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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...

 

Election year fatigue? Blame it in part on the race of 1840

NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential elections are a foundation of American democracy dating back to George Washington. But presidential campaigns, as we know and endure them, came later. In a book published this fall, "The Carnival Campaign," author...

 

George W. Bush paintings book coming in 2017

NEW YORK (AP, posted Sept. 14, 2016) — The next book from former President George W. Bush will be more about pictures than words. "Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors" will feature 66 oil paintings and a...

 

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