Donna Tartt's huge book, 11 years in the writing, wins the honour for "beautifully written ... novel with exquisitely drawn characters".
Author Donald McCaig's upcoming novel - billed as a prequel to "Gone With the Wind" - is set to tell the untold story of devoted house slave Mammy.
"Cuts Through Bone", the book by convicted murderer Alaric Hunt who has been jailed since the 1980s, has won a $10 000 prize and a publishing deal.
Author of "Porterhouse Blue" and "Wilt" novels has died at home in Catalonia, from complications related to diabetes.
Samar Yazbek was named by British poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy as international "writer of courage" with whom she will share the Pen/Pinter prize.
After 72 years of tackling supervillains as a straight man, DC Comics' Green Lantern, one of the oldest characters, is to be reintroduced as gay.
Stephen King's digital publication of "Riding the Bullet" in 2000 made him one of the pioneers of the e-book movement.
Brett Easton Ellis is mulling a sequel to American Psycho in which Patrick Bateman murders David Beckham and analyses Whitney Houston's oeuvre.
The Swedish Academy has responded to accusations of insularity in recent years by awarding the 2011 Nobel prize for literature to one of their own.
Author unveils collaborative website that will have extensive background material, sell e-books and create an opportunity for fans to submit content.