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Verse averse: State poet laureate pick nixed after criticism

Jul. 19, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — There are poetry slams, and then there are slammed poets. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu abandoned his pick for poet laureate on Friday amid growing criticism of the man's work and how he was selected. Though he never formally nominated him, Sununu, a Republican, had chosen Daniel...

The moon landing was a giant leap for movies, too

Jul. 19, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In 1964, Stanley Kubrick, on the recommendation of the science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, bought a telescope. "He got this Questar and he attached one of his cameras to it," remembers Katharina Kubrick, the filmmaker's stepdaughter. "On a night where there was a lunar eclipse, he...

Julia Bueno writes about miscarriage in 'Brink of Being'

Jul. 18, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

"The Brink of Being: Talking about Miscarriage" (Penguin Books), by Julia Bueno Miscarriage was historically an overlooked experience, but a new book hopes to bring it to the forefront of our cultural discussions. Written by British psychotherapist Julia Bueno, whose specialty is pregnancy loss, comes "The Brink...

Author Laura Lippman has 5-book deal, not all of them novels

Jul. 18, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prize-winning crime novelist Laura Lippman has several new books planned, not all of them fiction. Lippman has reached a five-book deal with her current publisher, William Morrow. The deal, announced Thursday, includes three novels, a short story collection and a book of personal essays,...

'The Chain' is a mid-life hit for novelist Adrian McKinty

Jul. 17, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With his novel "The Chain" headed for publishing best-seller lists and summer packing lists, Adrian McKinty can now laugh as he remembers an old and "failed" novel. "I was in Mexico City, trying to write about Trotsky, the assassination of Trotsky, and it wasn't going well," says McKinty,...

8 tips for saving money on groceries

Jul. 17, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

I do not know of a single person who doesn't like to save money. And the supermarket is one of the most important places to be shopping-savvy. The good news is there are so many easy and effective ways to slash your grocery budget. Here are 8 tips that will bring that receipt total down considerably. 1. Buy whole...

Camilleri, author of Montalbano detective series, dies at 93

Jul. 17, 2019 8:32 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Author Andrea Camilleri, creator of the best-selling Commissario Montalbano series about a likable, though oft-brooding small-town Sicilian police chief who mixes humanity with pragmatism to solve crimes, died in a Rome hospital Wednesday. He was 93. Italy's RAI state TV, which produced wildly...

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies at 99

Jul. 16, 2019 11:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Paul Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court's leading liberal, died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after suffering a stroke Monday. He was 99. During nearly 35 years on the court, Stevens stood for...

Comic-Con at 50: Bigger than ever, but at what cost?

Jul. 16, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — No one expected their culture would ever become mainstream when a few hundred comic book and science fiction enthusiasts and creators gathered in the basement of a San Diego hotel 49 years ago for what would become known as the first Comic-Con. Except Jack Kirby. "A long time ago he...

The top 10 books on Apple Books-US

Jul. 16, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

Apple Book charts for week ending July 14, 2019: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher) 1. Under Currents by Nora Roberts - 9781250213273 - (St. Martin's Publishing Group) 2. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - 9780735219113 - (Penguin Publishing Group) 3. Backlash by Brad Thor - 9781982104054 -...