Ta-Nehisi Coates is working on two new books. We Were Eight Years in Power, which will be released in October, was developed from Coatesâ€™s many articles on Barack Obama for The Atlantic. Coates is also working on a work of fiction, which is still in progress. Both books will be published by One World.
Page Six reports that Colson Whitehead is working on a new book. â€śI am working on another depressing novel for the masses,â€ť he said. â€śIt takes place in Florida in the 1960s.â€ť
James Patterson is working on a true crime book about Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL star who killed himself last week while awaiting sentencing for a murder conviction. â€śWhile his life was marred by controversy, he had incredible potential and undisputed talent,â€ť Patterson said in a statement. â€śAlong the way, his life spiraled out of controlâ€”and I felt compelled to ask: What went wrong?â€ť The still-untitled book will be published by Little, Brown next year.
PEN America has released a report detailing all the ways that the Trump administration has threatened free speech in their first one hundred days in office. The group found â€śat least 76 instances in which President Trump and/or his Administration have undermined the work of the press.â€ť The organization writes that these incidents are â€śharmful to our democracy and to our respect for the Constitution, and we allâ€”whatever our political affiliationâ€”must continue to stand up and say so.â€ť
At Marie Claire, Kaitlin Menza profiles Emily Steel, the New York Times reporter whose exposĂ© on Bill Oâ€™Reillyâ€™s sexual harassment settlements forced the anchor out of Fox News. â€śShe is petite, with a soft high-pitched voice,â€ť Menza writes, â€śexactly the kind of woman that a man like Bill O’Reilly might underestimate.â€ť New York magazineâ€™s Gabe Sherman reports that the turmoil is not yet over at the company. Sherman writes that network co-president Bill Shine is concerned â€śabout his future at the networkâ€ť after James and Lachlan Murdoch denied his request that they â€śrelease a statement in support of him.â€ť In response, Sean Hannity tweeted to Sherman that, if true, â€śthatâ€™s the total end of the FNC as we know it.â€ť