Charles Simic http://nwpr.org en Book News: Memoir Coming From Obama's Half-Brother http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-memoir-coming-obamas-half-brother <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Kelvin Chan of The Associated Press <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ap-interview-obamas-brother-writes-about-abuse">reports</a> that President Obama's half-brother Mark Obama Ndesandjo is publishing a memoir in February in which he writes that their father was violent, and recalls "alcohol-fueled beatings meted out by his father to his mother." Chan adds that the book, titled <em>Cultures: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery</em>, "recounts one incident in which his father held a knife to h Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:26:00 +0000 editor 38948 at http://nwpr.org Book News: Memoir Coming From Obama's Half-Brother Book News: Anonymous Tip Led To Outing Of J.K. Rowling's Alter Ego http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-anonymous-tip-led-outing-jk-rowlings-alter-ego <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>The debut detective novel <em>The Cuckoo's Calling</em>, seemingly written by a former Royal Military Police member named Robert Galbraith, was actually written by <em>Harry Potter </em>author J.K. Rowling, <em>The Sunday Times </em><a href="http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/Arts/article1287513.ece">revealed</a> this weekend. Rowling's publisher confirmed the news. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:14:00 +0000 editor 30960 at http://nwpr.org