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Gary Paulsen, the acclaimed and prolific children’s author who often drew upon his rural affinities and wide-ranging adventures for tales that included “Hatchet,” “Brian’s Winter” and “Dogsong,” has died at age 82. Random House Children’s Books says Paulsen died Wednesday. Literary agent Jennifer Flannery said he died at his home in New Mexico. He received the Newbery Honor prize for “Hatchet,” “The Winter Room” and “Dogsong," a story about a young native Alaskan in search of a simpler past. He also wrote hundreds of articles, poetry, historical fiction and such nonfiction works as the memoir “Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood,” which came out earlier this year. His final novel, “Northwind,” will be published in January.

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Hillary Clinton's next book mentions a rising Taliban in Afghanistan and a Joint Chiefs of Staff chair who clashes with the president. The book is a novel, “State of Terror.” It's co-written with crime fiction author Louise Penny and was conceived well before the latest headlines about Afghanistan or the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Clinton and Penny spoke recently with The Associated Press about their collaboration and how they came to meet and become friends. Their novel is a political thriller that draws upon Penny's narrative skills and Clinton's years in government.

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FILE - Mystery writer Sue Grafton poses for a portrait on Oct. 15, 2002, in New York. A TV adaptation of the late writer's million-selling Kinsey Millhone mystery novels, a prospect the author once swore she would return from the dead to prevent, is now the works. A+E Studios announced this week that it had acquired rights to Grafton's famed alphabet series, with such titles as "'A' Is for Alibi" and "'E' Is for Evidence." (AP Photo/Gino Domenico, File)

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A TV adaptation of the late Sue Grafton’s million-selling Kinsey Millhone mystery novels, a prospect the author once swore she would return from the dead to prevent, is now the works. A+E Studios announced this week that it had acquired rights to Grafton’s famed alphabet series, with such titles as “‘A’ Is for Alibi” and “‘E’ Is for Evidence.” Grafton told an interviewer in 1997 that her family had taken a “blood oath” against permitting television rights. But her husband Steve Humphrey says that the industry has changed. A+E Studios says they're currently seeking a platform and showrunner for the series.

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Tanzanian writer Abdulrazak Gurnah has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Swedish Academy said the award was in recognition of his “uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism.” Born in Zanzibar in 1948 and based in England, Gurnah is a professor at the University of Kent. He wrote 10 novels, including “Paradise,” which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1994. The prestigious award comes with a gold medal and 10 million Swedish kronor (over $1.14 million). Gurnah was lauded for characters who “find themselves in the gulf between cultures ... confronting racism and prejudice, but also compelling themselves to silence the truth or reinventing a biography to avoid conflict with reality.”

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Lauren Groff is a National Book Award finalist for her third consecutive book. She was nominated in the fiction category Tuesday for her historical novel “Matrix.” Anthony Doerr’s multi-generational epic “Cloud Cuckoo Land” also made the list. It's his first work since the Pulitzer Prize-winning “All the Light We Cannot See.” Awards judges had released long-lists of 10 last month in fiction and four other competitive categories — nonfiction, poetry, translation and young people’s literature. Now they've narrowed each list to five. Winners each receive $10,000. They'll be announced Nov. 17 during an online ceremony.

Seth Meyers has dreams beyond hosting his own talk show — like writing a story about a bear. Penguin Random House announced that Meyers’ picture story “I’m Not Scared, You’re Scared!” will be published March 15. The publisher says Meyers’ book is an adventure about a frightened bear and a calmer rabbit and how they each learn the real meaning of bravery. “I’m Not Scared, You’re Scared!" features illustrations by Rob Sayegh Jr. It will also come out in an audio edition narrated by Meyers. Fellow late night TV hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon have previously written children's books.