Boxes of books written by Lou Pearlman were among the items being auctioned off at his office building in Orlando, Fla., on June 12, 2007. Pearlman, who allegedly defrauded more than 1,000 investors of $317 million, was arrested on June 14 in Indonesia.
Armistead Maupin poses with his dog Sophie in San Francisco on June 11, 2007. Maupin says his newest novel wasn't meant to be the seventh in his popular "Tales of the City" series. "Michael Tolliver Lives," revisits many of the same larger-than-life characters that propelled "Tales" from a weekly San Francisco Chronicle column to six books and a Showtime mini-soap opera.
Festival of Literature
Italian writer Roberto Calasso attends the 6th Festival of Literature at Massenzio Basilica in Rome on June 12, 2007.
U.S. author Edgar Lawrence Doctorow attends the 6th Festival of Literature at Massenzio Basilica in Rome on June 12, 2007.
Australian writer Gregory David Roberts attends the 6th edition of the Festival of Literature at Casa delle Letterature in Rome on May 30, 2007.
Irish writer Robert McLiam Wilson attends the 6th edition of the Festival of Literature at Rome's Casa delle Letterature on May 30, 2007.
Former Illinois Gov. Dan Walker speaks to reporters while showing off his book, "The Maverick and the Machine," at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield on June 11, 2007. Walker wound up going to prison over his business dealings, but hopes that doesn't detract from his message that Illinois needs to clean up its act. He argues that Illinois officials must stand up and fight political corruption.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, right, and editor David Merritt, left, sign copies of their new book, "Paper Kills," at a Washington hotel on June 5. Gingrich, a potential presidential candidate, has promoted public policy positions that closely track the financial interests of companies that underwrite a think tank he founded.
Model Katie Price poses for the media during the launch of her new novel, "Crystal," at Harrods in London on June 5, 2007.
Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Kate White poses at the magazine's New York offices on April 16, 2002. Her latest novel, "Lethally Blond," was released by Grand Central Publishing on May 23, 2007. It's the latest in her series of Bailey Weggins mystery novels.
Author Joan Quigley poses in Philadelphia on May 3, 2007, with the book she wrote on Centralia, Pa., called "The Day the Earth Caved In." In the new book, Quigley, the granddaughter of a coal miner, charges that governmental bungling contributed to the town's demise.
Renowned science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, is seen at his home in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on May 9, 2007. The British-born writer, now 89, has been confined to his home because of a post-polio syndrome. Clarke wrote about space travel before rockets were even test-fired and foretold computers wreaking havoc with modern life at a time when the technology was unknown to many.
Author Donald Westlake poses in his home in New York's Greenwich Village home on May 23, 2001. His new book, "What's So Funny?" is the 14th of the Dortmunder caper novel series.
Author James Lee Burke stands in Lolo, Mont., on July 7, 2005. Burke's latest book, "Jesus Out to Sea," is a new short story collection inspired by Hurricane Katrina.
Author Patricia Cornwell talks to reporters during a visit to Oak Ridge, Tenn., on July 20, 2005. Cornwell has filed a libel lawsuit in Richmond, Va., against another author and is asking a federal judge to bar him from posting defamatory messages about her on the Internet.
Author Mohsin Hamid responds during an interview in New York on April 21, 2007. Hamid's chilling new novel, "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," is about a Pakistani man who has a deeply conflicted relationship with America and who grows increasingly angry with the U.S. after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Colombian writer Laura Restrepo is photographed during an interview at The Associated Press in New York on Nov. 21, 2005. The English translation of her award-winning 2004 book, "Delirium: A Novel," was relased in April 2007.