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Review: Love and fear drive migrants in `American Dirt’

Jan. 21, 2020 10:51 AM EST

“American Dirt,” Flatiron Books, by Jeanine Cummins In her beautiful, suspenseful and timely new novel ``American Dirt,’’ Jeanine Cummins succeeds in taking migration — one of the central issues of our time — and bringing it down to human size. The story of one Mexican...

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New audiobook features Patrick Stewart, Samuel L. Jackson

Jan. 16, 2020 8:33 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sir Patrick Stewart, Samuel L. Jackson and Lucy Liu will be among the readers for the audio edition of a new anthology edited in part by the American Civil Liberties Union. “Fight of the Century” is a collaboration between the ACLU and authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet...

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New book shares early stories written by Zora Neale Hurston

Jan. 15, 2020 2:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sixty years after her death, the story of Zora Neale Hurston is still not fully told. The fiction writer-anthropologist-folklorist died in a segregated Florida hospital in January 1960, so forgotten and impoverished that her work was out of print and her grave left unmarked. Starting in...

FILE - In this June 28, 2017, file photo, Pope Francis, left, and Pope Benedict XVI, meet each other on the occasion of the elevation of five new cardinals at the Vatican. Retired Pope Benedict XVI has broken his silence to reaffirm the value of priestly celibacy, co-authoring a bombshell book at the precise moment that Pope Francis is weighing whether to allow married men to be ordained to address the Catholic priest shortage. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP, File)

Two popes -- one retired, one reigning -- cause a furor

Jan. 14, 2020 4:12 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Ever since Benedict XVI announced he would become the first pope in 600 years to resign, Catholic theologians, canon lawyers and others warned of the potential confusion in having two popes living side by side in the Vatican, one reigning, the other retired but calling himself...

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Review: `Between Two Fires' explores Putin's Russia

Jan. 14, 2020 10:48 AM EST

“Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin’s Russia,” Tim Duggan Books/Random House, by Joshua Yaffa “Wily man” is the central character in Joshua Yaffa's “Between Two Fires.” Proud of his Russian heritage, emotionally attached to the homeland...

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2003 file photo Alastair Johnston, vice chairman of IMG, poses outside his office with one of his books in Cleveland. Johnston has the largest collection of golf books in the world, and he' s gifting it to the R&A. (AP Photo/Jamie-Andrea Yanak, file)

Column: From 30 books to 30,000, and a gift back to Scotland

Jan. 14, 2020 9:57 AM EST

Alastair Johnston returned home to Scotland after an internship with IMG and brought with him 30 golf books that had been collecting dust in a storage room. That was more than 50 years ago. His next shipment to Scotland is going to be substantially more. What began as a hobby has become the largest golf library...

FILE - This Oct. 15, 2018 file photo shows Journalist Ronan Farrow at the 25th Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Celebration in Los Angeles. Farrow is up for a literary honor from the National Book Critics Circle. His “Catch and Kill,” which tracks his Weinstein reporting, is a finalist for autobiography. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Ronan Farrow among nominees for book critic prizes

Jan. 13, 2020 10:06 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ronan Farrow has already won a Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award for his reporting on Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement. Now he's up for a literary honor, a National Book Critics Circle award. Farrow was among the nominees announced this weekend by the NBCC. His “Catch and...

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France's #MeToo: Book on child-sex writer prompts outcry

Jan. 12, 2020 2:04 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — He was a middle-aged French author becoming known, even celebrated, for writing about sex with children. She was a fragile 14-year-old, too young to foresee the damage she says was done to her life by his predatory grip on her body and mind. Now a grown woman, Vanessa Springora is causing a...

Key West Literary Seminar explores literature and sports

Jan. 10, 2020 4:21 AM EST

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — More than 20 top contemporary writers are exploring literature’s relationship to sports during the 38th annual Key West Literary Seminar that began Thursday. Themed “Reading Between the Lines: Sports and Literature,” the event has attracted nearly 400 registrants...

Utah civil rights icon and pastor retires after 4 decades

Jan. 3, 2020 9:10 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Rev. France Davis’ first taste of the Beehive State — a place he had never visited and knew little of — left him reeling. The Georgia native had marched for voting rights with Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery, had served as an associate pastor,...