Books and literature

FILE - This Aug. 9, 1962 file photo shows actor Kirk Douglas in New York. Douglas died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 at age 103. (AP Photo/DAB, File)
February 05, 2020 - 7:25 pm
Kirk Douglas, the intense, muscular actor with the dimpled chin who starred in "Spartacus," "Lust for Life" and dozens of other films, helped fatally weaken the blacklist against suspected Communists and reigned for decades as a Hollywood maverick and patriarch, died Wednesday, his family said. He...
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This undated image released by Simon & Schuster shows Alice Mayhew, editor of such acclaimed books as “All the President's Men" and “Parting the Waters." Mayhew died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 at her Manhattan home at the age of 87. (David Jacobs/Simon & Schuster via AP)
February 04, 2020 - 10:20 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Alice Mayhew, the celebrated and influential editor of political and historical works whose authors ranged from Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to Taylor Branch and Doris Kearns Goodwin, died Tuesday at age 87. Simon & Schuster, which she joined in 1971, says that she died “...
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FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2005 file photo, author Anne Rice talks about her new book during an interview at her home in La Jolla, Calif. Tulane University has acquired the complete archives of famed author, Anne Rice, who was born and raised in New Orleans and whose books including “Interview with a Vampire," often drew inspiration from her home town. The collection was a gift from Stuart Rose and the Stuart Rose Family Foundation to the university's Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, the university said in a statement. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
February 03, 2020 - 3:28 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University has acquired the complete archives of bestselling author Anne Rice, who was born and raised in New Orleans and whose books, including “Interview with the Vampire," often drew inspiration from her hometown. The collection was a gift from Stuart Rose and the...
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FILE - This July 17, 2019 file photo shows Jerry Seinfeld at the "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee," photo call in Beverly Hills, Calif. Publisher Simon & Schuster announced that Seinfeld will release a book of comedy on October 6. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
January 30, 2020 - 7:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Seinfeld has been gathering material. He is working on his first book about comedy since the million-selling “Seinlanguage” came out more than 25 years ago. Simon & Schuster announced Thursday that the new book, currently untitled, comes out Oct. 6. “Whenever I came up...
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This cover image released by Flatiron Books shows "American Dirt," a novel by Jeanine Cummins. (Flatiron Books via AP)
January 29, 2020 - 5:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The publisher of Jeanine Cummins' controversial novel “American Dirt" has canceled the remainder of her promotional tour, citing concerns for her safety. The novel about a Mexican mother and her young son fleeing to the U.S. border had been praised widely before its Jan. 21 release...
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FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2014 file photo, Brazilian author Paulo Coelho appears during an interview at his apartment, in Geneva, Switzerland. Kobe Bryant and Coelho were working together on a children's book since August of last year, but the author decided to delete the draft hours after he learned the 18-time All-Star who won five NBA championships had died at age 41 in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Boris Heger, File)
January 27, 2020 - 6:31 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — Kobe Bryant and Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho were working together on a children's book, but the author of “The Alchemist” said he deleted the draft after Bryant's death in a helicopter crash. The 72-year-old novelist told The Associated Press on Monday that the two men started...
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January 27, 2020 - 10:28 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Craft's “New Kid," a graphic novel about a 7th grader's struggle to adjust to a private school with little diversity, has won the John Newbery Medal for the year's best children's book. “New Kid” also received the Coretta Scott King Award for an outstanding work by an African...
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This combination of photos shows cover images for "Lost Children Archive" by Valeria Luiselli, left, and "Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster" by Adam Higginbotham, both winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medal, a $5,000 prize presented by the American Library Association. (Knopf, left,/Simon & Schuster via AP)
January 26, 2020 - 6:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Valeria Luiselli's novel “Lost Children Archive” and Adam Higginbotham's nonfiction “Midnight in Chernobyl” have been awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal, a $5,000 prize presented by the American Library Association. The awards for fiction and nonfiction were announced Sunday and...
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This cover image released by Harper shows "We're Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy," by Elijah Cummings with James Dale. (Harper via AP)
January 24, 2020 - 10:02 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A book by Rep. Elijah Cummings, nearly finished in his lifetime and worked on by his widow after his death, will be published this summer. Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Friday that “We’re Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy" comes...
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George Salines, right, whose daughter died in the Bataclan concert hall during the Nov. 13, 2015, attacks in Paris, and has written a book with Azdyne Amimour, left, whose son was among the gunmen that night, attend a joint interview in Paris, Tuesday Jan. 21, 2020. Both men lost children that night. The book, "We Still Have Words" is written as a dialogue between the two, to teach tolerance and resilience at a time when they say both seem in short supply. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
January 24, 2020 - 2:38 am
PARIS (AP) — Lola Salines happily accepted the last-minute concert ticket from a friend the night of Nov. 13, 2015. At 28, the Parisian had already created her own brand at a prestigious French publishing house, frequently took her lunch break to swim laps at the local pool with her father and was...
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