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Augusta resident A.L. Patterson has published a young adult novel.  SPECIAL
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Augusta resident A.L. Patterson has published a young adult novel.

A.L. Patterson, who graduated from Georgia Regents University with a degree in social work and lives in Augusta, has self-published Ascension, a young adult novel about teenagers who are given telekinetic powers.

The teens decide to become costumed superheroes, and the novel explores “humanity’s capacity to handle power in both its real and transcendental forms,” according to a news release.

Patterson also studied literature and playwriting at the Art Institute of Atlanta and has written short stories for Sand Hills magazine. Ascension is published through Amazon Digital Servi­ces and is available as an ebook for $2.99 at online retailers, including amazon.com.

‘Colbert bump’ helps 2nd Hachette writer

NEW YORK — The “Colbert Bump” is becoming contagious. Edan Lepucki, whose novel California became a best-seller thanks to a plug from Stephen Colbert, has helped another book catch on.

During an interview on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, that aired Monday night, Lepucki recommended Stephan Eirik Clark’s Sweetness #9. By Tuesday morning, the novel was in the top 300 on Barnes & Noble.com and in the top five for Powell’s Books, an independent store based in Portland, Ore., that has been a leading seller of Lepucki’s book.

California and Sweetness #9 are part of Colbert’s campaign to help works published by Hachette Book Group USA, which is in tense contract negotiations with Amazon.com.

Writer of ‘Little Big Man’ dies at age 89

NEW YORK — Thomas Berger, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn Little Big Man and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce, died July 13 at age 89.

Berger’s literary agent, Cristina Concepcion, said Monday that he died in Nyack Hospital, just days before his 90th birthday.

One of the last major authors to have served in World War II, Berger wrote more than 20 books, including the autobiographical Rinehart series, a Little Big Man sequel and The Feud, about warring families in a 1930s Midwest community. The Feud was recommended for the 1984 Pulitzer Prize.

Berger’s biggest mainstream success was Little Big Man, published in 1964, an ultra-wry tale of 111-year-old Jack Crabb, who alleges that he was abducted by Indians as a young boy and later fought in the Battle of Little Big Horn. The novel was adapted into a 1970 movie starring Dustin Hoffman.

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