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Book grant program helps Mississippi libraries combat racism

Nov. 28, 2021 08:22 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Sixty years ago, a group of Black students was arrested and jailed for peacefully studying at the white-only Jackson Municipal Public Library. Today, shelves in public libraries in the Jackson-Hinds Library System display books called “We Are Not...

Prominent poet Robert Bly, author of 'Iron John', dies at 94

Nov. 22, 2021 15:50 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Robert Bly, one of the most prominent American poets of the last half century and author of the best-selling men’s movement classic “Iron John,” has died. He was 94. Bly, an active poet, writer and editor for more than 50 years and a celebrated...

Award winner Martín Espada among writers in new fellowship

Nov. 19, 2021 09:15 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — This year's winner of the National Book Award for poetry, Martín Espada, is among 20 Puerto Rican writers chosen as the inaugural fellows for a program co-founded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Flamboyan Foundation’s Arts Fund. The Letras...

NAACP Image Awards to be held with live audience in February

Nov. 18, 2021 15:23 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 53rd NAACP Image Awards will be held in-person Feb. 26 in Los Angeles with a live audience, the group announced Thursday. The ceremony starts at 8 p.m. Eastern and will be broadcast live on BET. Nominees for the awards that...

Jason Mott, Tiya Miles win National Book Awards

Nov. 18, 2021 09:29 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Mott's "Hell of a Book,” a surreal meta-narrative about an author's promotional tour and his haunted past and present, has won the National Book Award for fiction — a plot twist Mott did not imagine for himself. “Hell of a Book” is a...

Book about Sackler family and opioid crisis wins UK prize

Nov. 16, 2021 19:00 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A book about a wealthy American family whose actions helped unleash the United States’ opioid epidemic — described by its author as a “story of hubris” — won Britain’s leading nonfiction book prize Tuesday. Patrick Radden Keefe’s “Empire of...

2006 Nobel laureate Pamuk probed for insulting leader

Nov. 15, 2021 08:58 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Swedish Academy that chooses the Nobel Laureates in Literature said Monday it was following the case against Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk, who is under investigation for allegedly insulting modern Turkey’s founder in his latest novel. ...

Prize-winning 1619 Project now coming out in book form

Nov. 13, 2021 12:02 PM EST

Thais Perkins is the owner of Reverie Books in Austin, Texas, and the parent of a middle school student and high school student. Among the books she is eager to have in her store, and in the schools, is an expanded edition of “The 1619 Project" that comes out this week. ...

Booker winner Damon Galgut laments South Africa's gloom

Nov. 09, 2021 09:30 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — South African author Damon Galgut has mixed feelings. This has been a great week for him, a good month for African writers — and a terrible year, he says, for his country, blighted by pandemic and corruption. Galgut won the Booker Prize for fiction on...

Omar El Akkad wins Canadian literature award

Nov. 08, 2021 23:15 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Omar El Akkad, an Egyptian-Canadian author and journalist, the author of a story of the global refugee crisis through the eyes of a child, has won Canada’s richest literary award. El Akkad won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his book “What Strange...