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FILE - This June 23, 2019 file photo shows Al Sharpton presenting an award at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. Sharpton is working on a book meant to address what he calls an urgent moment in American history. Hanover Square Press announced Monday that the longtime civil rights activist's “Rise Up: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads” is coming out Sept. 15.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

New Al Sharpton book looks at America's political crossroads

Jan. 20, 2020 8:02 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton is working on a book that will address what he calls an urgent moment in American history. The longtime civil rights activist's “Rise Up: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads” is coming out Sept. 15, less than two months before the 2020 election,...

Harvey Weinstein leaves a Manhattan courtroom after attending jury selection for his trial on rape and sexual assault charges, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial

Jan. 17, 2020 4:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury of seven men and five women was selected Friday for Harvey Weinstein's rape trial after an arduous, two-week process in which scores of people were dismissed because they had already made up their minds about the disgraced Hollywood mogul. Opening statements are expected Wednesday in...

WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS

Jan. 17, 2020 2:48 PM EST

Best-Selling Books Week Ended January 11th. FICTION 1. "Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam's Sons) 2. “Dog Man: Fetch-22” by Dav Pilkey (Graphix) 3. “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” by Charlie Mackesy (HarperOne) 4. “Moral Compass” by...

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

Jan. 16, 2020 5:10 PM EST

Best-Selling Books Week Ended January 11th HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse'' by Charlie Mackesy (Harperone) 2. “Moral Compass” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) 3. “Dear Edward” by Ann Napolitano (Dial Press) 4. "The Guardians'' by John Grisham (Doubleday) ...

USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

Jan. 16, 2020 1:02 PM EST

1. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens 2. “Moral Compass” by Danielle Steel (Dell) 3. “Dog Man: Fetch-22” by Dav Pilkey (Graphix) 4. “The Last Wish” by Andrzej Sapkowski (Orbit) 5. “Dear Edward” by Ann Napolitano (Dial Press) 6....

FILE - This combination of file photos shows actors Patrick Stewart, left, and Samuel L. Jackson.  Stewart and Jackson will be among the readers for a new audiobook about famous American legal cases.

New audiobook features Patrick Stewart, Samuel L. Jackson

Jan. 16, 2020 8:33 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sir Patrick Stewart, Samuel L. Jackson and Lucy Liu will be among the readers for the audio edition of a new anthology edited in part by the American Civil Liberties Union. “Fight of the Century” is a collaboration between the ACLU and authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet...

FILE - In this March 14, 2016, file photo, author Veronica Roth attends the premiere of

Free e-book includes excerpts from new Veronica Roth novel

Jan. 16, 2020 8:07 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Fiction from Sue Monk Kidd and Veronica Roth, essays by comedian Mike Birbiglia and a memoir about Philip Roth are among the upcoming works excerpted in a free e-book compilation. Buzz Books 2020: Spring/Summer was released Thursday by the industry newsletter Publishers Lunch. The 44...

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New book shares early stories written by Zora Neale Hurston

Jan. 15, 2020 2:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sixty years after her death, the story of Zora Neale Hurston is still not fully told. The fiction writer-anthropologist-folklorist died in a segregated Florida hospital in January 1960, so forgotten and impoverished that her work was out of print and her grave left unmarked. Starting in...

FILE - In this June 28, 2017, file photo, Pope Francis, left, and Pope Benedict XVI, meet each other on the occasion of the elevation of five new cardinals at the Vatican. Retired Pope Benedict XVI has broken his silence to reaffirm the value of priestly celibacy, co-authoring a bombshell book at the precise moment that Pope Francis is weighing whether to allow married men to be ordained to address the Catholic priest shortage. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP, File)

Two popes -- one retired, one reigning -- cause a furor

Jan. 14, 2020 4:12 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Ever since Benedict XVI announced he would become the first pope in 600 years to resign, Catholic theologians, canon lawyers and others warned of the potential confusion in having two popes living side by side in the Vatican, one reigning, the other retired but calling himself...

The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

Jan. 14, 2020 1:40 PM EST

Fiction: 1. Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter, narrated by Khristine Hvam (Audible Original) 2. Interview with the Robot by Lee Bacon, narrated by Kevin T. Collins, Ellen Archer, Josh Hurley, Eileen Stevens, Erin Mallon, Jonathan Davis & Stephen Bel Davies (Audible Original) 3. Tinaca Jones by Matt Boren,...