Books and literature

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2018, file photo, Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami signs his autograph on his novel "Killing Commendatore" during a press conference at Waseda University in Tokyo. The acclaimed Japanese novelist Murakami, hosting a special radio show from home, painted a brighter side of the world with his favorite music, and said Friday, May 22, 2020, the fight against the coronavirus is a challenge to human wisdom in figuring out ways to help and care each other. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
May 23, 2020 - 12:24 am
TOKYO (AP) — Acclaimed Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, hosting a special radio show from home, painted a brighter side of the world with his favorite music, and said the fight against the coronavirus is a challenge in figuring out ways to help and care for each other. The 71-year-old, known for...
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May 21, 2020 - 6:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Romance Writers of America have dropped their annual RITA awards and replaced them with a prize dedicated to the association's co-founder and meant to address criticisms over lack of diversity. The RWA announced Thursday that the new award will be called the Vivian, in honor of...
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FILE - In this Monday, May 21, 2018, file photo, former President Bill Clinton, left, and author James Patterson speak during an interview about their novel, "The President is Missing," in New York. Clinton and Patterson are teaming up again with “The President's Daughter," to be released in June 2021, the book's publishers announced Thursday. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
May 21, 2020 - 1:04 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — After co-writing the best-selling adult novel of 2018, Bill Clinton and James Patterson have teamed up for another political thriller. “The President's Daughter" will be released in June 2021, the book's publishers announced Thursday. As with the million-selling “The President Is...
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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama, right, and former first lady Michelle Obama appear at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago. Michelle Obama was joined by her husband Monday on her popular online series “Mondays With Michelle Obama.” (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
May 18, 2020 - 2:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama was joined by a famous fellow reader Monday on her popular online series “Mondays With Michelle Obama.” The former first lady first read “The Giraffe Problem,” by Jory John and Lane Smith. Then she was joined by Barack Obama, seen over the weekend addressing the...
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Kerri Kaplan, a fifth grade teacher, stands next to a small library she has in her front yard in Phoenix, Ariz., on Friday, April 17, 2020. As government orders shuttered public libraries to slow the spread of coronavirus, some have turned to official and unofficial book-sharing means to satisfy their desire for new reading material. (AP Photo/Michelle A. Monroe)
May 17, 2020 - 10:52 am
Christine Gale Reynolds worked at the public library in Yosemite National Park before it closed in March when California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued shutdown orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus. So, she filled the back of her car with donated books and began her own mobile library. “I know...
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Six-year-old Muneefa Nazir, a Kashmiri girl whose right eye was hit by a marble ball shot allegedly by Indian Paramilitary soldiers on Aug. 12, stands outside her home in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sept. 17, 2019. The image was part of a series of photographs by Associated Press photographers which won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
May 04, 2020 - 4:01 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the announcement of the 2020 Pulitzer Prizes (all times local): 5 p.m. The Pulitzer Prizes had something new this year — the inaugural award for audio reporting. The award announced Monday went to the collaboration between the staff of “This American Life,” Molly O’...
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May 03, 2020 - 12:45 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gil Schwartz, the longtime CBS communications executive who wrote humorous novels and columns under the pen name Stanley Bing, has died. He was 68. CBS representatives said Sunday that Schwartz died Saturday at his home in Santa Monica, California. His death, they said, was...
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FILE - In this undated file photo, people portraying ghost players emerge from a cornfield as they reenact a scene from the movie "Field of Dreams" at the movie site in Dyersville, Iowa. The 1989 film was No. 6 in The Associated Press' Top 25 favorite sports movies poll. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
May 01, 2020 - 5:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball and tears, the ones streaking down cheeks. Tears, the kind leaving rifts between fathers and sons. “Field of Dreams” is about phantoms and phenoms on an unlikely diamond in an Iowa cornfield. Emotions gush like water across the fresh-cut grass, resonating three decades...
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In this photo taken on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, Joe Feld, owner of Flying Color Comics, loads comics into plastic bags for curbside delivery outside his shop in Concord, Calif. The biggest day of the year for comics retailers in America is May 2, Free Comic Book Day, which Feld created. There will be no such day this May, and no comics to populate it after the main distributor stopped shipping product. Will the industry that fuels millions of collectors' superhero dreams and provides fodder for Hollywood's biggest blockbusters be dealt a powerful death blow by the effects of the coronavirus? (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
May 01, 2020 - 2:16 am
The pandemic has transformed Christina Blanch, owner of Aw Yeah Comics, into a nightly TV host. Nine times a week, Blanch leads a livestream from the store she lives above in Muncie, Indiana, to sell some comics and interact with regulars. She holds up issues one by one, usually for $5 or $10, and...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, file photo, former national security adviser John Bolton takes part in a discussion on global leadership at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tenn. Bolton’s book “What Happened In the Room,” has been delayed from May 12 to June 23 according to listings from Wednesday, April 29, 2020, on the website of publisher Simon & Schuster and booksellers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
April 29, 2020 - 9:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — John Bolton's book has again been delayed, according to listings on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble, both of which say “What Happened In the Room” has been pushed back from May 12 to June 23. The new date also appears on publisher Simon & Schuster's web site. Bolton's book...
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