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Inventive books make final 6 for International Booker Prize

Apr. 22, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Books from Europe and Latin America that blur the boundaries of fiction, history and memoir are the final six contenders for the 50,000 pound ($69,000) International Booker Prize. The shortlist for the literary award, announced Thursday, includes “The...

Rare Raymond Chandler essay includes writing, office tips

Apr. 22, 2021 02:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Philip Marlowe, the most self-reliant of fictional detectives, had no boss and no one to boss around. His creator, Raymond Chandler, needed some help. “Advice to a Secretary,” a rarely seen essay published this week in the spring issue of the...

The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

Apr. 21, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

Audible best-sellers for the week ending April 16th: Nonfiction 1. Beginner’s Mind by Yo-Yo Ma, performed by the author (Audible Originals) 2. Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey, narrated by the author (Random House Audio) ...

Publisher pauses release of new Philip Roth biography

Apr. 21, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The publisher of a new, bestselling biography about Philip Roth has temporarily halted the book’s shipping and promotion as its author, Blake Bailey, faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment and abuse. “These allegations are serious. In light...

Novel about Vietnam veteran wins $5,000 William Colby prize

Apr. 21, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A novel about a Marine's time in Vietnam and his struggles back home has won a $5,000 prize. Mark Treanor's “A Quiet Cadence” is this year's recipient of the William E. Colby Award for best debut book, fiction or nonfiction, military history, foreign policy or...

A farmer to chefs reveals his deep vegetable knowledge

Apr. 21, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite thousands of years of humans working the soil, there are still things to learn. Just ask Farmer Lee Jones about the beet leaves. The Ohio-based farmer had planted too many beets and the surplus was dumped in a pile in a cooler. He returned later...

Updated field guides, other titles lure readers outdoors

Apr. 21, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

The new season of spring shows has begun, and viewership is way up by all accounts. We’re not talking about screens, which we’ve all been glued to during the pandemic. Less noticed is another trend: people tuning in to nature for quieter, real-life, high-stakes drama....

The top 10 books on the Apple Store

Apr. 20, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

Book Title by Author Name - ISBN - (Publisher) 1. Ocean Prey by John Sandford - 9780593087039 - (Penguin Publishing Group) 2. The Devil’s Hand by Jack Carr - 9781982123765 - (AtriaEmily Bestler Books) 3. On the House by John...

Angie Thomas Scholarship is awarded to aspiring writer

Apr. 20, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Bestselling author Angie Thomas has surprised an incoming freshman with news that the young woman is receiving a full scholarship to the private university where Thomas earned her bachelor's degree. Thomas popped into an online meeting Monday to...

Review: Love, loss and racism in 'The Son of Mr. Suleman'

Apr. 20, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

“The Son of Mr. Suleman,” Eric Jerome Dickey (Dutton) “The Son of Mr. Suleman,” the final novel by the late Eric Jerome Dickey, is the profound story of Professor Pi Suleman, a Black man living in Memphis who, in 2019, must constantly navigate a world governed by...