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Novels by Colson Whitehead, Marlon James on awards longlist

Sep. 20, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead's brutal narrative of a boys' reform school, "The Nickel Boys," and Marlon James' fantasy epic "Black Leopard, Red Wolf" are among the works chosen by judges for the fiction longlist of the National Book Awards. Others on the list of 10 include Taffy Brodesser-Akner's...

2 Greta Thunberg books coming out in the United States

Sep. 19, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg has two books coming out in the United States, including an English-language edition of her memoir. Penguin Press announced Thursday that it will release Thunberg's memoir "Our House Is On Fire" and a collection of her speeches, "No One Is Too...

Books on border wall, Tribe Called Quest on awards longlist

Sep. 19, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A memoir by chef Iliana Regan and Hanif Abdurraqib's best-selling chronicle of A Tribe Called Quest are among the works on the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Awards. The 10 books announced Thursday by the National Book Foundation feature authors mostly new to the National Book...

Hungarian writer and dissident Gyorgy Konrad dies at 86

Sep. 13, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Gyorgy Konrad, a writer and sociologist who was an iconic figure of Hungary's dissident movement while the country was under communist rule, died Friday at his home in Budapest. He was 86. Konrad's family said he had been gravely ill, but gave no specifics. Known internationally...

James Atlas, author and editor of biographies, dies at 70

Sep. 5, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — James Atlas, an author, editor and patron of literary biographies who broke thorough in his 20s by writing an acclaimed book on poet Delmore Schwartz and later oversaw releases on subjects ranging from St. Augustine to Elvis Presley, has died. Fellow biographer Anne C. Heller told The...

Businessman-art collector Leonard A. Lauder writing memoir

Aug. 22, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Leonard A. Lauder, chairman emeritus of the Estee Lauder Companies, is working on a memoir about the cosmetics company that his mother founded and he helped build into an international empire. HarperCollins Publishers announced Thursday that Lauder's book will come out next year. It's...

Harvey Frommer, who wrote many sports books, has died

Aug. 2, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Harvey Frommer, a prolific author who wrote mostly about sports, sometimes collaborating with his subjects on their autobiographies, has died. Frommer, 83, had lung cancer. He died Thursday at his home in Lyme, New Hampshire, according to one of his sons, Frederic, who worked with his...

Chris Kraft, 1st flight director for NASA, dies at 95

Jul. 22, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Behind America's late leap into orbit and triumphant small step on the moon was the agile mind and guts-of-steel of Chris Kraft, making split-second decisions that propelled the nation to once unimaginable heights. Kraft, the creator and longtime leader of NASA's Mission Control, died...