Nonfiction

October 16, 2019 - 8:22 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Scotty Bowers, a self-described Hollywood "fixer" whose memoir offered sensational accounts of the sex lives of such celebrities as Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, has died. He was 96. Bowers' agent, David Kuhn, said he died Sunday of natural...
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This combination photo of book cover images shows, from left, "Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks," by Jason Reynolds, "Disappearing Earth," by Julia Phillips, "Sabrina & Corina," by Kali Fajardo-Anstine, "The Other Americans," by Laila Lalami, and "Black Leopard, Red Wolf" by Marlon James. The books are among this year’s finalists for the 70th annual National Book Awards. The winners will be announced Nov. 20 at a benefit dinner presented by the National Book Foundation in New York. (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Knopf/One World/Pantheon/Riverhead via AP)
October 08, 2019 - 1:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Marlon James fantasy novel "Black Leopard, Red Wolf," Laila Lalami's immigrant tale "The Other Americans" and Jason Reynolds' neighborhood story "Look Both Ways" are among this year's finalists for the 70th annual National Book Awards. Nominees announced Tuesday also include Albert...
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October 08, 2019 - 5:22 am
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Books on a young white supremacist's awakening and on Iranian refugees in Sweden are winners of awards celebrating literature's power to promote peace and understanding. Dayton Literary Peace Prize officials say Eli Saslow's "Rising Out of Hatred" won for nonfiction and Golnaz...
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People wait near the front of a line hundreds of people long for government distributed food and school supplies to some residents of the Cite Soleil slum, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. The administration of President Jovenel Moise tried to alleviate Haiti’s economic crunch on Thursday by distributing plates of rice and beans, sacks of rice, and school backpacks filled with four notebooks and two pens. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
October 03, 2019 - 4:25 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Marcel Cineus scanned the crowd for hints of a potential customer as people bustled past his wooden stall filled with hundreds of textbooks in the hills of Port-au-Prince. School was supposed to start in early September, and Cineus by now would have sold a couple...
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September 24, 2019 - 7:43 am
Alfred Alvarez, a critic and author with a non-literary streak who helped shape the modern poetry canon in his native England, explored everything from oil digging to poker and wrote a best-selling history of suicide bracketed by his attempt on his own life and the death of his friend Sylvia Plath...
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This combination photo shows author Ta-Nehisi Coates at the The Gordon Parks Foundation Annual Awards Gala in New York on May 22, 2018, left, and Oprah Winfrey at an event to announce new Apple products in Cupertino, Calif. on March 25, 2019. Winfrey has selected Ta-Nehisi Coates’ novel “The Water Dancer” as her next book club pick. (AP Photo)
September 23, 2019 - 10:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Ta-Nehisi Coates' first novel, "The Water Dancer," has been a long and eventful journey. Begun a decade ago, his chronicle of a slave with an extraordinary memory who joins the Underground Railroad is the result of countless drafts, a shift from multiple narrators to a single voice...
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September 13, 2019 - 8:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jean Edward Smith, a prize-winning historian known for his books on Franklin Roosevelt and Ulysses Grant, has died. He was 86. Simon & Schuster confirmed his death Friday but did not immediately have further details. A longtime professor at the University of Toronto, Smith wrote...
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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2017 file picture Hungarian writer, sociologist Gyorgy Konrad attends the funeral of Hungarian film director Karoly Makk in Budapest. Gyorgy Konrad died on Friday, Sept 13, 2019 at the age of 86. (Lajos Soos/MTI via AP)
September 13, 2019 - 3:15 pm
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Gyorgy Konrad, a writer and sociologist who was an iconic figure in Hungary's dissident movement while the country was under communist rule, has died at 86. Konrad's family said he had been gravely ill and died Friday at home in Budapest. Known internationally for books...
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This combination photo shows actors, from left, Billy Crudup, Tony Shalhoub and Zachary Levi who will participate in a reading of Don DeLillo's "Pafko at the Wall," a fictionalization of the 1951 playoff game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants. The reading will take place Oct. 3 at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y. (AP Photo)
September 09, 2019 - 3:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the classic works of literary baseball writing, Don DeLillo's "Pafko at the Wall," will get a celebrity reading next month. Actors Billy Crudup, Zachary Levi and Tony Shalhoub will narrate DeLillo's celebrated fictionalization of the 1951 playoff game between the Brooklyn...
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FILE - In this April 26, 2018, file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis listens to a question during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Mattis warns bitter political divisions have pushed American society to the “breaking point” in his most extensive public remarks since he resigned in protest from the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
August 28, 2019 - 10:13 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warns bitter political divisions have pushed American society to the "breaking point" in his most extensive public remarks since he resigned in protest from the Trump administration. Mattis also goes into some reasons he left the Trump...
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