Books and literature

FILE - In this March 17, 2016, file photo, gay rights pioneer Edie Windsor, left, and her spouse, Judith Kasen-Windsor, participate in the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York. A posthumous memoir by Windsor entitled “A Wild and Precious Life” will be released in October, St. Martin’s Press announced on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
February 28, 2019 - 8:57 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A posthumous memoir by gay rights pioneer Edie Windsor will be released in October. Windsor's "A Wild and Precious Life" will draw upon her uncompleted manuscript and other personal papers, St. Martin's Press announced Thursday. The book was finished by Joshua Lyon, with cooperation...
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February 26, 2019 - 5:04 am
NEW YORK (AP) — David W. Blight's biography of Frederick Douglass and Sarah Smarsh's "Heartland" are among the nominees for awards celebrating nonfiction books of social consciousness and literary merit. On Tuesday, the Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard...
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February 25, 2019 - 5:54 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The segregation-era road-trip drama "Green Book" was crowned best picture at the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday, handing Hollywood's top award to a film that some see as a feel-good throwback but that others ridicule as an outdated inversion of "Driving Miss Daisy." In a year when...
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February 22, 2019 - 7:09 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Children's author-illustrator Mo Willems has been named the Kennedy Center's first ever "Education Artist-In-Residence." The Washington, D.C.-based center announced Friday that Willems will organize projects for children and their families, including "collaborative experiences...
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February 21, 2019 - 9:29 am
NEW YORK (AP) — "Pike Logan" novelist Brad Taylor has a three-book deal with a new publisher. William Morrow, a HarperCollins Publishers imprint, announced Thursday that it had signed the author for the next three installments of his million-selling thriller series. The first novel is scheduled for...
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February 19, 2019 - 10:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The tragic, but inspiring story of a young Haitian orphan led Mitch Albom to write his first nonfiction book in over a decade. Harper announced Tuesday that Albom's "Chika" comes out in November. The title refers to a girl born days before the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The child was...
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February 18, 2019 - 8:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — W.E.B. Griffin, the prolific and best-selling author of military novels, has died at age 89. Griffin, whose real name was William E. Butterworth III, died Feb. 12. His death was confirmed Monday by his publisher, Putnam, which did not immediately provide additional details. Himself...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2010, file photo, Jill Abramson attends the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by the New York Women in Communications at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. The former New York Times executor editor’s media critique sold just over 2,800 copies during its first week of publication, according to numbers released Thursday by NPD BookScan. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
February 14, 2019 - 4:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Days of relentless publicity, much of it unwanted, did not lead to many sales for Jill Abramson's "Merchants of Truth." The former New York Times executor editor's media critique sold just over 2,800 copies during its first week of publication, according to numbers released Thursday...
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February 13, 2019 - 8:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Betty Ballantine, half of a groundbreaking husband-and-wife publishing team that helped invent the modern paperback and vastly expand the market for science fiction and other genres through such blockbusters as "The Hobbit" and "Fahrenheit 451," has died. Ballantine died Tuesday at...
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February 12, 2019 - 8:01 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential daughters-granddaughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush will be hosting a breakfast during this spring's BookExpo convention. Guests at the Children's Book & Author Breakfast, announced Tuesday by convention organizers ReedPop, will include Oscar winner...
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