Books and literature

FILE - This Sept. 22, 2018 file photo shows singer-songwriter Paul Simon performing in Flushing Meadows Corona Park during the final stop of his Homeward Bound - The Farewell Tour in New York. Simon was honored by the Poetry Society of America and celebrated by reading a couple of poems and singing a few songs. During a dinner benefit Tuesday night, June 18, 2019, at the New York Botanical Garden, Simon and poetry editor Alice Quinn were praised for their love for language. Quinn is the former poetry editor for The New Yorker and is stepping down as the poetry society’s executive editor. Simon is regarded as among the first composers to bring a consciously literary sensibility to rock music.(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
June 19, 2019 - 5:29 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Simon doesn't care much for requests, but he might ask you to sing along. The singer-songwriter's latest honor came from the Poetry Society of America, which celebrated him Tuesday during a dinner benefit at the New York Botanical Garden. Simon and longtime poetry editor Alice...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2019, file photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Xi said North Korea is taking the "right direction" by politically resolving issues on the Korean Peninsula in a rare op-ed published by a North Korean state newspaper Wednesday, June 19, 2019, a day before Xi visits Pyongyang to meet Kim. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)
June 19, 2019 - 1:06 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping praised North Korea for moving in the "right direction" by politically resolving issues on the Korean Peninsula in an essay published in both countries' official media Wednesday on the eve of Xi's visit to Pyongyang to meet North Korean leader...
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FILE - In this April 4, 2016 file photo, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt attend the premiere of "Nothing Left Unsaid" at the Time Warner Center in New York. Vanderbilt, the "poor little rich girl" heiress at the center of a scandalous custody battle of the 1930s and the designer jeans queen of the 1970s and '80s, died on Monday, June 17, 2019, at 95, according to her son, Cooper. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
June 17, 2019 - 11:57 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Gloria Vanderbilt, the intrepid heiress, artist and romantic who began her extraordinary life as the "poor little rich girl" of the Great Depression, survived family tragedy and multiple marriages and reigned during the 1970s and '80s as a designer jeans pioneer, died Monday at the...
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June 17, 2019 - 11:07 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Alan Brinkley, an influential historian and academic who traced the evolution of liberalism from the New Deal to the 21st century and was a popular commentator on culture and politics, has died at age 70. Brinkley died Sunday at his home in Manhattan. Daughter Elly Brinkley says he...
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This image provided by Scholastic shows the cover of a new untitled "Hunger Games" novel by Suzanne Collins. The novel, set to be released May 19, 2020, is a prequel set 64 years before the beginning of her multimillion-selling trilogy. Collins said in a statement Monday, June 10, 2019, that she “wanted to explore the state of nature” as she set the narrative in the years following the “Dark Days” of Panem, the Dystopia where young people must fight and kill each other, on live television. (Scholastic via AP)
June 17, 2019 - 7:49 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A decade after seemingly wrapping up "The Hunger Games," Suzanne Collins is bringing readers back to Panem. A prequel, set 64 years before the beginning of her multimillion-selling trilogy, is coming next year. The novel, currently untitled, is scheduled for release on May 19, 2020...
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FILE - Franco Zeffirelli, seen in New York, in this Oct. 31, 1974 file photo. Italian film director Franzo Zeffirelli has died in Rome at the age of 96. Zefffirelli's son Luciano said his father died at home on Saturday at noon. (AP Photo/Jerry Mosey, File)
June 15, 2019 - 7:04 pm
ROME (AP) — Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and extravagant productions, most famously captured in his cinematic "Romeo and Juliet" and the miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth," died Saturday at 96. While Zeffirelli was most popularly...
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This cover image released by Henry Holt and Company shows "Siege: Trump Under Fire," by Michael Wolff, which will be released on June 4. (Henry Holt and Company via AP)
June 12, 2019 - 9:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The sequel to Michael Wolff's million-selling "Fire and Fury" is not attracting the same kind of interest, not even from President Donald Trump. NPD BookScan reported Wednesday just 17,756 first-week sales for "Siege," Wolff's latest account of the Trump White House. It ranked just...
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June 06, 2019 - 11:00 am
A multi-generational novel set in France and Iran has won a $10,000 prize for best French fiction translated into English. Négar Djavadi's (nay-GAHR' juh-vah-DEE) "Disoriental" received the Albertine Prize, voted upon by readers and presented by the Van Cleef & Arpels and the Cultural Services...
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June 05, 2019 - 2:26 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The woman who was raped by college swimmer Brock Turner and confronted him in court before his sentencing is writing a memoir. Viking Books announced Wednesday that it would publish the book, currently untitled, by the woman known publicly as Emily Doe. The publisher declined...
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June 05, 2019 - 1:48 pm
LONDON (AP) — U.S. writer Tayari Jones has won the Women's Prize for fiction with her novel "An American Marriage." Jones' best-selling novel — selected by Oprah Winfrey for her book club — centers on a successful African-American couple in Atlanta whose marriage is tested by when the husband is...
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