Authors

Favorite Books

NPR is running a neat series called Favorite Books NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg talks with famous authors about the books they most prize. Each Tuesday in June, listen to Stamberg\'s author interviews on Morning Edition.

Some of the authors include Barry Lopez, Francesca Lia Block, Paule Marshall and Walter Mosley.

Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001

I\'m way beind on everything here, so you probably already heard, but I feel the need to post this anyways.

Douglas Adams died at age 49 of a heart attack in Santa Barbara, CA. If there was a funnier book than The Hitchhiker\'s Guide I\'ve never read it.

Bob Cox sent along This Great Tribute as well.

Librarian/author James Still

Lee Hadden Writes:\"On today\'s \"Morning Edition\" talk show on National Public Radio, there
was an account of the librarian and author James Still.
The web page.\"

\"Remembering Writer James Still -- Host Bob Edwards talks
with professor Ted Olson about the works of Appalachian
writer James Still, who died at 94 this weekend. Still\'s
work was widely popular in the 1930\'s, but he never
received as much notoriety as other writers of the time.
Now a new collection of his poetry will be published by The
University Press of Kentucky in June. It\'s called \"From the
Mountain, From the Valley.\"

Before Rowling, There was Jacques

Brian Jacques, best selling children\'s author of the Redwall series of books, as well as others, was recently interviewed by Andrea Sachs for Time Magazine. Read his interview [Here...]

New York Times, Newsday, Time, Lexis/Nexis, UMI Sued Over Copyright Violations

According to Wired...
Tens of thousands of freelance writers, photographers and illustrators eagerly await the outcome of Tasini et al vs. The New York Times et al, which, after seven years in lower courts, will finally be argued before the Supreme Court next week. [more...]

Half-Bakered

Jud writes \"The egregious Nicholson \"automation-is-a-money-pit\" Baker burps and gets into mass market at The New Yorker, while correctives to his hysteria, like the fine one in First Monday by Richard J. Cox (firstmonday.org), languish in relative online obscurity.


Nicholson still doesn\'t realize that automation is the key to his dream: guaranteeing preservation of last copies. For a much earlier-- and tongue-in-cheek--reply to Baker (I submitted it to the New Yorker, but for some reason they didn\'t run it) see \"Malodorous Catalog\" at librarians.freeservers.com \"

When you 8673 enough to send the very best ...

Brian from Librarism.com writes \"The Register has an Interview with cyberpunk author Pat Cadigan, who mentions an unusual bit of indexing done at the greeting card company where she used to work:


\"In my last year at Hallmark we finally began putting verses on computer. They had to assign a 4 digit serial number to each sentiment, for each area of feeling.\"
\"


Ah, I just love 432543\'s Day.... the flowers.. the candy...

Novelist Ludlum Dies at 73

This sad note comes via The Nando Times... Spy novelist Robert Ludlum, author of the Jason Bourne series of suspense thrillers and \"The Matarese Circle,\" died Monday at the age of 73. According to a representative from Ludlum\'s publisher, St. Martin\'s Press, the cause of death is believed to be a heart attack.

Star salaries creeping into book business

CNN has an Interesting Look at some of the incredible money a few authors are making. Michael Crichton signed a two-book deal for $40 million, Stephen Carter sold his first and second novels for $4 million, Mary Higgins Clark got 5 books for $64 million, and of course there is Hillary Clinton\'s $8 million deal.

\"It\'s easy to blame the agents,\" says Farrar Straus & Giroux publisher Jonathan Galassi. \"But it\'s the publishers who throw these offers in the ring.\"

Other shades of purple

In the Chicago Sun-Times there is an article about an author and her daughter.

\"Rebecca Walker\'s memoir of her unorthodox childhood shows her mother, Alice, celebrated author of The Color Purple, in a very different hue.\"

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