The authors of a new J.D. Salinger biography are claiming they have cracked one of publishing’s greatest mysteries: What ‘‘The Catcher in the Rye’’ novelist was working on during the last half century of his life. Starting sometime between 2015 and 2020, a series of posthumous Salinger releases are planned, according to ‘‘Salinger,’’ co-written by David Shields and Shane Salerno, whose book will be published Sept. 3. The Associated Press obtained an early copy. Salerno’s documentary on the author is scheduled to come out Sept. 6. Providing by far the most detailed report of previously unreleased material, the book’s authors cite ‘‘two independent and separate sources’’ who they say have ‘‘documented and verified’’ the information. The Salinger books would revisit ‘‘Catcher’’ protagonist Holden Caulfield and draw on Salinger’s World War II years and his immersion in Eastern religion. The material also would feature new stories about the Glass family of ‘‘Franny and Zooey’’ and other Salinger works. No Salinger book came out after the early 1960s, as the author withdrew from public life, living in Cornish, N.H. The Salinger estate, run partly by the author’s son, Matt, and Salinger’s widow, Colleen O’Neill, has remained silent on the subject since the author’s death in January 2010. The two did not cooperate with Salerno and Shields.
Linda Ronstadt says she suffers from Parkinson’s disease, which has robbed her of her ability to sing. The 67-year-old music legend tells AARP magazine, in an article posted online Friday, that she was diagnosed eight months ago and ‘‘can’t sing a note.’’ Ronstadt says she began to show symptoms as long as eight years ago, but attributed her inability to sing then to a tick disease. When her hands began to tremble, Ronstadt said she thought the shaking was the result of a shoulder operation. She said she was ‘‘completely shocked’’ when she finally saw a neurologist and was diagnosed. Ronstadt has sold tens of millions of records with pop hits like ‘‘You’re No Good’’ and ‘‘When Will I Be Loved.’’
Baby for Baldwins
Actor Alec Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria, has given birth to a girl in New York. The news was tweeted from Hilaria’s verified Twitter account Friday night. She says the family is overjoyed and that Carmen Gabriela ‘‘is absolutely perfect.’’ The former ‘‘30 Rock’’ star is the father of a 17-year-old daughter, Ireland, from his previous marriage, to actress Kim Basinger.
Tyson a hit at wedding party
Boxing great Mike Tyson just happened to stumble upon a wedding party posing for pictures in upstate New York. The Observer-Dispatch of Utica reports Saturday that the Brooklyn-born boxer was crossing the lawn of the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y., as Greg and Amber Keller snapped photos with their bridesmaids and groomsmen Friday evening. Greg says Tyson posed for photographs, congratulated the happy bride and groom on their union and was ‘‘extremely nice.’’ Tyson was in Verona for his first promotional fight card featuring boxers from his newly created Iron Mike Productions. (AP)
“His favorite letters were from convicts.” - Peter Leonard, at the funeral Saturday for his father, crime novelist Elmore Leonard, who died at 87.