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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...

Woods to write a memoir on ups and downs of his career

Oct. 15, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tiger Woods is writing what he describes as his definitive story in a memoir titled "Back." HarperCollins Publishers announced Tuesday it has acquired rights to the first memoir written by Woods. Still be determined is when it will be published. The memoir will cover Woods from his youth as...

"Barefoot Contessa" star Ina Garten is writing memoir

Oct. 2, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Celadon Books announced Wednesday that million-selling chef Ina Garten is working on a memoir, not yet titled. It's tentatively scheduled for 2023. Garten, longtime host of the Food Network's "Barefoot Contessa," has written such bestsellers as "Barefoot Contessa Parties!" and "Barefoot in...

A literary guy: Jim Carrey novel scheduled for next May

Oct. 2, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Carrey has set his wild sights on the literary world. The actor has written a novel called "Memoirs and Misinformation," Alfred A. Knopf announced Wednesday. Along with co-author Dana Vachon, Carrey will take on celebrity, acting, romance and some other subjects he's familiar with. The...

Patti Smith's new autobiographical tome is set in 2016

Sep. 24, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

"Year of the Monkey," Alfred A. Knopf, by Patti Smith Midway through Patti Smith's new autobiographical tome, "Year of the Monkey," which is set in 2016 before and after the election of President Donald Trump, the punk poet, musician, author and artist sums up, in just a few sentences, the nexus of aging, steeped...

Winfrey picks Ta-Nehisi Coates novel for her book club

Sep. 23, 2019 10:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ta-Nehisi Coates' first novel, "The Water Dancer," has been a long and eventful journey. Begun a decade ago, his chronicle of a slave with an extraordinary memory who joins the Underground Railroad is the result of countless drafts, a shift from multiple narrators to a single voice, some...

Novels by Colson Whitehead, Marlon James on awards longlist

Sep. 20, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead's brutal narrative of a boys' reform school, "The Nickel Boys," and Marlon James' fantasy epic "Black Leopard, Red Wolf" are among the works chosen by judges for the fiction longlist of the National Book Awards. Others on the list of 10 include Taffy Brodesser-Akner's...

2 Greta Thunberg books coming out in the United States

Sep. 19, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg has two books coming out in the United States, including an English-language edition of her memoir. Penguin Press announced Thursday that it will release Thunberg's memoir "Our House Is On Fire" and a collection of her speeches, "No One Is Too...

Books on border wall, Tribe Called Quest on awards longlist

Sep. 19, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A memoir by chef Iliana Regan and Hanif Abdurraqib's best-selling chronicle of A Tribe Called Quest are among the works on the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Awards. The 10 books announced Thursday by the National Book Foundation feature authors mostly new to the National Book...

Hungarian writer and dissident Gyorgy Konrad dies at 86

Sep. 13, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Gyorgy Konrad, a writer and sociologist who was an iconic figure of Hungary's dissident movement while the country was under communist rule, died Friday at his home in Budapest. He was 86. Konrad's family said he had been gravely ill, but gave no specifics. Known internationally...