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Amina Luqman-Dawson’s 'Freewater' wins John Newbery Medal

Jan. 30, 2023 17:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For years, Amina Luqman-Dawson made time to write a children's book she calls her "little quiet project," a historical adventure about a community of escaped slaves that she completed while raising a son and working as a policy consultant and researcher on education and domestic...

Julie Otsuka, Ed Yong win Carnegie Medals for Excellence

Jan. 30, 2023 11:28 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist Julie Otsuka has strong memories of libraries from her childhood California — the bike rides with her best friend to the local branch; the soft, firm sound of librarians closing books; the shopping bags she and her friend would fill with science fiction and other...

Review: Searching for belonging in ‘Central Places’

Jan. 30, 2023 10:52 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — “Central Places,” by Delia Cai (Ballantine) Delia Cai’s debut novel has all the trappings of a breezy rom-com: Audrey, a successful 27-year-old New Yorker with a glamorous job in ad sales and handsome photojournalist fiancé, returns home to the Midwest to be...

Pence: 'Mistakes were made' in classified records handling

Jan. 27, 2023 21:42 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Former Vice President Mike Pence said Friday that he takes “full responsibility” after classified documents were found at his Indiana home. In his first public comments since the discovery, Pence said he hadn't been aware that the documents were in his residence...

Didion-Dunne archives acquired by New York Public Library

Jan. 27, 2023 11:35 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The archives of the late Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, spanning from letters and wedding pictures to manuscripts and screenplay drafts, have been acquired by the New York Public Library. “The Library is thrilled to announce that our outstanding research...

Justice Dept. charges 3 in plot to kill Iranian-American author who has spoken out against human rights abuses in Iran

Jan. 27, 2023 11:35 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Dept. charges 3 in plot to kill Iranian-American author who has spoken out against human rights abuses in Iran.

Jesmyn Ward novel 'Let Us Descend' to be published Oct. 3

Jan. 27, 2023 09:12 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The next novel by Jesmyn Ward, the two-time National Book Award winner, is the story of an enslaved teenage girl that the publisher is calling a blend of magical realism, historical narrative and Dante's “Inferno.” Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster,...

US-Best-Sellers-Books-PW

Jan. 26, 2023 14:34 PM EST

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “The Cabinet of Dr. Leng” by Preston/Child (Grand Central Publishing) 2. “Lessons in Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus (Doubleday) 3. “The House of Wolves” by Patterson/Lupica (Little, Brown) 4. “Tomorrow,...

Wounded Fox correspondent Benjamin Hall to publish memoir

Jan. 26, 2023 11:29 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Fox News Channel correspondent who was badly injured while covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine has a memoir coming out next month. HarperCollins Publishers announced Thursday that Benjamin Hall's “Saved: A War Reporter’s Mission to Come Home” will be...

3 winners selected for $10,000 science and literature awards

Jan. 25, 2023 11:08 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A debut novel about a biochemistry major, a chapbook centered in part on Hawaiian volcanoes and an exploration of rural policy in China have won awards for their blend of literary quality and scientific insight. The National Book Foundation, which administers the...