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Timothy Seldes, Literary Editor-Agent, Dies at 88

5 December 2015 8:12 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York (AP) -- Timothy Seldes, an editor and literary agent who worked with Anne Tyler and Richard Wright among others and was a member of a prominent journalistic and artistic family, died Saturday at age 88. Seldes' stepdaughter, Elizabeth Shreve, told The Associated Press that he died among loved ones at his home in Washington, D.C. He had been in failing health and was suffering from pneumonia. "The space Tim Seldes will leave behind is enormous," Tyler wrote in an email to the AP. "He was so vibrant and engaged and such a celebrator, and a wonderful friend

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Here’s the 2015 Man Booker Prize Short List

15 September 2015 7:39 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

You've seen the long list, now see the short list for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, which was announced today at a press conference in London. This is the second year the prestigious literary prize has been open to American authors, but fears of Yankee domination may have been unfounded; though the 13-book long list featured five Americans and only three Britons, both nations now have two books in the pared-down list. (One of the American choices is A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, who described how she wrote the book for Vulture.) Here's the complete list — get reading!Marlon James, JamaicaA Brief History of Seven Killings Tom McCarthy, Great BritainSatin Island Chigozie Obioma, NigeriaThe Fishermen Sunjeev Sahota, Great BritainThe Year of the Runaways Anne Tyler, U.S.A Spool of Blue Thread Hanya Yanagihara, U.S.A Little Life »

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Anne Tyler: ‘I am not a spiritual person’

15 February 2015 2:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Anne Tyler is the quiet American whose 20 novels subtly chronicle the tensions and secrets of middle-class family relationships. In a rare interview, she talks about growing up in a Quaker community, loving The Wire and her friendship with that other famous Baltimore resident, John Waters

In her second floor writing room in her Baltimore home, the novelist Anne Tyler likes to keep the windows open to hear ordinary life outside. She writes in longhand, then types her words out, then records her words, listens to them, and then adds to and edits the words on a computer.

As Tyler does this, she listens to parents and children, cars parking and daily chatter. She particularly likes to observe workmen, she says: the way they talk and work, their solid capability. On the wall are printed a few lines from Richard Wilbur’s poem Walking to Sleep:

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- Tim Teeman

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