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Oman author Jokha Alharthi wins Booker International Prize

May. 21, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Omani author Jokha Alharthi won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize on Tuesday for "Celestial Bodies," the story of three sisters in a desert country confronting its slave-owning past and a complex modern world. Alharthi is the first Arabic-language writer to get the prize and the...

Germany hands Israel thousands of Kafka confidant's papers

May. 21, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities on Tuesday handed over to Israel some 5,000 documents kept by a confidant of Franz Kafka, a trove whose plight could have been plucked from one of the author's surreal stories. The papers returned include a postcard from Kafka from 1910 and personal documents kept by Max...

The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks-US

May. 21, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

iBook charts for week ending May 19, 2019: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher iBooks US Bestseller List - Paid Books 1. Howard Stern Comes Again by Howard Stern - 9781501194313 - (Simon & Schuster) 2. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - 9780735219113 - (Penguin Publishing Group) 3. The...

Review: The creator of 'Hannibal' returns with new monster

May. 21, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

"Cari Mora" by Thomas Harris (Grand Central). In Thomas Harris' new novel, Cari Mora escaped a violent past and now lives in Miami. She can stay in the United States thanks to a temporary protected status, but she still fears being sent back to her native country. She works as caretaker of the house that was once...

Former Obama official Susan Rice has book out in October

May. 21, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Susan E. Rice, the former national security adviser and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has a book coming out this fall. "Tough Love" will be published Oct. 8, Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday. She will reflect on challenges and controversies that arose during the Obama...

Review: Expect the unexpected in 'The Never Game'

May. 20, 2019 9:07 AM EDT

"The Never Game" (Putnam), by Jeffery Deaver In Jeffery Deaver's "The Never Game," Sophie doesn't fit the profile of a runaway, and her father believes she's been abducted. He offers a $10,000 reward for her whereabouts, and that reward gets Colter Shaw to look into the case. He constantly calculates the odds of...

Review: In Owen Laukkanen's latest, a dog unites strangers

May. 20, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

"Deception Cove," (Mulholland Books), by Owen Laukkanen It would be easy for Owen Laukkanen's superb "Deception Cove" to evolve into just a dog story about the power and love of a devoted canine — and, indeed, it does include that. But "Deception Cove" also insightfully explores the recovery of former...

New novel 'Love Actually' meets the horoscopes

May. 20, 2019 7:47 AM EDT

"Star-Crossed: A Novel" (Crown), by Minnie Darke A journalist once considered adjusting her newspaper's horoscope to help an astrology-devoted friend. She didn't do it, but in her new novel, Minnie Darke imagines what happens when her lovesick protagonist acts on the same impulse she had. The result is an...

Editor of Carver, McInerney fired for 'breach' of policy

May. 17, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent literary editor has been fired for an undisclosed "breach" of company policy. Gary Fisketjon had worked with such authors as Raymond Carver, Cormac McCarthy and Richard Ford. In confirming Fisketjon's dismissal, Alfred A. Knopf spokesman Paul Bogaards declined comment Friday...

Herman Wouk, a consummate writer until the end, dies at 103

May. 17, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Herman Wouk was a prize-winning, million-selling author never quite in fashion. He was a religious Jew among secular peers, a respecter of authority in a field of rebels. He didn't brag like Norman Mailer and was spared the demons driving the madness of Philip Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint."...