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Review: Irby offers comic relief in third essay collection

Mar. 31, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

``Wow, No Thank You,'' Vintage Books, By Samantha Irby With ``Wow, No Thank You,'' the incomparable Samantha Irby offers yet another laugh-out-loud masterpiece. In her third book of essays, the honest and self-deprecating Irby muses on everything from her approach to step parenting (avoid the children at all...

Whiting Awards bestow $50K prizes to 10 emerging writers

Mar. 25, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Essayist and New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino and novelist Ling Ma are among this year's 10 winners of the Whiting Awards, which give $50,000 prizes for promising literary talent. Tolentino's essay collection “Trick Mirror” was a finalist for a National Book Critics...

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Valeria Luiselli's 'Lost Children Archive' wins Folio Prize

Mar. 24, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli’s novel “Lost Children Archive” won the Rathbones Folio Prize for literature on Monday at a ceremony held online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Luiselli beat finalists who included Zadie Smith’ and Ben Lerner to win the 30,000...

Book sales fall as impact of coronavirus increases

Mar. 18, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of physical books sold dropped 10 percent from the previous week, the latest sign of the effect of the coronavirus on the publishing industry. NPD BookScan , which tracks around 85 percent of physical sales, reported big drops in children's fiction and adult nonfiction books....

Alex Kotlowitz's `An American Summer' wins Lukas Book Prize

Mar. 18, 2020 7:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Kotlowitz's “An American Summer,” an intimate chronicle of gun violence in Chicago, has won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. Kerri K. Greenidge's “Black Radical,” a biography of civil rights activist William Monroe Trotter, received an award for history....

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Author Roth weighed in on 'Plot Against America' TV series

Mar. 13, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Simon, the creative force behind stellar TV including “The Wire," “Show Me a Hero” and “Treme,” found himself in unfamiliar territory with his latest series, HBO’s “The Plot Against America.” He'd developed books into shows...

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Book critics give fiction prize to Edwidge Danticat

Mar. 12, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Edwidge Danticat's story collection “Everything Inside” has won the National Book Critics Circle award for fiction. Chanel Miller was awarded in autobiography for “Know My Name,” her book about being sexually assaulted by Stanford University student Brock Turner....

Leslie Marmon Silko wins $100,000 prize from arts academy

Mar. 11, 2020 8:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Leslie Marmon Silko, winner of a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, sees universal reach in her writings about her Laguna Pueblo heritage. “I'm especially proud of asserting the notion that we indigenous people are citizens of the...

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Review: Using Shakespeare to take the pulse of America

Mar. 9, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

“Shakespeare in a Divided America,” Penguin Press, by James Shapiro America: land of the free, home of the brave, known for Route 66, Silicon Valley … and Shakespeare? Yes, and from colonial days onward. Back then, the Bard wasn’t even considered high culture - his plays were as...

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Review: Authors take readers through the history of drag

Mar. 6, 2020 10:29 AM EST

“Legendary Children: The First Decade of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life,” Penguin Books, by Tom Fitzgerald & Lorenzo Marquez In “Legendary Children: The First Decade of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life,” authors Tom...