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Al Zuckerman Steps Down as Writers House Chairman

Literary agent Al Zuckerman will no longer serve as chairman of Writers House, the major agency he founded in 1974.

Current Writers House president Amy Berkower will serve as the new chairman and Simon Lipskar will be the agency’s president. Zuckerman will maintain his list of authors, including: Ken Follett, Stephen Hawking, Michael Lewis and the estates of Hermann Hesse.

Here’s more about his career, from the release: “Under his guidance, Writers House has grown from a closet-like space on West 42nd Street in New York City to two Victorian buildings on West 26th Street erected for the Astor family in 1872, with offices also in London and San Diego. Its staff has grown from one to 43, eight of whom have been with the company for more than 25 years.”

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Stephen Hawking vs. Colton Burpo: Is Heaven For Real?

 

In the video embedded above, ABC News pitted a 12-year-old boy from a bestselling book against a physicist with some bestselling books, asking the classic question: “Does heaven exist?”

On Sunday, Stephen Hawking told The Guardian: “I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”

Journalist Diane Sawyer challenged the physicist through an interview with Colton Burpo,  the boy who recounted his near-death experience and trip to heaven in the popular book, Heaven Is for Real. What’s your opinion about the newest installment of this age-old debate?

Stephen Hawking to Publish New Book

hawking.jpgToday Bantam Dell announced that they will publish a new book by physicist Stephen Hawking about “the ultimate mysteries of the universe.” Entitled The Grand Design, the book is scheduled to be published September 7th.

The book will be co-written by physicist Leonard Mlodinow, author of The Drunkard’s Walk. Hawking (pictured, via) has written a few books, hitting the bestseller list with A Brief History of Time. He published his last book in 2001, entitled The Universe in a Nutshell.

Here’s more about the book, from the release: “According to Hawking, we are very close to an understanding, not just of the workings of our universe, but of its very beginnings. Drawing on forty years of Hawking’s own research and a recent series of extraordinary astronomical observations and theoretical breakthroughs, Hawking and Mlodinow examine the evidence for the existence of a ‘unified theory’–a single theory that can describe and explain all the forces of nature.”