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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.
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.\"
\"In the brave, new world of e-books, 2000 will be remembered as year of Stephen King. Stephen King\'s online novel was downloaded by some 500,000 readers.\"
One of my Favorite NPR shows, The
Connection, has an Audio Interview with my favorite
Douglas Coupland. I\'ve heard a few interviews with
Coupland over the years, and they are always very
interesting. His books:
Shampoo Planet, Life After God, Microserfs, Polaroids
From The Dead, and Girfriend in a Coma and now Miss
Wyoming, which I have not read.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of J.D. Salinger\'s \"The Catcher in the Rye.\"
\"My wish is for all of you to someday read \'The Catcher in the Rye,\'All of my efforts will now be devoted toward this goal, for this extraordinary book holds many answers.\"
-Mark David Chapman\"
\"Writers\' freedom is often associated with causes such as Salman Rushdie, or cases of censorship in Africa and the developing world. But I argue that writers\' freedom is also the power to control the dissemination of your work.\"
The Modesto Bee has a nice Little Story on Dr. Seuss. Theodor Seuss Geisel has become quite a marketing machine, with merchandise everywhere. They call it \"Seuss-ification of the pop culture marketplace\".
\"His books always supported the underdog and honored the role of the individual\'s imagination. And I think that goes a long way to explaining the power of his work and the connection readers feel toward it.\"
Bill Tucker recommended this Story on CNN about Margaret Atwood. She just won the Booker Prize for Fiction for \"The Blind Assassin.\" Winning the Booker Prize will often double a books sales. \"The Handmaid\'s Tale\" was a good book, but a bad movie, I hope that doesn\'t happen to \"The Blind Assassin\".
\"By the time the women\'s movement came along I was pretty much wondering where they had been all that time,\" she said. \"(But) I was happy to see them. ... They were an audience who began understanding what I was writing about.\" The women\'s movement validated her writing, she said.
Wired for Books has begun to encode the Don
Swaim collection of author interviews and is making them available on the
Web in RealAudio. In the 1970s, 80s, and early 90s, most of the best of
American authors (and a few from other countries, as well) found their way
to Don Swaim\'s New York radio studio.
We expect to have several hundred of these interviews online within a year.
Now, we have interviews of Allen Ginsberg, Joseph Heller, James Jones,
Louis L\'Amour, William Manchester, and William Styron. Let us know what you
Wired for Books is an educational, noncommercial project of the Ohio
University Telecommunications Center.