Excuse the bad pun—especially since Auel's name is pronounced more like "owl" than "all"—but there's no time to dither over headlines when one has breaking news to report. In an interview with the AP, novelist Jean Auel says that the sixth book in the Earth's Children series, The Land of Painted Caves (March, Crown), may not be Jondalar and Ayla's last adventure.

"To be honest, I don't feel like I'm through," the author, 74, told The Associated Press during a recent telephone interview. "I still have some material and I'm going to keep on writing. It's what I do."

We know BookPage readers are excited about the release of Painted Caves, which we blogged about back in June. Since it's hard to let go of a favorite series, we're sure this will be welcome news as well.

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