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Man charged with assaulting author Colum McCann

New Haven police have arrested Michael Mott, 34, of Oxford, Connecticut, for assaulting award-winning novelist Colum McCann, the Associated Press reports. Mott turned himself into the police on Monday evening and confessed to assaulting the National Book Award winner outside of the Study Hotel on June 28.

The Let the Great World Spin author was attending a conference at the The Study Hotel in New Haven. According to the New Haven Registerwitnesses reported that McCann tried to help a woman, Mott’s wife, who was having an argument with Mott after the hotel staff told the couple that their credit card was declined. McCann offered Mott’s wife some assistance, but she declined, and McCann exited the hotel, said the police.

Mott then followed McCann outside and attacked him, according to police. Following the assault, McCann was treated for significant but not life-threatening facial injuries. The New Haven police charged Mott with assault and with family violence breach of peace for the dispute that occurred in the hotel lobby.


Author Walter Dean Myers dies at 76

Update: Myer’s publisher Sholastic Books has a released a statement on the author’s death.

Walter Dean Myers, a beloved author of children’s books, died on Tuesday following a brief illness, according to the Children’s Book Council. He was 76.

Myers’s career spanned over 45 years, during which he wrote more than 100 books. Some of his best-known work includes Monster, a fictional 1999 account of an African-American teenager on trial for a felony murder in New York, and Fallen Angels, a 1988 novel about the Vietnam War.


'Ender's Game' author Orson Scott Card compares Obama to Hitler in inflammatory essay

Bestselling sci-fi author Orson Scott Card is no stranger to controversy. The man behind Ender’s Game is also a passionately outspoken opponent of gay rights; his views have led LGBT readers and allies to call for boycotts of his work and to urge entertainment companies to sever ties with Card. Lionsgate, which will release a film based on Ender’s Game this fall, has also distanced itself from Card, assuring the public that the company does not agree with his personal views and promising to host an LGBT benefit premiere for the film.

But Card isn’t just an anti-same-sex-marriage activist; he’s also a vocal critic of the U.S.’s current administration who predicts that Barack Obama’s presidency will lead to the end of American democracy.


Best-selling author Vince Flynn dies at age 47

Best-selling author Vince Flynn, who wrote the Mitch Rapp counterterrorism thriller series and sold more than 15 million books in the U.S. alone, died Wednesday in Minnesota after a more than two-year battle with prostate cancer, according to friends and his publisher. He was 47.

Flynn was supporting himself by bartending when he self-published his first novel, Term Limits, in 1997 after getting more than 60 rejection letters. After it became a local best-seller, Picket Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint, signed him to a two-book deal — and Term Limits became a New York Times best-seller in paperback.

The St. Paul-based author also sold millions of books in the international market and averaged about a book a year, most of them focused on Rapp, a CIA counterterrorism operative. His 14th novel, The Last Man, was published last year.

'American Sniper' author Chris Kyle shot and killed

The former top Navy SEAL sniper who authorities say was killed at a Texas shooting range was devoted to maintaining camaraderie and helping his fellow veterans find their way after leaving active duty.

Chris Kyle, author of the best-selling book American Sniper, and his friend Chad Littlefield apparently were doing just that Saturday when, officials say, they were shot and killed by former Marine Eddie Ray Routh.

Kyle, 38, had left the Navy in 2009 after four tours of duty in Iraq, where he earned a reputation as one of the military’s most lethal snipers. But he quickly found a way to maintain contact with his fellow veterans and pass on what had helped him work through his own struggles. By late 2011, he filed the paperwork to establish the nonprofit FITCO Cares, which received its nonprofit status the following spring, said FITCO director Travis Cox.

“Chris struggled with some things,” Cox said. “He’d been through a lot and he handled it with grace, but yeah he did struggle with some things. And he found a healthy outlet and was proactive in his approach to deal with those issues and wanted to help spread his healing, what worked for him, to others. And that’s what he died doing.” READ FULL STORY

Musician Chris Thile, author Junot Diaz among MacArthur Foundation 'genius grant' recipients

Mandolin player and composer Chris Thile learned the hard way that when you get a call from the 312 area code this time of year, you should probably answer the phone.

Thile is among 23 recipients of this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius grants,” which are given in a secrecy-shrouded process. Winners have no idea they’ve been nominated for the $500,000 awards until they get the call, and nominators must remain anonymous.

Former 'Cosmopolitan' editor-in-chief Helen Gurley Brown has died at 90

Trailblazing magazine editor Helen Gurley Brown has passed away after a brief hospitalization, according to a Hearst Corporation press release. She was 90.

“Widely heralded as a legend, Gurley Brown’s impact on popular culture and society reached around the globe, first with her 1962 bestseller, Sex and the Single Girl, and then for the more than three decades she put her personal stamp on Cosmopolitan in a way rarely replicated by editors,” the release reads in part. “Under her reign, Cosmopolitan became the bible of ‘single girls’ worldwide and remains the magazine of ‘fun, fearless, females’ to this day.”

Gurley Brown was born in Green Forest, Ark. on February 18, 1922. After stints at Texas State College for Women and Woodbury Business College, the future publishing superstar took on a series of secretarial jobs. She eventually transitioned into writing advertising copy, then cemented herself as a public figure in 1962 with the publication of Sex and the Single Girl. Gurley Brown went on to become Cosmopolitan‘s editor-in-chief in 1965, transforming the conservative periodical into a must-read magazine for young, single women. She left her position in 1997, moving on to become editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan‘s international editions (which now number 64).

Gurley Brown will be remembered for her impact on the publishing industry, her contributions to the culture at large, and sly quips like this famous line: “Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go everywhere.”

'Seven Habits of Highly Effective People' author dies

Stephen R. Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People as well as three other books that have all sold more than a million copies, has died. He was 79. In a statement sent to employees of a Utah consulting firm Covey co-founded, his family said the writer and motivational speaker died at a hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho, early Monday due to complications from a bicycle accident in April. “In his final hours, he was surrounded by his loving wife and each one of his children and their spouses, just as he always wanted,” the family said.

Covey was hospitalized after being knocked unconscious in the bicycle accident on a steep road in the foothills of Provo, Utah, about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City. At the time, his publicist, Debra Lund, said doctors had not found any signs of long-term damage to his head. “He just lost control on his bike and crashed,” Lund said. “He was wearing a helmet, which is good news.”

Covey is the author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and co-founder of Utah-based professional services company FranklinCovey. Catherine Sagers, Covey’s daughter, told The Salt Lake Tribune in April that her father had suffered some bleeding on his brain after the bicycle accident. A telephone message left for Sagers on Monday wasn’t returned.

Bob Dylan, Toni Morrison among Medal of Freedom recipients

Sketching impressive contributions to society in intensely personal terms, President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Freedom to more than a dozen political and cultural greats Tuesday, including rocker Bob Dylan, astronaut John Glenn and novelist Toni Morrison.

In awarding the nation’s highest civilian honor to 13 recipients, living and dead, the president took note of the overflow crowd in the East Room and said it was “a testament to how cool this group is. Everybody wanted to check ‘em out.”

Obama then spoke of his personal connection to a number of this year’s recipients, calling them “my heroes individually.”

“I know how they impacted my life,” the president said. He recalled reading Morrison’s Song of Solomon in his youth and “not just trying to figure out how to write, but also how to be and how to think.”

In college days, Obama said, he listened to Dylan and recalled “my world opening up, because he captured something about this country that was so vital.” Dylan’s appearance drew the biggest whoops from the crowd, and he dressed for the event — sunglasses, bow tie and black suit embellished with shiny buckles and buttons.  READ FULL STORY

Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes dead

Author Carlos Fuentes, who played a dominant role in Latin America’s novel-writing boom by delving into the failed ideals of the Mexican revolution, died Tuesday in a Mexico City hospital. He was 83.

Fuentes died at the Angeles del Pedregal hospital where he was taken after his personal doctor, Arturo Ballesteros, found him in shock in his Mexico City home. Ballesteros told reporters outside the hospital that the writer had a sudden internal hemorrhage that caused him to lose consciousness.

The loss was mourned worldwide via Twitter and across Mexican airwaves by everyone from fellow Mexican authors Elena Poniatowska and Jorge Volpi to reggaeton artist Rene Perez of the group Calle 13. “I deeply lament the death of our beloved and admired Carlos Fuentes, a universal Mexican writer,” said President Felipe Calderon on his Twitter account. READ FULL STORY

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