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Harry Potter publisher Arthur A Levine leaves longtime job

Mar. 12, 2019 8:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The man who helped introduce J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" books to U.S. audiences is leaving his longtime job at Scholastic and starting his own publishing house. On Tuesday, Scholastic announced the departure of Arthur A. Levine, who since 1996 had headed an eponymous imprint at the...

Howard Stern is No. 1 - on Amazon best-seller list

Mar. 12, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Howard Stern fans are clearly up for his new book. The shock jock's "Howard Stern Comes Again" will be published May 14, Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday. It's his first book in more than 20 years and was No. 1 on Amazon.com within hours of its announcement. Stern's previous books,...

Charles McCarry, prescient spy novelist, dead at 88

Mar. 1, 2019 9:27 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Charles McCarry, an admired and prescient spy novelist who foresaw passenger jets as terrorist weapons in "The Better Angels" and devised a compelling theory for JFK's assassination in "The Tears of Autumn," has died. He was 88. The author died Tuesday in Fairfax, Virginia, from...

Trump claims Cohen book transcript would prove ex-aide lied

Mar. 1, 2019 4:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed Friday that his former lawyer Michael Cohen shopped a book to publishers that portrayed Trump in a favorable light, vastly at odds with Cohen's damning testimony to Congress. In a tweet, Trump said that Cohen's manuscript was a "love letter" to him and that...

Publishers ready plans for Mueller report books

Feb. 28, 2019 11:34 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — If and when the Mueller report is released, publishers will have books ready. On Thursday, Scribner and The Washington Post announced a joint project for an "instant" bound and e-book edition of special counsel Robert Mueller's highly anticipated summation on alleged ties between Russia and...

'Pike Logan' author Brad Taylor signs with new publisher

Feb. 21, 2019 10:30 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — "Pike Logan" novelist Brad Taylor has a three-book deal with a new publisher. William Morrow, a HarperCollins Publishers imprint, announced Thursday that it had signed the author for the next three installments of his million-selling thriller series. The first novel is scheduled for 2020....

Sweden probing its envoy to China over 'threatening' meeting

Feb. 14, 2019 8:23 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Sweden's ambassador to China is under internal investigation over a meeting she arranged between the daughter of a detained Swedish publisher and two Chinese businessmen who she says threatened her father. Ambassador Anna Lindstedt returned to Stockholm on Wednesday to meet with officials...

Paperback pioneer Betty Ballantine dead at 99

Feb. 13, 2019 9:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Betty Ballantine, half of a groundbreaking husband-and-wife publishing team that helped invent the modern paperback and vastly expand the market for science fiction and other genres through such blockbusters as "The Hobbit" and "Fahrenheit 451," has died. Ballantine died Tuesday at her home...

AP NewsBreak: Katie Couric writing memoir, expected for 2021

Feb. 12, 2019 7:24 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Katie Couric is writing a memoir, one she is counting on to live up to its title: "Unexpected." In an announcement Tuesday, the publisher Little, Brown and Company told The Associated Press that the book was scheduled for spring 2021. Couric plans to share details both "hilarious" and...

Open the vaults: Unpublished Salinger work to be released

Feb. 1, 2019 8:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the book world's greatest mysteries is finally ending: J.D. Salinger's son says previously unpublished work by his late father will be coming out. In comments that appeared Friday in The Guardian, Matt Salinger confirmed longstanding reports that the author of "The Catcher in the...