The incredibly prolific, top-selling author James Patterson has had to call it quits on one of his proposed forthcoming novels, owing to real-life threats made based upon it. The book, titled The Murder of Stephen King, was only announced in the last few weeks, but following actual fears of stalkers or obsessive fans using the novel as inspiration to disturb Stephen King and his family, the book has been cancelled. It was intended to be a fictional story of a crazed King fan re-enacting the villainous escapades of his favourite author’s characters.
In other book news:
To honour the ninetieth anniversary of the creation of A. A. Milne’s best-selling children’s series Winnie-the-Pooh, a new story will be written by author Brian Sibley, introducing readers to a brand new animal resident of the Hundred Acre Wood. The new character, Penguin, will be welcomed to Pooh Corner on 6 October in the book The Best Bear in All the World, a compilation of short stories by different authors (including Sibley).
The Baillie Gifford Prize – the UK’s top award for non-fiction (previously run as the Samuel Johnson Prize) – now has a ten-strong longlist. Svetlana Alexievich, the Nobel Prize-winning Belarussian author, is in contention for the book Second-hand Time, and Siddhartha Mukherjee is also in with a chance for The Gene.
W. P. Kinsella, author of Shoeless Joe (adapted for the screen as Field of Dreams in 1989) alongside many other books, and winner of the Order of Canada, died last week at the age of 81.
According to author Nnedi Okorafor, her novel Lagoon, about aliens arriving in Lagos, Nigeria, has been optioned for a TV or film adaptation.