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June release set for book by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings

Jan. 24, 2020 12:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A book by Rep. Elijah Cummings, nearly finished in his lifetime and worked on by his widow after his death, will be published this summer. Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Friday that “We’re Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy"...

This undated image released by Knopf shows Reagan Arthur, newly named executive vice president and publisher of Alfred A. Knopf.  She succeeds the longtime Knopf publisher Sonny Mehta, who died in December. (Michael Lionstar/Alfred A. Knopf via AP)

Knopf names Reagan Arthur as its new publisher

Jan. 23, 2020 3:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the world's most prestigious literary publishers has chosen just its fourth editorial leader in its 105-year history: Reagan Arthur has been named executive vice president and publisher of Alfred A. Knopf, where authors have ranged from Robert A. Caro to the late Toni Morrison....

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2019 file photo, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during the talks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  United Nations experts Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 called for an

What we know, and don't, about the alleged Bezos phone hack

Jan. 23, 2020 3:27 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — U.N. human rights experts are asking Washington to investigate a suspected Saudi hack that may have siphoned data from the personal smartphone of Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and owner of The Washington Post. But the forensic evidence they cite comes from an incomplete study of Bezos's phone,...

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2017, file photo, Jeff Bezos attends the premiere of

Saudi crown prince's WhatsApp linked to Bezos phone hack

Jan. 22, 2020 5:44 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The cellphone of Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos was hacked in what appeared to be an attempt by Saudi Arabia's crown prince to "influence, if not silence" the newspaper's reporting on the kingdom, two U.N. human rights experts said Wednesday. The U.N....

ARCHIVO - En esta foto de archivo del 14 de diciembre de 2017, Jeff Bezos asiste al estreno del filme

Key events leading to statement on Jeff Bezos phone hack

Jan. 22, 2020 4:45 PM EST

Experts at the United Nations said Wednesday that the phone of Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos was likely hacked through a file sent from an account used by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The experts called for an "immediate investigation" by the United States. A forensic report...

FILE - In this March 14, 2016, file photo, author Veronica Roth attends the premiere of

Free e-book includes excerpts from new Veronica Roth novel

Jan. 16, 2020 8:07 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Fiction from Sue Monk Kidd and Veronica Roth, essays by comedian Mike Birbiglia and a memoir about Philip Roth are among the upcoming works excerpted in a free e-book compilation. Buzz Books 2020: Spring/Summer was released Thursday by the industry newsletter Publishers Lunch. The 44...

Philadelphia Inquirer names Lisa Hughes as next publisher

Jan. 14, 2020 5:14 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Inquirer announced Tuesday that Lisa Hughes, a member of the company's board and former publisher of The New Yorker, will take over as publisher next month. She will be the first female publisher in the newspaper's 190-year history. She will replace publisher and chief...

FILE - In this June 28, 2017, file photo, Pope Francis, left, and Pope Benedict XVI, meet each other on the occasion of the elevation of five new cardinals at the Vatican. Retired Pope Benedict XVI has broken his silence to reaffirm the value of priestly celibacy, co-authoring a bombshell book at the precise moment that Pope Francis is weighing whether to allow married men to be ordained to address the Catholic priest shortage. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP, File)

Two popes -- one retired, one reigning -- cause a furor

Jan. 14, 2020 4:12 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Ever since Benedict XVI announced he would become the first pope in 600 years to resign, Catholic theologians, canon lawyers and others warned of the potential confusion in having two popes living side by side in the Vatican, one reigning, the other retired but calling himself...

Settlement agreed upon in audio book captions lawsuit

Jan. 14, 2020 1:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The audio book company Audible, Inc. and the publishing houses that had sued it for copyright infringement have agreed to a settlement. In a letter filed this week in federal court in New York, Audible's attorneys, writing on behalf of both sides, announced that “the parties have...

FILE - This June 28, 2011 file photo shows people waiting to attend an autograph signing event during the Romance Writers of America Annual Conference in New York. The Romance Writers of America faced another high-level departure and several publishers announced they would not participate in this summer's annual conference.  Writers, editors and publishers have been furious with the RWA over allegations that it has failed to address a lack of diversity in the organization. Numerous RWA board members have left, including President Damon Suede on Thursday. Also this week, the RWA cancelled its annual RITA prizes and confirmed that the Harlequin, Avon Books and Berkeley Romance are among the publishers who dropped out from the conference in San Francisco.  (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)

Frustration with lack of diversity grows at Romance Writers

Jan. 9, 2020 5:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Turmoil continued Thursday at the Romance Writers of America as it faced another high-level departure and several publishers announced they would not participate in this summer's annual conference. Writers, editors and publishers have been furious with the RWA over allegations that it has...