Authors

Madonna The Maternal Girl

Jen Young sent over News That Madonna\'s last literary project may have
been a book called \'\'Sex,\'\' full of naked
pictures of herself, but her next will be a
set of five allegorical children\'s tales,
cowritten with husband Guy Ritchie. It\'s
part of a new focus for the former Material
Girl, now that she\'s a 44-year-old mother
of two, she tells Vanity Fair. Hard to
believe she\'s no longer living in a
\'\'me-me-me universe\'\' of her pre-Lourdes
and Rocco days? \'\'Hey, nothing is what it
seems,\'\' she says.

Sandburg papers go for $80,000

The Associated Press says An extensive and previously unknown collection of documents from author and poet Carl Sandburg sold for more than $80,000. The collection, which may shed new light on Sandburg, known for immortalizing Chicago as the \"city of the big shoulders,\" was almost never found. A Pennsylvania antiques dealer, Walt Brygier, stumbled upon it last year while disposing of boxes for a client. One fell apart, spilling the documents.

A Good Rap

Jen Young sent over The Entertainment Weekly Story that says textbook publisher Scholastic announced plans for a new series of rapper-penned books for 4- to 10-year-olds, the New York Times reports. Called \'\'Hip Kid Hop,\'\' the series\' kicks off with two titles, by LL Cool J and Doug E. Fresh. Of course, the books come with CDs so kids can rhyme along with the authors and their backing tracks.

Throw The Book At Them

SomeOne writes \"A Story says we, in the UK, are now in the era of the \'football autobiography\' - and it\'s not pleasant.

The worst thing about all these books is that the advance publicity assures them of massive sales.

The formula is thus: Say something controversial, add the threat of legal action, make sure the papers get hold of it, make no comment in defence of your claims whatsoever - then sit back and wait for the cash to roll in.
\"

Writer Speaks Out Against Trivial Novels

Bestselling author and atheist Philip Pullman (The Amber Spyglass) has insisted that \"novels must discuss morality or they will slip into the trivial and worthless ... You can\'t leave morality out unless your work is so stupid and so worthless that no-one would want to read it anyway.\" Read More. Here\'s Another One.

What\'s Left of Chomsky

Preston Enright writes: \"A May 5, 2002 Washington Post article noted that Noam Chomsky is the most-cited living author on the planet. My media project, \"What\'s Left,\" is offering free copies of audiotaped lectures by Professor Chomsky, and other progressive figures like Ralph Nader, Angela Davis and Howard Zinn. The tapes come in sturdy boxes with a description of the talk and the speaker. My hometown library, the Denver Public Library, receives two copies of every lecture we produce and they are checked out constantly.
Please contact me, Preston Enright, to receive a collection of some of the most eye-opening talks on major social issues of the day.
\" -- Read More

The mystery of Hannah Crafts

Charles Davis sent over The mystery of Hannah Crafts.
By John Bloom
Who was Hannah Crafts. Was Hannah Crafts really a black woman? Was she really a slave? How do we know she wasn\'t a tea-sipping housewife in Morristown who wanted to help abolish slavery?
In case you missed the ballyhoo, 16 months ago an obscure 301-page handwritten manuscript was offered for auction at the Swann Galleries in New York. The title page read \"The Bondwoman\'s Narrative by Hannah Crafts, a Fugitive Slave, Recently Escaped from North Carolina.\"

The catalog said that the manuscript appeared to be from the 1850s and that it was \"uncertain that this work is written by a \'negro,\'\" but that there was textual evidence to suggest that it was written by a slave — for example, \"her escape route is one sometimes used by run-aways.\"

\'Turner Diaries\' author dies

James Nimmo sent over Word That White supremacist leader William Pierce, whose book The Turner Diaries is believed to have inspired Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, died Tuesday. He was 68.
Mr. Pierce\'s novel, published in 1978, depicts a violent overthrow of the government by a small band of white supremacists who finance themselves through counterfeiting and bank robbery.

FBI investigators have said Mr. McVeigh was a fan of Mr. Pierce\'s book and used it as a blueprint for bombing the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995. The book includes a truck-bombing of FBI headquarters.

Chaim Potok dies at age 73

If you work in a public library you may want to whip up a book display of the late author\'s work. Here are a few links to obits that can be printed and photocopied for patrons.

Baltimore Sun

Philadelphia Inquirer

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Washington Post

Jane Austen first editions discovered in Scottish

Charles Davis writes \"First editions of Jane Austen\'s novel Pride And Prejudice have been uncovered at a Scottish castle. The three volumes are expected to fetch between £8,000 and £12,000 when they are auctioned on Friday.

Story at
Ananova
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