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Cicely Tyson, Seth MacFarlane joining TV Hall of Fame

Dec. 3, 2019 4:24 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cicely Tyson, Seth MacFarlane and Walt Disney Co. chief executive Bob Iger will be joining the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame. Geraldine Laybourne, who helped create the Nickelodeon channel and co-founded Oxygen Media, and veteran TV director Jay Sandrich also were announced...

Michelle Obama signs ‘Becoming’ copies on book’s anniversary

Nov. 18, 2019 8:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama marked one year since publication of her best-selling memoir at a book signing in the nation’s capital Monday. “It’s so good to meet you,” the former first lady told patrons as she signed copies of “Becoming” at a Washington, D.C.,...

N. Scott Momaday remembers 1969 Pulitzer, promises memoir

Nov. 15, 2019 12:30 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for his groundbreaking novel “House Made of Dawn,” said he’s not done writing and vows to finish his long-anticipated memoir. In a rare interview at his Santa Fe home, the 85-year-old author told The...

Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii is writing memoir, due in 2021

Nov. 12, 2019 10:16 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, the Senate's first Asian American woman and only current immigrant, is working on a memoir. Viking announced Tuesday that the book, currently untitled, will come out in 2021. Hirono, 72, will write about emigrating at age 8 to the United States after her mother...

Airborne Toxic Event leader Mikel Jollett writing memoir

Nov. 12, 2019 8:01 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Airborne Toxic Event frontman Mikel Jollett is writing a memoir. Celadon Books announced Tuesday that Jollett's "Hollywood Park," also the title of the band's next album, will come out May 5. According to the publisher, the 45-year-old Jollett will describe surviving the cult community...

Reflections on writing about the lives of Beckett, Beauvoir

Nov. 11, 2019 4:16 PM EST

"Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me: A Memoir," Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, by Deirdre Bair Deirdre Bair has spent her life writing well-received biographies of some of the 20th century's most fascinating people, including Al Capone and Carl Jung. Yet the only two subjects that anyone has...

Robbie Robertson looks backward and forward with film, music

Nov. 7, 2019 12:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — There's a mournful track on Robbie Robertson's latest album that clearly stands out. Called "Once Were Brothers," it's as sad as an obituary. In a way it is. The former songwriter and guitarist for The Band wrote it in honor of his four Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ex-bandmates, three of...

Memoir by Mariah Carey to be published thanks to Andy Cohen

Nov. 7, 2019 12:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A memoir by Mariah Carey is on the list of titles from Andy Cohen Books. Henry Holt and Company announced Thursday that Cohen's self-named imprint will launch in 2020. It says the imprint will feature three nonfiction works by women. Carey's memoir will be about her journey to superstar...

Acclaimed novelist Ernest Gaines dies at 86

Nov. 5, 2019 6:12 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Novelist Ernest J. Gaines, whose poor childhood on a small Louisiana plantation germinated stories of black struggles that grew into universal tales of grace and beauty, has died. He was 86. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which sponsors a literary award in Gaines' honor, confirmed he...

Prince's posthumous book released as fans continue to mourn

Oct. 29, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Panic, joy, shock: Dan Piepenbring felt them all when Prince plucked him to collaborate on his first memoir, followed by more shock and profound sadness at news of the superstar's death while the book was in its early stages. Though the project was thrown into chaos when Prince died on...