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German author Jenny Erpenbeck wins International Booker Prize for tale of tangled love affair

May. 21, 2024 18:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — German author Jenny Erpenbeck and translator Michael Hofmann won the International Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday for “Kairos,” the story of a tangled love affair during the final years of East Germany’s existence. Erpenbeck said she hoped the book would help...

Book Review: A grandfather’s 1,500-page family history undergirds Claire Messud’s latest novel

May. 13, 2024 19:00 PM EDT

Secrets and shame — every family has its share. When it came time to write her most autobiographical novel, Claire Messud relied on a 1,500-page family history compiled by her paternal grandfather. The result, “This Strange Eventful History,” sprawls over a third as many pages — 423, to be...

Book Review: Veronica Roth taps into her Polish roots for 'When Among Crows,' a lore-packed novella

May. 13, 2024 13:22 PM EDT

Dymitr is on a personal mission, and it starts with facing the mythical leszy who’s guarding the fern flower as it blooms for the summer solstice. “When Among Crows,” a novella by Veronica Roth — bestselling author of the “Divergent” series — dives into the world of...

Jayne Anne Phillips' novel 'Night Watch,' Eboni Booth’s drama 'Primary Trust' among Pulitzer winners

May. 07, 2024 10:13 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stories of race, slavery and the Civil War, real and invented, were winners this year for the Pulitzer Prizes. Jayne Anne Phillips' “Night Watch,” a mother-daughter saga set in a West Virginia asylum right after the war, was cited for fiction. Jacqueline Jones...

Oprah Winfrey's new book club pick is Colm Tóibín’s 'Long Island,' the sequel to 'Brooklyn'

May. 07, 2024 08:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Colm Tóibín's “Long Island,” the Irish novelist's follow-up to the prize-winning immigrant tale “Brooklyn,” is Oprah Winfrey's latest book club pick. “Long Island,” published Tuesday, continues the story of Eilis Lacey, who left Ireland for New York...

'Miss Peregrine' author Ransom Riggs to launch new fantasy series, 'Sunderworld'

May. 01, 2024 08:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ransom Riggs' first new series since the million-selling “Miss Peregrine" books will launch this summer. “Sunderworld, Vol. 1 The Extraordinary Disappointments of Leopold Berry” begins the adventures of a Los Angeles teen who, after his mother's death, has...

'Shardlake' is a Tudor-era mystery series. It's also a win for disabled characters, its star says

Apr. 30, 2024 09:42 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Matthew Shardlake steps out of the pages of the late C.J. Sansom's popular historical mystery novels and into a new show, bringing with him disability representation. “We don’t see a lot of leading disabled characters,” says Arthur Hughes, who plays the title...

Iranian-French artist Marjane Satrapi wins Spanish Asturias award for communication

Apr. 30, 2024 08:57 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Marjane Satrapi, the acclaimed Iranian-French filmmaker and cartoonist, has won the 2024 Princess of Asturias Foundation award for communication and humanities, the Spanish organization announced Tuesday. The foundation said Satrapi was “an essential voice in the...

Book Review: Rachel Khong’s new novel 'Real Americans' explores race, class and cultural identity

Apr. 29, 2024 09:53 AM EDT

In 2017 Rachel Khong wrote a slender, darkly comic novel, “Goodbye, Vitamin,” that picked up a number of accolades and was optioned for a film. Now she has followed up her debut effort with a sweeping, multigenerational saga that is twice as long and very serious. “Real...

Book Review: 'Crow Talk' provides a path for healing in a meditative and hopeful novel on grief

Apr. 29, 2024 09:42 AM EDT

Crows have long been associated with death, but Eileen Garvin’s novel “Crow Talk” offers a fresh perspective; creepy, dark and morbid becomes beautiful, wondrous and transformative. “Crow Talk” provides a path for healing in a meditative and hopeful novel on grief, largely...