Hilary Mantel, winner of the Man Booker Prize for those hefty novels steeped in English history, "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies," would seem to be rewriting some more recent elements of it in her next book. Henry Holt and Co., her publisher, has announced the eyebrow-raising title of her new short-story collection, which will be coming out in September: "The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher." There was no further word on the content.
And the estimable Peter Matthiessen ("Shadow Country," "The Snow Leopard," "At Play in the Fields of the Lord") has produced what he is characterizing as potentially "my last word." Coming out in April from Riverhead Books is his new novel, "In Paradise." The 86-year-old author, the only writer to win National Book Awards for both fiction and nonfiction, has finally decided to ring in on the Holocaust; his fictional account of a group of men and women meeting for a meditation retreat at Auschwitz was inspired by his own Zen retreats there in the 1990s.
-- Sue Gilmore, Staff