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Review: Writer reflects on his friendship with Philip Roth

May. 19, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

“Here We Are: My Friendship with Philip Roth.” by Benjamin Taylor (Penguin Books) For 20 years, Benjamin Taylor was a confidant of Philip Roth. Over the course of their friendship they talked often and intensely — about books, sex, fathers, food, politics, baseball, Jewishness and more....

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Curtis Sittenfeld's `Rodham' imagines a different `Hillary'

May. 15, 2020 10:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Over the past few years, author Curtis Sittenfeld has gotten to know Hillary Clinton in a way uniquely suited for a novelist — by writing a work of fiction about her. “I was definitely an admirer of Hillary before I started the book, but writing from her perspective made me...

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2011 file photo, Michelle Duster, great-granddaughter of civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells who led a crusade against lynching during the early 20th century, holds a portrait of Wells in her home in Chicago's South Side. Duster’s biography of the pioneering African-American journalist and activist, “Ida B. the Queen” will come out next February.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Biography of Ida B. Wells coming out in 2021, publisher says

May. 14, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells is writing a biography of the pioneering African-American journalist and activist. One Signal Publishers announced Thursday that Michelle Duster's “Ida B. the Queen” will come out next February. Duster will collaborate on the book with...

FILE - This May 22, 2018 file photo shows Simon & Schuster president Carolyn Reidy at the 2018 PEN Literary Gala in New York. Reidy died of a heart attack on Tuesday morning, May 12, 2020. She was 71. Her death was announced by company executive Dennis Eulau. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Hillary Clinton pays tribute to late CEO of Simon & Schuster

May. 13, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton is mourning the death of Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy, whose publishing house has been working with Clinton since she was first lady in the 1990s. “Carolyn was the best of the best,” Clinton said in an email statement Wednesday to The Associated...

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Review: Lou Gehrig's generosity of spirit shines in new book

May. 12, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

"Lou Gehrig: The Lost Memoir,” Alan D. Gaff (Simon & Schuster) In the pre-television and internet era, it’s hard to imagine the wattage a star player such as Lou Gehrig created or the emotion generated by his famous 1939 farewell speech at Yankee Stadium. Decades later, as the Baltimore...

FILE - This May 21, 2019 file photo shows author Robert Caro at the 2019 PEN America Literary Gala in New York. The historian discusses life during the pandemic and gives a progress report on his final Lyndon Johnson book in an exclusive interview with the Associated Press. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Robert Caro writes, and waits, during the COVID-19 outbreak

May. 8, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — On most days since the coronavirus spread through Manhattan, Robert Caro has held to a familiar routine. He rises early, walks to his office down the street, spends hours on the fifth and final volume of his Lyndon Johnson biography and enjoys a late-day stroll in Central Park with his...

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Colson Whitehead's 'The Nickel Boys' wins Pulitzer Prize

May. 4, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead became the rare author to receive Pulitzers for consecutive books when his novel about a brutal Florida reform school during the Jim Crow era, “The Nickel Boys,” was awarded the fiction prize Monday. Three years ago, he won for his Civil War era novel...

Six-year-old Muneefa Nazir, a Kashmiri girl whose right eye was hit by a marble ball shot allegedly by Indian Paramilitary soldiers on Aug. 12, stands outside her home in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sept. 17, 2019. The image was part of a series of photographs by Associated Press photographers which won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

The Latest: 1st audio Pulitzer prize goes to 'The Out Crowd'

May. 4, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the announcement of the 2020 Pulitzer Prizes (all times local): 5 p.m. The Pulitzer Prizes had something new this year — the inaugural award for audio reporting. The award announced Monday went to the collaboration between the staff of “This American...

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2005, file photo, Robert De Niro, left, and boxer Jake LaMotta stand for photographers before watching a 25th anniversary screening of the movie

'Raging Bull' delivers outside ring as classic sports film

May. 1, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

Jake LaMotta was a straight-ahead brawler, so determined to wreak havoc every time he entered the boxing ring that he handed the great Sugar Ray Robinson his first loss. He was pretty much the same outside the ring, which is why Hollywood made a movie about his life. “I was a no-good bastard,”...

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Michelle Obama documentary 'Becoming' to premiere on Netflix

Apr. 27, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A documentary portrait of Michelle Obama titled “Becoming” will premiere on Netflix next week, the streaming company announced Monday. The film, described as “an intimate look into the life of former first lady Michelle Obama” chronicles her 34-city book tour in...