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Monday, August 27, 2012

Book buzz: Humorist David Rakoff has died

By Lindsay Deutsch, USA TODAY

Here's a look at what's buzzing in the books world today:

--RIP David Rakoff: David Rakoff, essayist, humorist and radio personality known for his work on This American Life, has died at 47. He was being treated for cancer. He wrote three books, Don't Get Too Comfortable, Fraud and Half Empty, which won the 2011 Thurber Prize, and had delivered a novel entitled Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die; Cherish, Perish, which Doubleday plans to publish posthumously in 2013.

--Rich authors: Check out Forbes' list of the world's top-earning authors, from James Patterson to Jeff Kinney. Notably, female authors are rising on the list, led by phenoms Janet Evanovich, E.L. James, J.K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins.

--Agatha Christie memorial: Crime fiction lovers will soon have a place to pay homage to their queen. London will erect a statue commemorating "queen of crime fiction" Agatha Christie, The Guardian reports. USA TODAY's Craig Wilson suggests a Christie-related reading list, and look through photos of the author and her presence in culture today.

--Musical reads: Get your groove on this #FridayReads with Brainpickings' literary jukebox, connecting songs to lines from favorite books.

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