Pete Hamill, a high school dropout who turned a gift for storytelling, a fascination with characters and a romance with tabloid newspapers into a storied career as a New York journalist, novelist and essayist for more than a half century, died on Wednesday in Brooklyn. He was 85. 8:18 p.m.
Shirley Ann Grau, a Louisiana writer whose atmospheric, richly detailed works explored issues of race, gender, and power, notably in the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel ‘‘The Keepers of the House,’’ died Aug. 3 at a senior-living center in Kenner, a New Orleans suburb. She was 91. 7:51 p.m.