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Mississippi Writers Trail unveils Richard Ford marker

Sep. 19, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Writers Trail has unveiled a marker for Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and short story writer Richard Ford. The marker for Ford, a Jackson native, was placed recently at the Clarksdale Carnegie Public Library. Ford won acclaim...

Doerr, Powers on fiction longlist for National Book Awards

Sep. 17, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Doerr, Richard Powers and Lauren Groff are among this years nominees on the National Book Awards' fiction longlist, which also includes Honorée Fanonne Jeffers' epic debut novel “The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois,” already an Oprah Winfrey selection and...

Three Iranian dissidents to be honored by PEN America

Sep. 16, 2021 13:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three imprisoned Iranian dissidents will be honored next month at Pen America's annual gala. The literary and human rights organization announced Thursday that writer-filmmaker Baktash Abtin, novelist-journalist Keyvan Bajan and author-critic Reza...

Whitehead's 'Harlem Shuffle' among Kirkus Prize nominees

Sep. 13, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest novels from Colson Whitehead and Joy Williams, and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers' debut work, “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois,” are among this year's finalists for the Kirkus Prize, $50,000 awards presented by the trade publication. ...

Susanna Clarke's 'Piranesi' wins Women's Prize for Fiction

Sep. 08, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British writer Susanna Clarke won the prestigious Women’s Prize for Fiction on Wednesday for her mind-tweaking fantasy novel “Piranesi" — a book that chronic illness made her fear she would never get to write. Clarke, 61, was awarded the 30,000 pound...

Review: 'Fates and Furies' author sets new novel in nunnery

Sep. 07, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

“Matrix,” by Lauren Groff (Riverhead Books) Little is known about Marie de France, a 12th century poet who lived in England but is known for the romances and fables she wrote in French. From a handful of facts, Lauren Groff has written a richly imaginative account of...

Series based on Hillerman novels to be set on Navajo Nation

Aug. 31, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Production of a six-episode television series based on crime novels by the late author Tony Hillerman is underway in New Mexico, the State Film Office announced Tuesday. A psychological thriller set in the Four Corners region of the Southwest,...

Wyoming judge thriller writer to publish 3rd novel

Aug. 22, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — The last nine months have moved quickly for Paul Phillips. A Circuit Court judge by day, he has a lot on his docket from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. But in his free time, he’s been writing a series of thrillers under the pen name James Chandler. ...

Review: In 'Gone for Good,' a detective hunts dormant killer

Aug. 09, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

“Gone for Good” by Joanna Schaffhausen (Minotaur) When Grace Harper is found hogtied and strangled to death on her kitchen floor, it appears that Chicago’s “Lovelorn Killer” has returned after being dormant for nearly twenty years. Chicago...

Review: Page-turning exploration of wealth in 'Palm Beach'

Aug. 02, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

“Palm Beach,” by Mary Adkins (HarperCollins) “Palm Beach” becomes increasingly difficult to put down as the life of heroine Rebecca turns down a twisty path that challenges her rigid morals and forces her to reconsider her priorities. Perhaps, she discovers, money...