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Latinos vastly underrepresented in media, new report finds

Sep. 21, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Latinos are perpetually absent in major newsrooms, Hollywood films and other media industries where their portrayals — or lack thereof — could deeply impact how their fellow Americans view them, according to a government report released Tuesday. The...

Gillian Flynn, Lena Waithe to head their own book imprints

Sep. 21, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn is a familiar name on bestseller lists, but her personal reading tastes run to books most haven't heard about. “I start every conversation about books with 'What's the weirdest things you've read this year? What's...

Memoir by Philip Roth biographer to be reissued next week

Sep. 10, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A memoir by Philip Roth biographer Blake Bailey will be reissued this fall after publisher W.W. Norton and Company dropped it amid multiple allegations against Bailey of sexual assault and harassment. Skyhorse Publishing announced Friday that Bailey's...

Pandemic fiction: Fall books include stories of the virus

Aug. 22, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Near the end of 2020, the pandemic had lasted long enough for author Jodi Picoult to try something that seemed unthinkable for novelists in its early stages — turn it into fiction. “At the beginning of the pandemic, I couldn’t even read, much less...

Pandemic fiction: Fall books include stories of the virus

Aug. 18, 2021 22:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Near the end of 2020, the pandemic had lasted long enough for author Jodi Picoult to try something that seemed unthinkable for novelists in its early stages — turn it into fiction. “At the beginning of the pandemic, I couldn’t even read, much less...

Hachette Book Group in deal to acquire Workman Publishing

Aug. 16, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The publisher of such bestsellers as the “What to Expect” books for parents and the “Brain Quest” educational series has reached an agreement to be acquired by Hachette Book Group. Workman Publishing has been an independent company for decades,...

China market turns frosty for Taiwan books, as tensions rise

Aug. 11, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese author Iris Chiang hardly seems like the type whose work would be banned from publication in China. Yet four years after being sold to a Chinese publisher, her book teaching children how to appreciate art has yet to go to press, a victim of heightened...

UK journalist sued by Russian billionaire over Putin book

Jul. 28, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British journalist and her publisher contested a defamation claim in a London court on Wednesday from billionaire Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich over a book about the rise of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Catherine Belton’s book...

Booksellers association apologizes for anti-trans mailing

Jul. 15, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Booksellers Association is apologizing for sending a publication widely criticized as anti-transgender, Abigail Shrier's "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," in a recent mailing to independent stores. “This...

Hong Kong book fair sees self-censorship and fewer books

Jul. 14, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Booksellers at Hong Kong’s annual book fair are offering a reduced selection of books deemed politically sensitive, as they try to avoid violating a sweeping national security law imposed on the city last year. The book fair was postponed twice last...