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Navajo poet Jake Skeets wins Whiting Award

Mar. 31, 2020 12:39 AM EDT

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Navajo poet Jake Skeets has been named one of the winners of this year's Whiting Award. The Gallup Independent reports the Giles Whiting Foundation recently announced Skeets as one of the 10 writers to receive the honor. Last year, he was named the winner of the 2018 Discovery/Boston...

This undated photo provided by the Academy of American Poets shows Threa Almontaser, the 2020 Walt Whitman Award Winner. (Jawaher Ali/Threa Almontaser/Courtesy of Academy of American Poets via AP)

Yemeni-American poet Threa Almontaser wins Whitman award

Mar. 30, 2020 8:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yemeni-American poet Threa Almontaser has won the Walt Whitman Award for best first book. Almontaser's “The Wild Fox of Yemen” comes out in April 2021. Presented by the Academy of American Poets, the award includes a six-week residency in Umbria, Italy, and $5,000. In...

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Taylor Swift surprises some of her fans with money donations

Mar. 26, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting medical...

FILE - This May 28, 2015 file photo shows signs for Hachette Book Group displayed at BookExpo America in New York. Publishing's annual national convention, BookExpo, has been postponed until July. Organizers cited concerns about the coronavirus in rescheduling the gathering, originally scheduled to take place in late May at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

None of the 'Big Five' publishers will attend BookExpo

Mar. 26, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — All of the so-called “Big Five” publishers have dropped out of BookExpo, the industry's annual national convention. Hachette Book Group and Macmillan became the fourth and fifth to announce they would not attend the July gathering and the fan-based BookCon which immediately...

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Multiple Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally dies at 81

Mar. 26, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Terrence McNally, one of America’s great playwrights whose prolific career included winning Tony Awards for the plays "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and "Master Class" and the musicals "Ragtime" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman," has died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 81....

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...

FILE - This May 28, 2015 file photo shows attendees at the HarperCollins Publishers booth during BookExpo America in New York. Publishing's annual national convention, BookExpo, has been postponed until July. Organizers cited concerns about the coronavirus in rescheduling the gathering, originally scheduled to take place in late May at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

2 more publishers withdraw from BookExpo convention

Mar. 24, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three of the top five publishers in the U.S. will not be attending BookExpo, the industry's national convention. Organizers already had pushed back the event from May to July in the hopes of easing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins Publishers...

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Valeria Luiselli's 'Lost Children Archive' wins Folio Prize

Mar. 24, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli’s novel “Lost Children Archive” won the Rathbones Folio Prize for literature on Monday at a ceremony held online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Luiselli beat finalists who included Zadie Smith’ and Ben Lerner to win the 30,000...

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Excerpts from Woody Allen memoir 'Apropos of Nothing'

Mar. 24, 2020 12:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Excerpts from Woody Allen's new memoir, “Apropos of Nothing,” which was released Monday after a delay because the original publisher backed out of releasing the book. ___ THE BOOK'S DEDICATION: “For Soon-Yi, the best. I had her eating out of my hand and then I noticed...

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Ruchika Tomar wins PEN/Hemingway Award for debut novel

Mar. 23, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ruchika Tomar's “A Prayer for Travelers” has won the PEN/Hemingway Award for best debut novel, an honor previously given to Marilynne Robinson, Tommy Orange and Yiyun Li among others. Currently teaching at Stanford University, Tomar will receive $25,000 and a month-long...