The Sidewalk Never Ends and the Tree Just Keeps on Giving

This isn’t quite the J.D. Salinger news we’ve been looking forDuring his period of self-imposed exile, the author of The Catcher in the Rye wrote seven or eight whole novels and hundreds of short stories! They’re coming out this year! In fact, tomorrow! You know, something low-key and reasonable like that—but poetry fans will be pleased to hear that beloved writer and illustrator Shel Silverstein will be releasing a new collection of poetry from beyond the grave! No, but seriously: a whole new book of unpublished poems and new illustrations by the author of Where the Sidewalk Ends and The Giving Tree (who died in 1999) will be available in 2011. Pretty impressive. Still, the Tupac Memorial Award for Most Prolific Dead Creative Type has to go to Roberto Bolano, whose work really only started appearing in English after his death in 2003. His latest work in translation, Antwerp, just hit our shelves this week.

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