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WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS

Dec. 6, 2019 1:10 PM EST

Best-Selling Books Week Ended November 30th FICTION 1. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball" by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books) 2. "Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls" by Dav Pilkey (Graphix) 3. “The Rise of Magicks” by Nora Roberts (St. Martin's Press) 4. “Criss Cross” by James Patterson (...

Nobel laureate Handke strikes out at questioners

Dec. 6, 2019 10:07 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nobel Literature Prize laureate Peter Handke has lashed out against journalists asking about his views on the wars in former Yugoslavia. Handke has been widely criticized as an apologist for Serbian war crimes during the conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In a news conference Friday ahead of...

New Orleans is home to mystical academy in new Marvel comic

Dec. 5, 2019 12:08 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The city known for 19th century Voodoo queen Marie Laveau and for the tarot card readers who tell fortunes in its historic French Quarter is about to play host to a different kind of sorcerer — at least in the Marvel comics universe. Marvel announced plans Thursday to debut a...

Booksellers get holiday bonuses from James Patterson

Dec. 5, 2019 8:25 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Bookstore employees from Mystic, Connecticut to Houston and San Francisco all have a happy holiday story to share: a $500 bonus from bestselling author James Patterson. Patterson announced Thursday that 500 gifts of $500 each — 100 of those gifts going to children's booksellers...

Random House to publish Trump impeachment report

Dec. 4, 2019 4:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A leading publisher will release a book edition next week of the House Intelligence Committee's findings on President Donald Trump. Random House told The Associated Press on Wednesday that “The Impeachment Report: The House Intelligence Committee’s Report On Its Investigation...

Colorado man sues after New Mexico treasure hunt search

Dec. 4, 2019 4:19 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Colorado treasure hunter claiming he was duped has filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against a New Mexico man who said he hid a chest filled with valuables somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Tuesday that David Hanson of Colorado Springs sued Forrest Fenn,...

Five finalists announced for William C. Morris book award

Dec. 4, 2019 12:02 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ben Phillippe's “The Field Guide to the North American Teenager” and David Yoon's “Frankly in Love” are among the finalists for the William C. Morris Award, given for young adult books by a debut author. The finalists were announced Wednesday by the Young Adult...

Prisoner rights group: Kansas prisons unfairly block books

Dec. 3, 2019 6:24 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Corrections unfairly censors publications even with the adoption of a new policy and the elimination of a banned book list, a prisoner rights groups said. The Human Rights Defense Center has cited more than 200 books and magazines that administrators have...

Paul Simon and Peter Singer discuss 'The Life You Can Save.'

Dec. 3, 2019 4:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Simon, world famous singer-songwriter, isn’t only inspired by fellow musicians. Simon is an admirer of the author-philosopher Peter Singer, the longtime Princeton University professor whose “The Life You Can Save” has been a guide for Simon and others looking for...

Cicely Tyson, Seth MacFarlane joining TV Hall of Fame

Dec. 3, 2019 4:24 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cicely Tyson, Seth MacFarlane and Walt Disney Co. chief executive Bob Iger will be joining the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame. Geraldine Laybourne, who helped create the Nickelodeon channel and co-founded Oxygen Media, and veteran TV director Jay Sandrich also were announced...