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September 18, 2014 at 08:04 PM EDT

Geniuses never rest. Earlier this week, cartoonist Alison Bechdel was selected as a MacArthur genius grant recipient, but she hasn’t wasted any time getting back to work. The author has sold her next graphic memoir, the follow-up to 2006’s Fun Home, to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The Secret to Superhuman Strength should hit shelves sometime in 2017. [The New York Times]

HarperCollins imprint Ecco plans to release ISIS: The State of Terror, by Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger, in January 2015. Meanwhile, Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, is rushing Jay Sekulow’s 30,000 word e-short—Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore, released Monday—to print. Physical copies are due on Oct. 15. [Publishers Weekly]

Ahead of Thursday’s referendum on Scottish independence, authors from the state have weighed in on the issue. J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) and Denise Mina (Field of Blood) say Scotland should remain a part of the United Kingdom, while A.L. Kennedy (Paradise), Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting), and Val McDermid (The Mermaids Singing) support the independence movement. [The Los Angeles Times]

We’ve all seen Nora Roberts rocket to the top of the bestseller charts time and time again—27 times, to be exact—but the author currently has a number one hit under her alternate pen name, J.D. Robb. But Festive in Death isn’t the first such hit Robb has scored. Other books in her 39-installment “Death” series have occupied the top slot, including Concealed in Death, Calculated in Death, and Treachery in Death. [USA Today]

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