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Louis Menand among nonfiction National Book Award nominees

Sep. 16, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Louis Menand's Cold War cultural history “The Free World” and Hanif Abdurraqib's meditation on Black artistry “A Little Devil in America” are among the works on the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Awards. On Thursday, the National Book...

Poet Patricia Smith wins $100,000 lifetime achievement award

Sep. 14, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Patricia Smith has won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement, a $100,000 honor presented by the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation. Previous winners include W.S. Merwin, Kay Ryan and the current poet laureate, Joy Harjo. Smith is known for...

Jhumpa Lahiri book on translation to come out in the spring

Sep. 13, 2021 08:36 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The next book from Jhumpa Lahiri, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer, will highlight her work as a translator. Princeton University Press announced Monday that Lahiri's “Translating Myself and Others” will come out next spring. Lahiri has...

Karen Tei Yamashita to receive honorary National Book Award

Sep. 10, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Karen Tei Yamashita, this year's recipient of a National Book Award for literary achievement, is in some ways a departure from previous winners. The National Book Foundation announced Friday that Yamashita has been awarded its medal for Distinguished...

Mankato professor named Minnesota's 1st Native poet laureate

Sep. 09, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Dakota scholar, author and artist has been named Minnesota's poet laureate, the first time the honor has been bestowed upon a Native American, the governor's office announced Thursday. Minnesota State University, Mankato English professor Gwen...

EXCERPT: 20 years on, 'The Falling Man' is still you and me

Sep. 09, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

The following account from Associated Press photographer Richard Drew is excerpted from the book “September 11: The 9/11 Story, Aftermath and Legacy,” an in-depth look at AP’s coverage of 9/11 and the events that followed. On that day, Drew made one of the most indelible — and...

Publisher to reissue Pa. senator's WWI book with corrections

Sep. 08, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The academic press that published a Pennsylvania state senator's book about World War I hero Sgt. Alvin York has asked him to review a list of factual errors and sourcing issues in the book and the press' director said Tuesday it plans to publish a corrected version...

Professor aims to boost Vonnegut’s stature in US literature

Sep. 06, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Kurt Vonnegut was many things during a writing career that spanned more than half a century: best-selling novelist, counterculture cult figure, popular speaker and biting political satirist. But is the “Slaughterhouse-Five” author — who...

New book highlights golden history of West Virginia town

Sep. 05, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

BRAMWELL, W.Va. (AP) — A photographer’s efforts and an historical interpreter’s research have come together to create a new book that describes a small town enriched by the history of residents who became coalfield millionaires and built the homes to prove it. ...

Review: 'Dirty Work' argues that unpleasant jobs hurt us all

Aug. 30, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

“Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America,” by Eyal Press (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) In “Dirty Work,” flying military drones, patrolling a prison and processing meat emerge as morally suspect occupations that not only carry outsized...