Fiction

FILE - This May 22, 2018 file photo shows Stephen King at the 2018 PEN Literary Gala in New York. With independent bookstores shut down nationwide, a new online seller is offering help. In January, Andy Hunter launched Bookshop.org. Simon & Schuster is adding buy buttons for Bookshop.org to all of its websites and promoting Bookshop through emails and elsewhere online. It also has enlisted numerous authors, among them Stephen King, Susan Orlean and Jason Reynolds, to get the word out about Bookshop on social media and elsewhere. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
April 02, 2020 - 1:25 pm
Andy Hunter, founder of a new online sales outlet for independent booksellers, had seen a crisis building well before the coronavirus pandemic shut down many of the country's stores. "Between 2015 and 2018, I saw this big jump in the percentage of weekly sales for physical books that were going to...
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March 25, 2020 - 7:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Essayist and New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino and novelist Ling Ma are among this year's 10 winners of the Whiting Awards, which give $50,000 prizes for promising literary talent. Tolentino's essay collection “Trick Mirror” was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle...
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This combination of photos shows cover images for "Lost Children Archive" by Valeria Luiselli, left, and "Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster" by Adam Higginbotham, both winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medal, a $5,000 prize presented by the American Library Association. (Knopf, left,/Simon & Schuster via AP)
March 23, 2020 - 10:00 pm
LONDON (AP) — Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli’s novel “Lost Children Archive” won the Rathbones Folio Prize for literature on Monday at a ceremony held online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Luiselli beat finalists who included Zadie Smith’ and Ben Lerner to win the 30,000 pound ($35,000)...
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This combination of photos shows, from left, "The End of October," by Lawrence Wright, "The Red Lotus," by Chris Bohjalian and "Afterland" by Lauren Beukes. Novels coming out now and written before the coronavirus pandemic use plagues to explore everything from gender roles to our own failure to anticipate the worst. (Knopf, from left, Doubleday, Mulholland Books via AP)
March 22, 2020 - 5:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Lauren Beukes, a script and fiction writer, is drawn to narratives that allow her to probe themes of gender and power. For her upcoming novel, “Afterland," she imagined a plot twist in which a disease wipes out virtually the entire male population. “I wanted to explore what a world...
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FILE - This Aug. 11, 2019 file photo shows director Ava Duvernay at the "When They See Us" FYC screening at Paramount studios in Los Angeles. The former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein has filed a lawsuit against Netflix and DuVernay over her portrayal in "When They See Us," a series about the Central Park Five case. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)
March 19, 2020 - 12:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein has sued Netflix and film director Ava DuVernay over her portrayal in the streaming service's miniseries about the Central Park Five case, which sent five black and Latino teenagers to prison for a crime they were later absolved of...
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This combination photo shows the cover image for the children's book, "If We Were Giants" by Dave Matthews and Clete Barrett Smith with illustrations by Antonio Javier Caparo, left, and a portrait of musician and author Dave Matthews. (Disney-Hyperion, left, and AP)
March 04, 2020 - 4:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — For his debut novel, Dave Matthews found inspiration close to home. He was recording music in New Orleans years ago when he started imaging the story of “If We Were Giants.” His twin daughters were 6. While they played in the trees, the singer-songwriter was overwhelmed by nature...
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This 2007 image released by G.P. Putnam's Sons shows author Clive Cussler riding in a classic car. Cussler died on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 at his home in Scottsdale, AZ. He was 88. (Ronnie Bramhall/G.P. Putnam's Sons via AP)
February 26, 2020 - 12:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Clive Cussler, the million-selling adventure writer and real-life thrill seeker who wove personal details and spectacular fantasies into his page-turning novels about underwater explorer Dirk Pitt, has died. Alexis Welby, spokeswoman for Cussler's publisher Penguin Random House,...
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In this 2018 photo provided by Victoria "V.E." Schwab, the author poses for a portrait. Schwab, who writes adult and young adult novels, says she doesn't change her style or vocabulary: The difference is in her mindset. For her “Shades of Magic” series and other books, she inhabits her 17-year-old self, a “pretty angry teenager.” For “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue," an adult story coming in October about a woman who endures and is ignored for centuries, she is closer to the person she is now. ( Jenna Maurice/Victoria “V.E.” Schwab via AP)
February 19, 2020 - 1:30 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — After gaining millions of young readers for her “Divergent” fantasy series, Veronica Roth decided she and her characters were ready for the next phase — a novel for adults. “I grew up on stories like ‘Dune’ and ‘Harry Potter,’ and ‘Ender’s Game' about people who shoulder burdens...
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Commuters ride in a quiet subway train during the morning rush hour in Beijing, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Chinese authorities on Monday reported a slight upturn in new virus cases and hundred more deaths for a total of thousands since the outbreak began two months ago. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
February 17, 2020 - 5:26 pm
Health officials in China have published the first details on nearly 45,000 cases of the novel coronavirus disease that originated there, saying more than 80% have been mild and new ones seem to be falling since early this month, although it's far too soon to tell whether the outbreak has peaked...
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February 17, 2020 - 3:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist Charles Portis, a favorite among critics and writers for such shaggy dog stories as "Norwood" and "Gringos" and a bounty for Hollywood whose droll, bloody Western "True Grit" was a best-seller twice adapted into Oscar nominated films, died Monday at age 86. Portis, a former...
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