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Gabriel García Márquez’s Great Niece Kidnapped For Ransom

The 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature’s great niece, Melissa Martínez García, was kidnapped in August in Santa Marta, Colombia. According to the national police’s anti-kidnapping unit the kidnappers are asking for 5 million dollars. A reward of $33,000 has been offered for information leading to her location and safe release.

Margaret Atwood, Lee Child, and More Are Auctioning Character Names

We found another helper: A bunch of authors are auctioning off the chance to name a character in their next book for charity to aid survivors of torture. “As well as naming rights, the lots on offer will include a signed screenplay and other memorabilia donated by Helen Mirren, the chance to commission a large work of art by Quentin Blake and a portrait by political cartoonist and former children’s laureate Chris Riddell.”

Wondering What The Obamas Are Up To At Netflix?

They’ve just acquired the rights to The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis for a possible Netflix series in hopes of showing the inner workings of the government. Lewis described his book as “A civics lesson…I did three departments, because it would be the work of many lifetimes to do the whole government, but you could do this in a fun way across the entire government.”