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Mississippi College faculty member earns book award

Jan. 16, 2022 13:21 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A book written by an associate professor at Mississippi College has earned a top honor from the Mississippi Historical Society. The society has named “Complexion of Empire in Natchez: Race and Slavery in the Mississippi Borderlands,” by Dr. Christian...

Author Kwame Alexander to launch new trilogy this fall

Jan. 11, 2022 11:21 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A trilogy by award-winning children's author Kwame Alexander that tells the saga of an African family begins this fall with “The Door of No Return.” The book will be published Sept. 27, Little Brown & Company announced Tuesday. According to the publisher,...

University announces next writer-in-residence for spring

Jan. 08, 2022 11:22 AM EST

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — An author whose debut novel in 2020 received awards and critical acclaim will write and teach at the University of Mississippi in the spring. Raven Leilani has been announced as the John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. ...

Iranian filmmaker dies from COVID-19 despite prison furlough

Jan. 08, 2022 09:40 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An award-winning Iranian filmmaker and poet who had been jailed on state security charges but was released on furlough after contracting COVID-19 died Saturday of the disease, Iranian media reported. Semiofficial ISNA news agency said Baktash...

Key West Literary Seminar returns after pandemic break

Jan. 06, 2022 03:12 AM EST

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Noted American and international writers are gathering in the Florida Keys to explore literary depictions of desire during the 39th Key West Literary Seminar. After being postponed in 2021 because of COVID-19 concerns, the seminar begins Thursday at an...

Inaugural winners announced for Silvers-Dudley writing award

Jan. 05, 2022 08:07 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Staff writers for The New York Times and The New Yorker, an art expert based in Rome and an associate professor at Oxford University are among the nine inaugural winners of the Silvers-Dudley Prizes for criticism and journalism. The awards are named for the late...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Dec. 29, 2021 12:53 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Dec. 27 The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on remembering Desmond Tutu, a moral giant: With the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the world celebrates a moral giant who helped lead South Africa...

Booker Prize-winning novelist Keri Hulme dead at 74

Dec. 27, 2021 23:18 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Keri Hulme, the New Zealander whose 1984 novel The Bone People won the Man Booker Prize, has died. She was 74. Family members confirmed Hulme died Monday morning at Waimate on New Zealand’s South Island. They did not specify a cause. ...

Poem structure: Edna St. Vincent Millay home gets face-lift

Dec. 26, 2021 07:40 AM EST

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — The restoration of the Maine home that was the birthplace of Edna St. Vincent Millay, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, will be completed in the new year. Millay was born in an upstairs bedroom of the house in 1892 and remained there for...

Joan Didion, peerless prose stylist, dies at 87

Dec. 23, 2021 12:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Didion, the revered author and essayist whose precise social and personal commentary in such classics as “The White Album” and “The Year of Magical Thinking” made her a uniquely clear-eyed critic of turbulent times, has died. She was 87. Didion's...