Shirley Li
November 01, 2013 AT 04:46 PM EDT

More Amazon news: The company launched program called Kindle First today, offering users access to Kindle books a month before their official release. Editors select the titles that will be available in advance along with a note of recommendation. [Amazon]

Thriller writer Michael Palmer died Wednesday at age 71, according to a statement released by his publisher, St. Martin’s Press. Palmer’s son Daniel wrote a tribute on Facebook, noting that the author “kept it informal and real” and “LOVED (LOVED 10x) his readers so very much.”

Tony Kushner gave a speech at the Whiting Writers’ Awards last week, exploring what writing and exposure as a writer brings to him. [The New Yorker]

In other news, a Texas man has been arrested for failing to return an overdue study guide to a local library. [KWTX]

Roxane Gay, Pamela Erens, and 10 other novelists were asked to write two-sentence horror stories. [Salon]

After P.D. James claimed she’d solved a real-life mystery, The Guardian compiled a list of other crime writers turned detectives. [The Guardian]

Another list of the day: Publishers Weekly picked the 101 best books of 2013. [Publishers Weekly]

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