Books and literature

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2017 file photo, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Colson Whitehead speaks during the presentation of the Italian edition of his novel "The Underground Railroad" at the Argentina Theatre in Rome. Whitehead’s novel “The Nickel Boys” and Kwame Alexander’s picture story “The Undefeated” are among the finalists for the Kirkus Prize, a $50,000 honor given for the year’s outstanding fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ books. Saeed Jones’ memoir “How We Fight for Our Lives” also was a nominee announced Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, by Kirkus Reviews, the trade publication. Each category has six finalists. Winners will be announced Oct. 24. (Maurizio Brambatti/ANSA via AP, File)
September 17, 2019 - 9:16 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead's novel "The Nickel Boys" and Kwame Alexander's picture story "The Undefeated" are among the finalists for the Kirkus Prize, a $50,000 honor given for the year's outstanding fiction, nonfiction and young readers' books. Saeed Jones' memoir "How We Fight for Our...
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September 16, 2019 - 10:24 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Laurie Halse Anderson, Jason Reynolds and Kwame Alexander are among the 10 authors on the young people's literature longlist for the National Book Awards. The wide-ranging list, which includes graphic fiction, historical narratives and stories in verse, was announced Monday by the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2017 file picture Hungarian writer, sociologist Gyorgy Konrad attends the funeral of Hungarian film director Karoly Makk in Budapest. Gyorgy Konrad died on Friday, Sept 13, 2019 at the age of 86. (Lajos Soos/MTI via AP)
September 13, 2019 - 3:26 pm
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Gyorgy Konrad, a writer and sociologist who was an iconic figure of Hungary's dissident movement while the country was under communist rule, died Friday at his home in Budapest. He was 86. Konrad's family said he had been gravely ill, but gave no specifics. Known...
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In this Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, photo, author Edmund White appears at his home in New York. White, 79, is among the most influential gay writers of the past half century, known for such works as the novels “A Boy’s Own Story” and “The Beautiful Room is Empty.” The National Book Foundation announced Thursday, Sept. 12, that filmmaker-author John Waters will present White with the 2019 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
September 12, 2019 - 9:34 am
Winning an honorary National Book Award has Edmund White thinking about the more pleasurable moments of the writing life. "Everybody always complains about it, but it occurred to me the other day that it is better than working and you meet lots of interesting people," says White, this year's...
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FILE - This March 27, 1960 photo shows Jacqueline Kennedy posing in the living room of her residence in Washington, D.C. “Camera Girl: How Miss Bouvier Used Imagination & Subversion To Invent Jackie Kennedy,” a book on Kennedy’s early years as a columnist, is scheduled to come out in Spring 2021, Gallery Books announced Thursday, Sept. 12. (AP Photo, File)
September 12, 2019 - 7:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — "Camera Girl," an upcoming book on Jacqueline Kennedy's early years as a columnist, draws on newspaper archives and interviews with friends and colleagues. "Camera Girl: How Miss Bouvier Used Imagination & Subversion To Invent Jackie Kennedy" is scheduled to come out in spring...
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Canadian author Margaret Atwood speaks during a press conference at the British Library to launch her new book 'The Testaments' in London, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
September 10, 2019 - 1:46 pm
LONDON (AP) — Margaret Atwood often gets asked if "The Testaments," her sequel to "The Handmaid's Tale," is set in a dystopian world. "Let us hope so," she says drily. The Canadian author noted as her new novel was published with a ferocious blast of publicity Tuesday that several U.S. states...
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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2016, file photo, photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank appears at the opening of the exhibition featuring his work, "Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947–2016," at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in New York. Frank, one of the 20th century's greatest photographers, has died at age 94. Frank died Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, The New York Times reports, citing Peter MacGill, whose Manhattan gallery has represented Frank's work since 1983. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
September 10, 2019 - 12:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Frank, a giant of 20th-century photography whose seminal book "The Americans" captured singular, candid moments of the 1950s and helped free picture-taking from the boundaries of clean lighting and linear composition, has died. He was 94. Frank died Monday in Inverness, on...
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September 09, 2019 - 8:36 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Delia Owens' "Where the Crawdads Sing," the million-selling novel about a young girl's life in a North Carolina coastal marsh, is coming out in the U.S. in a Spanish-language edition. Vintage Espanol, a Penguin Random House imprint, announced Monday that "La Chica Salvaje" ("wild...
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September 06, 2019 - 5:27 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee priest who banned Harry Potter books from a Catholic school's library was accused by parents of causing their children psychological and spiritual harm. The Tennessean obtained a 2017 letter from 14 St. Edward Catholic School parents, urging the Nashville diocese...
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September 05, 2019 - 8:33 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has a book deal. St. Martin's Press announced Thursday that her memoir will come out in Fall 2020. Sanders will write about her time in the Trump administration, "including the most dramatic and challenging moments," and will...
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