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Forbes richest authors list 2012

James Patterson takes the crownStephen King takes second place in round-up of world's richest authors, with EL James expected to feature next year
Forbes, which calculates its annual compilation by using official figures and talking to book industry experts, found that Patterson earned $94m last year – a period which saw him publish 14 new titles and make more than double the amount of the second-placed King. Nine of the top 15 slots on the list were taken by male authors, including King (who earned $39m thanks to the release of his doorstopper novel about the assassination of JFK, 11/22/63), legal thriller writer John Grisham ($26m), Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney ($25m) and newcomer George RR Martin, who made $15m following the adaptation for television of his Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series.

Wife, colleagues helped make book MTSU librarian's final triumph

Thanks to some help from family and friends, Neil Scott was able to see his final book finished before passing away.

An MTSU librarian and author of several books, his latest book tells the story of the collision between the HMS Oranto and HMS Kashmir off the coast of Scotland near the end of World War I while ferrying hundreds of American soldiers from New York to various British ports.

When his father told him about two great-uncles who were in a ship that collided in World War I, Scott was hooked. He had to tell the story of the HMS Otranto and the HMS Kashmir. The Kashmir survived, but Otranto was left dead in the water.

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Why Do Female Authors Dominate Young-Adult Fiction?

"I think it speaks to readers' interests and it speaks to the nature of this field that it happened to come out that way," said Matazzoni, who also noted that the choices seemed to represent both the target teen demographic, as well as the adult readers that have fervently embraced YA lit. "It's an impressive show of enthusiasm."

With 'Last Book Sale,' Lit Giant Leaves One More Gift

Larry McMurtry is perhaps best known for novels like The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment and Lonesome Dove; but the author also has a career as a bookseller.

His store, Booked Up, spills across four buildings in his small hometown of Archer City, Texas, and houses nearly half a million rare and used books. But starting this Friday, McMurtry is holding an auction to whittle down that number — by a lot.

He's calling it "The Last Book Sale" and it includes more than 300,000 titles.

The Epidemic of Niceness in Online Book Culture

Interesting article from Slate Book Review on the fine line between literary criticism and literary boosterism as experienced on social media.

Samuel Johnson Quote

Quote that librarians may find interesting:

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves,
or we know where we can find information upon it.
--Samuel Johnson

Extended quote, history, and context here.

Shipments of IMAGINE Halted

Jonah Lehrer, the author of the best selling book on creativity, Imagine, has admitted that he made up some of the quotes he attributed to Bob Dylan in the book. Publisher Houghton Mifflin has announced that it is canceling further shipments and has asked accounts to stop selling it.

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Article in NYT: Jonah Lehrer Resigns From The New Yorker After Making Up Dylan Quotes for His Book

Gore Vidal, 1925-2012

Article in the NYT: Prolific, Elegant, Acerbic Writer

Excerpt: Gore Vidal, the elegant, acerbic all-around man of letters who presided with a certain relish over what he declared to be the end of American civilization, died on Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, where he moved in 2003, after years of living in Ravello, Italy. He was 86.

I am a Pole and Ulysses, Side by Side

from NPR:

Talk show host Stephen Colbert's foray into children's books has landed him alongside some exalted literary company.

A playful new exhibit at Philadelphia's Rosenbach Museum & Library pairs priceless material by James Joyce and Maurice Sendak with, um, perhaps less valuable items used by Colbert to write "I Am A Pole (And So Can You!)."

Colbert's pens, beer bottles and lunch remnants are certainly not the usual fare for the Rosenbach, the Philadelphia institution that houses the only complete manuscript of Joyce's "Ulysses."

But museum officials say the display reinforces their mission to engage and inspire visitors with collections that include papers from Lewis Carroll, Bram Stoker and Miguel de Cervantes.

"If I can do that by having Stephen Colbert make a joke about 'Ulysses,' why not?" said Rosenbach director Derick Dreher.

Authors face royalty threat from volunteer libraries

In the UK libraries pay into a fund to pay authors for borrowed books. This is called a Public Lending Right. Volunteer libraries that are springing up to fill the place of government run libraries do not have to pay the PLR fee. Authors are not happy.

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