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'Splash,' 'Stern' writer Bruce Jay Friedman dead at 90

Jun. 3, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Jay Friedman, an Oscar-nominated screenplay writer and popular playwright and author known for the wry comedy and subtle pathos of such novels as “Stern” and “About Harry Towns” and for his scripts for “Splash” and “Stir Crazy," has...

FILE - This June 30, 2020 file photo shows author and U.S. Representative to the World Trade Organization Michael Punke at the European Business Summit in Brussels. Punke, the author of “The Revenant,” the historical novel adapted into the Oscar-winning movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, will be publishing his first new work of fiction in nearly 20 years. Henry Holt and Company announced Thursday that Michael Punke's “Ridgeline” will be released in June 2021.  (AP Photo/Matthew Busch, File)

New novel coming in 2021 from author of 'The Revenant'

May. 28, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The author of “The Revenant,” the historical novel adapted into the Oscar-winning movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, will be publishing his first new work of fiction in nearly 20 years. Henry Holt and Company announced Thursday that Michael Punke's “Ridgeline”...

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New 'Hunger Games' book sells more than 500,000 copies

May. 27, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A decade after the “Hunger Games” series had apparently ended, readers were clearly ready for more. Suzanne Collins' “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” sold more 500,000 copies last week, even as many of the country's bookstores were closed or offering limited...

Robb Forman Dew, prize-winning novelist, dead at 73

May. 27, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Robb Forman Dew, a prize-winning fiction writer who drew upon her small-town Ohio background for such novels as “Dale Loves Sophie to Death” and “The Evidence Against Her,” has died. Little, Brown and Company announced this week that Dew died May 22 at Baystate...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2018 file photo, author J.K. Rowling poses for photographers upon her arrival at the premiere of the film 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald', in London. JK Rowling is publishing a new story called “The Ickabog,” which will be free to read online to help entertain children and families stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
The “Harry Potter” author said Tuesday May 26, 2020, that she wrote the fairy tale for her children as a bedtime story over a decade ago. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

JK Rowling publishes first chapters of new story online

May. 26, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — J.K. Rowling is publishing a new story called “The Ickabog,” which will be free to read online to help entertain children and families stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. The “Harry Potter” author said Tuesday she wrote the fairy tale for her children as...

Romance writers association announces new award, the Vivian

May. 21, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Romance Writers of America have dropped their annual RITA awards and replaced them with a prize dedicated to the association's co-founder and meant to address criticisms over lack of diversity. The RWA announced Thursday that the new award will be called the Vivian, in honor of Vivian...

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Clinton and Patterson again team up for political thriller

May. 21, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After co-writing the best-selling adult novel of 2018, Bill Clinton and James Patterson have teamed up for another political thriller. “The President's Daughter" will be released in June 2021, the book's publishers announced Thursday. As with the million-selling “The...

UK government to unveil legislation tightening terror laws

May. 20, 2020 9:07 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government is to unveil legislation Wednesday that could potentially see indefinite curbs on the movements of suspected terrorists, a move that's prompted concerns over civil liberties. The Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill, which is being labelled as the largest overhaul of...

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Review: Dinan's debut novel sounds climate change alarm

May. 18, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

“Things You Would Know if You Grew Up Around Here,” by Nancy Wayson Dinan (Bloomsbury) You’ll find “Things You Would Know if You Grew Up Around Here” in the fiction section, but this debut novel from a doctoral candidate in fiction writing at Texas Tech is something more than...

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Daveed Diggs lets out his inner sci-fi fan in 'Snowpiercer'

May. 15, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Daveed Diggs was sorting through the many TV offers coming his way a few years ago when, as the Tony Award-winning actor puts it, “there was a lot of ’Hamilton’ fairy dust attached to me.” One series that caught his interest was TNT's...