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Agent: Rushdie off ventilator and talking, day after attack

Aug. 13, 2022 20:09 PM EDT

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — “The Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie was taken off a ventilator and able to talk Saturday, a day after he was stabbed as he prepared to give a lecture in upstate New York. Rushdie remained hospitalized with serious injuries, but fellow author Aatish...

Afghan rights leader heartbroken after year of Taliban rule

Aug. 13, 2022 11:19 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A year after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, prominent Afghan rights activist Sima Samar is still heartbroken over what happened to her country. Samar, a former minister of women’s affairs and the first chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights...

Author Salman Rushdie stabbed on lecture stage in New York

Aug. 13, 2022 02:19 AM EDT

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. (AP) — Salman Rushdie, whose novel “The Satanic Verses” drew death threats from Iran’s leader in the 1980s, was stabbed in the neck and abdomen Friday by a man who rushed the stage as the author was about to give a lecture in western New York. A bloodied...

Novel inspired by Shirley Jackson classic expected in 2023

Aug. 11, 2022 11:34 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of the late Shirley Jackson has authorized a novel inspired by her classic “The Haunting of Hill House.” Elizabeth Hand's "A Haunting on the Hill” is scheduled to come out in fall 2023. It’s the first time Jackson’s estate has approved an...

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Aug. 11, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “The 6:20 Man” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing) 2. “Portrait of an Unknown Woman” by Daniel Silva (Harper) 3. “Wrong Place Wrong Time” by Gillian McAllister (William Morrow) 4. “The Hotel...

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Aug. 11, 2022 10:41 AM EDT

1. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens (G.P, Putnam’s Sons) 2. “It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover (Atria Books) 3. “Verity” by Colleen Hoover (Grand Central Publishing) 4. “Ugly Love” by Colleen Hoover (Atria Books) ...

Houshang Ebtehaj, prominent Iranian poet, dies at 94

Aug. 10, 2022 10:13 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Houshang Ebtehaj, a distinguished Iranian poet whose small but influential body of work made him a major figure in his own country and in world literature, died on Wednesday in Cologne, Germany. He was 94. His death was confirmed by his daughter, Yalda Ebtehaj,...

"The Snowman" children's author Raymond Briggs dies at 88

Aug. 10, 2022 07:35 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British children’s author and illustrator Raymond Briggs, whose creations include “The Snowman” and “Fungus the Bogeyman,” has died. He was 88. Briggs' family said he died Tuesday, and thanked staff at Royal Sussex County Hospital, near his home in southern...

As Spider-Man turns 60, fans reflect on diverse appeal

Aug. 09, 2022 23:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Spider-Man fandom is in Tyler Scott Hoover's blood — but not because he was bitten by an irradiated arachnid. His father had collected Marvel comic books featuring the character since the 1970s. “He passed down a ton of comics to me,” says Hoover, 32, of Glen...

The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

Aug. 09, 2022 16:22 PM EDT

Nonfiction 1. Atomic Habits by James Clear, narrated by the author (Penguin Audio) 2. Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey, narrated by the author (Random House Audio) 3. MeatEater’s Campfire Stories: Narrow Escapes & More Close Calls by Steven...