Books and literature

February 18, 2020 - 8:31 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Natalie Portman and dancer Misty Copeland will be sharing a stage this spring as they discuss a common identity — children's book author. Reedpop announced Tuesday that Portman and Copeland are among the scheduled speakers during an author's breakfast at BookExpo, which...
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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 - 3:26 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 - 1:02 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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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2019, file photo, Ernest Hemingway's close friend and biographer, A.E. Hotchner, talks about his friendship with Hemingway at his home in Westport, Conn. A.E. Hotchner, a well-traveled author, playwright and gadabout whose street smarts and famous pals led to a loving, but litigated memoir of Ernest Hemingway, business adventures with Paul Newman and a book about his Depression-era childhood that became a Steven Soderbergh film, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at age 102. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
February 15, 2020 - 8:20 pm
A.E. Hotchner, a well-traveled author, playwright and gadabout whose street smarts and famous pals led to a loving, but litigated memoir of Ernest Hemingway, business adventures with Paul Newman and a book about his Depression-era childhood that became a Steven Soderbergh film, died Saturday at age...
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Oprah Winfrey participates in "Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus" tour at the Barclays Center on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP)
February 14, 2020 - 3:15 pm
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey's soon-to-be televised discussion about the controversial novel “American Dirt” is drawing scrutiny for not inviting some of the book's harshest Latino critics. The talk show host organized her much-hyped conversation with author Jeanine Cummins on Thursday after...
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February 13, 2020 - 5:01 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The “Wimpy Kid” and author Jeff Kinney are both embarking on new paths. Amulet Books announced Thursday that Kinney's latest novel is called “Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure” and comes out April 7 with an announced first printing of 3 million copies, among the highest...
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February 12, 2020 - 10:36 am
NEW YORK (AP) — British playwright Tom Stoppard and the Canadian poet and fiction writer M. NourbeSe Philip are among those being honored next month by PEN America, the literary and human rights organization. PEN announced Wednesday that Stoppard will receive the $25,000 PEN/Mike Nichols Writing...
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FILE - In this March 5, 2019 file photo, national security adviser John Bolton adjusts his glasses before an interview at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
February 07, 2020 - 3:13 pm
Former national security adviser John Bolton's team on Friday accused the White House of trying to suppress his unpublished book after word surfaced that the National Security Council had sent him a letter expressing concerns that the manuscript contained classified information. The White House has...
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FILE- In this April 25, 1997, file photo, Author Roger Kahn, author of the bestseller "The Boys of Summer", poses at his home in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. Kahn, the writer who wove memoir and baseball and touched millions of readers through his romantic account of the Brooklyn Dodgers died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at a nursing facility in Mamaroneck, N.Y., according to his son Gordon Kahn. He was 92. (AP Photo/Todd Plitt, File)
February 07, 2020 - 1:58 pm
MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — Roger Kahn, the writer who wove memoir and baseball and touched millions of readers through his romantic account of the Brooklyn Dodgers in "The Boys of Summer," has died. He was 92. He died Thursday at a nursing facility in Mamaroneck, a Westchester County suburb, son...
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FILE - This Aug. 9, 1962 file photo shows actor Kirk Douglas in New York. Douglas died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 at age 103. (AP Photo/DAB, File)
February 05, 2020 - 5:25 pm
Kirk Douglas, the intense, muscular actor with the dimpled chin who starred in "Spartacus," "Lust for Life" and dozens of other films, helped fatally weaken the blacklist against suspected Communists and reigned for decades as a Hollywood maverick and patriarch, died Wednesday, his family said. He...
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