Author/Playwright Paul Zindel dies at 66

San Jose Mercury News story: Paul Zindel won a Pulitzer in the 1970s for his play "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-moon Marigolds". He was also a celebrated writer of books for young adults, including My Darling, My Hamburger, The Pigman and The Pigman's Legacy, and Pardon Me, You're Stepping on My Eyeball!. The New York Times reports that he succumbed to cancer, and also talks about the troubled childhood that inspired his work.


Who knew Charlotte wrote such racy stuff?

Here's An AP Article on Charlotte Bronte's novella Stancliffe's Hotel, written in 1838, will be published for the first time, shedding new light on one of Britain's most famous writers. It will be published by Penguin in June and later this year in a volume with four other novellas set in the fictional kingdom of Angria, created by Charlotte and her brother Branwell.

"I think it will change the way in which she's still seen, rather patronizingly, as a woman writer who wrote only about her own concerns," said Glen, who teaches at Cambridge University. "It's very humorous and racy; there's something almost modernist about it with the odd juxtaposition of scenes."


Sendak, Noestlinger Win Literature Award

SomeOne pointed to This Newsday Story that says American Maurice Sendak and Austrian Christine Noestlinger, whose tales have amused and informed millions of kids, were given the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for Literature Tuesday.


American author sees best into England's soul

SomeOne writes "The Guardian Says readers have voted for the title which best voices what they see as the soul of their region.
Their choice for England, announced today, is a book by an American author which says the country has spent the past 50 years viewing itself as "a chronic failure".

The good news is that Bill Bryson's account of England, in Notes from a Small Island, gets rosier. The bad news is that the pictures of Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland given by home-grown authors are even worse.



Magic Powers - Richard Powers That Is

The Guardian Looks At Richard Powers, who they say is being hailed by some critics as America's greatest living novelist.

"A book is still atemporal. It is you, in silence, hearing voices in your head, unfolding at a time that has nothing to do with the timescale of reading. And for the hours that we retreat into this moratorium, with the last form of private and silent human activity that isn't considered pathological, we are outside of time."


Mystery writer sounds civil liberties alarm

Bob Cox pointed to This One on Sara Paretsky, who plans to speak out on what she perceives as the erosion of personal privacy and freedoms in America, Paretsky’s topic will be "Writing in an Age of Silence: Truth, Lies, or Duct Tape."

"I’m scared by the way our civil liberties are disappearing," she said in a telephone interview. "The events of the last 18 months are really both silencing Americans and causing us to live under a toxic cloud of lies and silence."


Madonna comes clean

Rochelle Hartman writes "Talking about
her 1992 coffeetable book Sex, yoga aficianado, pointy-bra-
wearer, and pop icon Madonna admitted that "I was just being an
ego-driven nut-case." If only she'd asked us....
Read more of her interview with the UK Sun


Madonna adds children's writer to her CV

SomeOne spotted
This Guardian Story that says Madonna becomes the latest celebrity to turn her hand to fiction. The singer/actress has written a series of children's books to be published by Penguin.
Penguin chairman John Makinson said: "Madonna is an artist with a universal appeal and these books will touch children of all backgrounds everywhere in the world."

I assume he was being facetious...


Stephen King's final three <i>Dark Tower</i> books to be published

In yet another announcement from Cader Books' Publisher's Lunch newsletter, "The last three volumes of Stephen King's Dark Tower series, WOLVES OF THE CALLA, SONG OF SUSANNAH, and THE DARK TOWER, [were sold] to Robert K. Wiener at New Hampshire's Donald M. Grant Publisher (which has published the last four
Dark Tower books) for illustrated hardcover publication beginning in
November 2003, and to...Susan Moldow at Scribner, following with trade
paperback editions (and eventually mass markets from Pocket), by manager
Arthur Greene and King's editor, Chuck Verrill at Darhansoff, Verrill,
Feldman, with Penguin Group publishers doing a special promotion of the Dark
Tower backlist prior to publication, accompanied by a new introduction to
the series from King. Scribner will also publish a two-volume concordance, a
reference for the series detailing character names, places and other
cross-references in the books, written by Robin Furth."


If you watched Michael Moore on 60 Minutes

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Last Sunday Michael Moore was interviewed on 60 Minutes. He gave credit to librarians for saving his book "Stupid White Men" from being pulped. Read the ALA Cognotes story that includes a great large picture of Moore with courageous librarian Ann Sparanese."



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