The rock memoir trend is still rolling.
John Fogerty, singer and songwriter with Creedence Clearwater Revival, has announced plans to publish a memoir with Little, Brown in 2014, according to the website Galleycat.
The book will cover Fogerty’s solo career and his years with the 1960s swamp-rock hitmakers, and will deal with his acrimonious split from his CCR bandmates, including his brother Tom, and the long legal battle with his record label that nearly cut his career short.
Was a seventh century warrior- king the model for Aragorn of Middle-earth or Robb Stark of Winterfell?
That’s the line suggested by the publishers of The King in the North: The Life and Times of Oswald of Northumbria, a biography to be published by the British house Head of Zeus.
Publicity material for the biography of the little-known Northumbrian warrior, by Max Adams, suggests he was the inspiration for ranger-turnedking Aragorn in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, while the title "King in the North" is bestowed upon Robb Stark at the end of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones.
Two Canadians are among 15 authors worldwide in the running for the $30,000 Man Asian Literary Prize.
Quebec’s Kim Thuy, who won the 2009 French-language Governor General’s Award for her novel Ru, is shortlisted for the English translation (translated by Sheila Fischman), published this year by Random House.
Toronto author Musharraf Ali Farooqi is nominated for his novel Between Clay and Dust, published by Aleph Books. Publishing magazine Quill & Quire notes that Farooqi’s previous novel was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
A short list will be announced Jan. 9 and a winner will be named March 14.
In a demonstration of the old journalism maxim that three times anything makes a trend, a group of librarians in Massachusetts has released a calendar called Tattooed Youth Librarians of Massachusetts The calendar, meant to refute the stuffy-librarian stereotype while raising funds for libraries in the state, follows earlier efforts: The Tattooed Ladies of TLA (Texas Library Association) and Tattooed Librarians of the Pacific Northwest.
British novelist Nick Hornby has his hands full with film adaptations.
Hornby has been named as the screenwriter for the film version of Cheryl Strayed’s hiking and healing memoir Wild. According to The Guardian, he’s also currently working on film versions of his novel A Long Way Down and Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn.
Several of Hornby’s books have been made into films since the U.K. film version of Fever Pitch hit the screen in 1997, but he began his career as an adapter of other writers’ works with the critically acclaimed film version of Lynn Barber’s memoir An Education in 2009.