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Surely, and truly: New book shares backstory of 'Airplane!'

Feb. 01, 2023 09:26 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — There is so much left to be said about “Airplane!” Surely. (Shirley?) “Surely You Can’t Be Serious: The True Story of Airplane!” will be published Oct. 3 by St. Martin's Press, the publisher announced Wednesday. The oral history of the 1980...

Man who claimed he had bomb near Capitol pleads guilty

Jan. 27, 2023 16:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who caused evacuations and an hourslong standoff with police on Capitol Hill when he claimed he had a bomb in his pickup truck outside the Library of Congress pleaded guilty on Friday to a charge of threatening to use an explosive. Floyd Ray Roseberry, of...

Jesmyn Ward novel 'Let Us Descend' to be published Oct. 3

Jan. 27, 2023 09:12 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The next novel by Jesmyn Ward, the two-time National Book Award winner, is the story of an enslaved teenage girl that the publisher is calling a blend of magical realism, historical narrative and Dante's “Inferno.” Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster,...

Meg Medina is new ambassador for young people's literature

Jan. 18, 2023 11:33 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist Meg Medina is the new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, a selection made by the Library of Congress. Medina, a Cuban American whose books include the acclaimed middle grade novel “Merci Suárez Changes Gears,” is the eighth National...

'When Harry Met Sally,' 'Iron Man' added to film registry

Dec. 14, 2022 12:29 PM EST

They’ll have what she’s having. The 1989 rom-com “When Harry Met Sally” is one of 25 films chosen this year to enter the National Film Registry, a list that ranges from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” to an 1898 silent documentary, long thought lost, about the Mardi Gras...