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)
June 26, 2013 |
When does an author know she's made it? Is it when her first book is published, she gets a deal with a major publisher, her book tops bestseller lists, the movie contracts are signed? All those things have happened in the last year or so to virtually unknown writer E.L. James, thanks to her erotic novels "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed. " Now Forbes has given her another measure of success, placing her at No. 42 on its Celebrity 100 list. While James isn't at the top -- Oprah is No. 1 -- she is the highest ranking author on the 2013 list.
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.
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 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.
March 8, 2010 |
It used to be that the only adults who read young adult literature were those who had a vested interest -- teachers or librarians or parents who either needed or wanted to keep an eye on developing readers' tastes. But increasingly, adults are reading YA books with no ulterior motives. Attracted by well-written, fast-paced and engaging stories that span the gamut of genres and subjects, such readers have mainstreamed a niche long derided as just for kids. Thanks to huge crossover hits like Stephenie Meyer's bloodsucking "Twilight" saga, Suzanne Collins' fight-to-the-death "The Hunger Games" trilogy, Rick Riordan's "The Lightning Thief" and Markus Zusak's Nazi-era "The Book Thief," YA is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise bleak publishing market.