Jackie Collins: Writer of Steamy Bestselling Novels (and Joan’s Sister)

As a writer of steamy, salacious fiction about the rich and famous, Jackie Collins might have been a bigger star than her big sister Joan, the scheming Alex Carrington in the 1980s prime-time soap opera Dynasty. Jackie, who passed away Sept. 19 at age 77 in Los Angeles, churned out more than three dozen books — from Hollywood Wives and Rock Star to The Power Trip. Scantily clad beauties and shirtless male hunks on the covers gave a pretty good indication …

Harper Lee to Publish ‘New’ Novel in July

Oh happy day! On July 14, Harper Lee will release a second, newly discovered novel titled Go Set a Watchman. Now 88, the author is world-famous for her first — and, until now, only — book, To Kill a Mockingbird. Published in 1960, it won the Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. The new novel will be published in North America by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins. Said Lee in a statement …

‘Red Tent’ Author Happy With Miniseries From Her Book

Ever since Anita Diamant’s 1997 novel, The Red Tent, blew up into a global best seller — with a reported 3.3 million copies in 28 languages sold — fans have debated what it would be like to see the Bible-inspired work come to life on film. Lifetime answers that question Dec. 7 and 8 with its miniseries adaptation starring Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible 5) as Dinah, daughter of the biblical Jacob; Minnie Driver as Leah, Dinah’s mother; Morena Baccarin (Homeland) as Rachel, Jacob’s …

Write Your Memoir to Win a Book Contract

Calling all writers: Could you be the next Frank McCourt, Elizabeth Gilbert or Jeanette Walls – all authors of bestselling memoirs? Here’s your chance to share your life story, win $5,000 and get a book contract.  AARP, The Huffington Post and publisher Simon & Schuster have teamed up to hold a national memoir contest.  “We’re searching for the next great memoir,” said Myrna Blyth, Editorial Director for AARP Media.  “We want to find a gifted writer who can tell a …

Tom Clancy: Insurance Man Turned Mega-Novelist

Toiling by day at an insurance agency in the 1970s, Tom Clancy dreamed of writing bestselling action thrillers. Unlike most would-be novelists, Clancy, who died on Oct. 1 at age 66 in Baltimore, had two things going for him. First, he had a great idea for a story (inspired by a newspaper article about Soviet sailors who’d tried to defect), in which a Red submarine captain stages a clever ploy to switch sides, with the help of an intrepid CIA agent named …

The Next ‘Hunger Games’ Is Worth a Read

Looking for a juicy fall read? Then you’ve may already have heard about The Bone Season, the debut novel that’s being called the next Hunger Games. Written by 21-year-old English author Samantha Shannon, The Bone Season is the inaugural pick of the Today Show’s new book club.Does the novel – the first in a series projected to total seven – merit the hype? Elizabeth Word Gutting in The Washington Post thought mainly yes (though she carped that the novel’s back story …