Fiction: April 2009 Archives

New Vonnegut stories

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A posthumous collection of short stories by Kurt Vonnegut will be released this November. The collection, called Look at the Birdie, contains 14 stories by the author of Slaughterhouse-Five and other works, Delacorte Press announced Friday.

The publisher plans to reissue 15 Vonnegut titles including Mother Night, The Sirens of Titan, Galapagos and Slaughterhouse-Five. Also due: another collection of his unpublished writings and a book of letters sent to and from the author during his life.

More never-before-seen stories by Vonnegut appeared in the 2008 collection Armageddon in Retrospect.

Vonnegut died in April 2007 at the age 84. His works contained elements of social commentary, sci-fi and autobiography.


'Presumed Innocent' sequel

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Scott Turow is putting out a sequel to his million-selling Presumed Innocent and leaving his longtime publisher, Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Turow's next book, Innocent, will be released in May 2010 by Grand Central Publishing, a division of the Hachette Book Group (USA).

The author had spent the past two decades publishing hardcovers with Farrar, Straus & Giroux and paperbacks with Grand Central (formerly Warner Books).

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Scott Turow
(Jean Lachat~Sun-Times)

Turow is the second major author within the past year and a half to leave FS&G for Hachette, the rare thriving publisher thanks in part to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series.

In early 2008, Tom Wolfe ended a 40-year run at Farrar and announced he would publish his next novel, Back to Blood, with the Hachette division Little, Brown and Co.

As with Wolfe, sales had dropped for Turow's recent books, notably Ordinary Heroes.


Posthumous Michael Crichton releases planned

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Two new Michael Crichton novels, one of them unfinished, have been scheduled for release.

Publisher HarperCollins announced Monday that Pirate Latitudes, an adventure story set in Jamaica the 17th century, will come out this fall.

HarperCollins says the novel was recently found in the files of Crichton, who died last year of cancer at age 66.

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Michael Crichton in 2004. (AP)

A techno-thriller, about one-third completed and currently untitled, will come out in 2010. A co-author, yet to be determined, will help finish the book.

Crichton's many best-sellers included Jurassic Park and State of Fear.


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