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Lost Stephen Sondheim musical reveals insight into a giant

Dec. 05, 2022 17:33 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A copy of what's being called Stephen Sondheim's first original cast recording has been found on a misplaced CD, capturing the legendary composer's budding skills in a student-led musical while at Williams College in 1948. Sondheim was an 18-year-old sophomore when...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2022

Dec. 05, 2022 13:17 PM EST

One would have to go back hundreds of years to find a monarch who reigned longer than Queen Elizabeth II. In her 70 years on the throne, she helped modernize the monarchy across decades of enormous social change, royal marriages and births, and family scandals. For most Britons, she...

Dominique Lapierre, French author and journalist, dies at 91

Dec. 05, 2022 12:50 PM EST

NICE, France (AP) — French writer Dominique Lapierre, who was celebrated for his novels about the World War II struggle to liberate Paris and depicting a life of hardship in a Kolkata slum, has died. He was 91. Lapierre died Friday, a local newspaper in southern France reported...

Gov. DeSantis book 'The Courage to Be Free' coming Feb. 28

Nov. 30, 2022 13:25 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The long-rumored memoir-policy book by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is coming out next year. The HarperCollins imprint Broadside will release “The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival" on Feb. 28. Wednesday's announcement comes in the...

Q&A: Padma Lakshmi donates to provide equal opportunities

Nov. 22, 2022 10:37 AM EST

Padma Lakshmi's career has been filled with highlights, from creating the Hulu series “Taste the Nation” to hosting “Top Chef” to writing a best-selling memoir and numerous cookbooks. But one of her life's “seminal moments,” she says, was decidedly lower-profile. When...

New Orleans cocktail book shows city's elegant drink side

Nov. 21, 2022 08:48 AM EST

If your idea of a New Orleans cocktail is a Kool-Aid colored, alcohol-heavy concoction served in a plastic hand grenade or a novelty glass resembling a hurricane lamp, stop thinking like a college freshman on his first trip to Bourbon Street and take a look at the new book from upscale bar owner...

Biography of poet John Donne wins UK nonfiction book prize

Nov. 18, 2022 14:09 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A book that argues Elizabethan poet John Donne should rank alongside William Shakespeare as a literary genius has won Britain’s leading nonfiction book award British writer Katherine Rundell’s biography “Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne” was...

Review: 'The Last Campaign' straightforward but dramatic

Nov. 16, 2022 17:25 PM EST

“The Last Campaign: Sherman, Geronimo and the War for America,” by H.W. Brands (Doubleday) Though they're mentioned in the subtitle, William Tecumseh Sherman and Geronimo often feel more like supporting players in H.W. Brands' latest book “The Last Campaign.” ...

Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson reflects on his career

Nov. 16, 2022 06:02 AM EST

Jimmy Johnson won two Super Bowls as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys and a national championship at Miami. He’s in the Pro Football, College Football and NAB Broadcasting halls of fame. In his view, Johnson’s biggest success has nothing to do with football. The...

Review: Nick Hornby has affable romp in 'Dickens and Prince'

Nov. 15, 2022 07:48 AM EST

“Dickens and Prince: A Particular Kind of Genius,” by Nick Hornby (Riverhead Books) Nick Hornby has been writing about pop culture since the 1990s, most famously his obsessive love of soccer in 1992’s “Fever Pitch” and of music in “High Fidelity,” three years later....