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Author Thomas Berger Has Died

5773_18732391American novelist Thomas Berger has died. He was 89 years old.

The New York Times has more details: “His agent, Cristina Concepcion, said she learned of his death, at Nyack Hospital, on Monday. Mr. Berger lived in Grand View, a village in Rockland County, N.Y., where he had remained fiercely protective of his privacy.”

Berger was the author of twenty-three novels which also included: Best Friends; Meeting Evil; Adventures of the Artificial Woman and The Feud, which earned him a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 1983. He was best known for the book Little Big Man, which was adapted into a film starring Dustin Hoffman in 1970. The novel explores Western mythology through the eyes of 121-year-old white man that was raised by Native Americans.

George R.R. Martin & Robin Hobb To Appear Together in London Next Month

martinhobbsFamed sci-fi authors George R.R. Martin and Robin Hobb are getting together for a live event in London on August 19th. At the event, the two authors discuss “how they build their fictional universes, create their characters and balance fantasy and reality.”

Publisher HarperVoyager UK revealed the news on Twitter today.

The event will take place at a venue in Central London. Tickets will go on sale later this week. The tickets will cost £45 each and will include a hardcover edition of Hobb’s latest novel Fool’s Assassin.

Australian Author Among the Victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

0002030..jpgAustralian author Liam Davison was among those that died in the Malaysia Airlines Flight that was shot down over the Ukraine last week.

Davidson was the author of five books including: The Velodrome, Soundings and The White Woman. He had also published two collections of short stories including The Shipwreck Party.

According to the bio on Penguin Books Australia’s website, Davison was awarded the National Book Council’s Banjo Award for Fiction in 1993 and was shortlisted for several literary prizes such as The Age Book of the Year Award and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award.

Fifteen Unpublished Elmore Leonard Stories to be Published Posthumously

authorWeidenfeld & Nicolson and The Orion Publishing Group will publish fifteen previously unpublished stories by the late author Elmore Leonard.

The stories, which will be published in conjunction with HarperCollins, are slated for publication in the fall of 2015.

The works come from Leonard’s early years. Here is more detail from ElmoreLeonard.com: “Largely written during his years as a copywriter at a Detroit advertising agency, these stories find Leonard exploring far-flung locations – from the bars of small-town New Mexico to a military base in Kuala Lumpur – and unforgettable characters, several of whom recur in his published work. With razor-sharp dialogue and headlong pacing, these stories reveal a master who honed his craft from a very young age.”

 

 

Gene Luen Yang: ‘Our world is colorful, so our books should be too.’

Gene Luen YangWhen we last spoke with graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, his advice for writers is to “give up TV.” Since then, he has been hard at work on a collaborative project with artist Sonny Liew reviving the story of an Asian American superhero called The Green Turtle. First Second, an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, released the print edition of The Shadow Hero earlier this week. We spoke with Yang (pictured, via) to learn his insights on diversity, collaboration, and mapping out a career in publishing. Here are the highlights…

Q: How did you land your first official book deal?
A: My very first book deal was for a two-issue comic book miniseries called Duncan’s Kingdom. It was written by me and drawn by the amazingly talented Derek Kirk Kim. It was published by Image Comics in the late 90’s. The story is now a part of The Eternal Smile, published by First Second Books.

A friend of ours named Jimmie Robinson was already published by Image. Jimmie has done several comics through the years, including Bomb Queen, Evil & Malice, and Five Weapons. He sent our submission directly to his editor. Throughout my cartooning career, friends have played key roles.

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Jon Stewart To Hillary Clinton: “No One Cares About Your Book”

Hillary Clinton was on the Jon Stewart Show last night to discuss her new book Hard Choices.

After making a joke about how long the book is, Stewart came right out and said that no one cares about the book, “They just want to know if you’re running for president,” he said. The former Secretary of State danced around the question and hinted at her interest without confirming that she is running for president.

We’ve embedded the video above for you to check out.

How to be Lena Dunham’s Opening Act on Her Book Tour

lena-300x300Girls creator Lena Dunham is going on a tour to promote her new book Not That Kind of Girl, and you can apply to be her opening act in your local city.

Check it out: “Think you’d make a great opening act for one of Lena’s events? Show us what you’ve got! Submit a video demonstrating your talent (singing, comedy, musical spoons, etc) under your local city where available. Your act must be 3 – 5 minutes and able to be performed with a limited set (AKA a solo microphone and a stage). We want to keep it local, so we ask that you reside within a 75 mile radius of the event city for which you are submitting your talent.”

You have until 11:59pm ET on August 1st to apply. Follow this link to apply.

David Mitchell is Publishing His New Short Story Live on Twitter

davidmitchellBritish author David Mitchell is taking to Twitter to publish his latest short story. He began the project today under the hashtag #THERIGHTSORT. You can read the story at this link.

The story is told from the point of view of a boy who is high on his mother’s Valium. “He likes Valium because it reduces the bruising hurly-burly of the world into orderly, bite-sized ‘pulses’. So the boy is essentially thinking and experiencing in Tweets,” Mitchell told The Guardian. “My hope is then that the rationale for deploying Twitter comes from inside the story, rather than it being imposed by me, from outside, as a gimmick.”

Here is an excerpt:

Mitchell is not the first author to experiment with Twitter as a story telling platform.

Nobel Prize Winning Author Nadine Gordimer Has Died

445976Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer has died. The South African writer was 90 years old.

Gordimer, who was best known for speaking out against apartheid, wrote more than 30 books, including: The ConservationistWhat Happened to Burger’s Daughter Or How South African Censorship WorksSomething Out There and July’s People. She also published a number of short story collections including: No Place Like: Selected StoriesFace to Face: Short Stories and Reflections of South Africa.

Gordimer was the recipient of the Booker Prize in 1974 and the Nobel Prize for literature in 1991. In 2003, she won the Mary McCarthy Award and in 2008, she was shortlisted for the Best of the Booker prize.

Authors Guild Calls Amazon eBook Offer in Hachette Dispute “Highly Disingenuous”

authors_guildWhile Amazon’s latest offer in its ongoing dispute with the Hachette Book Group may look like they are trying to be more friendly towards authors, the Authors Guild isn’t buying it.

Essentially on Tuesday, Amazon told Hachette that they would restock their author’s books if the publishers promised to give the authors 100 percent of the revenues on eBooks sold until the dispute between the companies is resolved.

Richard Russo, novelist and co-Vice President of the Authors Guild, published an open letter to Amazon responding to the offer and calling the offer “highly disingenuous.” Read more

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