Its been a notable week for a few famous men in the literary world,
Saying Goodbye to Tom Clancy, 66
October 2nd, Tom Clancy passed away at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. The author of Cold War thrillers such as The Hunt for Red October, Clear and Present Danger and Patriot Games topped the charts with 16 of his novels. More on this story is available on the New York Times.
Crichton’s College Alias and Seven New Titles
Michael Crichton, also a former best-selling thriller author will be hitting the bookshelves once more according to Publisher’s Weekly. During his time at Harvard Medical School, the author of titles including State of Fear, Congo, and Jurassic Park wrote thrillers under the pseudonym ‘John Lange’. Hard Case Crime will be publishing the eight discovered novels; they are opting to identify Crichton rather than Lange as their author. The books we’ll be released in sets of four on October 19th and November 19th. Michael Crichton was not only a writer, but a producer, director, screenwriter and doctor. He died November 5th, 2008.
Franzen vs Twitter: The Battle Continues
Describing social media as a “coercive development”, the award winning novelist Jonathan Franzen takes aim once more against Twitter. His statement that seemingly intended to be in defence of writers being “coerced into constant self-promotion” has yielded a sharp and unappreciative response from fellow writers, active on twitter. Previous feuds with the Twitterverse came as recently as September 13th, 2013, when Franzen published an article on The Guardian entitled: “Jonathan Franzen: what’s wrong with the modern world“.
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