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Australian journalist, writer and wit Clive James dies at 80

Nov. 27, 2019 12:54 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Clive James, an Australian journalist, joker and intellectual who had a long career as a writer and broadcaster in the U.K., has died. He was 80. James’ representatives, United Agents, said he died Sunday at his home in Cambridge, north of London, and a private funeral was held...

Catalan poet Joan Margarit wins Spain’s Cervantes Prize

Nov. 14, 2019 12:02 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s government announced Thursday that Catalan poet Joan Margarit won the 2019 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor. Margarit, who is also an architect, has published more than 20 volumes of poetry — mainly in Catalan but also in Spanish. The...

Illinois EPA student contest focuses on algae's effect

Nov. 11, 2019 7:57 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' environmental agency is enlisting fifth and sixth grade students to educate people about how algae affects bodies of water using art or language. The theme for this year's contest held by the Illinois Environment Protection Agency is "Algae: The Good, the Bad, and the...

Peace promoted during 'Baltimore Ceasefire' weekend

Nov. 3, 2019 12:18 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A community vigil, art workshops and a poetry-writing workshop are among many peace-themed events aimed at promoting non-violence during "Baltimore Ceasefire" weekend. The first ceasefire weekend was held in 2017 by organizers who urged that it be seen as a 72-hour period when no murders...

Queen Elizabeth honors Booker Prize winner Margaret Atwood

Oct. 25, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Shortly after winning her second Booker Prize, Margaret Atwood has received a rare honor from Queen Elizabeth II for her services to literature. The Canadian novelist and poet was presented with an Order of the Companions of Honor in a ceremony at Windsor Castle Friday. She said the...

Harold Bloom, author of 'Anxiety of Influence,' dies at 89

Oct. 14, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Harold Bloom, the eminent critic and Yale professor whose seminal "The Anxiety of Influence" and melancholy regard for literature's old masters made him a popular author and standard-bearer of Western civilization amid modern trends, died Monday at age 89. Bloom's wife, Jeanne, said that he...

Pope canonizes John Henry Newman, 19th-century theologian

Oct. 13, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — With Prince Charles looking on, Pope Francis on Sunday canonized Cardinal John Henry Newman, praising the 19th-century Anglican convert who became an influential, unifying figure in both the Anglican and Catholic churches. Francis quoted from one of Newman's most famous hymns, "Lead,...

2 Nobel literature prize winners expose Europe's fault lines

Oct. 10, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nobel Prizes for literature were awarded Thursday to two writers enmeshed in Europe's social and political fault lines: a liberal Pole who has irked her country's conservative government and an Austrian accused by many liberals of being an apologist for Serbian war crimes. The rare double...

The Latest: Group want Handke award revoked

Oct. 10, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the 2019 Nobel Prizes (all times local): 10:48 p.m. The Mothers of Srebrenica group that gathers relatives of the victims of the 1995 massacre in the Bosnian enclave is demanding that the Nobel committee revoke Peter Handke's prize for literature. The...