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Dan Brown is writing children's book

Dan Brown's next book will have a lighter, more musical touch.

The "Da Vinci Code" author is working on a picture story, "Wild Symphony," scheduled to be published Sept. 1. Rodale Kids, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, announced the book Thursday and called it an "entertaining" experience in which "the playful Maestro Mouse, trusty baton in hand, brings readers along as he visits a variety of animal friends, from cheetahs and kangaroos to elephants and blue whales."

"Wild Symphony" will be illustrated by Susan Batori and will be accompanied by a release of children's classical music, written by Brown.

"I love storytelling, and my novels always attempt to weave together varied themes," Brown said in a statement. "With 'Wild Symphony,' I was excited to build on this idea and create a truly layered experience by using three different languages simultaneously — art, music, and words. In the same way that an opera captivates its audience by presenting beautiful sets, dramatic music, and lyrical drama, 'Wild Symphony' strives to be an immersive feast for eyes, ears, and mind, all at the same time."

Scientist who pioneered 'copy' and 'paste' dies

Larry Tesler, the Silicon Valley pioneer who created the now-ubiquitous computer concepts such as "cut," "copy" and "paste," has died. He was 74.

He made using computers easier for generations as a proponent and pioneer of what he called "modeless editing." That meant a user wouldn't have to use a keyboard to switch between modes to write and edit, for example.

"The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more was former Xerox researcher Larry Tesler. Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas," Xerox said in a tweet Wednesday.

Tesler was born in New York and attended Stanford University, where he received a degree in mathematics in 1965.

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In 1973, he joined Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, a division of the copier company that worked on creating computer products. There, he pioneered concepts that helped make computers more user-friendly. That included such concepts as moving text through cut and paste and inserting text by clicking on a section and just typing.

He continued that work when he joined Apple in 1980. At Apple, he worked on a variety of products including the Lisa computer, the Newton personal digital assistant and the Macintosh.

After leaving Apple in 1997 he co-founded an education software company and held executive positions at Amazon, Yahoo and the genetics-testing service 23andMe before turning to independent consulting.

H.R. McMaster book coming out in April

A book by Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump's second national security adviser, will have a book out April 28. First announced in the summer of 2018, "Battlegrounds" will focus on national security and foreign policy, including his contentious time with Trump.

In announcing the release date Thursday, HarperCollins called "Battlegrounds" a "groundbreaking reassessment of America's place in the world, drawing from McMaster's long engagement with these issues, including 34 years of service in the U.S. Army with multiple tours of duty in battlegrounds overseas and his 13 months as national security adviser in the Trump White House."

McMaster clashed with Trump on policy toward Russia, Iran and elsewhere before being forced out in March 2018. He was replaced by John Bolton, who also fought with Trump before departing last September. Bolton's memoir, "What Happened In the Room," is expected next month.

McMaster has written a previous book, the acclaimed "Dereliction of Duty," which sharply criticized the political leadership during the Vietnam War.

Today's birthdays: Actor Paul Dooley is 92. Actor John Ashton is 72. Actress Julie Walters ("Harry Potter" films, "Mamma Mia!") is 70. Actor Kyle MacLachlan is 61. Actor Paul Lieberstein ("The Office") is 53. Actress-singer Lea Solanga is 49. Singer James Blunt is 46. Actress Drew Barrymore is 45. Actor Zach Roerig ("The Vampire Diaries") is 35. Actor Daniel E. Smith ("John Q.") is 30.

— The Associated Press


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