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FILE - In this May 3, 1965, file photo, Shirley Ann Grau, winner of a Pulitzer for her third novel

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Shirley Ann Grau dies at 91

Aug. 5, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Shirley Ann Grau, a Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer whose stories and novels told of both the dark secrets and the beauty of the Deep South, has died. She was 91. Grau died Monday in a New Orleans-area memory care facility of complications from a stroke, her daughter Nora McAlister...

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Review: A superb Rylance lifts up languorous 'Barbarians'

Aug. 5, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

Watching Mark Rylance play a man of basic decency getting swallowed up by an evil world — and a sadistic Johnny Depp — in “Waiting for the Barbarians," I absent-mindedly jotted down in my notes: “Nobody does basic decency like Mark Rylance.” Then I remembered: Nobody quite does...

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Book Review: Hank Phillippi Ryan teeters on the improbable

Aug. 3, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

“The First to Lie,” by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge) The first liar we meet in Hank Phillippi Ryan’s “First to Lie” is Nora, a pharmaceutical representative whose job is to push Monifan, a drug that can increase fertility in women who have difficulty conceiving. But Nora is...

Tsitsi Dangerembga, left, prominent Zimbabwean author and Fadzayi Mahere, right, spokeswoman for the main opposition party, appear at the magistrates courts with others in Harare, Saturday, Aug, 1, 2020. Police arrested scores of people in Harare and other towns in Friday's protests according to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwean author freed after night in jail for protest

Aug. 1, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — An internationally known Zimbabwean author and several other people have been released on bail on Saturday, after spending a night in police cells for protesting against the government. The activists included writer Tsitsi Dangarembga and Fadzayi Mahere, the spokeswoman of the main...

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'Little House' author's life, times examined in PBS film

Jul. 29, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new documentary about the life and work of “Little House on the Prairie” author Laura Ingalls Wilder puts her novels’ scattered racist references in historical context, the film’s producers said. Wilder’s work reflects the perspective of her family...

Hilary Mantel, Anne Tyler among Booker Prize contenders

Jul. 27, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Best-selling British novelist Hilary Mantel and American author Anne Tyler are among 13 writers on a U.S.-dominated list of contenders for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction. Mantel was named among competitors for the 50,000-pound ($63,000) literary prize Tuesday for the “The...

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Review: Jon Land channels James Bond with new thriller

Jul. 27, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

“Strong from the Heart,” by Jon Land (Forge) Fans of Jon Land’s thrillers featuring fifth-generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong will be pleased to hear that the new book in the series is a lot like the first 10 as the hero, a cross between Wild Bill Hickok and Wonder Woman, dispatches a...

This illustration shows the logo for the newly established Gotham Book Prize. The literary award with a $50,000 cash prize will honor those best at telling a New York story. The Gotham literary prize, announced Thursday, came out of a conversation between businessman-philanthropist Bradley Tusk and political strategist Howard Wolfson. Starting next spring, the prize will be given to a book, fiction or nonfiction, published in a given calendar year that is about New York City or takes place there. (Gotham Book Prize via AP)

New literary prize is $50,000 honor for best New York story

Jul. 23, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new literary award with a $50,000 cash prize will honor those best at telling a New York story. The Gotham Literary Prize, announced Thursday, came out of a conversation between businessman-philathropist Bradley Tusk and political strategist Howard Wolfson, who told The Associated Press...

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Review: 'Painted Bird' brings a disputed novel to grim life

Jul. 15, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

Václav Marhoul’s “The Painted Bird” begins with utter bleakness but over the course of its 169-minute running time, keeps finding lower depths of misery. When it premiered last fall at the Venice Film Festival, a scene in which a jealous husband (Udo Kier) gouges the eyes out of a man...

This image released by Alfred A Knopf shows executive director of the National Book Foundation, Lisa Lucas, who has been named senior vice president of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group imprints Pantheon and Schocken. (Beowulf Sheehan/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group via AP)

Lisa Lucas, head of National Book Foundation, to join Knopf

Jul. 15, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the organization which presents the National Book Awards is joining the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation since 2016, has been named senior vice president of the Knopf imprints Pantheon and Schocken Books. “I...