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Gifty new and unusual pandemic-proof games for the holidays

NEW YORK (AP) — The pandemic has proven there's no shortage of games to keep families, couples and kids amused. The classics are ever-present,...

‘The West Wing’ cast reunites again, this time for a book

NEW YORK (AP) — The stars of “The West Wing” are once again joining together, this time for a book about the award-winning White...

UK festival curator accuses UAE minister of sex assault

LONDON (AP) — The chair of Britain’s Hay literary festival said Sunday the event will not return to Abu Dhabi after one of the...

Ethan Hawke tapes audio edition of acclaimed novel ‘Gilead’

NEW YORK (AP) — When she learned that Ethan Hawke was working on a special audio edition of her acclaimed novel “Gilead,” Marilynne Robinson's...

Sen. Josh Hawley writing book: ‘The Tyranny of Big Tech.’

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Josh Hawley is working on a book about one of the Missouri Republican's ongoing targets. ...

New book will include final thoughts from Justice Ginsburg

NEW YORK (AP) — Some final thoughts from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and some previously unreleased materials have been gathered by one...

‘Black Spartacus,’ Beatles book vie for nonfiction prize

LONDON (AP) — Books about a Haitian revolutionary, The Beatles and the brain are finalists for Britain’s leading nonfiction literary award. ...

Stacey Abrams novel ‘While Justice Sleeps’ coming May 25

NEW YORK (AP) — Stacey Abrams, the voting rights activist and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate, also has a career in writing novels. Her next...

Former AP sports writer Ken Rappoport dead at age 85

Some people light up a room with their smile. Ken Rappoport could energize an entire arena or stadium with his laugh. ...

Indie bookstores launch anti-Amazon ‘Boxed Out’ campaign

NEW YORK (AP) — With many independent bookstore owners facing the most dire financial crisis in their lifetimes, the American Booksellers Association has teamed...

Whitey Ford, Hall of Fame ace for mighty Yankees, died at 91

NEW YORK (AP) — During an era when the Yankees won the World Series so routinely it was joked that rooting for them was...

Emily Ratajkowski is working on book of essays, ‘My Body’

NEW YORK (AP) — Model and activist Emily Ratajkowski has a book deal. “EmRata,” as her millions of online followers know her, is working...

American poet Louise Glück wins Nobel Prize in Literature

NEW YORK (AP) — Louise Glück, an American poet long revered for the power, inventiveness and concision of her work and for her generosity...

Kaepernick’s company publishing essays on policing, prisons

Colin Kaepernick’s publishing company is putting out a collection of 30 essays over the next four weeks about abolition, policing and prisons. ...

Activists, scientists, authors among ‘genius grant’ fellows

CHICAGO (AP) — An activist speaking out about inadequate waste and water sanitation in rural America, an author of young adult and children's literature...

Novelist Lydia Millet among National Book Award finalists

NEW YORK (AP) — Stories of race, class and climate change were among the fiction finalists Tuesday for the 71st annual National Book Awards....

Albania’s writer Ismail Kadare awarded Neustadt Prize

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The U.S Embassy in Tirana on Monday said that Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare has been awarded the Neustadt International Prize...

Obscure works by Chandler, Christie published this week

NEW YORK (AP) — Two of crime fiction's most famous storytellers, Raymond Chandler and Agatha Christie, also knew how to get a laugh. ...

Derek Mahon, whose poem consoled during pandemic, dies at 78

LONDON (AP) — Northern Ireland-born poet Derek Mahon, whose verse brought consolation to many during the coronavirus pandemic, has died, his publisher said. He...

Oprah holds conversation with ‘Caste’ author on Apple TV+

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oprah Winfrey will have an in-depth conversation with famed author Isabel Wilkerson as part of the next episode of her...

David and Nicola Yoon launch YA imprint for people of color

NEW YORK (AP) — Best-selling authors David and Nicola Yoon are launching a Random House Children's Books imprint for young adult romance novels by...

Director Schele Williams is writing book on enslavement

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway director Schele Williams is working on a book for young people about the history of enslavement. ...

James Patterson awards $500 grants to thousands of teachers

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of schoolteachers will receive $500 grants from author James Patterson to help students build reading skills, especially as schools...

Alexie, Pilkey books among most ‘challenged’ of past decade

NEW YORK (AP) — Toni Morrison is on the list. So are John Green and Harper Lee. And John Steinbeck and Margaret Atwood. All...

Trump niece files suit saying family cheated her of millions

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump’s niece followed up her best-selling, tell-all book with a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the president and two of...

Sir Harold Evans, crusading publisher and author, dies at 92

NEW YORK (AP) — Sir Harold Evans, the charismatic publisher, author and muckraker who brought investigative moxie to the British press, newsmaking dash to...

Former staffer: White House politicized Bolton book review

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials repeatedly exerted political pressure in an unsuccessful effort to block the release of former national security adviser John...

Woodward’s ‘Rage’ sells 600,000 copies in first week

NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Woodward's “Rage” sold more than 600,000 copies in its first week of publication, continuing a yearlong wave of blockbuster...

Poet Nikky Finney wins $100,000 lifetime achievement prize

NEW YORK (AP) — Nikky Finney has won the Wallace Stevens Award, a $100,000 lifetime achievement honor presented by the Academy of American Poets....

Huffington teams with book publisher on wellness guides

NEW YORK (AP) — A “behavior change" company founded by Arianna Huffington is teaming with Hachette Book Group on a series of wellness guides....

Critic of Chinese leader sentenced to 18 years in graft case

BEIJING (AP) — The former chairman of a state-owned real estate company who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was...

Gina Yashere memoir ‘Cack-Handed’ to be released in June

NEW YORK (AP) — Gina Yashere has some tough stories to share but also some inspiring ones. ...

Sam McBratney, ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ author, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Sam McBratney, the Irish children's author whose picture story of ever-wider and higher devotion “Guess How I Much Love You"...

‘The Vanishing Half’ nominated for National Book Award

NEW YORK (AP) — Two of the summer's most talked about novels, Brit Bennett's “The Vanishing Half” and Megha Majumdar's “A Burning,” are on...

Book ’em: Police find ‘irreplaceable’ tomes stolen in 2017

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Police in Romania have uncovered a trove of “irreplaceable” books including first editions of works by Galileo Galilei and...

‘Forrest Gump’ author Winston Groom dead at 77

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (AP) — Winston Groom, the writer whose novel “Forrest Gump” was made into a six-Oscar winning 1994 movie that became a soaring...

‘Forrest Gump’ author Winston Groom dead at 77

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (AP) — Winston Groom, the writer whose novel “Forrest Gump” was made into a six-Oscar winning 1994 movie that became a soaring...

With picnic baskets, Christian Siriano puts on backyard show

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Christian Siriano, who turned his atelier into a mask-making machine, took to his Connecticut backyard Thursday for a cozy fashion...

Macmillan CEO forced out over ‘direction’ of company

NEW YORK (AP) — Macmillan's longtime CEO, John Sargent, will be leaving at the end of the year, forced out by what parent company...

Isabel Wilkerson’s ‘Caste’ on National Book Awards longlist

NEW YORK (AP) — Isabel Wilkerson's “Caste,” her acclaimed study of racism in the United States, is among 10 nominees on the National Book...

SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Audio arguments, with a side of fish

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flurry of election-related cases are already working their way through courts, but Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer doesn't seem overly...

First volume of Barack Obama’s memoir coming Nov. 17

NEW YORK (AP) — The first volume of former President Barack Obama's memoir is coming out Nov. 17, two weeks after Election Day. It's...

Horrors of slavery at center of Janelle Monae’s ‘Antebellum’

NEW YORK (AP) — Janelle Monae says she “felt so much rage and anger” when she stepped onto a former slave plantation for the...

First two longlists announced for National Book Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Stories of voting rights, space exploration and displacement at home are among the young people's literature works that appear on...

‘The Nest’ author has new novel scheduled for 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — The author of the million-selling debut novel “The Nest” has another story of family drama coming out next year. ...

New picture book series celebrates kitties and unicorns

NEW YORK (AP) — The best-selling team behind the “Princess in Black” children's series is looking to an even younger audience for its latest...

Zimbabwean writer, Americans on diverse Booker Prize list

LONDON (AP) — A Zimbabwean writer who was arrested during anti-government protests is among six finalists announced Tuesday on a diverse list of contenders...

6 emerging women writers receive $30,000 Rona Jaffe Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Fiction writers Mari Christmas and Yalitza Ferreras and poets Elisa Gonzalez and Charleen McClure are among six winners of Rona...

Florence Howe, co-founder of Feminist Press, dead at 91

NEW YORK (AP) — Florence Howe, an activist, educator and major contributor to American literature and culture who as co-founder of the Feminist Press...

George Takei, Ocean Vuong win American Book Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — ...

Margaret Atwood honored with Dayton Literary Peace Prize

CINCINNATI (AP) — Author Margaret Atwood thinks an American defiant streak is the country's defense against the kind of nightmarish totalitarian future she depicts...

Maddow beneficiary of scramble for attention by authors

NEW YORK (AP) — It's high season for books that pick apart Donald Trump's presidency, and Rachel Maddow is a big beneficiary. ...

Walter Mosley to receive honorary National Book Award

NEW YORK (AP) — Walter Mosley is receiving an honorary National Book Award, cited for dozens of books which range from science fiction and...

Maggie O’Farrell’s Shakespearean ‘Hamnet’ wins Women’s Prize

LONDON (AP) — Maggie O’Farrell won the Women’s Prize for Fiction on Wednesday for “Hamnet,” a novel that explores the lives of William Shakespeare’s...

McBride, Wilkerson among nominees for Kirkus Prize

NEW YORK (AP) — Elena Ferrante, James McBride and Isabel Wilkerson are among the nominees for the Kirkus Prize, a $50,000 honor for the...

Art dealer whose treasure sent hunters scouring US West dies

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Antiquities dealer and author Forrest Fenn, who gained fame after hiding a treasure chest filled with gold, jewels and...

Washington Post journalist named executive editor at Crown

NEW YORK (AP) — A prize-winning journalist at The Washington Post has been named vice president and executive editor at Crown, a prominent division...

Cohen memoir casts him as ‘star witness’ against Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen's tell-all memoir makes the case that President Donald Trump is “guilty of the same crimes” that landed his...

21-year-old young adult author gets 7-figure book deal

NEW YORK (AP) —...

Randall Kenan dies: Author depicted Black, gay life in prose

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP)...

Fans hope Marvel comic book improves Native representation

Past portrayals of Native...

Artsy Edinburgh, laid low by the virus, hopes for recovery

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) —...

`Comedy in Color’ audiobook coming out Sept. 29

NEW YORK (AP) —...

Police in Belarus detain opposition activists amid protests

MINSK, Belarus (AP) —...

Screenwriter John Ridley to write new Batman comic series

LOS ANGELES (AP) —...

Picture book on Kamala Harris coming Aug. 25

NEW YORK (AP) —...

Sons use e-books to help virus-stricken dad, other patients

LONDON (AP) — Geoff...

Five high schoolers named National Student Poets

NEW YORK (AP) —...

Report: Retired Pope Benedict XVI ill after visit to Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Emeritus...

Zimbabwean author freed after night in jail for protest

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) —...

AP Source: ESPN tabs Levy, Griese and Riddick for MNF booth

Steve Levy, Brian Griese...

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