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On the Books: Writers remember Oscar Hijuelos; the U.K. preps for tomorrow's Man Booker Prize announcement

Today’s top books headlines include essays dedicated to the late Oscar Hijuelos, more chatter about the Man Booker Prize, and book announcements from Carl Bernstein and Alice Walker. Read on for more:

The literary world remembered novelist Oscar Hijuelos, who died on Saturday at age 62. The late author’s friend Gustavo Perez Firmat told NPR that Hijuelos “helped to open doors with both publishers and readers to other Latino writers,” while Hector Tobar of the Los Angeles Times called Hijuelos “a cultural pioneer.”

The winner of the Man Booker Prize will be announced tomorrow, and The Telegraph breaks down the favorites, including Jhumpa Lahiri, Colm Toibin, and Jim Crace. But the controversy about including American writers is still not over, with former winner Julian Barnes commenting that British writers will be damaged by the new rules. [The Telegraph]

Back in the States, poet, professor and critic James Emanuel died Sept. 28 at age 92, according to The New York Times. His work commented on racism in America and in an interview with NPR, Emanuel explained, “If America ever solves its racial problem, it will be the greatest country in the world.”

On to some book announcements: Carl Bernstein will release a memoir in 2016 about his experience as a journalist at The Washington Star, the D.C. newspaper that folded in 1981.

The Color Purple author Alice Walker will publish a book called Gathering Blossoms Under Fire, a compilation of excerpts from her personal diaries, in 2017. [AP]

And for your must-reads of the day: Bridget Jones author Helen Fielding talked her evolution as a writer and why she took Bridget in the controversial new direction. [USA Today]

Meanwhile, Nathaniel Popkin took an in-depth look at Oscar Wilde’s stint as a journalist. [The Smart Set]

Finally, writers, it’s time to go to Iceland: The island nation is home to the largest percentage of writers in its population — one in 10 people there will publish a book. [BBC News]

'Bridget Jones': Colin Firth 'had to process' the news about Darcy, says author Helen Fielding

Fans were in an uproar after Helen Fielding released an excerpt from her third installment to the Bridget Jones series and revealed that in it, Mark Darcy — spoiler alert! — dies, leaving Bridget a widow.

But what about the man who plays him on screen?

Colin Firth, who played Darcy in both Bridget Jones films, learned of his character’s death personally from the author. In an interview with Time magazine, Fielding talks how she gently broke the news over the phone after Firth couldn’t meet for lunch.

On the Books: Helen Fielding shocks fans with latest Bridget Jones novel; Chris McCandless' sister to publish memoir

Why is Bridget Jones causing a stir? What new titles will be released next year? Answers to those and more top books headlines below: READ FULL STORY

Bridget Jones a widowed mum-of-two in new book

The world’s most prominent literary singleton Bridget Jones is now a widow bringing up two children alone, according to Mad About the Boy excerpts released Sunday.

Fifteen years after the last novel in her saga, it turns out unlucky-in-love Bridget married Mark Darcy and had two children — but author Helen Fielding has killed off the barrister and put her heroine back on the singles’ market.

The revelation came as extracts of Fielding’s latest Bridget Jones’s Diary were published in the Sunday Times Magazine.

Fielding began the series as a British newspaper column in 1995 before selling 15 million copies of the first two novels, which were made into Hollywood films starring Renee Zellweger as Bridget and Colin Firth as the aloof Darcy.

Third 'Bridget Jones' novel title revealed, plus an excerpt

For her upcoming third outing, Bridget Jones has changed quite a bit — she’s older, living in present-day London, and she’s immersed in texting and social media — but judging from the title of the new book, she’s still having relationship issues. And yes, she’s still keeping a diary.

Knopf has announced that the third Bridget Jones novel by Helen Fielding, coming out Oct. 15, will be called Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, although everyone is keeping tight-lipped about who the “boy” is. The publisher has also released a micro-excerpt: READ FULL STORY

Bridget Jones will return in book form for the first time in 14 years

“How’s your love life?”

Bridget Jones, heroine of the page and screen, might be fending that question off again in her next chapter. We’ve already heard buzz about a new Bridget Jones novel, but Knopf officially announced this morning that it will be releasing Helen Fielding’s book in November. It will receive an initial printing of 250,000 copies.

Bridget Jones’ Diary was first published in 1996 and is widely credited for invigorating the “chick lit” phenomenon. A sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, followed in 1999. The books have sold 15 million copies globally, and both were adapted into films starring Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant, and Colin Firth.

While few details have been announced, we do know that time will have passed realistically for Bridget. She started the series in her 30s, but this story will be set in modern-day London with Bridget “at a later stage in her life,” according to a press release. “My life has moved on,” says Fielding, “and Bridget’s will move on, too. I hope people will have as much fun reading it, as I am writing it.”

There is a third Bridget Jones movie in the works also, but Fielding’s novel won’t follow the same plot, which involves Bridget having a baby.

Are you excited for the next installment?

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New 'Bridget Jones' novel in works from Helen Fielding

Author Helen Fielding announced on U.K. radio today that the zaftig, self-deprecating, journal-writing, perennially lovelorn Bridget Jones will return for a third installment.

“The new novel is set in present-day London, with an entirely new scenario for Bridget,” Fielding said on the show Women’s Hour Friday. “If people laugh as much reading it as I am while writing it then we’ll all be very happy.”

It’s already been announced that a long-in-the-works third Bridget Jones movie is on its way, following Bridget Jones’s Diary and Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason, both starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, and Hugh Grant. The new book, however, will not follow the upcoming movie’s plotline (which focuses on Bridget having a baby), Fielding told the show. There is also a musical in development.

In addition, the new book will have a slightly different focus, opening each chapter with Bridget’s tweets, rather than her  familiar food-and-cigarette diary entries. “It’s more like ‘number of Twitter followers: 0. Still no followers. Still no followers’,” Fielding said on the program. But don’t worry, not everything has changed: “She is still on the diet,” Fielding said.


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