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Formerly a trial lawyer, Richard North Patterson served as the SEC liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor. He is now a best-selling thriller writer. Patterson writes his novels longhand from an outline and then faxes his notes to his assistant who types them up -- a system that has worked for him for nearly 30 years.
IOU, one of the books published by the Concord Free Press, is on display at The Concord Bookshop in Concord, Mass. As part of the publisher's generosity-based publishing model, patrons can take the book for free, but they're asked to make a donation to charity.
"I’ve always wanted to write about the paparazzi subculture," says author Carl Hiaasen. "It's such a peculiar, predatory way to make a living -- chasing pseudo-celebrities from club to club, hoping they stumble out the door drunk so you can snap a photo."
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In the early days of Hollywood, actors portrayed singers "performing" songs. Not until the Hollywood Golden Age did characters spontaneously burst into song as a way to show their feelings.
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