Books and literature

September 26, 2018 - 6:39 am
LONDON (AP) — A paperback copy of "Lady Chatterley's Lover" used by the judge in the book's landmark U.K. obscenity trial is expected to sell at auction for up to 15,000 pounds ($20,000). Penguin Books was prosecuted in 1960 for publishing D.H. Lawrence's novel, a landmark in the frank literary...
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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, author Philip Roth poses for a photo in the offices of his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, in New York. Friends and admirers will gather Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, at the New York Public Library for a tribute to Philip Roth, who died in May. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
September 26, 2018 - 1:21 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Philip Roth had it all planned. "Many years ago, I received in the mail a letter in which he outlined the instructions for his memorial service," his close friend Joel Conarroe told a gathering of hundreds Tuesday during a tribute at the midtown Manhattan branch of the New York...
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September 25, 2018 - 12:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The mother of former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. is working on a book of letters she sent him while he was in prison. Skyhorse Publishing announced Tuesday Jacqueline L. Jackson's "Loving You, Thinking of You, Don't Forget to Pray: Letters to My Son in Prison." The book includes an...
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Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, centre, accompanied by Britain's Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and her mother Doria Ragland walk to attend a reception at Kensington Palace, in London, Thursday Sept. 20, 2018. Markle was joined by her mother for the launch of a cookbook aimed at raising money for victims of the Grenfell fire. Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, hosted the reception beside her mother, Doria Ragland, to support the cookbook called “Together.” (Ben Stansall/Pool Photo via AP)
September 20, 2018 - 9:35 am
LONDON (AP) — Meghan Markle was joined by her mother Thursday to launch a cookbook aimed at raising money for the victims of London's Grenfell Tower fire. The former actress from the United States, who married Prince Harry and is now the Duchess of Sussex, hosted the reception at Kensington Palace...
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September 20, 2018 - 8:49 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Isabel Allende has won an honorary National Book Award. The author of beloved novels such as "The House of the Spirits" and "Eva Luna" is getting a medal for "distinguished contribution to American letters" from the National Book Foundation. The foundation made the announcement...
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The panel of judges, from left, Jacqueline Rose, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Val McDermid, Leo Robson and Leanne Shapton pose for a photo, during the Man Booker Prize 2018 shortlist announcement, at Riverbank House, in London, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Three U.K. authors, two Americans and a Canadian are finalists for the Man Booker Prize for fiction. The shortlist announced Thursday includes two first novels: U.K. poet Robin Robertson's verse novel "The Long Take" and "Everything Under" by British writer Daisy Johnson. The American finalists are Rachel Kushner's prison story "The Mars Room" and Richard Powers' tree-inspired tale "The Overstory." (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
September 20, 2018 - 6:21 am
LONDON (AP) — A novel in verse and a story about trees and the people who love them are among six finalists announced Thursday for the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction. U.K. poet Robin Robertson's verse novel about violence and social division in contemporary America, "The Long Take," and U...
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September 19, 2018 - 4:22 am
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A debut novel about a displaced Palestinian family and a book of essays exploring race and identity during Barack Obama's presidency have been named the winners of the annual Dayton Literary Peace Prize. The judges named Hala Alyan's "Salt Houses" and Ta-Nehisi (tah neh-HAH'-see...
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September 14, 2018 - 9:15 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Tayari Jones' "An American Marriage" and Tommy Orange's "There, There," two of the year's most talked-about novels, are on the fiction longlist for the National Book Awards. Other books announced Friday by the National Book Foundation include Lauren Groff's "Florida," Brandon Hobson...
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September 12, 2018 - 8:45 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A new government study finds adult Americans are reading fewer novels and short stories, but showed a big jump in poetry and increases in attendance at arts festivals, concerts and plays. The National Endowment for the Arts published its report Wednesday. According to the NEA, the...
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September 12, 2018 - 7:31 am
NEW YORK (AP) — An upcoming audiobook will feature former Vice President Joe Biden talking about his late son Beau with such interviewers as Stephen Colbert, Constance Wu and Aaron Sorkin. "Conversations With Joe" will be released Oct. 16 by Audible, the publisher and distributor owned by Amazon...
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