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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...

New books with buzz? Dozens excerpted in free e-preview

Jan. 19, 2021 10:05 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Excerpts from upcoming works by Pulitzer Prize-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen and crime writer Lisa Scottoline are among 46 books previewed in a free e-book collection. “Buzz Books 2021: Spring/Summer” was released Tuesday by the industry newsletter Publishers Lunch. Besides...

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Review: Saunders offers a prolonged exercise in kindness

Jan. 11, 2021 10:45 AM EST

“A Swim in a Pond in the Rain,” by George Saunders (Random House) Have you ever wondered what makes a story great? George Saunders has, and at Syracuse University, where he has taught for more than 20 years, he takes his students under the hood of great fiction to show them how it works. Now, for...

FILE - Journalist Neil Sheehan is shown in New York, Nov. 29, 1988. Sheehan, a reporter and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who broke the story of the Pentagon Papers for The New York Times and who chronicled the deception at the heart of the Vietnam War in his epic book about the war, has died. He was 84. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey)

Neil Sheehan, Pentagon Papers reporter, Vietnam author, dies

Jan. 8, 2021 3:11 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Neil Sheehan, a reporter and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who broke the story of the Pentagon Papers for The New York Times and who chronicled the deception at the heart of the Vietnam War in his epic book about the conflict, died Thursday. He was 84. Sheehan died of complications from...

This March 24, 2003 courtesy photo released by Natural History photographer David Liittschwager, shows writer Barry Lopez near Blue River, Oregon. Barry Lopez, an award-winning writer who tried to tighten the bonds between people and place by describing the landscapes he saw in 50 years of travel, has died. He was 75. His family said Lopez died in Eugene, Oregon, on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, after a years-long struggle with prostate cancer. An author of nearly 20 books on natural history studies, along with an essay and short story collections, Lopez was awarded the National Book Award in 1986 for

Barry Lopez, author who tied people to place, dies at 75

Dec. 27, 2020 1:17 AM EST

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Barry Lopez, an award-winning writer who tried to tighten the bonds between people and place by describing the landscapes he saw in 50 years of travel, has died. He was 75. Lopez died in Eugene, Oregon, on Friday after a years-long struggle with prostate cancer, his family said. ...

FILE - In this June 17, 1999, file photo, Harvard professor Ezra Vogel gestures while speaking during his luncheon speech at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo. Vogel, a leading U.S. scholar on East Asia whose biography of Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping won acclaim and awards, died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Cambridge, Mass. Vogel was 90. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara, FIle)

Ezra Vogel, renowned Asia scholar and biographer, dies at 90

Dec. 21, 2020 11:29 AM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A leading U.S. scholar on East Asia whose biography of Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping won acclaim and awards has died. Ezra F. Vogel was 90. Vogel died Sunday in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from complications after surgery, said his son, Steven Vogel. A longtime professor at Harvard,...

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 1942, file photo, Kansas City Monarchs pitcher Leroy Satchel Paige warms up at New York's Yankee Stadium before a Negro League game between the Monarchs and the New York Cuban Stars. Major League Baseball has reclassified the Negro Leagues as a major league and will count the statistics and records of its 3,400 players as part of its history. The league said Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, it was

MLB reclassifies Negro Leagues as major league

Dec. 16, 2020 3:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Willie Mays will add some hits to his record, Monte Irvin's big league batting average should climb over .300 and Satchel Paige may add nearly 150 victories to his total. Josh Gibson, the greatest of all Negro League sluggers, might just wind up with a major league record, too. The...

This image released by CBS News shows White House correspondent Weijia Jiang in Washington. Jiang is working on a memoir about her experiences as a Chinese American. One Signal Publishers announced Thursday that Jiang’s “Other” would come out in Spring 2022.  (Michele Crowe/CBS via AP)

CBS White House reporter Weijia Jiang is writing a memoir

Dec. 10, 2020 2:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang is working on a memoir about her experiences as a Chinese American. One Signal Publishers, a Simon & Schuster imprint, announced Thursday that Jiang's “Other” would come out in Spring 2022. "In rural West Virginia where I...

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2016, file photo, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz is pictured while meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican. Steinsaltz, a prolific Jewish scholar who spent 45 years compiling a monumental and ground-breaking translation of the Talmud, has died. He was 83. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Adin Steinsaltz, groundbreaking Talmud translator, dies

Dec. 7, 2020 2:07 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, a prolific Jewish scholar who spent 45 years compiling a monumental and ground-breaking translation of the Talmud, has died. He was 83. The Steinsaltz Center, the Jerusalem educational institute he founded, said he died Friday in Jerusalem after suffering...

FILE - This September 1988 file photo shows author Alison Lurie in New York. Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Lurie has died at age 94. Her husband, Edward Hower, says the author died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, of natural causes. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)

Alison Lurie, prize winning novelist, dead at 94

Dec. 3, 2020 7:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Alison Lurie, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist whose satirical and cerebral tales of love and academia included the marital saga “The War Between the Tates” and the comedy of Americans abroad “Foreign Affairs,” died Thursday at age 94. Lurie, a professor...