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Trump contributes foreword to paperback of McConnell book

Nov. 15, 2019 8:27 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The paperback edition of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “The Long Game” includes a foreword from a well-placed political ally: President Donald Trump. In the foreword, shared Friday by the publisher Sentinel with The Associated Press, Trump praises the...

'Andromeda Evolution' is sequel to Michael Crichton book

Nov. 12, 2019 2:29 PM EST

"The Andromeda Evolution," Harper, by Daniel H. Wilson To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Michael Crichton's epic novel, "The Andromeda Strain," the author's estate commissioned Daniel H. Wilson to craft a sequel, "The Andromeda Evolution." After the events of 50 years earlier, protocols were...

'Fifty Shades' publisher Anne Messitte is leaving company

Nov. 6, 2019 4:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The publisher who helped make E L James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" a phenomenon is being forced out amid a company restructuring. Anne Messitte, longtime head of the Vintage and Anchor paperback imprints, will depart next month, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group announced Wednesday. Spokesman...

Elena Ferrante's new book sparks buzz ahead of awaited debut

Nov. 6, 2019 9:35 AM EST

ROME (AP) — At the stroke of midnight, Elena Ferrante's latest novel debuts in Italy, with bookstores staying open into the wee hours for a legion of excited fans. Stores planned to offer readings of excerpts of "La vita bugiarda degli adulti" (the lying life of adults) late Wednesday until the...

Acclaimed novelist Ernest Gaines dies at 86

Nov. 5, 2019 6:12 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Novelist Ernest J. Gaines, whose poor childhood on a small Louisiana plantation germinated stories of black struggles that grew into universal tales of grace and beauty, has died. He was 86. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which sponsors a literary award in Gaines' honor, confirmed he...

Magazine faces criticism for giving award to Richard Ford

Nov. 5, 2019 2:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen will be presenting a lifetime achievement award next spring to Richard Ford, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Independence Day" centers on a real estate agent from Springsteen's native New Jersey. But not everyone is happy about Ford's receiving the Hadada Award,...

Scorsese, De Niro and Pacino on time and 'The Irishman'

Oct. 30, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — They come into the room not like the moveable Mount Rushmore that they are but like three old friends, energized by being in each other's company. They are chatting about movies. Martin Scorsese comes first, then Al Pacino, then Robert De Niro. They're trailed by a small army of publicists...

Evaristo says Booker win a landmark for black British women

Oct. 15, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Winning the Booker Prize is one big step for Bernardine Evaristo — and, she hopes, a giant leap for British women writers of color. This week the London-based writer shared the prestigious prize for English-language fiction with Margaret Atwood after the five-person panel of judges...

Not so fast: Many Nobel winners endured initial rejections

Oct. 14, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the world's most innovative ideas and creations have started out in a rejection pile. One of this year's Nobel Prize winners for medicine previously saw his findings on how cells respond to changes in oxygen levels turned down for publication. In 1992, the journal Nature rejected...

Review: 'Curious Toys' has deliciously creepy setting

Oct. 14, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

"Curious Toys," Little, Brown and Co., by Elizabeth Hand An amusement park with its odd corners, dark mysterious rides, nefarious-looking characters and garish lighting makes for a deliciously creepy setting for "Curious Toys," Elizabeth Hand's atmospheric historical novel set in 1915 Chicago. Despite all that,...