Canadian literary agent and chief operating officer of Macmillan Canada from 1982 through 1989 Arnold Gosewich, 85, died on October 20 in Toronto. He was 85.
A book presenting excerpts from the late Patricia Highsmith‘s extensive diaries will be published by Liveright in 2021, providing “a glimpse into the life of a literary figure” who “was a secretive, often prickly woman who remained a cipher even to her friends and lovers, and a trailblazer who wrote one of the first mainstream novels depicting two women in love.” The pages are drawn from 56 spiral-bound notebooks, comprising 8,000 pages, found by her longtime editor, Anna von Planta at Diogenes in Switzerland (which controls the estate), and her literary executor Daniel Keel. They were “hidden behind bedclothes and towels in her home.” Liveright says the book will comprise 650 pages, illustrated with Highsmith’s own drawings and watercolors.
Carrie Fisher‘s ex-husband CAA partner Bryan Lourd drew attention for issuing a letter on behalf of himself and daughter Billie Lourd to underscore that Sheila Weller‘s forthcoming biography Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge was “unauthorized.” He notes, “Ms. Weller sold this book on her own without our involvement.” The book is not portrayed as authorized, and Weller makes clear in her own statement that she contacted a family representative twice after signing a contract for the book.