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E-books by crime writer Jim Thompson coming soon

Boston.com – 2012-02-08

Novels by acclaimed crime writer Jim Thompson are coming out as e-books. Mulholland Books announced Tuesday that "The Killer Inside Me," "The Grifters" and other Thompson classics will be released in...

New book details years of emails between writer and magazine fact checker

Poynter. – 2012-02-08

An email exchange between writer John D’Agata and Believer intern Jim Fingal, who was given the job of fact checking D’Agata’s article: JIM FINGAL: Hi, John. I’m the intern who’s been...

A disabled writer's book unfolds a tap at a time

L.A. Times – 2011-12-03

Peter Winkler, his body trapped by rheumatoid arthritis, wrote the first biography of Dennis Hopper to come out after the actor's death. Little did his agent know that he had to punch out the...

Jamie Crook wins Luke Bitmead Writer's Bursary

The Bookseller – 2011-12-02

Unpublished author Jamie Crook has won this year's Luke Bitmead Writer's Bursary for his...

A genre writer accepts himself

Salon.com – 2011-07-31

I used to think genre fiction was for the slow-minded. Page turners, potboilers, pulp -- none of that interested me. That was for folks who liked their novels rubber-banded and soft-backed, who...

Happy retirement to 'Headless body in topless bar' headline writer

Guardian – 2011-07-24

The writer of one of the most famous newspaper headlines of all time - "Headless body in topless bar" - has retired after 40 years with the New York Post. Vincent A. Musetto, pictured here, "was...

NYT: ‘Leonhardt’s strengths as a reporter, columnist and magazine writer are dazzling’

Poynter. – 2011-07-23

Romenesko Memos The Times memo announcing David Leonhardt’s appointment as Washington bureau chief says “his keen understanding of how Washington works and the nexus of politics and economic policy...

Huffington Post suspends a writer for over-aggregation

Editors Weblog – 2011-07-12

The Huffington Post is again getting attention over the treatment of its writers. After Ad Age's Simon Demunco wrote about how the Huffington Post had used Ad Age's content but failed to drive...

Business writer Jim Collins agrees to e-books

Boston.com – 2011-07-07

Another e-book skeptic has converted: business writer Jim Collins. Harper Business announced Wednesday that Collins has a new book coming out in October, "Great by Choice," and will make it available...

Mystery writer Lilian Jackson Braun dies

CBC – 2011-06-07

Lilian Jackson Braun, the U.S. author who wrote 29 books in the The Cat Who... mystery series, has died. She was 97.

V.S. Naipaul: No woman writer is my match

Salon.com – 2011-06-02

Women are "sentimental," and their "narrow view of the world" makes them inferior writers. So, at least, says V.S. Naipaul, the prolific Nobel and Booker Prize-winning author whose works include "A...

Writer Dick Wimmer dies at 74; his novel was rejected 162 times

San Jose Mercury News – 2011-05-23

Creative-writing instructor Dick Wimmer's best lesson for would-be authors may have had more to do with persistence than prose.

Vietnam writer jailed for five years

Guardian – 2011-05-03

A Vietnamese political commentator, Vi Duc Hoi, has been sentenced to a five-year prison term for posting essays on the internet. The former high-ranking communist party member turned pro-democracy...

Indian writer Ghosh wins Blue Met Grand Prix

CBC – 2011-04-28

Indian writer Amitav Ghosh, author of Sea of Poppies, has won the 2011 Blue Metropolis International Literary Grand Prix.

From editor to writer

Salon.com – 2011-04-27

Robert Gottlieb has worked in publishing since 1955, when he was hired as an editorial assistant at Simon & Schuster. Over the next few years, under conditions he once self-deprecatingly described as...

Egyptian dissident writer wins Blue Met's Arab Prize

CBC – 2011-03-23

Alaa Al Aswany, who recently gained attention for his 2011 book, On the State of Egypt, has won this year's Arab Prize from Montreal's Blue Metropolis international literary festival.

China writer Bi Feiyu wins Asia's top literary prize

The Independent – 2011-03-17

Acclaimed Chinese author Bi Feiyu on Thursday won Asia's top literary prize for his "Three Sisters", set during the Cultural Revolution.

Dealtalk: Barnes & Noble auction gets case of writer's block

Reuters – 2011-03-07

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Barnes & Noble Inc's efforts to find a buyer have slowed to a crawl, erasing recent gains in its stock price, as potential suitors question the bookseller's ability to...

Writer who was rejected 100 times is finally rewarded

The Independent – 2011-01-05

A web designer and aspiring children's author, whose debut novel was turned down by 100 literary agents and publishers prior to being picked up by Andersen Press, was yesterday rewarded for his...

NY writer accused of luring women to US for sex

Yahoo – 2010-08-03

A New York writer facing a state indictment of luring young women from overseas, then sexually abusing them, now faces a federal indictment on similar charges but carrying tougher penalties. New...

Young writer finds an outlet in College Park

Yahoo – 2010-07-29

Seven Washington Post reporters fanned out to coffeehouses across the region Wednesday to find stories that tell us something important about life at this time, in this place. The result was seven...

Late Emmy-winning writer left $10M for needy care

Yahoo – 2010-07-28

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Late Emmy Award-winning television comedy writer Mickey Ross has donated more than $10 million, as well as half of his TV residuals from such shows as All in the Family , The...

Writer Leaves $10M For Needy Care

Yahoo – 2010-07-28

Late Emmy Award-winning television comedy writer Mickey Ross has donated more than $10 million to the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.

Cécile Aubry, Actress and Writer of Children’s Stories, Dies at 81

Yahoo – 2010-07-24

Ms. Aubry, a French actress, had a short but glamorous film career and later became a writer, creating a children’s television series.

`Bookseller of Kabul' writer to pay subject

AP – 2010-07-24

AP - A lawyer says the author and publisher of the best-selling "The Bookseller of Kabul" have been sentenced to pay 250,000 kroner ($40,200) in damages to a woman portrayed in the book.

Longtime New York sports writer Vic Ziegel dies

Yahoo – 2010-07-23

Vic Ziegel, a longtime New York sports writer and editor with an eye for boxing and horse racing, died Friday. He was 72. He had been battling lung cancer since November and died at Calvary Hospital...

Writer Wednesday: 73 Ways To Become A Better Writer

Yahoo – 2010-07-21

What's Your Reaction? Do you want to become a better writer? Silly question, eh. The good news is that writing makes you a better writer . Just like practicing the piano makes you a better pianist,...

Writer crafted novels for seven decades

Yahoo – 2010-07-21

VERY few writers can boast of publishing novels across seven decades, let alone maintaining a loyal readership in that time.

Jennifer Salt: The Story Behind the Writer

Yahoo – 2010-07-21

Jennifer Salt, actress-turned-writer, worked on the film “Eat, Pray, Love.”

Comics Writer Starts Skybound to Help Newcomers

New York Times – 2010-07-19

The writer Robert Kirkman is starting his own imprint to recruit new comic book creators and help get their work off the ground.

West Bengal: Writer Taradas Bandyopadhyay passes away

Yahoo – 2010-07-18

Noted Bengali writer Taradas Bandopadhyay died on Sunday morning at his Barrackpur house, near Kolkata, after a prolonged illness, family sources said. He was 63.

Comic writer Harvey Pekar dies

Yahoo – 2010-07-16

Comic-book writer Harvey Pekar has been found dead in his Ohio home.

Writer claims Hollywood agents stole TV ideas

Yahoo – 2010-07-15

A TV writer named Brian Everett is suing Endeavor alleging that the short-lived 2008 CBS show "Welcome to the Captain" infringed the copyright on his previously authored concept entitled "El...

Writer says agents stole ideas

Yahoo – 2010-07-15

LOS ANGELES - HOLLYWOOD studios get sued all the time for idea theft. But a talent agency? A TV writer named Brian Everett is suing Endeavor (now William Morris Endeavor Entertainment) alleging that...

'American Splendor' comic book writer Harvey Pekar dead

San Jose Mercury News – 2010-07-12

CLEVELAND (AP) — Comic book writer Harvey Pekar, whose "American Splendor" was made into a 2003 film starring Paul Giamatti, was found dead in his home early Monday, authorities said.

Comic book writer Harvey Pekar dies at 70 in Ohio

Yahoo – 2010-07-12

Harvey Pekar, whose autobiographical comic book series "American Splendor" portrayed his unglamorous life with bone-dry honesty and wit, was found dead at home early Monday, authorities said. He was...

Thundercats writer 'murdered' in Florida

Telegraph – 2010-07-08

The ThunderCats cartoon writer Stephen Perry was murdered by his roommate, according to police in central Florida.

Rolling Stone writer gets Afghan war book deal

Yahoo – 2010-07-07

The Rolling Stone writer whose story helped bring down Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was fired from his job as commander of the Afghanistan war, has a book deal.

Police detain China writer over upcoming book

Yahoo – 2010-07-05

A best-selling author who is a fierce critic of the Communist Party said he was taken into custody by police Monday and threatened with a stiff prison term if he goes ahead with plans to publish a...

Lee Hyo-ri's Mnet Media to sue song writer for fraud

Yahoo – 2010-06-21

After admitting that some of Lee Hyo-ri's latest songs were not original, Lee's company Mnet Media said it will sue the writer of those songs for fraud, local news reports said.

Mexican intellectuals mourn writer Monsivais

Yahoo – 2010-06-20

Mexican intellectuals and officials mourned the death of writer Carlos Monsivais at a ceremony in Mexico City's Fine Arts Palace on Sunday, a day after he died of respiratory illness at the age of...

Former LA Times Environmental Writer Took Buyout, Created Public Affairs Firm

Poynter Institute – 2010-03-29

While the news industry is frantically searching for solutions and new directions, journalists' lives have been disrupted by cutbacks and job changes.

Avoiding Divorce: One Writer's Story

Newsweek – 2010-03-29

A Montana writer's husband said he was leaving, but she saw another way out.

New Zealand writer wins British short story prize

AP – 2010-03-26

AP - New Zealand poet and novelist CK Stead was awarded a 25,000 ($37,250) prize for a short story Friday.

Haitian Writer Named UNESCO Artist For Peace

Scoop.co.nz – 2010-03-25

New York, Mar 24 2010 3:10PM The United Nations cultural agency today named the Haitian writer Frankétienne as one of their Artists for Peace in recognition of his contribution to French-language...

Q&A: Mystery Writer Walter Mosley

Time Magazine – 2010-03-25

Detective writer Walter Mosley has retired his celebrated gumshoe Easy Rawlins of Devil in a Blue Dress fame and created a new hardboiled hero -- former mob crook and private eye Leonid McGill

N. Ram to sue Indian Express and Financial Express writer, Editor-in-Chief, and Publisher for defamation

The Hindu – 2010-03-25

Chennai: N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu and Group publications and Director of Kasturi & Sons Limited, has decided to launch defamatory proceedings, civil and criminal, against Archna Shukla,...

A Writer Recalls His Mentor, Critic and Father, All in One Complex Man

New York Times – 2010-03-23

Hanif Kureishi’s affecting new memoir, “My Ear at His Heart,” is ruminative and minor-key.

Jane Sherman, Dancer and Writer, Dies at 101

New York Times – 2010-03-20

Ms. Sherman was a writer who not only chronicled the excitement of early-20th-century American dance but also lived through it as a performer.

Canadian sci-fi writer convicted of assault

CBC Ottawa – 2010-03-19

Canadian science fiction writer Peter Watts, who was arrested in Michigan in December 2009 after a dispute with U.S. border police, has been found guilty of assaulting, obstructing and resisting a...

Hungarian writer Gyorgy Dalos honored with Leipzig award

Deutsche Welle – 2010-03-18

The Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding is one of Germany's most important literature prizes. This year, it goes to a Hungarian writer who excels at portraying political issues with a...

Reader: Booze Really Does Make for a Better Writer

Seattle Weekly – 2010-03-18

Who cares if Seattle Weekly staff writer Rick Anderson is technically not just a reader? The man was inking columns in the P-I before some of us were a twinkle in our father's you know the ...

Thriller writer John Grisham ends holdout on e-books

Reuters – 2010-03-16

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Popular legal thriller author John Grisham has broken his holdout against selling his books in an electronic format and will sell all of his 23 titles as e-books, his publisher...

Michael Collins: The long-distance writer

Toronto Star – 2010-03-17

If nothing else, Michael Collins' unhappy stint as a computer programmer for Microsoft in the late 1990s indirectly rekindled his great passions in life: writing and running.

Australian authors condemn China snub of HIV-positive writer

AFP via Yahoo! News – 2010-03-12

More than 90 authors, including Nobel winner JM Coetzee, have condemned China for refusing an HIV-positive Australian writer entry to the country for a government-sponsored tour.

S Lanka political writer missing

News 24 South Africa – 2010-03-11

Six weeks ago Sri Lankan political writer and cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda went missing, and his fate has raised further concerns about the island's culture of violence against the media.

China condemned for denying visa to HIV+ writer

AP via Yahoo! Asia News – 2010-03-12

A group of nearly 100 prominent Australian authors have signed a petition condemning China for denying a visa to an HIV-positive writer.

NY writer accused of abusing foreign assistants

AP via Yahoo! News – 2010-03-09

A suburban New York City writer who offered jobs to women from Hungary, France and Brazil has been accused of sexually abusing them.

'Hurt Locker' writer denies rip-off claim

ABS-CBNNEWS.com – 2010-03-08

HOLLYWOOD - Writer Mark Boal denied accusations he stole the character for his acclaimed Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker" here Sunday after winning the best original screenplay Oscar.

A Writer's Misadventures in Writing

Blogcritics.org – 2010-03-07

A writer grapples with the ups and downs of her craft.

Chinese writer under house arrest in Chengdu

ABC Radio Australia – 2010-03-03

Chinese writer Liao Yiwu is under house arrest in the south western city of Chengdu.

Violence in India over Bangladesh writer

AFP via Yahoo! News – 2010-03-02

Police imposed a curfew Tuesday in a town in the southern Indian state of Karnataka after two people were killed in protests over an article by the exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen.

China writer blocked from going to German festival

AP via Yahoo! News – 2010-03-02

An outspoken Chinese writer and government critic says he has been blocked from leaving China for a 13th time, this time taken off a plane as he was setting off for Europe's largest international...

Review: 'The Ghost Writer' a waking nightmare

San Francisco Chronicle – 2010-02-26

The Ghost Writer RATING: (WILD APPLAUSE) Drama. Starring Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams and Kim Cattrall. Directed by Roman Polanski. (R. 128 minutes. At Bay Area theaters.) A tone...

'Reformed' crime writer is jailed

BBC News – 2010-02-26

A crime writer, who said he was a reformed robber, is jailed for a minimum of 12 years for robbing security guards in Essex and London.

ESPN writer: Kelly Kulick's win 'greatest moment in women's sports'

Detroit Free Press – 2010-02-25

This is in the "wish I'd written this" category. As a long-time bowling writer, I've tried not to be a cheerleader -- but it's nice to see a respected writer like Rick Reilly, who's not really...

Georgelle Hirliman, ‘Writer in the Window,’With Answers, Is Dead at 73

New York Times – 2010-02-20

Ms. Hirliman’s innovative solution to writer’s block a quarter-century ago gave her a national career as a performance artist.

Publish and be damned: Young writer's ego dramatically punctured

Independent – 2010-02-19

She is the daughter of a famous German professor and at 17, her best-selling debut novel about sex, drugs and teenage self-discovery is already in its third edition, only weeks after being...

Self publishing helps local writer share her world

The Victoria Advocate – 2010-02-18

Toya Stone has always dreamed of publishing a book. Thanks to modern technology, her dream has come true.

C. Bryan, 73, ‘Friendly Fire’ Writer, Dies

New York Times – 2009-12-18

Mr. Bryan’s 1976 book about the accidental death of a soldier in Vietnam became one of the enduring works of reportage on the Vietnam War.

Margaret B. Young, Writer of Children’s Books on Blacks, Dies at 88

New York Times – 2009-12-19

Mrs. Young, the widow of the civil rights leader Whitney Young Jr., wrote several books for children on the African-American experience.

USM honors famed children's writer

Hattiesburg American – 2009-04-03

Famed children's writer Judy Blume has explained the wonders of life, death and every situation in between. On Thursday, she shared the wonders of her personal life with a crowd of teachers and...

Departing WSJ Writer: 'All That Is "Urgent" Has Doubtless Stifled the Boundless Creativity of the Journal Staff' [Memos]

Gawker – 2009-04-03

Wall Street Journal feature writer Joshua Prager was known to work painstakingly slow. But the pieces he produced for the front page were always memorable, such as his investigation into the...

Angola: International Recognition Surprises Writer Isabel Ferreira

AllAfrica.com – 2009-04-03

Benguela — Angolan writer Isabel Ferreira on Friday in Benguela city said that she is astonished with level of receptiveness of her latest book entitled "O Guardador de Memórias" within the...

‘Racist’ HK writer wants to visit RP

Philippine Daily Inquirer – 2009-04-02

Now contrite, a Hong Kong writer who angered the Philippines with his article poking fun at the country, says he actually admires Philippine democracy and music and would like to someday visit the...

Former 'WSJ' Editorial Writer to Head 'Wash Times' Opinion Pages

Editor & Publisher – 2009-03-09

NEW YORK Richard Miniter, an author and former Wall Street Journal editorial writer, has been named editor of the editorial pages and vice president of opinion at The Washington Times, according to...

Mystery writer dies at 62

The Conroe Courier – 2009-03-09

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Mystery writer Barbara Parker has died at the age of 62.

Noted Hindi writer Yadvendra Sharma passes away

Business Standard India – 2009-03-04

Noted Hindi writer Yadvendra Sharma "Chandra" today passed away in Bikaner after a prolonged illness. Chandra, 77, was suffering from septicaemia, family sources said. He is survived by his wife and...

Being a writer is a poor choice of job

Evening Standard – 2009-03-04

Colm Toibin has revealed that the best thing about being a writer is: “The money. I never knew there would be money ... [writing] has nothing to do with enjoyment.”

Pakistani writer Mohammed Hanif nominated for Commonwealth prize

New Kerala – 2009-03-02

Islamabad, Mar 1 : Pakistani writer Mohammed Hanif, author of 'A Case of Exploding Mangoes', has been shortlisted for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for the Best First Book from Europe and...

Applications Invited For Writer's Residency

Scoop.co.nz – 2009-03-02

Fulbright New Zealand and Creative New Zealand invite applications for the 2009 Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency, an award which offers a New Zealand writer of Pacific...

Philip Jose Farmer, science-fiction writer, dies at 91

CNN – 2009-02-26

Author Philip Jose Farmer died in his sleep Wednesday, according to a message on his Web site.

Fortune Writer Canned for Uncreative Plagiarism [Journalismism]

Gawker – 2009-02-26

Fortune magazine has reportedly fired Barney Gimbel, a staff writer, for totally ripping off entire sections of a New York Times Magazine article, in a plagiarism job a college freshman would be...

Philip José Farmer, Science Fiction Writer, Dies at 91

New York Times – 2009-02-26

Mr. Farmer challenged conventional pieties of the genre in caustic fables set on bizarre worlds.

Writer Christopher Nolan overcame severe disability

Seattle Times – 2009-02-25

Christopher Nolan, an Irish writer who, mute and quadriplegic since birth, produced a highly praised volume of verse and short stories at 15 and went on to publish a prizewinning autobiography,...

Writer Klein wins £50,000 award

BBC News – 2009-02-25

Author and journalist Naomi Klein wins the first £50,000 Warwick Prize for Writing for her book The Shock Doctrine.

Longtime Post Gazette Editorial Writer Clarke Thomas Dies

WPXI Pittsburgh – 2009-02-23

A retired senior editor and editorial writer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has died.

Obituary: Clarke M. Thomas / Longtime PG editorial writer and senior editor

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 2009-02-23

Clarke M. Thomas, a senior editor and retired editorial writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, died of congestive heart failure Saturday night at UPMC Presbyterian. He was 83.

Oscar winning writer in gay rights plea

Philippine Daily Inquirer – 2009-02-23

HOLLYWOOD – Picking up the Oscar for best original screenplay for "Milk" here on Sunday, writer Dustin Lance Black made an impassioned plea for equal rights for gay and lesbian Americans.

Thai royal insult no publicity stunt, says Australian writer

AFP via Yahoo! News – 2009-02-23

The family of an Australian writer jailed then pardoned for insulting the Thai monarchy Monday denied a claim he had sought literary fame by deliberately provoking authorities.

Hugh Jackman's ghost writer

Adelaide Now – 2009-02-19

ACTOR and writer Ricky Gervais has revealed on his blog that he is working with Hugh Jackman on comic patter for his forthcoming Oscars appearance.

Writer Terry Pratchett Knighted By Queen

SkyNews via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News – 2009-02-18

Writer Terry Pratchett has received a knighthood from the Queen for services to literature.

Chinese Writer Is Stabbed At A Beijing Reading

Arts Journal – 2009-02-17

"A prominent Chinese writer known for provocative, antiestablishment Web postings was stabbed and wounded during a book reading on Saturday.

At Reading in Beijing, Noted Writer Is Stabbed

New York Times – 2009-02-16

Xu Lai, a writer known for provocative, antiestablishment Web postings, was stabbed and wounded during a book reading on Saturday.

US crime writer retains title as UK's most borrowed author

BBC News – 2009-02-06

US writer James Patterson retains his position as the most borrowed author from UK libraries.

Jonathan Ames Kicks Off Writer's Voice

NBC New York – 2009-02-04

Jonathan Ames is an author, journalist, half-hearted comedic storyteller, frequent Letterman guest, former managing editor of the New York Press, former human punching bag amateur boxer, former...

11-Year-Old Writer Woos Whitney Young

NBC 5 Chicago – 2009-02-04

Adora Svitak has written hundreds of short stories and poems, keeps an online blog, and has published two books. And she's just 11 years old.

Italian writer sues over "Button" script

Channel NewsAsia – 2009-02-02

ROME – An Italian writer is taking legal action against the makers of Oscar-nominated movie "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", accusing the film's producers as well as the studios behind the...

John Updike: Writer who chronicled the poetry of everyday life in post-war Middle America

Independent – 2009-01-29

John Updike did not "advance" the novel, and he was not an experimental writer; he was innovative more in what he wrote about – sex in particular – than in any technical sense. Yet he was a...

A Chilean Writer’s Fictions Might Include His Own Colorful Past

New York Times – 2009-01-28

Roberto Bolaño’s widow is challenging his growing reputation as a hard-living literary outlaw with drug problems, while some of his friends are questioning other aspects of the life story he...

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