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FILE - This Oct. 14, 1959 file photo shows Charles Van Doren at New York's hotel Roosevelt. Van Doren, who admitted his television quiz show performances in the 1950s had been rigged, died on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Canaan, Conn. He was 93. (AP Photo, File)
April 10, 2019 - 11:43 am
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Charles Van Doren, the dashing young academic whose meteoric rise and fall as a corrupt game show contestant in the 1950s inspired the movie "Quiz Show" and served as a cautionary tale about the staged competitions of early television, has died. He was 93. He died of natural...
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April 09, 2019 - 5:44 pm
LONDON (AP) — Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk could pull off a Booker Prize double. Tokarczuk, who won last year's Man Booker International Prize for "Flights," was announced Tuesday as a 2019 award finalist for "Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead." Her environmental crime story is among the...
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March 25, 2019 - 6:05 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A debut poet from Greensboro, North Carolina, has received a prize named for one of the country's greatest writers. Leah Naomi Green won the Walt Whitman Award, the Academy of American Poets announced Monday. The award is given to emerging poets and comes with a $5,000 cash prize...
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March 21, 2019 - 2:24 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Poet Tyree Daye will finally have some time to really write, and not think too much about money. "I can take the summer off and pay down some debts," Daye, from Youngsville, North Carolina, said Wednesday night after accepting his $50,000 Whiting Award, given annually by the Whiting...
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March 20, 2019 - 5:01 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Books on slavery, the prison system and the Harlem Renaissance are among this year's winners of J. Anthony Lukas prizes, named for the late author and journalist. Shane Bauer's "American Prison: Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment" won the $10,000 Lukas...
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FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2011 file photo, poet W.S. Merwin speaks to the Hawaii Conservation Conference in Honolulu. Merwin, a prolific and versatile master of modern poetry who evolved through a wide range of styles as he celebrated nature, condemned war and industrialism and reached for the elusive past, died on Friday, March 15, 2019 at his home in Hawaii. A Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate, Merwin completed more than 20 books and ranked high in the pantheon for decades, from early works inspired by myths and legends to late meditations on age and time. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)
March 15, 2019 - 6:45 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — W.S. Merwin, a prolific and versatile poetry master who evolved through a wide range of styles as he celebrated nature, condemned war and industrialism and reached for the elusive past, died Friday. He was 91. A Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate, Merwin completed...
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March 14, 2019 - 1:03 pm
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 literary and human rights organization announced...
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March 14, 2019 - 7:05 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Three prominent Saudi women's rights activists arrested last year 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 literary and human rights organization announced Thursday. The award was...
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March 06, 2019 - 9:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Lauren Groff's "Florida," a collection of often tumultuous portraits of life in the Sunshine State, has won the $20,000 Story Prize for short fiction. Prize organizers announced Wednesday night that Groff's book had been selected over Jamel Brinkley's "A Lucky Man" and Deborah...
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March 05, 2019 - 7:21 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The foundation behind the Nobel Prize in literature said Tuesday the winners of the 2019 and the delayed 2018 editions of the prestigious award will both be announced in October by the Swedish Academy, saying that the scandal-rocked body has revamped itself and restored...
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