August 14, 2013 |
"Fifty Shades of Grey" author E.L. James has dethroned the writing masters (and earners) of the universe with her addictive S&M trilogy. On Sunday, Forbes released its yearly top-earning authors list , with a new name leading the pack: James. The "Twilight" fan fiction-turned-smutty trilogy has netted James, nee Erika Leonard, an estimated $95 million in earnings from June 2012 to June 2013, and this is before the inevitable film adaptation due in August of next year. There are a lot of formulas that lead to inclusion on this list -- No. 2, James Patterson ($91 million)
February 11, 1989
Former Rep. James Patterson, 80, who helped draft the National Atomic Energy Act of 1947. The act created the Atomic Energy Commission, on which he also served. A Republican who represented Connecticut in Congress from 1947 to 1959, he was defeated for reelection in 1958 by former Waterbury Mayor John Monagan. In Camden, N.J., on Tuesday.
May 28, 2012 |
James Patterson has written so many books, he's lost track of the exact number. Ask him how many novels he's penned for 2012 alone and he shrugs, then guesses: "Twelve or 13?" Often derided as a "factory" for being so prolific, Patterson has written more than 70 novels and sold more than 260 million copies - far more than any living writer. And at 65, he shows no sign of easing up. If anything, his pace seems to be quickening, especially with children's books, which he began writing in 2007 after more than 30 years of producing adult thrillers.
December 26, 2010 |
Witch & Wizard: The Gift A Novel James Patterson and Ned Rust Little, Brown: 342 pp., $17.99 Books and movies have been banned. Music, art ? they too have been outlawed by an evil regime known as the New Order and its hateful leader, The One Who Is The One. Gone are the days of individualism and integrity, and with it the easy availability of cheeseburgers and rock 'n' roll. Such is the world inhabited by teen siblings Wisty and Whit Allgood as they attempt to evade capture in "The Gift," the second installment of James Patterson's bestselling "Witch & Wizard" series for young adults.
May 26, 2006 |
James Patterson's life was an accident, a clashing of indecisiveness, a lost first love and an idea that there were rules for ordinary folks like him. But at 59, there's nothing ordinary about the multimillionaire author. Patterson has published 35 books, 18 of which hit No. 1 on the New York Times list of bestsellers. He's sold 100 million copies, grossing $1 billion in sales.
March 23, 2003 |
For Tim Green, the legal system is a game of chance. At the whim of a judge or jury, pain, suffering and bereavement become less significant than legal loopholes and rules of evidence twisted by shysters, while violent predators roam free to prey on the innocent again and again. "The Fifth Angel" presents a case for the retribution that our so-called justice system fails to visit upon sordid destroyers of lives.
December 24, 2000 |
"Final Acts" is a mishmash of idealism and horror, sensation and sentiment, political correctness and aberrant cults. A cult is a deviant religious sect with its own form of worship; and, oh boy, are Alex Abella's cultists ferociously deviant! Girls slaughtered, skinned alive, hacked to death, heads chopped off: Blood-stained offerings to dark spirits and the credulous cuckoos who obey their demands spill out of his pages.
November 2, 1998 |
At 46, with the real and attractive prospect of becoming CEO of J. Walter Thompson--one of the world's largest advertising agencies--looming before me, I decided to move on to a second career. What I was doing--"second careering"--is probably a recurring daydream for many of you reading this column. So here's what happened to this ship jumper. For openers, I'm not really much of a dreamer, so I had begun to act on my second career years before I actually left my job at Thompson.
September 18, 2013 |
Les Plesko, an author and well-regarded instructor in creative writing, died Monday in Venice. Plesko taught at UCLA Extension, where he was a recipient of the Outstanding Instructor Award in Creative Writing. The L.A. County coroner told City News Service that Plesko , who was 59, took his own life. Venice was Plesko's home and the setting for his 1995 debut novel, "Last Bongo Sunset," about a heroin addict's self-loathing, marginal beachside life in the 1970s. The book was published by Simon & Schuster and was lauded as "stylistically gorgeous" while recieving mixed reviews.
September 19, 2013 |
Ralph Ellison's novel "Invisible Man" has been banned from school libraries in Randolph County, N.C. The book is considered by many to be an masterful novel dealing with race in America. “I didn't find any literary value,” said school board member Gary Mason before the board voted 5-2 to ban the book. Ellison's "Invisible Man" won the National Book Award in 1953. In 1965, a national poll of book critics deemed it the greatest American novel written since World War II. The book was brought before the board by a parent who lodged a 12-page complaint, Asheboro's Courier-Tribune reports . She found the book's contents inappropriate for her child, an 11th grader, citing its lack of innocence, its language and sexual content.