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MacDowell artist colony chooses Nell Painter as new chair

Jan. 22, 2020 6:40 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The MacDowell Colony, one of the country's oldest and most prestigious artist colonies, has chosen the author-educator Nell Painter as its new board chair. Painter will be the first woman and first African American to hold the position since it was established in the early 1970s, and she...

This combination of photos released by Riverhead Books shows a portrait of Russian-born author and journalist Masha Gessen, left, and Gessen's upcoming book,

Masha Gessen book, ''Surviving Autocracy,' coming in June.

Jan. 21, 2020 1:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Masha Gessen, the Russian-born author and journalist, has a new book out in June. It's called “Surviving Autocracy," and is her first book since “The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia," winner of the National Book Award in 2017. “Surviving...

FILE - This Oct. 15, 2018 file photo shows Journalist Ronan Farrow at the 25th Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Celebration in Los Angeles. Farrow is up for a literary honor from the National Book Critics Circle. His “Catch and Kill,” which tracks his Weinstein reporting, is a finalist for autobiography. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Ronan Farrow among nominees for book critic prizes

Jan. 13, 2020 10:06 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ronan Farrow has already won a Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award for his reporting on Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement. Now he's up for a literary honor, a National Book Critics Circle award. Farrow was among the nominees announced this weekend by the NBCC. His “Catch and...

Jason Reynolds named 'Young People's Literature' ambassador

Jan. 13, 2020 8:31 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A ward-winning children's author Jason Reynolds has taken on a new project: He has been named the country's next National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, a two-year position. The Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader jointly announced...

This photo taken Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 shows the book

France's #MeToo: Book on child-sex writer prompts outcry

Jan. 12, 2020 2:04 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — He was a middle-aged French author becoming known, even celebrated, for writing about sex with children. She was a fragile 14-year-old, too young to foresee the damage she says was done to her life by his predatory grip on her body and mind. Now a grown woman, Vanessa Springora is causing a...

Three finalists announced Thursday for $20,000 Story Prize

Jan. 9, 2020 11:01 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Short-story collections by Zadie Smith, Edwidge Danticat and Kali Fajardo-Anstine are finalists for the Story Prize, a $20,000 award for outstanding short fiction. Story Prize officials announced the nominees Thursday. Danticat, who in 2005 was the inaugural Story Prize winner for...

HarperCollins snubs Romance Writers of America's conference

Jan. 8, 2020 4:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Two HarperCollins divisions that focus on romance novels have decided not to sponsor or participate in the Romance Writers of America's national conference this year, the latest blow to an organization in turmoil. The move by the Harlequin division and Avon Books comes just days after the...

Romance writers association calls off annual awards

Jan. 7, 2020 3:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Romance Writers of America has called off its annual awards as the organization remains in turmoil over allegations that it has failed to address criticism for lack of diversity. In announcing the cancellation of the RITA Awards, the RWA noted that numerous authors and judges had...

REMOVES REFERENCE TO PLACE OF DEATH - In this undated photo provided by Random House Sonny Mehta poses for a portrait. Mehta, the urbane and astute head of Alfred A. Knopf who guided one of the book world's most esteemed imprints to new heights through a blend of prize-winning literature by Toni Morrison and Cormac McCarthy among others and blockbusters such as

Sonny Mehta, visionary head of Alfred A. Knopf, dies at 77

Dec. 31, 2019 1:51 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sonny Mehta, the urbane and astute head of Alfred A. Knopf who guided one of the book world's most esteemed imprints to new heights through a blend of prize-winning literature by Toni Morrison and Cormac McCarthy among others and blockbusters such as "Fifty Shades of Grey" and "The Girl...

Author Elizabeth Spencer is pictured in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in front of a personal library in 2005. Spencer died on Dec. 22, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at age 98, according to the playwright Craig Lucas. (News Observer via AP, File)

Elizabeth Spencer, 'Light In the Piazza' author, dies at 98

Dec. 24, 2019 11:52 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Elizabeth Spencer, a grande dame of Southern literature who bravely navigated between the Jim Crow past and open-ended present in her novels and stories including the celebrated novella "Light In the Piazza," has died at 98. Spencer, who sometimes went by her married name Elizabeth Rusher,...