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This Week in History: James Bond's Beginnings

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of an incredible literary career that spawned more than just great books.
For years, Ian Fleming dreamed of writing a spy novel. He was in the mid...

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John le Carre, U.K. Author of Cold War Spy Novels, Dies at 89

John le Carre, the British novelist who captured the cloak-and-dagger intrigue of Cold War espionage in best-selling books such as “The Spy Who Came In From the Cold” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” has died. He was 89.

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Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in "Beloved," ''Song of Solomon" and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit of freedom within the b

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Dr. Seuss Is Now, You Guessed It, Racist

Families, students, and teachers across the nation have long embraced the brilliance of Theodor Geisel, commonly known as Dr. Seuss. But the famous author and his iconic literature are problematic in the current year, of course.

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15 Places You Can Visit Where Famous Works Were Written | Mental Floss

Authors have written in all sorts of locations, and literature lovers today can still visit many of these sources of inspiration.

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Tom Wolfe, New York and New Journalism Legend, Dies at 88

In a city of people who wear black, the man in the white suit.

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Philip Norman: Confessions of a rock’n’roll biographer | British GQ

Philip Norman has wrestled with icons, egos and artists (not to mention their widows) to reveal the untold tales of Britain's musical takeover.

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Professional romance novelists can write 3,000 words a day. Here’s how they do it

Writing is not a sexy business. It's not a rare butterfly that floats down and gently kisses you on the nose with a brilliant idea that conjures a hurricane of cash. It's frustrating, and it's lonely, and for most people, it doesn't pay. But one genre con

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As Faulkner Lay Drinking - The Daily Beast

A look at the award-winning author’s complex relationship with liquor and writing.

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New Data Analysis Suggests Only Six Book Plots Exist

Everyone who secretly thought that all novels have the same plot can feel vindicated by new research supporting that suspicion. Sort of.

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Hemingway’s Paris, Seen Through the Eyes of His Last Assistant

Valerie Hemingway, who later married the novelist’s son, gives an intimate tour of the cafes and other Lost Generation haunts immortalized in A Moveable Feast.​

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Read the First Chapter of Harper Lee’s New Book -- Vulture

Happy Friday: The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian have exclusive excerpts of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman, the author's first release since To Kill a Mockingbird.

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When Arthur Conan Doyle Tried Solving a Real Mystery | Mental Floss

Doyle, who was born 156 years ago today, had found himself embroiled in a case that captured worldwide media attention for the fact that he, and not his famous sleuth, was trying to solve it. In 1906, a man named George Edalji was freed from prison after being sentenced for the crime of animal cruelty.

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Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Is to Publish a Second Novel - NYTimes.com

Harper Lee, the reclusive author of the beloved best-selling novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” will publish a second novel in July, her publisher announced Tuesday.

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4 Semi-Delusional Things I Told Myself To Get My Novel Done

4 tips to help you finish writing your novel courtesy of Mira Jacob.

Hello, person working on your novel for God-knows-how-long! I see you there, eating your tuna sandwich over your keyboard at work, your face aglow with the Facebook triumphs of others. Today sucks, you say? I hear you.

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Is your book a self-published masterpiece?

We've chosen our first self-published book of the month. Now we want more, and to champion the best. Please send us your finest work

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How to write a bestseller and not see a penny

Carmen Aguirre was called a ‘terrorist’ by a Canada Reads panelist, but that didn’t stop it from winning the competition in 2012

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Classic Authors Who Suck, According To Other Classic Authors

Do you hate negative book reviews? Try telling that to Mark Twain, D.H. Lawrence, or any of these famous authors who have trashed their fellow writers' publications! Photos: Associated Press, Getty Interactive infographic by Jan Diehm fo...

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9 Writers Who Are At The Top Of Their Game

Originally posted on Kirkus: Your friends may recommend a book to you they like or maybe you’ve read a review of a book that sounds intriguing. Those will be good reads, no doubt. But when you pick up a book by a writer who’s not only ...