Leaving Isn't The Hardest Thing—including tales from her time as a cult member, Air Force airman, cable guy,...

2 Books Due Out From Pulitzer Winner Cormac McCarthy

'The Passenger' and 'Stella Maris' will be first fiction from McCarthy since 2006's 'The Road'

(Newser) - Cormac McCarthy has two novels coming out this fall, his first fiction releases since the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Road in 2006. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced Tuesday that The Passenger, a long-rumored novel about "morality and science" and "the legacy of sin" that McCarthy reportedly began decades ago,...

Satirist PJ O'Rourke Dead at 74
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PJ O'Rourke Dies
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Irreverent Author PJ O'Rourke Dies

Conservative satirist was 74

(Newser) - PJ O'Rourke, the prolific author and satirist who re-fashioned the irreverence and “Gonzo” journalism of the 1960s counterculture into a distinctive brand of conservative and libertarian commentary, has died at age 74. O'Rourke died Tuesday morning, according to Grove Atlantic Inc. Books publisher and president Morgan Entrekin....

8-Year-Old Sneaks Self-Made Comic Book Onto Library Shelf
8-Year-Old Sneaks Self-Made
Comic Book Onto Library Shelf
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8-Year-Old Sneaks Self-Made Comic Book Onto Library Shelf

Now there's a waiting list for Dillon Helbig's graphic novel in Boise, Idaho

(Newser) - Who needs a literary agent? Not this 8-year-old author from Boise, Idaho, who just self-published and promoted his comic book in a most unique way. Turns out Dillon Helbig snuck a copy of his DIY comic, The Adventures of Dillon Helbig's Crismis—by "Dillon His Self"—onto...

'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
Life in the Wild
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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...

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