Category Archives: Fiction

Despite a wealth of honors, acclaimed Southern writer Doris Betts, 79, was anything but ‘uppity’

PITTSBORO, N.C. – Doris Betts, the celebrated Southern writer who for decades nurtured others as a creative writing professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, died Saturday at the age of 79. (This story appeared in The Raleigh News-Observer on April 24, 2012.

Despite a wealth of honors, acclaimed Southern writer Doris Betts, 79, was anything but ‘uppity’

PITTSBORO, N.C. – Doris Betts, the celebrated Southern writer who for decades nurtured others as a creative writing professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, died Saturday at the age of 79. (This story appeared in The Raleigh News-Observer on April 24, 2012.

Reading Harry Crews, you couldn’t believe you were laughing, so dark is his comedy

(Harry Crews, a rough-hewn Southern writer, died in Gainesville, Fla. on March 28, 2012 at age 76. This interview by Jesse Pearson appears on VICE three years ago. Read the rest here.) Harry Crews is one of the most original

Reading Harry Crews, you couldn’t believe you were laughing, so dark is his comedy

(Harry Crews, a rough-hewn Southern writer, died in Gainesville, Fla. on March 28, 2012 at age 76. This interview by Jesse Pearson appears on VICE three years ago. Read the rest here.) Harry Crews is one of the most original

Samuel Youd, aka John Christopher, was a popular British science fiction writer, especially for kids

BATH, England – British science fiction author Samuel Youd, who wrote the prescient story of environmental disaster The Death of Grass under one of his pseudonyms, John Christopher, has died. Youd passed away on 3 February, his agent said on

Samuel Youd, aka John Christopher, was a popular British science fiction writer, especially for kids

BATH, England – British science fiction author Samuel Youd, who wrote the prescient story of environmental disaster The Death of Grass under one of his pseudonyms, John Christopher, has died. Youd passed away on 3 February, his agent said on

Margaret Runyan Castaneda, 90, debunked much of husband/author Carlos Castaneda’s mysticism

(From The Los Angeles Times on Jan. 31, 2012.) GLENDALE, Ariz. – They were an unlikely couple, the Latin American immigrant and the West Virginia divorcee whose paths crossed in mid-1950s Los Angeles. But, by Margaret Runyan Castaneda’s account, she

Margaret Runyan Castaneda, 90, debunked much of husband/author Carlos Castaneda’s mysticism

(From The Los Angeles Times on Jan. 31, 2012.) GLENDALE, Ariz. – They were an unlikely couple, the Latin American immigrant and the West Virginia divorcee whose paths crossed in mid-1950s Los Angeles. But, by Margaret Runyan Castaneda’s account, she

British romance writer Penny Jordan, 65, sold more than 100 million books worldwide

NANTWICH, England – Penny Halsall, who has died of cancer aged 65, was a prolific writer of women’s fiction, and one of Mills & Boon’s most popular authors, under the pen name Penny Jordan. She wrote more than 200 books

British romance writer Penny Jordan, 65, sold more than 100 million books worldwide

NANTWICH, England – Penny Halsall, who has died of cancer aged 65, was a prolific writer of women’s fiction, and one of Mills & Boon’s most popular authors, under the pen name Penny Jordan. She wrote more than 200 books

English crime novelist Reginald Hill, 75, wrote bestselling Dalziel and Pascoe novels

LONDON – Reginald Hill, who has died aged 75, wrote 24 bestselling Dalziel and Pascoe novels, which were the basis of 12 successful BBC television series. Hill called himself a crime novelist, but his work owed nothing to the hard-boiled

English crime novelist Reginald Hill, 75, wrote bestselling Dalziel and Pascoe novels

LONDON – Reginald Hill, who has died aged 75, wrote 24 bestselling Dalziel and Pascoe novels, which were the basis of 12 successful BBC television series. Hill called himself a crime novelist, but his work owed nothing to the hard-boiled