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Andrea Camilleri, Creator of Inspector Montalbano, Dies at 93

Sad news for fans of detective literature. Andrea Camilleri, one of Italy’s most popular authors, has passed away at ninety-three. Camilleri was the creator of Inspector Montalbano, a detective of Sicilian descent who solves cases in his native country of Italy. The series has been noted for its immense popularity, running over two dozen novels for many years, translated in over thirty countries. The series has proven a bestseller, with over 30 million copies sold worldwide. The series won Camilleri the International Dagger award, an award for the best Crime Novel of the Year.

 

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According to The Guardian  Andrea Camilleri went into cardiac arrest in June and was in poor health in the hospital. He passed away under the care of doctors in Rome, pronounced with heart failure after his passing. Camilleri’s books were known for their extensive political commentary, Camilleri not shying away from addressing current, often controversial topics in his detective stories. His targets have varied far and wide, from the mafia and the Vatican to political figures such as Silvio Berlusconi and George W. Bush. On the mafia specifically, he was quote as saying:

 

“I believe that writing about mafiosi often makes heroes out of them. I’m thinking of The Godfather, where Marlon Brando’s superb performance distracts us from the realisation that he also commissioned murders. And this is a gift that I have no intention offering to the mafia.”

 

The Montalbano novels were adapted into a highly successful television series of the same name. The series has been running since 1999 and has also generated controversy for its controversial political commentary, such as recently with its pro-migrant messages.

The legacy of the detective novels will live on, with the series incredibly popular and inspiring dozens of Italian authors to follow in Andrea Camilleri’s footsteps.

 

 

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George W. Bush’s Daughters to Release Children’s Book

Twin daughters of former President George W. Bush, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, are working on their second book together according to the Los Angeles Times.

Sisters First is being written as a children’s book, and will touch upon similar themes of sibling bonding as their Sisters First: Stories From Our Wild and Wonderful Life memoir. The book will be published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and released on October 8.

 

sisters first by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush

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“It’s all about sisterhood, whether it’s blood sisters like Barbara and me, or friends or colleagues like y’all,” Hager told her “Today Show” co-anchors while making the announcement. “We had so much fun working on it together.”

Their new book, illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki, follows a young girl’s ever growing bond with her baby sister. While her baby sister can’t do much at first when she arrives, the two eventually become inseparable.

 

 

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