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Over John Green, miss Maya Angelou? 5 authors to follow on Twitter now

Authors on Twitter often display their personalities and artistry on the social media platform in a way that the written page doesn’t provide. Their conversational tweets are often witty, inspirational and endearing. (Bonus: sometimes they’ll drop the occasional hint about their upcoming work). Take John Green, author of the YA best seller The Fault in Our Stars, whose 2 million-plus followers eagerly devour his musings on everything from the World Cup to the upcoming TFIOS film. Author Maya Angelou was another favorite on Twitter. In fact her last tweet, “Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God” — posted May 23, just five days before her passing — has since been retweeted nearly 100,00 times. So it seems appropriate — whether you are over John Green or missing Dr. Angelou — that we share a list of oh-so-hot authors to follow on Twitter. READ FULL STORY

Maya Angelou: Saying goodbye to a literary giant

Maya Angelou — the trailblazing and award-winning poet and memoirist — has died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at the age of 86. Her son Guy  B. Johnson, who survives her along with several grandchildren, said in a statement, “Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.”

She was born Marguerite Ann Johnson (her nickname, “Maya,” was bestowed by her older brother) on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis. After her parents split when she was 3, Angelou was sent to live with her paternal grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. It was when she returned to her mother and St. Louis a few years later that a series of traumas began: at the age of 8, she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend. She went to her older brother, who alerted the rest of the family. The man was arrested and convicted, though he was murdered before serving any time in jail. Angelou assumed that he had been killed by her uncles, and the young girl didn’t speak for years afterwards. “I thought, my voice killed him; I killed that man, because I told his name,” she wrote in 1969’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing. READ FULL STORY

Maya Angelou, celebrated author and poet, dies at 86

Maya Angelou, the Presidential Medal of Freedom-winning writer whose storied, prolific career stretched over five decades, has died at the age of 86. Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines confirmed the author’s death Wednesday morning, according to local North Carolina news station Fox 8.

Angelou was born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1928. Her tragic childhood — she was sexually assaulted at the age of eight by her mother’s boyfriend, who was later murdered after she testified against him, and as a result of the trauma Angelou didn’t speak for nearly a decade — is chronicled in Angelou’s work, most notably her 1969 autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Angelou wrote six additional autobiographies, as well as plays, screenplays, numerous speeches, and countless poems, including “On the Pulse of Morning,” which Angelou recited at President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration in 1993.

A full obituary of Angelou is in the works. In the meantime, take note of the poet’s final message, posted to her Twitter account May 23 — they’re appropriately evocative last words: READ FULL STORY

On the Books: Maya Angelou writes poem for Nelson Mandela; Simon & Schuster launches 'Hot Bed' category

Today’s headlines feature plenty of must-reads, but one news item highlights a book published half a decade ago. Read on for more: READ FULL STORY

On the Books: Maya Angelou, Judy Blume sign open letter to Obama on standardized testing; Emily Dickinson manuscripts digitally archived

Today’s bevy of book news includes an open letter, another digital archive, and a retirement that’s up in the air. Read on for more top headlines: READ FULL STORY

Maya Angelou to receive honorary National Book Award

The book world is finally honoring Maya Angelou.

The poet and author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will be this year’s recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the literary community, the National Book Foundation announced Thursday. It is the first major literary prize for the 85-year-old Angelou, who has been celebrated everywhere from the Grammy Awards to the White House. She has received three Grammys for best spoken word album, a National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.

Speaking by telephone with The Associated Press on Thursday, Angelou said she couldn’t wait to be in the same room as “some very big names in the literary world” and that the Literarian prize made her feel that she was “picking in high cotton.”

“Dr. Angelou’s body of work transcends the words on the page,” the book foundation’s executive director, Harold Augenbraum, said in a statement. “She has been on the front lines of history and the fight for social justice and decade after decade remains a symbol of the redemptive power of literature in the contemporary world.” READ FULL STORY

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