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Commuters wear masks at a station in Fukuoka, southern Japan Wednesday morning, April 8, 2020. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a month-long state of emergency Tuesday for Tokyo and six other prefectures including Fukuoka to ramp up defenses against the spread of the coronavirus as the number of infections surges. (Kyodo News via AP)

The Latest: South Korea expects positive economic growth

Apr. 9, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR — South Korea’s top central banker expects slow, but...

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Review: Alvarez returns with a stunning reflection on loss

Apr. 8, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

“Afterlife,” by Julia Alvarez (Algonquin Books) I like to imagine fiction writers are a fairly collegial bunch when they’re not dreaming up stories. But more than a few of Julia Alvarez’s peers must be shaking their heads that she can take almost 15 years off from writing adult fiction...

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Review: A splendid return in ‘Hid from Our Eyes’

Apr. 8, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

“Hid From Our Eyes” by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Minotaur) Julia Spencer-Fleming makes a triumphant return to her series about Episcopal priest Clare Fergusson and her police chief husband, Russ Van Alstyne with “Hid From Our Eyes.” It’s been seven years since her last novel, but...

FILE - This May 22, 2018 file photo shows Stephen King at the 2018 PEN Literary Gala in New York. With independent bookstores shut down nationwide, a new online seller is offering help. In January, Andy Hunter launched Bookshop.org.  Simon & Schuster is adding buy buttons for Bookshop.org to all of its websites and promoting Bookshop through emails and elsewhere online. It also has enlisted numerous authors, among them Stephen King, Susan Orlean and Jason Reynolds, to get the word out about Bookshop on social media and elsewhere. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

New online store offers help to shuttered indie booksellers

Apr. 2, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

Andy Hunter, founder of a new online sales outlet for independent booksellers, had seen a crisis building well before the coronavirus pandemic shut down many of the country's stores. "Between 2015 and 2018, I saw this big jump in the percentage of weekly sales for physical books that were going to Amazon.com,"...

Whiting Awards bestow $50K prizes to 10 emerging writers

Mar. 25, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Essayist and New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino and novelist Ling Ma are among this year's 10 winners of the Whiting Awards, which give $50,000 prizes for promising literary talent. Tolentino's essay collection “Trick Mirror” was a finalist for a National Book Critics...

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Plague as art: Over the centuries, many kinds of stories

Mar. 22, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lauren Beukes, a script and fiction writer, is drawn to narratives that allow her to probe themes of gender and power. For her upcoming novel, “Afterland," she imagined a plot twist in which a disease wipes out virtually the entire male population. “I wanted to explore what a...

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Author Roth weighed in on 'Plot Against America' TV series

Mar. 13, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Simon, the creative force behind stellar TV including “The Wire," “Show Me a Hero” and “Treme,” found himself in unfamiliar territory with his latest series, HBO’s “The Plot Against America.” He'd developed books into shows...

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The Latest: US state of Missouri reports first virus case

Mar. 7, 2020 9:23 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak (all times local): 10:20 a.m. A St. Louis-area woman who recently traveled to Italy is the U.S. state of Missouri's first confirmed coronavirus case. St. Louis County Executive Sam Page said Saturday that the woman is in her 20s and is at home with her...

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Winfrey reversed upcoming book selection after controversy

Mar. 5, 2020 3:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey reversed her book club selection of Kate Elizabeth Russell’s upcoming “My Dark Vanessa” after the novel was briefly the subject of online controversy, a spokeswoman confirmed Thursday. "Ultimately we did not end up moving forward with it as a book club...

Critics of Oprah book club title put new novel on trial

Mar. 5, 2020 12:27 PM EST

TUSCON, Arizona (AP) — When Oprah Winfrey chose the novel “American Dirt” for her book club, she imagined engaging in an impassioned television dialog about the narrative, which follows a Mexican mother and her son fleeing to the United States. Instead, Winfrey ended up organizing a show that...