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Pope Francis leaves after celebrating Mass on the occasion of the Christ the King festivity, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. At the end of the mass a delegation of youths from Panama will hand over the World Youth Day cross to youths from Portugal, where the next World Youth Day will be held in 2023. (Vincenzo Pinto/Pool via AP)

Pope book backs George Floyd protests, blasts virus skeptic

Nov. 23, 2020 10:52 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is supporting demands for racial justice in the wake of the U.S. police killing of George Floyd and is blasting COVID-19 skeptics and media organizations that spread their conspiracies in a new book penned during the Vatican’s coronavirus lockdown. In “Let Us...

FILE - Honoree Yusef Salaam poses at the ACLU SoCal's 25th Annual Luncheon in Los Angeles on June 7, 2019. Salaam, one of the five teens wrongly imprisoned for the assault of a Central Park jogger, has a memoir coming out in the spring. Grand Central Publishing announced Monday that it had acquired Yusef Salaam’s “Better, Not Bitter: Living On Purpose in The Pursuit of Racial Justice.” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Yusef Salaam writing memoir about his wrongful imprisonment

Nov. 23, 2020 8:13 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the five teens wrongly imprisoned for the assault on a Central Park jogger has a memoir coming out in the spring. Grand Central Publishing announced Monday that it had acquired Yusef Salaam's “Better, Not Bitter: Living On Purpose in The Pursuit of Racial Justice.” The...

FILE - In this May 29, 2013 file photo, travel writer, journalist and author, Jan Morris, center, with the Duke of Edinburgh, right, during a reception to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the ascent of Everest, at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Morris, the celebrated journalist, historian, world traveler and fiction writer who became a pioneer of the transgender movement, has died at 94. Her literary representative, United Agents, says Morris died in Wales on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (Yui Mok/PA via AP, file)

Jan Morris, author and transgender pioneer, dies at 94

Nov. 20, 2020 6:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jan Morris, the celebrated journalist, historian, world traveler and fiction writer who in middle age became a pioneer of the transgender movement, has died at 94. Morris died in Wales on Friday morning, according to her literary representative, United Agents. Her agent Sophie Scard...

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2020, file photo, Ingham County Board of Canvassers Chair Rebecca Bahar-Cook pulls out a precinct poll book, collected from county precincts after the Nov. 3rd election, so she and other board members can review them at the Ingham County Fairgrounds Community Building in Mason, Mich. Poll books, so-called unbalanced precincts and routine election canvassing are at the heart of the GOP's efforts to toss out thousands of votes in Detroit and other largely Black cities that contributed to Joe Biden's victory in Michigan. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP, File)

Minor discrepancies at heart of GOP effort to overturn vote

Nov. 19, 2020 5:45 PM EST

Poll book problems, unbalanced precincts and false reads are at the heart of the Republican Party's long shot efforts to toss out thousands of votes in Detroit and other largely Black cities that contributed to Joe Biden's victory in Michigan. Experts say those issues are present in all elections and almost never...

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'Shuggie Bain' writer Douglas Stuart wins Booker Prize

Nov. 19, 2020 4:27 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Scottish writer Douglas Stuart won the Booker Prize for fiction Thursday for “Shuggie Bain,” a novel about a boy’s turbulent coming of age in hardscrabble 1980s Glasgow that was turned down by 32 publishers before being picked up. Stuart, 44, won the prestigious 50,000...

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

Nov. 19, 2020 3:23 PM EST

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “The Law of Innocence” by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown) 2. “A Time for Mercy” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 3. “The Return" by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing) 4. "The Sentinel” by Child/Child (Delacorte) 5. “Fortune and...

British writer Douglas Stuart wins Booker Prize for coming-of-age novel “Shuggie Bain”

Nov. 19, 2020 2:53 PM EST
LONDON (AP) — British writer Douglas Stuart wins Booker Prize for coming-of-age novel “Shuggie Bain.”
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Brandi Carlile memoir 'Broken Horses' coming in April

Nov. 19, 2020 2:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy winner Brandi Carlile has a memoir coming in April. Her publisher calls the book an “evocative and piercingly honest” journey through the life that has shaped her “very raw art.” Crown announced Thursday that Carlile's book is called “Broken...

US-Best-Sellers-Books-USAToday

Nov. 19, 2020 11:40 AM EST

1. “The Law of Innocence” by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown) 2. ”Diary of A Wimpy Kid: The Deep End” by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books) 3. “Greenlights” by Matthew McConaughey (Crown) 4. “I Would Leave Me If I Could” by Halsey (Simon & Schuster) 5....

Ruff story: Picture book to honor Biden dogs Champ and Major

Nov. 19, 2020 10:51 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The publishing world has a new pet project: A picture book about the Biden family dogs, the German shepherds Champ and Major. Dial Books for Young Readers announced Thursday that “Champ and Major: First Dogs” will be published Jan. 19, the day before Joe Biden is to be sworn...