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Olivia de Havilland, Oscar-winning actress, dies at 104

PARIS (AP) — Olivia de Havilland, the doe-eyed actress beloved to millions as the sainted Melanie Wilkes of "Gone With the Wind," but also a two-time Oscar winner and an off-screen fighter who challenged and unchained Hollywood's contract system,...

 

New literary prize is $50,000 honor for best New York story

NEW YORK (AP) — A new literary award with a $50,000 cash prize will honor those best at telling a New York story. The Gotham Literary Prize, announced Thursday, came out of a conversation between businessman-philathropist Bradley Tusk and political...

 

Charles Webb, author of 'The Graduate,' dies in England

Charles Webb, a lifelong non-conformist whose debut novel "The Graduate" was a deadpan satire of his college education and wealthy background adapted into the classic film of the same name, has died. He was 81. Webb died June 16 in Eastbourne,...

 

Film adaptation of new 'Hunger Games' book is in the works

NEW YORK (AP) — The next "Hunger Games" book is coming out next month, and a movie version is now being planned. Lionsgate is working on an adaptation of Suzanne Collins' "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes," a prequel to her three "Hunger Games"...

 

Former Ukraine diplomat Marie Yovanovitch has book deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, the career diplomat who during the impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump offered a chilling account of alleged threats from Trump and his allies, has a book deal. Houghton...

 

Writer AE Hotchner, friend to Hemingway, Newman, dead at 102

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...

 

Paul Simon and Peter Singer discuss 'The Life You Can Save.'

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Simon, world famous singer-songwriter, isn't only inspired by fellow musicians. Simon is an admirer of the author-philosopher Peter Singer, the longtime Princeton University professor whose "The Life You Can Save" has been a...

 

Young people's longlist announced for National Book Awards

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...

 

Margaret Atwood returns us to Gilead in 'The Testaments'

TORONTO (AP) — From a park bench on the Victoria College campus, Margaret Atwood — class of 1961 — can trace her life of the mind. "It was here that I decided to become a Victorian (literature student) at a time when it wasn't at all...

 

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88

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 b...

 

Toni Morrison was a 'literary mother' to countless writers

NEW YORK (AP) — When author Angela Flournoy was asked to dress as her favorite literary character for a magazine shoot four years ago, she knew how to look the part: a wide and "severe hat," a fur stole and the kind of stare that dares you to...

 

'Caine Mutiny,' 'Winds of War' author Herman Wouk has died

NEW YORK (AP) — Herman Wouk, the versatile, Pulitzer Prize winning author of such million-selling novels as "The Caine Mutiny" and "The Winds of War" whose steady Jewish faith inspired his stories of religious values and secular success, died on...

 

3 Saudi women activists receive PEN Freedom to Write Award

NEW YORK (AP) — Three Saudi women's rights activists whose arrests last year have been condemned worldwide are being honored by PEN America. Nouf Abdulaziz, Loujain al-Hathloul and Eman al-Nafjan have won the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award, the...

 

Anticipation is high for Lou Berney's novel 'November Road'

NEW YORK (AP) — For crime writer and Oklahoma native Lou Berney, there's something special about the drive out West. "I love that stretch of I-40, what used to be Highway 66, from Oklahoma City to Arizona," he told The Associated Press during a...

 

The thrill and the truth of Aretha Franklin

NEW YORK (AP) — The clarity and the command. The daring and the discipline. The thrill of her voice and the truth of her emotions. Like the best actors and poets, nothing came between how Aretha Franklin felt and what she could express, between...

 

Arts and science medal ceremonies absent under Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — In February 2017, weeks into the Trump administration, the National Endowment for the Humanities was reviewing a list of nominees for the National Humanities Medals, one of the top honors for creative and scholarly achievement. The...

 

Philip Roth: a generation's defining voice

NEW YORK (AP) — In the self-imposed retirement of his final years, Philip Roth remained curious and removed from the world he had shocked and had shocked him in return. He praised younger authors such as Ta-Nehisi Coates and Teju Cole, and confided...

 

Remembering author Tom Wolfe, 'a magician' with words

NEW YORK (AP) — You only had to look at him — in his white suits and two-tone shoes — or read such books as "The Bonfire of the Vanities" and "The Right Stuff" to know that Tom Wolfe was like no other. "He was a magician," Wolfe's friend and...

 

Harper Lee letters offer candid takes on religion, family

NEW YORK (AP) — Around the same time "To Kill a Mockingbird" made Harper Lee a best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner, she was still fighting for creative control. "I must say it's increasingly difficult for magazine articles to be written... Full story

 

Author cancels graduation speech amid harassment allegations

Children's author Daniel Handler has canceled his commencement speech at Wesleyan University amid allegations of sexual harassment, the school announced Thursday. Instead, the May graduation speech will be given by Anita Hill, who drew attention in...

 

Ursula K. Le Guin, best-selling science fiction author, dies

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ursula K. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, has died at 88. Le Guin died suddenly and peacefully Monday at her home in Portlan...

 

James Patterson and Einstein archivists creating new series

NEW YORK (AP) — Already co-writing a political thriller with former President Bill Clinton, James Patterson is now set for a collaboration with the managers of Albert Einstein's archives. The best-selling and prolific novelist is developing a...

 

British novelist Ishiguro wins Nobel Literature Prize

NEW YORK (AP) — Kazuo Ishiguro, the Japanese-born British novelist who in "The Remains of the Day," ''Never Let Me Go" and other novels captured memory's lasting pain and dangerous illusions in precise and elegant prose, won the Nobel Literature Pr...

 

Tom Petty, down-to-Earth rock superstar, dies at 66

Tom Petty, an old-fashioned rock superstar and everyman who drew upon the Byrds, the Beatles and other bands he worshipped as a boy and produced new classics such as "Free Fallin,'" "Refugee" and "American Girl," has died. He was 66. Petty died Monda...

 

Kate Millett, feminist author of 'Sexual Politics,' dies

PARIS (AP) — Kate Millett, the activist, artist and educator whose best-selling work "Sexual Politics" was a landmark of cultural criticism and a manifesto for the modern feminist movement, has died at 82. Millett's book was among the most...

 

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