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FILE - In this May 3, 1965, file photo, Shirley Ann Grau, winner of a Pulitzer for her third novel

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Shirley Ann Grau dies at 91

Aug. 5, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Shirley Ann Grau, a Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer whose stories and novels told of both the dark secrets and the beauty of the Deep South, has died. She was 91. Grau died Monday in a New Orleans-area memory care facility of complications from a stroke, her daughter Nora McAlister...

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Book Review: Hank Phillippi Ryan teeters on the improbable

Aug. 3, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

“The First to Lie,” by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge) The first liar we meet in Hank Phillippi Ryan’s “First to Lie” is Nora, a pharmaceutical representative whose job is to push Monifan, a drug that can increase fertility in women who have difficulty conceiving. But Nora is...

Hilary Mantel, Anne Tyler among Booker Prize contenders

Jul. 27, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Best-selling British novelist Hilary Mantel and American author Anne Tyler are among 13 writers on a U.S.-dominated list of contenders for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction. Mantel was named among competitors for the 50,000-pound ($63,000) literary prize Tuesday for the “The...

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks during the Celebration of the Life of Toni Morrison, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in New York. A stage production of Ta-Nehisi Coates'

HBO to adapt Ta-Nehisi Coates' 'Between the World and Me'

Jul. 23, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A stage production of Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me," his prize winning book about racism and police violence, is being adapted by HBO for a special this fall. HBO announced Thursday that the program will feature readings from “Between the World and Me” and will...

This illustration shows the logo for the newly established Gotham Book Prize. The literary award with a $50,000 cash prize will honor those best at telling a New York story. The Gotham literary prize, announced Thursday, came out of a conversation between businessman-philanthropist Bradley Tusk and political strategist Howard Wolfson. Starting next spring, the prize will be given to a book, fiction or nonfiction, published in a given calendar year that is about New York City or takes place there. (Gotham Book Prize via AP)

New literary prize is $50,000 honor for best New York story

Jul. 23, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new literary award with a $50,000 cash prize will honor those best at telling a New York story. The Gotham Literary Prize, announced Thursday, came out of a conversation between businessman-philathropist Bradley Tusk and political strategist Howard Wolfson, who told The Associated Press...

This image released by Alfred A Knopf shows executive director of the National Book Foundation, Lisa Lucas, who has been named senior vice president of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group imprints Pantheon and Schocken. (Beowulf Sheehan/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group via AP)

Lisa Lucas, head of National Book Foundation, to join Knopf

Jul. 15, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the organization which presents the National Book Awards is joining the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation since 2016, has been named senior vice president of the Knopf imprints Pantheon and Schocken Books. “I...

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Library of Congress to honor author Colson Whitehead

Jul. 13, 2020 7:37 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead keeps winning awards. Already this year's recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the Orwell Prize for political fiction, Whitehead is now being honored by the Library of Congress. On Monday, it announced that he had won the Library of Congress Prize for American...

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An eventful year for Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead

Jun. 30, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Even sheltering in place, Colson Whitehead has had an eventful year. Whitehead became the first fiction writer to win Pulitzers for back to back novels, “Underground Railroad” and “The Nickel Boys,” which won the Pulitzer in May and comes out in paperback this...

In this Thursday, June 25, 2020, photo, novelist Ann Patchett, right, and her business partner, Karen Hayes, left, pose in their independent bookstore, Parnassus Books, in Nashville, Tenn. Their bookstore that opened and thrived while others were closing their doors is once again defying the odds during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Novelist Patchett has Nashville bookstore customers swooning

Jun. 26, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville bookstore that opened and thrived while others were closing their doors is once again defying the odds, thanks, in part, to its famous novelist co-owner. Throughout the pandemic, Ann Patchett has appeared on the Parnassus Books Instagram account, often in a ball gown...

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Don DeLillo novel 'The Silence' coming in October

Jun. 24, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Don DeLillo will have something to say this fall about fear and isolation. The 83-year-old author known for imagining disaster in “White Noise,” “End Zone” and other works has a novel coming in October that takes place in 2022 amid a digital shutdown in New York...