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Publisher confirms Halperin book despite intense criticism

Aug. 19, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Halperin's planned book about the 2020 election has been officially announced amid protests that the "Game Change" co-author hasn't earned a second chance since facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment. Regan Arts announced Monday that "How To Beat Trump" will come out in...

Tommy Orange among winners of American Book Award

Aug. 19, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tommy Orange's novel "There There" and Jeffrey C. Stewart's biography of Harlem Renaissance thinker Alain Locke are among this year's winners of American Book Awards, given for works that highlight the diversity of the country's literature. The awards were announced Monday by the Before...

'The Murder List' is compelling story by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Aug. 19, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

"The Murder List" (Forge), by Hank Phillippi Ryan Jack North is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Boston. His reputation precedes him, and he's known for applying tough but legal tactics for his clients. His nemesis on the other side of the courtroom is District Attorney Martha Gardiner. She's battled...

Review: Rob Hart's 'The Warehouse' is whip-smart thriller

Aug. 19, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

"The Warehouse: a Novel" (Crown), by Rob Hart Futuristic thrillers such as "1984," ''Fahrenheit 451" and "The Handmaid's Tale" succeed because the plots harbor more than a few kernels of truth that make the stories believable. Add Rob Hart's whip-smart thriller "The Warehouse" to that oeuvre. The engrossing plot...

'The Cold Way Home' is a heartbreaking blues song of a novel

Aug. 19, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

"The Cold Way Home: a Novel" (Minotaur Books), by Julia Keller Julia Keller's eighth yarn featuring small-town West Virginia crime fighter Bell Elkins is a heartbreaking blues song of a novel, employing beauty to evoke despair while reminding readers that even in the darkest of days, there might also be light....

Planned book by Mark Halperin faces widespread criticism

Aug. 18, 2019 11:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A reported book deal for Mark Halperin, the "Game Change" co-author and political commentator who has faced multiple allegations of sexual harassment, is being greeted with widespread outrage. Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson called the deal "a slap in the face to all women." Politico...

Charles Santore, illustrator of children's books, dies at 84

Aug. 16, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Charles Santore, an illustrator known for his richly detailed and whimsical interpretations of classic children's books has died, his daughter said Friday. Christina Santore said her father died Sunday after a brief illness in Philadelphia, where he was born, raised and worked. He was...

Paule Marshall, novelist of diverse influences, dead at 90

Aug. 16, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Paule Marshall, an exuberant and sharpened storyteller who in fiction such as "Daughters" and "Brown Girl, Brownstones" drew upon classic and vernacular literature and her mother's kitchen conversations to narrate the divides between blacks and whites, men and women and modern and...

'The Negro Artist' tells his identity story through poetry

Aug. 16, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Caleb Rainey was 11 years old when he drew his first conclusion about poetry. "I think poetry is the most boring thing to write, but poetry is not all that bad to read," Rainey scrawled in his notebook. "I also think when I'm older, most likely, I will write poetry." Rainey, now 24,...

Novelist Sparks: Ex-school head started fires he put out

Aug. 15, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The private Christian school that novelist Nicholas Sparks founded in his North Carolina hometown was gripped by one small crisis after another and demanding too much of his attention until the headmaster he initially championed was cut loose, the writer said Thursday. Sparks testified...