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FILE - Dorothy Parker is shown at the typewriter in this Nov. 29, 1941 file photo. A federal judge has ruled. that compiling Dorothy Parker's poems was a far less original act than writing them. The editor of a book of uncollected work by the late author did not show enough

Talks underway to move ashes of famed writer from Baltimore

Jul. 18, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Dorothy Parker just can’t rest in peace. The ashes of the wisecracking New York writer have been shelved in the obscurity of a lawyer’s office. Then came proposals to sprinkle her remains in the Hudson River or paint them into art. Finally, her ashes were interred beneath a...

In this June 6, 2016 image, New Mexico author Rudolfo Anaya poses for a photograph in his home writing studio. Anaya, who helped launch the 1970s Chicano literature movement with his novel

Rudolfo Anaya, ‘godfather’ of Chicano literature, dies at 82

Jun. 30, 2020 11:07 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Rudolfo Anaya, a writer who helped launch the 1970s Chicano Literature Movement with his novel “Bless Me, Ultima,” a book celebrated by Latinos, has died at 82. Anaya’s niece, Belinda Henry, said the celebrated author died Sunday at his Albuquerque, New Mexico,...

Most board members resign from thriller writers association

Jun. 23, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Eight of 10 board members and the executive director have resigned from International Thriller Writers, a professional association which has faced widespread criticism for its responses to the Black Lives Matters protests and an author's allegations she was harassed during a writers...

Prize-winning historian Robert D. Richardson dies at age 86

Jun. 21, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Robert D. Richardson, a prize-winning historian known for his elegant and authoritative biographies of such leading American thinkers as William James and Ralph Waldo Emerson, has died. His friend Arlo Haskell told The Associated Press that Richardson died last Tuesday after sustaining...

Amid mass departures, book critics board seeks to diversify

Jun. 18, 2020 8:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Book Critics Circle, founded 46 years ago, is seeking to reinvent itself. Fifteen of its 24 board members, including the president, have resigned over a dispute arising from its attempt to draft a statement in support of Black Lives Matter. On Thursday, those remaining on the...

Book Critics Circle officials resign, citing privacy breach

Jun. 15, 2020 12:25 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The president and five other board members of the National Book Critics Circle have resigned amid allegations of racism and violations of privacy. Laurie Hertzel, who had served as president since 2019, announced over the weekend she was leaving the 24-member board. Her departure came two...