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FILE - This Nov. 14, 2018 file photo shows Polish author Olga Tokarczuk at the 69th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York. Tokarczuk's novel “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead,” translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, is among 10 fiction and nonfiction works on the National Book Awards longlist for translated literature, a category started last year. The lists will be narrowed to five finalists on Oct. 8. Winners will be announced Nov. 20. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)
September 17, 2019 - 10:35 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Authors from Asia, Africa and South America are among those on the National Book Awards longlist for translated literature, a category started last year. The 10 fiction and nonfiction works announced Tuesday include the celebrated Polish author Olga Tokarczuk's novel "Drive Your...
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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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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 - In this April 26, 2018, file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis listens to a question during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Mattis warns bitter political divisions have pushed American society to the “breaking point” in his most extensive public remarks since he resigned in protest from the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
August 28, 2019 - 6:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is warning that bitter political divisions threaten American society, saying he views "tribalism" as a greater risk to the nation's future than foreign adversaries. The retired Marine general, who resigned in December 2018 in a policy dispute...
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August 19, 2019 - 1:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Tommy Orange's novel "There There" and Jeffrey C. Stewart's biography of Harlem Renaissance thinker Alain Locke are among this year's winners of American Book Awards, given for works that highlight the diversity of the country's literature. The awards were announced Monday by the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 1991 file photo, author Paule Marshall poses during an interview, in New York. The acclaimed fiction writer has died at 90. Marshall’s son, Evan K. Marshall, told The Associated Press that she died Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 in Richmond, Va. Marshall was an exuberant and sharpened storyteller who drew upon classic and vernacular literature and her mother's kitchen conversations for such fiction as "Brown Girl, Brownstones," "Daughters" and "Praisesong for the Widow.” (AP Photo, File)
August 16, 2019 - 4:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Paule Marshall, an exuberant and sharpened storyteller who in fiction such as "Daughters" and "Brown Girl, Brownstones" drew upon classic and vernacular literature and her mother's kitchen conversations to narrate the divides between blacks and whites, men and women and modern and...
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FILE- This Jan. 27, 1993 file photo shows Nobel prize winner Toni Morrison at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J. Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in "Beloved," ''Song of Solomon" and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit of freedom within the boundaries of race, has died at age 88. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced that Morrison died Monday, Aug. 5, 2019 at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
August 06, 2019 - 3:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in "Beloved," ''Song of Solomon" and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit of freedom within the boundaries of race, has died at age 88. Publisher...
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August 02, 2019 - 11:16 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Harvey Frommer, a prolific author who wrote mostly about sports, sometimes collaborating with his subjects on their autobiographies, has died. Frommer, 83, had lung cancer. He died Thursday at his home in Lyme, New Hampshire, according to one of his sons, Frederic, who worked with...
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FILE - This Tuesday, July 5, 2011, file photo shows NASA Mission Control founder Chris Kraft in the old Mission Control at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Kraft, the founder of NASA's mission control, died Monday, July 22, 2019, just two days after the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. He was 95. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
July 22, 2019 - 7:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Behind America's late leap into orbit and triumphant small step on the moon was the agile mind and guts-of-steel of Chris Kraft, making split-second decisions that propelled the nation to once unimaginable heights. Kraft, the creator and longtime leader of NASA's Mission Control,...
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