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'Fatal Vision' author Joe McGinniss dies at age 71

Joe McGinniss wasn’t one to let a story tell itself.

Whether insisting on the guilt of a murder suspect after seemingly befriending him or moving next door to Sarah Palin’s house for a most unauthorized biography, McGinniss was unique in his determination to get the most inside information, in how publicly he burned bridges with his subjects and how memorably he placed himself in the narrative.

McGinniss, the adventurous and news-making author and reporter who skewered the marketing of Richard Nixon in The Selling of the President 1968 and tracked his personal journey from sympathizer to scourge of convicted killer Jeffrey MacDonald in the blockbuster Fatal Vision, died Monday at age 71.

McGinniss, who announced last year that he had been diagnosed with inoperable prostate cancer, died from complications related to his disease. His attorney and longtime friend Dennis Holahan said he died at a hospital in Worcester, Mass. Optimistic almost to the end, he had for months posted regular updates on Facebook and Twitter, commenting on everything from foreign policy to his health.

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Short-story writer Mavis Gallant dies at 91

Mavis Gallant, the Montreal-born writer who carved out an international reputation as a master short-story author while living in Paris for decades, died Tuesday at age 91, her publisher said.

The bilingual Quebecois started out as a journalist and went on to publish well over 100 short stories in her lauded career, many of them in The New Yorker magazine and in collections such as The Other Paris, Across the Bridge, and In Transit.

Although she lived abroad, Gallant received several high-profile honors in Canada, including a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Governor General’s Literary Award for her story collection, Home Truths: Selected Canadian Stories.

Random House in Canada confirmed the death, saying she died in her Paris apartment Tuesday morning.

Although at least 120 of her pieces appeared in The New Yorker, her following in the United States remained small. Many of her books remain out of print, short stories tend not to be best sellers and as a Canadian living in Paris she often wrote about foreign cultures. READ FULL STORY

Elizabeth Jane Howard, author of 'Cazalet Chronicles,' dies

Elizabeth Jane Howard, whose saga of a wealthy English family living in the shadow of war enchanted readers a generation ahead of Downton Abbey, died Thursday, her friend and publicist said. She was 90.

Jacqui Graham said that Howard died Thursday at her home in Bungay, England. No details as to the cause of death were immediately available.

Howard’s whirlwind life saw her write 15 novels, leave three marriages, model, act, broadcast, and much more. Many of her books were critical successes, but she was best known for The Cazalet Chronicles, which followed the tangled lives and loves of several generations of an aristocratic household in the run-up to World War II. READ FULL STORY

'It's Kind of a Funny Story' author Ned Vizzini dies at 32

Ned Vizzini, the author of YA favorites It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Be More Chill, died Thursday in New York City. According to the Los Angeles Times, Vizzini committed suicide. He was 32.

Vizzini, a Brooklyn native, began writing professionally for New York City newspapers as a teenager in the late ’90s. His first book, a “quasi-autogiobraphy” called Teen Angst? Naaah…, collected several of Vizzini’s columns for the New York Press and shared its title with an essay Vizzini had published in the New York Times Magazine when he was still a junior at Manhattan’s prestigious Stuyvesant High School. The book hit shelves in 2000. His first novel, Be More Chill, was published in 2004.

That same year, Vizzini experienced depression and suicidal thoughts, which prompted him to call a suicide hotline. Vizzini subsequently spent a week in the psychiatric ward of Brooklyn’s Methodist Hospital. Vizzini would later fictionalize this experience in his acclaimed second novel, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, published in 2006. The novel was adapted into a film starring Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, and Emma Roberts in 2010.
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'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' author Paul Torday dies at 67

British novelist Paul Torday, who had a surprise best-seller with his debut novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, has died at age 67, his publisher said Thursday.

Torday died at home in Northumberland a day earlier, surrounded by his family, said publisher Weidenfeld and Nicolson. It did not provide a cause of death.

Torday launched his writing career in his late 50s, publishing Salmon Fishing in the Yemen in 2007 — the story of a rich sheik who dreams of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to his desert country.

The novel was adapted into a 2011 film starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt, with Blunt as the sheik’s representative and McGregor as a cynical fisheries expert who begrudgingly accepts the challenge.
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Barbara Park, 'Junie B. Jones' author, dead at 66

The author of the million-selling Junie B. Jones children’s series has died.

Random House Books for Young Readers says Barbara Park died Friday at age 66 after a long battle with ovarian cancer.

The publisher says Park’s stories of the smart-mouthed young girl sold more than 55 million copies just in North America. She wrote dozens of books and received numerous awards, although parents and educators occasionally worried that Junie was a bad influence on her young fans.

Park helped found a charitable organization, Sisters in Survival, to raise money women with ovarian cancer. Random House announced that contributions can be made to SistersInSurvival.org.

Doris Lessing, Nobel prize-winning author, dies at 94

Doris Lessing, the Nobel prize-winning, free-thinking, world-traveling and often-polarizing author of The Golden Notebook and dozens of other novels that reflected her own improbable journey across the former British empire, died Sunday. She was 94.

Her publisher, HarperCollins, said the author of more than 55 works of fiction, opera, nonfiction, and poetry, died peacefully early Sunday. Her family requested privacy, and the exact cause of death was not immediately clear.

Lessing explored topics ranging from colonial Africa to dystopian Britain, from the mystery of being female to the unknown worlds of science fiction.

She won the Nobel Literature prize in 2007. The Swedish Academy praised Lessing for her “skepticism, fire and visionary power.” When informed about winning the prize outside her London home she responded: “Oh Christ! … I couldn’t care less.” READ FULL STORY

'Rolling Stone' writer Anthony DeCurtis working on Lou Reed biography

Longtime music writer and Rolling Stone critic Anthony DeCurtis is writing a biography of Lou Reed.

Little, Brown and Co. announced Thursday that it had acquired a book by DeCurtis. The writer interviewed Reed numerous times and wrote the liner notes for an anthology of songs by the group Reed led in the 1960s, the Velvet Underground.

Little, Brown bills the biography as offering “the inside story” of the brilliant and contentious artist. The book is currently untitled and doesn’t yet have a release date.

Reed, one of the most influential musicians of the past 50 years, died Oct. 27 at age 71. He was known for such songs as “Walk on the Wild Side,” ”Heroin” and “Pale Blue Eyes.”

Suspense writer Michael Palmer dies at age 71

Michael Palmer, a physician and best-selling suspense author whose Extreme Measures was adapted into a 1996 film of the same name starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman, has died.

A statement Thursday from publisher St. Martin’s Press says Palmer died Wednesday at age 71 from complications relating to a stroke and heart attack.

Palmer’s 20th novel, Resistant, is to be published in May.

Palmer was a native of Springfield, Mass. He drew upon his medical background for such novels as Side Effects and The First Patient, a thriller about the president’s doctor.

Pulitzer-winning author Oscar Hijuelos dies at 62

Cuban-American novelist Oscar Hijuelos, who became the first Latino author to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, died on Saturday in Manhattan, the New York Times reports. According to his wife Lori Marie Carlson, Hijuelos collapsed on a tennis court and never regained consciousness. He was 62 years old. READ FULL STORY

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