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On the Books: Long-lost Dr. Seuss stories hit shelves

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A new Dr. Seuss book was published Tuesday, 23 years after the writer’s death. Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories is a collection of four previously unpublished short stories that Seuss wrote for Redbook magazine in the 1950s. The stories, discovered by Seuss biographer Charles Cohen and published by Random House, feature both familiar faces like The Grinch and Horton the elephant, as well as new characters like the titular Kwuggerbug. Theodor Geisel, the man behind the legendary pseudonym, died in 1991. [The Telegraph]

British fantasy novelist Graham Joyce died Tuesday at the age of 59 after a yearlong battle with lymphoma. Joyce’s publisher Gollancz, confirmed the news via Twitter: “Graham Joyce was a writer of huge heart. He loved people and his writing celebrated the magic of them. His books are a fitting legacy.” The multiple-time British Fantasy award winner was mourned on Twitter by fans and fellow authors including Stephen King, who tweeted, “Very sad to hear that Graham Joyce, a truly great novelist, has passed away. Too soon. Far too soon.” [The Guardian]

The nation’s largest bookstore, Barnes & Noble, experienced a 7-percent loss in revenue in its first quarter, ending in August—but managed to cut its net losses from $87 million to $28.4 million in the first period of the fiscal year. Retail CEO Mitch Klipper said that part of the reduction in declining sales is due to the ongoing dispute between retailer Amazon and publisher Hachette, as well as the popularity of movies adapted from young-adult books. B&N’s future revenues will in part be determined by its Nook Media ebook business and a new joint venture with Google, a book delivery system, currently being piloted. [Publishers Weekly]

Celebrity television judge-turned-author Judge Judy Sheindlin is giving away her new book for free. What Would Judy Say?: Be the Hero of Your Own Story is downloadable on Sheindlin’s website a PDF or e-book, free of charge.  On the site, Scheindlen—who collects a bigger paycheck than any other celebrity on TV, earning nearly a million dollars per workday—describes her book as “an honest conversation with women about what it really takes to get what you deserve out of life.” [Los Angeles Times]

 

 

 

 

'Where the Heart Is' author Billie Letts dies at 76

Billie Letts, the author of the bestselling novel Where the Heart Is, has died. She was 76, and according to her son Tracy Letts, she died of pneumonia.

Letts taught at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and published her first book, Where the Heart Is, about a pregnant teenager abandoned by her boyfriend and stranded in a WalMart, in 1995. When the book was released in paperback, it caught the eye of Oprah Winfrey, who featured the novel on her television show.

Winfrey’s endorsement shot the book up bestseller lists. The novel has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide, according to The New York Times. In 2000, a film adaptation of the book was released, starring Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd. Dennis Letts, Billie’s husband, and also had a role in the movie—he became an actor once he retired from teaching.

After publishing Where the Heart Is, Letts wrote three more novels—The Honk and Holler Opening SoonMade in the U.S.A., and Shoot the Moon.

She is survived by three children: Dana Letts, Shawn Letts, and playwright Tracy Letts. Tracy won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for August: Osage County, which was adapted into a 2013 movie starring Meryl Streep.

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