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Doctor Sleep: A Novel | Stephen King
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Today‘s author spotlight: Stephen (Edwin) King! The 72-year-old was born in Portland, Maine. He and his brother were raised by their single mother. He has been dubbed the King of Horror. He has written over 65 books and 200 short stories. His wife of 48 years, Tabitha, and two sons, Joe Hill and Owen, have also written books. He has a daughter, Naomi, who is a Unitarian minister and gay rights advocate. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

Aimeesue Our (UU) minister quoted a piece from Naomi King … the Sunday before Halloween. Cuz we UUs like to amuse ourselves. 😂 (edited) 2d
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Middlemarch | George Elliot
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Today‘s author spotlight: George Eliot! George Eliot was the pen name of Mary Ann Evans, circumventing the stereotype of women writing only light romances. Born in England in 1819, she died at 61 in London. She is considered one of Victorian Literature‘s titans. She wrote 7 novels, known for their realism; some consider Middlemarch the English language‘s greatest novel! She‘s buried at London‘s Highgate Cemetery. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

LibrarianRyan I like Silas Marner much more than Middle March 2w
Leftcoastzen Yay ,George! 2w
Moonprismpower @LibrarianRyan I read Silas Marner and has high hopes but found I didn‘t care for it. I read it as an adult having as a child watched a Steve Martin movie based on the story. What part did you like best? 1w
LibrarianRyan @Moonprismpower I had not seen the movie before I read the book but it is cute. I really loved this curmudgeon of a old man taking in a baby and raising it. He hates everything but this little melts his heat and he gets to feel love and the loss of love. 1w
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Today‘s author spotlight: Robert Louis Stevenson! Born today in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1850, he died at 44. He married in San Francisco & had no children together. He was good friends with Hawaii‘s King Kalākaua. He was a much-loved advocate of the Samoan people, & his adopted Samoan name was Tusitala, or “Teller of Tales”. They buried him atop Mt. Vaea. He was excluded from literary canon until recent decades. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

LapReader If you are ever in Samoa go visit his house and lush gardens. It‘s stunning and the Samoan guide is so informative and sings a song about him unaccompanied by anything and it‘s very stirring. Would have liked to hike to his grave but we had the kids with us and we don‘t think they would have made it. I‘ll post some pics later and tag you. 3w
MrBook @LapReader Very cool! Please do! 3w
MrsMalaprop That‘s very cool @LapReader 👏. Would you recommend a trip to Samoa, RLS aside? 3w
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LapReader Yes @MrsMalaprop it‘s a bright and friendly country. You are forced to relax because everything eventually gets done but at a very slow pace. Our kids got to play with and eat like local kids and we all loved the warm water. The ‘Bali belly‘ not so much. 3w
Leftcoastzen Love this photo of RLS! 3w
Andrew65 A true classic author! 3w
JazzFeathers One of my favourite authors 😍 l often wonder what business did Stevenson have living in the 1800s. He's such a modern author. 3w
JazzFeathers @Leftcoastzen It is a lovely photo. So modern. Like him. 3w
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Two Lives | Vikram Seth
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Today‘s author spotlight: Vikram Seth! The 67-year-old was born in Calcutta, India. He studied at Oxford & Stanford. He was commissioned by the English National Opera to write a Greek myth-based libretto, which was first performed in 1994. He received a Q9.4 mil advance for his novel “Two Lives”, far more than the 6a8,000 for “A Suitable Boy”. He lives in poet George Herbert‘s former home. He is gay & an activist. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

Amiable LOVED “A Suitable Boy.“ Have been awaiting a sequel! 1mo
ljuliel Holy Smokes ! That‘s a lot of money for one book. I know nothing about what authors make, so maybe lots of them get million dollar deals ? 1mo
BookFreakOut @ljuliel Based on some discussion I've seen (among YA authors) a more typical advance would be $5000-15,000/book for a debut, the splashy bug deals are uncommon but often more visible. 1mo
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BookFreakOut @ljuliel *big deals, can't type today! And I believe advances are typically split into 3 payments: contract signed, book delivered, book published. Minus agent percentage if applicable and taxes each time, many say it's hard to quit the day job because the payments are infrequent and you never know what kind of advance the next book might get. 1mo
ljuliel Thanks for the info @BookFreakOut . I guess I‘ve never heard anything about dollar amounts. I suppose it‘d depend on the author, how popular, etc. like Stephen King probably gets millions for every book .. it‘d be a great job if you could break through with a bestseller , but hard if you kept writing and never hit it big. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks A Suitable Boy is one of my favorites and have been long awaiting the sequel! @ljuliel @BookFreakOut I actually just finished reading a book that covers writers and money and things like how advances work! Very interesting. 1mo
ljuliel Thanks. I just put it in my reminder area. @ValerieAndBooks 1mo
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Fascinating book that makes me want to go back and study biology.

And the really incredible thing: octopuses are color blind! So then how do they do such excellent camouflage? Scientists really don‘t know but theorize they might “see” with their skin.

#nfNov #TIL #themoreyouknow

Clwojick That‘s kind of mind blowing. I love it! 1mo
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Today‘s author spotlight: Franz Kafka! Born in Prague in 1883, he died at 40 in Austria from tuberculosis. His body of work is so influential, that the term “Kafkaesque” has been coined to describe surreal, disorienting complexity. Though engaged several times, he never married. He wrote in his spare time while working in insurance. Much of his work was published posthumously rather than being burned as he wanted. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

wanderinglynn Can you imagine if they had respected his wishes & burned his work? 😱 1mo
Lcsmcat Thanks to him, my husband names every cockroach he finds in the garage Gregor. 1mo
MrBook @wanderinglynn Thank goodness they didn‘t! @Lcsmcat 😂👏🏻 1mo
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The Icarus Girl | Helen Oyeyemi
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Today‘s author spotlight: Helen (Olajumoke) Oyeyemi! The 34-year-old Brit moves from Nigeria to London when a girl. She studied at Cambridge University, where she already had her first book written (the tagged one) and two of her plays performed to critical acclaim. Her books have garnered her a number of awards, including the PEN and Shirley Jackson Award, and gotten her onto lists like “25 under 25”. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

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The Social Media Reader | Michael Mandiberg
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I was today years old when I found out Litsy was on the web. Wow. Also learning about some other cool features I've missed by scrolling back through older posts from the official Litsy account. They have been putting in that work! 👏🏽 #themoreyouknow

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The Black Rose | Tananarive Due
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Today‘s author spotlight: Tananarive Due! The 53-year-old is a Tallahassee, Florida, native. Her mother named her after the French name of Madagascar‘s capital, Antananarivo. She has a B.S. in journalism and an M.A. in English Literature. She worked at the Miami Herald when she wrote her first novel. She currently resides in Los Angles with her husband and their son. She is prolific in horror and sci fi. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

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