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Dulac native explores Axeman of New Orleans in new novel

Dec. 8, 2019 12:01 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Dulac native Ryan Adams explores a somewhat little-known piece of Louisiana history in his new book, “Wake the Devil.” The book historical novel, set in 1918, and revolves around the real-life Axeman of New Orleans, a serial killer who murdered six people and injured six...

Adriana Trigiani switches publishers for next books

Dec. 3, 2019 11:08 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Million-selling novelist Adriana Trigiani has a new publisher, but a familiar editor. Dutton announced Tuesday that it had reached a two-book deal with the author, whose previous works include “The Shoemaker’s Wife” and the “Big Stone Gap” series. Trigiani...

Walter Minton, US publisher of ‘Lolita,‘ dies at 96

Nov. 20, 2019 5:17 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Walter J. Minton, a publishing scion and risk taker with a self-described "nasty streak" who as head of G.P. Putnam's Sons released works by Norman Mailer and Terry Southern among others and signed up Vladimir Nabokov's scandalous "Lolita," has died at age 96. Minton’s wife, Marion,...

‘True Grit Trail’ signs unveiled along Arkansas highway

Nov. 15, 2019 8:56 AM EST

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — State highway officials have designated a stretch of Arkansas 22 as “True Grit Trail” in honor of the classic novel by Arkansas native Charles Portis. The Arkansas Department of Transportation unveiled the commemorative signs Thursday along the highway in Fort Smith...

'Andromeda Evolution' is sequel to Michael Crichton book

Nov. 12, 2019 2:29 PM EST

"The Andromeda Evolution," Harper, by Daniel H. Wilson To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Michael Crichton's epic novel, "The Andromeda Strain," the author's estate commissioned Daniel H. Wilson to craft a sequel, "The Andromeda Evolution." After the events of 50 years earlier, protocols were...

Elena Ferrante's new book sparks buzz ahead of awaited debut

Nov. 6, 2019 9:35 AM EST

ROME (AP) — At the stroke of midnight, Elena Ferrante's latest novel debuts in Italy, with bookstores staying open into the wee hours for a legion of excited fans. Stores planned to offer readings of excerpts of "La vita bugiarda degli adulti" (the lying life of adults) late Wednesday until the...

Magazine faces criticism for giving award to Richard Ford

Nov. 5, 2019 2:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen will be presenting a lifetime achievement award next spring to Richard Ford, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Independence Day" centers on a real estate agent from Springsteen's native New Jersey. But not everyone is happy about Ford's receiving the Hadada Award,...

Evaristo says Booker win a landmark for black British women

Oct. 15, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Winning the Booker Prize is one big step for Bernardine Evaristo — and, she hopes, a giant leap for British women writers of color. This week the London-based writer shared the prestigious prize for English-language fiction with Margaret Atwood after the five-person panel of judges...

Not so fast: Many Nobel winners endured initial rejections

Oct. 14, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the world's most innovative ideas and creations have started out in a rejection pile. One of this year's Nobel Prize winners for medicine previously saw his findings on how cells respond to changes in oxygen levels turned down for publication. In 1992, the journal Nature rejected...

'Good Man Gone Bad' is dark, brooding tale

Oct. 14, 2019 9:21 AM EDT

"Good Man Gone Bad: An Aaron Gunner Mystery," Prospect Park Books, by Gar Anthony Haywood Twenty years ago, novelist Gar Anthony Haywood abandoned private eye Aaron Gunner to focus on other characters, but now the South Central Los Angeles sleuth is back in a wrenching tale of violence, betrayal and family...