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New HBO series 'Watchmen' hopes to match original's ambition

Oct. 18, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Damon Lindelof didn't take lightly the challenge of adapting the most acclaimed graphic novel of all time. The "Lost" and "The Leftovers" co-creator was a fan of the revered "Watchmen" book ever since his father handed him the first few issues when he was 13 in the mid-1980s. So agreeing to...

Farrow books sells across Australia despite legal threat

Oct. 17, 2019 4:54 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Ronan Farrow's new book is being sold in Australia despite threats of defamation lawsuits that the Pulitzer-winning journalist believes led some Australian retailers to drop the bestseller. "Catch and Kill" covers events leading to Farrow's New Yorker magazine expose of Hollywood...

Hollywood 'fixer' Scotty Bowers dies; he wrote tell-all book

Oct. 16, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Scotty Bowers, a self-described Hollywood "fixer" whose memoir offered sensational accounts of the sex lives of such celebrities as Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, has died. He was 96. Bowers' agent, David Kuhn, said he died Sunday of natural causes at his...

The top 10 books on Apple Books-US

Oct. 15, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

Apple Book charts for week ending October 13, 2019: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher) 1. What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand - 9780316435567 - (Little, Brown and Company) 2. The 19th Christmas by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro - 9780316494021 - (Little, Brown and Company) 3. Lethal...

The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

Oct. 15, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

Audible.com best-sellers for week ending October 11: Fiction: 1. Carnival Row: Tangle in the Dark by Stephanie K. Smith, narrated by Karla Crome (Audible Original) 2. Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, narrated by Phoebe Fox, Rose Leslie, David Tennant, David Horovitch, James Wilby, Susan Wooldridge, Hannah...

Q&A: Julie Andrews on new memoir and her 'second career'

Oct. 15, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julie Andrews hasn't appeared in front of the camera in a feature film for almost 10 years, but that doesn't mean the 84-year-old screen legend has slowed down. She's just moved on to other things, like voice work, book writing and even directing theater. In June, Andrews sat down with...

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...

Will Patton to narrate Dylan's cult publication 'Tarantula'

Oct. 15, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Dylan's "Tarantula," a stream-of-consciousness work first released in 1971, is finally coming out in audio. Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday that Will Patton is the narrator, reciting such lines as "raggedy ann daughter of brazos and teeth in the necklace." Dylan first wrote...

Ex-inmate Cyntoia Brown-Long argues for redemption in memoir

Oct. 15, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cyntoia Brown-Long, now 31 years old, knows as much about life in prison as she does about being free. At 16, she was arrested for robbing and killing a man she says picked her up for sex and later was sentenced to life in prison. But two months ago, Brown-Long walked out of a...

Author of 'Wreck This Journal' works on project for kids

Oct. 15, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Author Keri Smith is bringing the wreckage to a new group of readers. The creator of the million-selling "Wreck This Journal" is working on "Wreck This Picture Book," an interactive project for ages 5-8. Dial Books for Young Readers announced Tuesday that the new book will come out in...