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Review: Bombings and a disappearance fuel Parker's new novel

Aug. 10, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

“Then She Vanished,” by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) With each new book in T. Jefferson Parker’s series featuring San Diego private detective Roland Ford, the less the yarns resemble private eye novels and the more they bring to mind apocalyptic James Bond thrillers. Fans of detective...

FILE - In this May 3, 1965, file photo, Shirley Ann Grau, winner of a Pulitzer for her third novel

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Shirley Ann Grau dies at 91

Aug. 5, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Shirley Ann Grau, a Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer whose stories and novels told of both the dark secrets and the beauty of the Deep South, has died. She was 91. Grau died Monday in a New Orleans-area memory care facility of complications from a stroke, her daughter Nora McAlister...

Tsitsi Dangerembga, left, prominent Zimbabwean author and Fadzayi Mahere, right, spokeswoman for the main opposition party, appear at the magistrates courts with others in Harare, Saturday, Aug, 1, 2020. Police arrested scores of people in Harare and other towns in Friday's protests according to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwean author freed after night in jail for protest

Aug. 1, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — An internationally known Zimbabwean author and several other people have been released on bail on Saturday, after spending a night in police cells for protesting against the government. The activists included writer Tsitsi Dangarembga and Fadzayi Mahere, the spokeswoman of the main...

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'Little House' author's life, times examined in PBS film

Jul. 29, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new documentary about the life and work of “Little House on the Prairie” author Laura Ingalls Wilder puts her novels’ scattered racist references in historical context, the film’s producers said. Wilder’s work reflects the perspective of her family...

Hilary Mantel, Anne Tyler among Booker Prize contenders

Jul. 27, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Best-selling British novelist Hilary Mantel and American author Anne Tyler are among 13 writers on a U.S.-dominated list of contenders for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction. Mantel was named among competitors for the 50,000-pound ($63,000) literary prize Tuesday for the “The...

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Review: 'Painted Bird' brings a disputed novel to grim life

Jul. 15, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

Václav Marhoul’s “The Painted Bird” begins with utter bleakness but over the course of its 169-minute running time, keeps finding lower depths of misery. When it premiered last fall at the Venice Film Festival, a scene in which a jealous husband (Udo Kier) gouges the eyes out of a man...

In this June 6, 2016 image, New Mexico author Rudolfo Anaya poses for a photograph in his home writing studio. Anaya, who helped launch the 1970s Chicano literature movement with his novel

Rudolfo Anaya, ‘godfather’ of Chicano literature, dies at 82

Jun. 30, 2020 11:07 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Rudolfo Anaya, a writer who helped launch the 1970s Chicano Literature Movement with his novel “Bless Me, Ultima,” a book celebrated by Latinos, has died at 82. Anaya’s niece, Belinda Henry, said the celebrated author died Sunday at his Albuquerque, New Mexico,...

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An eventful year for Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead

Jun. 30, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Even sheltering in place, Colson Whitehead has had an eventful year. Whitehead became the first fiction writer to win Pulitzers for back to back novels, “Underground Railroad” and “The Nickel Boys,” which won the Pulitzer in May and comes out in paperback this...

FILE - In this May 17, 2018 file photo, museum visitors stand near a portrait of author Louisa May Alcott by American artist George Healy at Orchard House in Concord, Mass. The current issue of The Strand Magazine will give readers the chance to discover an obscure and unfinished work of fiction by Alcott,

Early, rarely seen Alcott story published in Strand Magazine

Jun. 25, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The current issue of Strand Magazine will give readers the chance to discover an obscure and unfinished Louisa May Alcott work of fiction, and to provide a conclusion themselves. Alcott's “Aunt Nellie's Diary” has rarely been seen since she drafted what may have been a novel...

In this Wednesday, May 26, 2004 photo, writer Carlos Ruiz Zafon poses in the Sant Felip Neri Square in the center of Barcelona, Spain. Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafon, author of the acclaimed

'Shadow of the Wind' author Carlos Ruiz Zafón dead at 55

Jun. 19, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Carlos Ruiz Zafón, whose wildly popular 2001 novel “The Shadow of the Wind” led to three sequels and made him one of the world’s most beloved Spanish authors, has died. He was 55. His Spanish publisher, Planeta, said in a statement Friday that Zafón died in Los...