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Everyone invited: `Great Gatsby' copyright to end in 2021

Jan. 22, 2020 9:18 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For decades, Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan and other characters from “The Great Gatsby” have been as real to millions of readers as people in their own lives, exemplars and victims of the American pursuit of wealth and status. Starting next January, F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic...

MacDowell artist colony chooses Nell Painter as new chair

Jan. 22, 2020 6:40 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The MacDowell Colony, one of the country's oldest and most prestigious artist colonies, has chosen the author-educator Nell Painter as its new board chair. Painter will be the first woman and first African American to hold the position since it was established in the early 1970s, and she...

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Winfrey chooses the novel "American Dirt" for her book club

Jan. 21, 2020 8:35 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeanine Cummins' “American Dirt,” one of the year's most anticipated and debated novels, is Oprah Winfrey's new pick for her book club. “American Dirt,” published Tuesday, tells of a bookstore owner in Acapulco, Mexico, who loses much of her family to a murderous...

Harvey Weinstein leaves a Manhattan courtroom after attending jury selection for his trial on rape and sexual assault charges, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial

Jan. 17, 2020 4:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury of seven men and five women was selected Friday for Harvey Weinstein's rape trial after an arduous, two-week process in which scores of people were dismissed because they had already made up their minds about the disgraced Hollywood mogul. Opening statements are expected Wednesday in...

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Review: Cat-and-mouse game skillfully told in debut novel

Jan. 14, 2020 8:05 AM EST

“How Quickly She Disappears,” Berkley, by Raymond Fleischmann When Elizabeth Pfautz was a child in Pennsylvania, her twin sister was lured away by a stranger, never to be seen again. Years later, in 1941, Elizabeth is raising a daughter who bears a striking resemblance to the missing twin. They...

FILE - This June 28, 2011 file photo shows people waiting to attend an autograph signing event during the Romance Writers of America Annual Conference in New York. The Romance Writers of America faced another high-level departure and several publishers announced they would not participate in this summer's annual conference.  Writers, editors and publishers have been furious with the RWA over allegations that it has failed to address a lack of diversity in the organization. Numerous RWA board members have left, including President Damon Suede on Thursday. Also this week, the RWA cancelled its annual RITA prizes and confirmed that the Harlequin, Avon Books and Berkeley Romance are among the publishers who dropped out from the conference in San Francisco.  (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)

Frustration with lack of diversity grows at Romance Writers

Jan. 9, 2020 5:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Turmoil continued Thursday at the Romance Writers of America as it faced another high-level departure and several publishers announced they would not participate in this summer's annual conference. Writers, editors and publishers have been furious with the RWA over allegations that it has...

Pakistani writer says his novel on ex-dictator confiscated

Jan. 7, 2020 4:13 AM EST

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A prominent Pakistani novelist and New York Times columnist said on Tuesday that security agents raided the offices of his publisher and confiscated all the copies of his book about the country's former military dictator Ziaul Haq. The raid took place on Monday in Karachi, the...

REMOVES REFERENCE TO PLACE OF DEATH - In this undated photo provided by Random House Sonny Mehta poses for a portrait. Mehta, the urbane and astute head of Alfred A. Knopf who guided one of the book world's most esteemed imprints to new heights through a blend of prize-winning literature by Toni Morrison and Cormac McCarthy among others and blockbusters such as

Sonny Mehta, visionary head of Alfred A. Knopf, dies at 77

Dec. 31, 2019 1:51 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sonny Mehta, the urbane and astute head of Alfred A. Knopf who guided one of the book world's most esteemed imprints to new heights through a blend of prize-winning literature by Toni Morrison and Cormac McCarthy among others and blockbusters such as "Fifty Shades of Grey" and "The Girl...

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'Skywalker' rises again; 'Little Women' go big at box office

Dec. 29, 2019 3:20 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Star Wars” was still rising in the last weekend of the year, while “Little Women” broke big at the box office. “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” brought in $72 million over the weekend to remain the top-earning film in North America by...

Author Elizabeth Spencer is pictured in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in front of a personal library in 2005. Spencer died on Dec. 22, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at age 98, according to the playwright Craig Lucas. (News Observer via AP, File)

Elizabeth Spencer, 'Light In the Piazza' author, dies at 98

Dec. 24, 2019 11:52 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Elizabeth Spencer, a grande dame of Southern literature who bravely navigated between the Jim Crow past and open-ended present in her novels and stories including the celebrated novella "Light In the Piazza," has died at 98. Spencer, who sometimes went by her married name Elizabeth Rusher,...