Books and literature

FILE - This April 12, 1977 file photo shows author Ernest Gaines who wrote "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," in his San Francisco home. Gaines, whose poor childhood on a small Louisiana plantation town germinated the stories of black struggles that grew into universal stories of grace and beauty, has died. He was 86. The Louisiana governor's office released word of his death on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (AP Photo, File)
November 05, 2019 - 5:11 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Novelist Ernest J. Gaines, whose poor childhood on a small Louisiana plantation germinated stories of black struggles that grew into universal tales of grace and beauty, has died. He was 86. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which sponsors a literary award in Gaines' honor,...
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Bruce Springsteen performs at the 13th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
November 05, 2019 - 1:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen will be presenting a lifetime achievement award next spring to Richard Ford, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Independence Day" centers on a real estate agent from Springsteen's native New Jersey. But not everyone is happy about Ford's receiving the Hadada Award...
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Bosnian women whose male family members, including sons and husbands, perished in the Srebrenica massacre hold placards as they protest outside Swedish embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Several dozen survivors of Bosnia's 1992-95 war staged a protest in Sarajevo to call on the Nobel Committee to reverse its decision to award the 2019 Nobel Prize in literature to Austria's Peter Handke. Placards read: 'to award Handke is equal awarding committed crime' and 'award for Hadke is award for Slobodan Milosevic'. Despite a U.N. court ruling to the contrary, Handke has persistently denied that genocide took place in Srebrenica. (Almir Razic/Fena Agency via AP)
November 05, 2019 - 8:52 am
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian war survivors, including mothers who lost husbands and sons in the Srebrenica massacre, protested Tuesday in Sarajevo, urging the Nobel Committee to reverse its decision to award the 2019 Nobel Prize in literature to Austrian writer Peter Handke...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, file photo, Carol Burnett arrives at the "The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special" at the CBS Television City in Los Angeles. For at least one night, Burnett was a writer among writers: The beloved entertainer was among three panelists Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, for “An Evening of Memoir,” presented in Manhattan by the MacDowell artist colony. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
October 24, 2019 - 11:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — For at least one night, Carol Burnett was a writer among writers. The beloved entertainer was among three panelists Thursday for "An Evening of Memoir," presented at the MacDowell artist colony's intimate event space in Manhattan. With some 50 people in attendance, many MacDowell...
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This combination photo shows sibling Olympic ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani, and a cover of their middle grade book "Kudo Kids: The Mystery of the Masked Medalist," scheduled for release on May 12. (AP Photo, left, Razorbill via AP)
October 24, 2019 - 7:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Shib Sibs are writing Kid Lit. Maia and Alex Shibutani, the sibling ice dancers and Olympic bronze medalists, are collaborating on a middle grade book series, Penguin Young Readers announced Thursday. The first book is called "Kudo Kids: The Mystery of the Masked Medalist." It's...
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CORRECTS TITLE OF BOOK TO "DARE TO FLY" INSTEAD OF "TIME TO FLY" - FILE - In this March 6, 2019 file photo, during a hearing by the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel about prevention and response to sexual assault in the military, Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., recounts her own experience while serving as a colonel in the Air Force, on Capitol Hill in Washington. McSally, the Arizona Republican appointed to the seat once held by John McCain, has a book deal. William Morrow announced Monday, Oct. 21 that McSally’s “Dare to Fly” is coming out next May. In a statement Monday, McSally said she had endured “tragedies and barriers” and hoped her story would inspire others “at all stages of life.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
October 21, 2019 - 10:03 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Martha McSally, the Arizona Republican appointed to the seat once held by John McCain, has a book deal. William Morrow announced Monday that McSally's "Dare to Fly" is coming out next May. Like McCain, who died in 2018, the 53-year-old McSally has a military background. She was...
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October 16, 2019 - 7:22 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Scotty Bowers, a self-described Hollywood "fixer" whose memoir offered sensational accounts of the sex lives of such celebrities as Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, has died. He was 96. Bowers' agent, David Kuhn, said he died Sunday of natural...
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October 15, 2019 - 7:02 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Dylan's "Tarantula," a stream-of-consciousness work first released in 1971, is finally coming out in audio. Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday that Will Patton is the narrator, reciting such lines as "raggedy ann daughter of brazos and teeth in the necklace." Dylan first...
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Esther Duflo, left, and Abhijit Banerjee speak during a news conference at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. Banerjee and Duflo, along with Harvard's Michael Kremer, were awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in economics for pioneering new ways to alleviate global poverty. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
October 14, 2019 - 6:26 pm
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a third from Harvard University won the 2019 Nobel Prize in economics on Monday for groundbreaking research into what works and what doesn't in the fight to reduce global poverty. The award went to MIT's Abhijit...
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October 14, 2019 - 3:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Literary critic and longtime Yale professor Harold Bloom has died. His wife, Jeanne, tells The Associated Press that he had been in failing health, although he was still teaching as of last week. Bloom died Monday at age 89. Bloom was the author of "The Anxiety of Influence," ''The...
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