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It was cold when Maya Angelou read her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” to the crowd assembled outside the Capital on January 20, 1993. The Arkansas native had been asked to write and deliver the poem by perhaps the most famous native son of Arkansas --- Bill Clinton.
This week, the world lost a literary great --- Gabriel García Márquez. The Latin American, multi-prize-winning author was 87 years old, and his legacy will carry on through his extremely elegant command of the written word.
Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done Stephan Pastis Candlewick 9780763660512 On sale now “When you lose hope, find it.” —Timmy Failure


Gandhi: My Life Is My Message Jason Quinn and Naresh Kumar Campfire March 4 9789380741222
Nemo: The Roses of Berlin Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill Top Shelf March 1 978-1-60309-320-0 Sixteen years ago, notorious science-brigand Janni Nemo journeyed into the frozen reaches of Antarctica to resolve her father's weighty legacy in a storm of madness and loss, barely escaping with her Nautilus and her life.
A few days prior to the release of her newest romantic thriller, NO ESCAPE, bestselling novelist Mary Burton captivated the members and guests of the nonprofit Florida Writers Foundation’s (FWF) one-day workshop. For the next three days, she kept the attendees of its sister organization, the Florida Writers Association (FWA), spellbound throughout the annual conference.
Fans of the late Michael Crichton are getting an unexpected treat this holiday season with the publication of his early mystery and suspense novels for the first time under his real name. These eight books were written as “John Lange” between 1966 and 1972 when Crichton was an honors student at Harvard Medical School.
It was a real-life mystery that could have been a film noir. Between 1966 and 1972, a writer by the name of John Lange published eight paperback suspense novels. These were the kind of books with racy and sexy covers once found in drug stores, airports and bus stations. One of them even got nominated for an Edgar Award in 1971. Then John Lange just disappeared, apparently vanishing right off the face of the earth. His books soon followed and fell out of print for decades, perhaps showing up now and then in a garage sale or used bookstore.
Tom Clancy’s success was the type for which every potential author dreams. Write a novel (THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER) that is accepted by the first publisher to which it is submitted. It becomes a bestseller, helped to some measure by the recommendation of the sitting President of the United States, and is adapted for film.
Elmore Leonard didn’t write crime fiction, westerns, historical thrillers or mysteries. He wrote Elmore Leonard books. No, that’s not quite right. He wrote Elmore Leonard books. You can bring an Elmore Leonard book to someone totally unfamiliar with genre fiction, say “try this” and make a believer out of them within the first few pages. When they run through everything from THE BOUNTY HUNTERS to MR. MAJESTYK (“hey...didn’t they make a movie of this?”) to FIFTY-TWO PICKUP to, yes, RAYLAN, they come back to you and ask, “Can you recommend anything else like this?” And you can, with the admonition that it will be almost, but not quite, as good as the real thing.