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Walter Minton, US publisher of ‘Lolita,‘ dies at 96

Nov. 20, 2019 5:17 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Walter J. Minton, a publishing scion and risk taker with a self-described "nasty streak" who as head of G.P. Putnam's Sons released works by Norman Mailer and Terry Southern among others and signed up Vladimir Nabokov's scandalous "Lolita," has died at age 96. Minton’s wife, Marion,...

'Andromeda Evolution' is sequel to Michael Crichton book

Nov. 12, 2019 2:29 PM EST

"The Andromeda Evolution," Harper, by Daniel H. Wilson To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Michael Crichton's epic novel, "The Andromeda Strain," the author's estate commissioned Daniel H. Wilson to craft a sequel, "The Andromeda Evolution." After the events of 50 years earlier, protocols were...

Elena Ferrante's new book sparks buzz ahead of awaited debut

Nov. 6, 2019 9:35 AM EST

ROME (AP) — At the stroke of midnight, Elena Ferrante's latest novel debuts in Italy, with bookstores staying open into the wee hours for a legion of excited fans. Stores planned to offer readings of excerpts of "La vita bugiarda degli adulti" (the lying life of adults) late Wednesday until the...

Magazine faces criticism for giving award to Richard Ford

Nov. 5, 2019 2:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen will be presenting a lifetime achievement award next spring to Richard Ford, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Independence Day" centers on a real estate agent from Springsteen's native New Jersey. But not everyone is happy about Ford's receiving the Hadada Award,...

Evaristo says Booker win a landmark for black British women

Oct. 15, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Winning the Booker Prize is one big step for Bernardine Evaristo — and, she hopes, a giant leap for British women writers of color. This week the London-based writer shared the prestigious prize for English-language fiction with Margaret Atwood after the five-person panel of judges...

Not so fast: Many Nobel winners endured initial rejections

Oct. 14, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the world's most innovative ideas and creations have started out in a rejection pile. One of this year's Nobel Prize winners for medicine previously saw his findings on how cells respond to changes in oxygen levels turned down for publication. In 1992, the journal Nature rejected...

'Good Man Gone Bad' is dark, brooding tale

Oct. 14, 2019 9:21 AM EDT

"Good Man Gone Bad: An Aaron Gunner Mystery," Prospect Park Books, by Gar Anthony Haywood Twenty years ago, novelist Gar Anthony Haywood abandoned private eye Aaron Gunner to focus on other characters, but now the South Central Los Angeles sleuth is back in a wrenching tale of violence, betrayal and family...

2 Nobel literature prize winners expose Europe's fault lines

Oct. 10, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nobel Prizes for literature were awarded Thursday to two writers enmeshed in Europe's social and political fault lines: a liberal Pole who has irked her country's conservative government and an Austrian accused by many liberals of being an apologist for Serbian war crimes. The rare double...

The Latest: Group want Handke award revoked

Oct. 10, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the 2019 Nobel Prizes (all times local): 10:48 p.m. The Mothers of Srebrenica group that gathers relatives of the victims of the 1995 massacre in the Bosnian enclave is demanding that the Nobel committee revoke Peter Handke's prize for literature. The...

Entrepreneur in Johnson scandal refuses questions on affair

Oct. 7, 2019 4:19 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The American businesswoman at the heart of a scandal over her links to U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has refused to say whether they had an intimate relationship, insisting their private lives are no one's business. Jennifer Arcuri told ITV on Monday that she and Johnson bonded over their...