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FILE - Author James Patterson poses for a portrait in New York on Aug. 30, 2016. Thousands of schoolteachers will receive $500 grants from Patterson. The grants are to help students build reading skills, especially as schools struggle to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. The grant program is administered by Patterson and by Scholastic Book Clubs. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)

James Patterson awards $500 grants to thousands of teachers

Sep. 29, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of schoolteachers will receive $500 grants from author James Patterson to help students build reading skills, especially as schools struggle to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. “Whether students are learning virtually at home or in the classroom, the importance of keeping...

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2016 file photo, author and filmmaker Sherman Alexie appears at a celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day at Seattle's City Hall.  Alexie is included in a list of authors who wrote books that were among the 100 most subjected to censorship efforts over the past decade, as compiled by the American Library Association. Alexie's prize-winning “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” came in at No. 1.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Alexie, Pilkey books among most 'challenged' of past decade

Sep. 27, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Toni Morrison is on the list. So are John Green and Harper Lee. And John Steinbeck and Margaret Atwood. All wrote books that were among the 100 most subjected to censorship efforts over the past decade, as compiled by the American Library Association. Sherman Alexie's prize-winning...

FILE - In this May 8, 2019, file photo, author George R.R. Martin poses at the premiere of the film

George R.R. Martin can't build castle library in New Mexico

Sep. 10, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin won't be able to build a seven-sided, castle-style library at his compound in Santa Fe that drew objections from neighbors. The city's Historic Districts Review Board on Tuesday denied a request to allow Martin to exceed the...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 1960, file photo, President Dwight Eisenhower poses with President-elect John F. Kennedy at the White House in Washington, before a private conference. Researchers at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in 2020 have found a cache of letters from Americans objecting to JFK's embrace of cocktails at White House events. The letters shed new insight into Eisenhower's handoff to Kennedy early in 1961, and the strikingly different attitudes that people held about alcohol at official functions. (AP Photo, File)

Letters reveal public distaste for booze in JFK White House

Sep. 10, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — It was a tempest in a teapot — or, more accurately, a whiskey tumbler. Presidential transitions are always at least a little tricky. Case in point: Researchers at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum have found a cache of letters from Americans objecting to JFK's embrace...

This photo taken Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 shows a Jewish manuscript smuggled into Israel from Damascus in a Mossad spy operation in the early 1990s, in Jerusalem. The manuscript is one of the earliest existing complete manuscripts of the Hebrew bible.  The Jerusalem District Court ruled Monday, Aug. 17, 2020 that the books were “treasures of the Jewish people” that had “historic, religious and national importance” and must be preserved. It determined that the best way to do so would be to keep them at the National Library under a public trust.  (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Israeli court: Damascus Bibles to stay in National Library

Aug. 18, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A quarter century after Israeli spies, a Canadian activist and a Syrian rabbi smuggled nine rare medieval Jewish manuscripts out of Damascus, an Israeli court decided the books will remain under the National Library’s custodianship for their preservation. The decision ends a...