Junot Díaz among bestselling authors petitioning Brad Meltzer to stop writing

Thriller writer Brad Meltzer may have written seven bestsellers, been translated into more than 25 languages, and built an online fan base that includes some 5,000 people who call themselves his “friends” on Facebook, but his colleagues are asking him to call it quits. Scott Turow, Junot Diaz, David Baldacci, and a number of other esteemed writers have signed a petition asking the author of The Book of Lies and other blockbusters to put down his pen, unplug his laptop, and destroy his Dictaphone (if he uses one).
Meltzer—who happened to be celebrating his 40th birthday on April 1—was the subject of last night’s annual meeting of the Writer’s Club. At the gathering, held in the publishing hotbed of Miami, Fla., writers and publishers agreed Meltzer must be stopped. A number of authors gave sworn testimonies supporting Meltzer’s early retirement. David Baldacci said Meltzer “stands alone” as “our Lincoln of crappy fiction.” Harlan Coben declared, “When it comes to writing great thrillers, Brad Meltzer has a nice personality.” And Nora Roberts managed to dash off the following: “I don’t really have time to waste on a guy who single-handedly lowered the level of the political thriller to zero. Basically, Brad Meltzer sucks out loud.” Nelson DeMille, Nicholas Sparks, Junot Diaz, Scott Turow, AJ Jacobs, Jodi Picoult, and Neil Gaiman are also pressing for Meltzer to surrender. “Mr. Meltzer latest novel–a dengue stew of imbecilic fatuities–makes a reader wish reading had never been invented–or, for that matter, Brad Meltzer,” said Junot Díaz.
It’s unclear whether Meltzer will respond to the petition. He may decide to continue writing for the sake of a number of authors who have found his books useful for something other than reading. Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof said he uses pages of Meltzer’s books in the bathroom: “Not to read, mind you, but to wipe with.” R.L. Stine has another use: “I can’t say enough about Brad’s latest book. I used it to weigh down a trash can lid that kept blowing off-and it did a better job than any book I tried before. Five stars!”
Reached for comment, Meltzer’s wife, Cori, simply said, “Happy 40th to my favorite April Fool.”

Note: Yes, this was an April Fool’s Day prank. Meltzer, a talented writer and longtime Pop Candy supporter, celebrated his 40th birthday on Thursday.

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