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Screenwriter Walter Bernstein dies at 101

Jan. 23, 2021 6:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Screenwriter Walter Bernstein, among the last survivors of Hollywood’s anti-Communist blacklist whose Oscar-nominated script for “The Front” drew upon his years of being unable to work under his own name, died Saturday. He was 101. The cause was pneumonia, according to...

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

Jan. 21, 2021 2:34 PM EST

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Neighbors” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) 2. “The Scorpion's Tail” by Preston/Child (Grand Central Publishing) 3. “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett (Riverhead) 4. “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig (Viking) 5. “The...

Best-Sellers-Books-USAToday

Jan. 21, 2021 1:32 PM EST

1. “Bridgertons: The Duke and I” by Julia Quinn (Avon) 2. “Blood Heir” by Ilona Andrews (NYLA) 3. “A Promised Land” by Barack Obama (Crown) 4. “The Scorpions's Tail” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Grand Central Publishing) 5. “Romancing...

President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden walk in a parade during the Presidential Escort, part of Inauguration Day ceremonies, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Biden inaugural: Abrupt pivot to civility in post-Trump era

Jan. 21, 2021 12:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington couldn’t turn the page quickly enough from Donald Trump to President Joe Biden. Trump's voice faded from the capital he had animated and antagonized since 2017 as he flew to private life in Florida, with his last trip on Air Force One tuned in to Biden's inauguration on...

President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

For a splintered nation, a delicate moment of continuity

Jan. 20, 2021 6:28 PM EST

When it gazes into the mirror, the United States does not generally see a land of process and procedure. It sees what it has wanted to see since the beginning — a place of action and results and volume. The bold, splashy storylines that Americans crave, and have used to construct their nation, don't always...

American poet Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman: 'Even as we grieved, we grew.'

Jan. 20, 2021 5:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The country has a new president and a new literary star. In one of the inauguration's most talked about moments, poet Amanda Gorman summoned images dire and triumphant Wednesday as she called out to the world “even as we grieved, we grew." The 22-year-old Gorman referenced everything...

Book store worker, Dikeledi Nhlapo, holds a copy of Dorah Sitole's

South Africa's trailblazing Black food writer dies of virus

Jan. 19, 2021 9:34 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's trailblazing Black food writer Dorah Sitole's latest cookbook was widely hailed in December as a moving chronicle of her journey from humble township cook to famous, well-traveled author. The country's new Black celebrity chefs lined up to praise her as a mentor who...

FILE - Then Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden hugs Brayden Harrington at a campaign stop in Gilford, N.H. on Feb. 10, 2020. Harrington, who will be part of a primetime inaugural special, has a book coming out this summer. His picture story “Brayden Speaks Up” will be released Aug. 10. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Teen whom Biden befriended as fellow stutterer has book deal

Jan. 19, 2021 4:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Brayden Harrington, the teenager whom President-elect Joe Biden befriended as a fellow stutterer — and will be part of a primetime inaugural special — has a book coming out this summer. Brayden Harrington's picture story “Brayden Speaks Up” will be released Aug....

This photo made available by the U.S. National Archives shows a portion of the first page of the United States Constitution. According to NPD BookScan, which tracks around 85 percent of the print market, more than 1 million copies of the Constitution in various editions were sold since Trump took office. The sales are especially notable because the Constitution can be read or downloaded for free, including from the U.S. government. (National Archives via AP)

Sales of US Constitution topped 1 million during Trump years

Jan. 19, 2021 3:23 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — At the National Constitution Center, in Philadelphia, they like to joke that what's bad for the country is often good for the organization. “Web traffic is through the roof,” says the nonprofit's CEO and president, Jeffrey Rosen. “We had more than 400,000 visitors to...

Apple Books-Top-10

Jan. 19, 2021 12:13 PM EST

Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher 1. Bridgerton Collection Volume 1 by Julia Quinn - 9780063045118 - (Avon) 2. Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn - 9780062424105 - (Avon) 3. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn - 9780062424037 - (Avon) 4. The Scorpion’s Tail by Douglas Preston & Lincoln...