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On the Books: Lost Dr. Seuss stories to be published as picture book

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Theodor Geisel’s golden years were the 1950s, when he published Horton Hears a Who! (1955), The Cat in the Hat (1957), and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957), as well as the screenplay for The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. He also published a few short stories in Redbook magazine. Random House is now publishing Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories, a collection of stories from the Redbook days, adding illustrations, and releasing it as a picture book in September. [The Guardian]

Before his untimely death last year, Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Oscar Hijuelos was working on a novel more ambitious than anything else he wrote: It’s a 859-page historical novel about Mark Twain and Henry Morton Stanley, the famous explorer who found missionary Robert Livingstone in central Africa. He finished the manuscript before he died, and now Hijuelos’ widow is pursuing publication. The novel, Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise, will be published in the fall of 2015 along with an unpublished short story. Hijuelos’ wife also said he had another 700-page manuscript written, but she doesn’t currently plan to publish it. “I see Twain and Stanley as Oscar’s crowning achievement,” she said. [The New York Times] READ FULL STORY

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]

On the Books: Neil Gaiman's 'Neverwhere' removed from New Mexico school district

This weekend’s news featured a debate about the content of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, several upcoming anniversaries, and a philanthropic teenager. Read on for more of the top book headlines: READ FULL STORY

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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