Author Richard Ford to be honored by Library of Congress

Entertainment 05/16/19, 09:05

Richard Ford, whose novels include the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Independence Day," is being honored by the Library of Congress.Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced Thursday that Ford has won the library's Prize for American Fiction. Hayden said in a statement that Ford was a "luminous storyteller" and "eloquent" writer. Ford will ...

Neon Future: DJ Steve Aoki’s comic book sees techno-optimism

Tech 05/04/19, 11:13

Forget the dystopian future of science fiction stories, where Skynet endoskeletons stomp on dry human bones or people slumbering in fluid-filled pods serve as living batteries.Electronic music producer and DJ Steve Aoki imagines a future where humans live in harmony with technology, and he's sharing that vision in a new ...

Nigerian debut novelist among finalists for Women’s Prize

World 04/29/19, 11:49

Nigerian debut novelist Oyinkan Braithwaite and U.K. Booker Prize winner Anna Burns are among six finalists for the international Women's Prize for Fiction.Braithwaite is nominated for her darkly comic sibling story "My Sister, the Serial Killer," and Burns for "Milkman," set during Northern Ireland's Troubles.The list announced Monday includes two ...

Tommy Orange wins PEN/Hemingway Award for debut novel

Entertainment 03/19/19, 11:50

Novelist Tommy Orange keeps winning awards.PEN America announced Tuesday that the author of "There There," the most honored literary debut of 2018, has received the PEN/Hemingway award for "distinguished" new novel. Orange's previous awards included a prize from the National Book Critics Circle for best new book and the First ...

Update: O’Rourke sorry for teen writing, wife comment

2022 Campaign 03/15/19, 20:38

The Latest on Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Democratic presidential contender Beto O'Rourke is acknowledging mistakes he made as a teen and as a candidate as he responds to criticism of his campaign rhetoric toward his wife as well as writings he produced online as a teenager. Former ...

‘Mockingbird’ author compared hometown to Elvis’ Graceland

Entertainment 03/12/19, 10:21

To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee railed against her Alabama hometown for trying to exploit her success in a letter that helps explain later legal battles involving commercialization of her novel.The writer's bitter assessment of Monroeville came in a three-page letter that is being sold with other items by ...

Pete Townshend novel, ‘The Age of Anxiety,’ out in November

Entertainment 03/05/19, 06:05

The Who's Pete Townshend, the man who helped invent the rock opera, has now written a rock novel.Hachette Books announced Tuesday that the British composer-guitarist's "The Age of Anxiety" was scheduled for Nov. 5. Set in London, the novel explores the modern generational divide and also takes on the "craziness" ...

Sequel to Michael Crichton’s ‘Andromeda Strain’ due in fall

Entertainment 02/26/19, 10:03

The late Michael Crichton's literary archive and production company has authorized a sequel to his breakthrough novel "The Andromeda Strain."HarperCollins Publishers announced Tuesday that "The Andromeda Evolution" will come out Nov. 12. The book will be a collaboration between science fiction author Daniel H. Wilson and CrichtonSun LLC., for which ...

‘Small Island’ author Andrea Levy dies of cancer aged 62

Entertainment 02/15/19, 09:01

Andrea Levy, a prize-winning novelist who chronicled the hopes and horrors experienced by the post-World War II generation of Jamaican immigrants in Britain, has died. She was 62, and had suffered from cancer.One of the first black British authors to achieve both critical and commercial success, Levy was best known ...

Painting found in Romania studied as possibly stolen Picasso

Entertainment 11/18/18, 10:02

Romanian prosecutors are investigating if a painting by Pablo Picasso that was snatched from a museum in the Netherlands six years ago has turned up in Romania.Four Romanians were convicted in the 2012 heist of Picasso's "Tete d'Arlequin" and six other valuable paintings from the Kunsthal gallery in Rotterdam.One of ...

Sigrid Nunez’s novel “The Friend” wins National Book Award

Entertainment 11/15/18, 00:13

Sigrid Nunez's "The Friend," a meditative novel about grief, books and, not least, a Great Dane named Apollo, has won the National Book Award for fiction. Other winners Wednesday night included Jeffrey C. Stewart's "The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke" for nonfiction and Justin Philip Reed's "Indecency for ...

Kobe Bryant sets ambitious plan for books in 2019-2020

Sports 11/01/18, 11:07

Kobe Bryant, Oscar winner and former NBA great, has big plans for books in the next few years.Bryant's Granity Studios plans to release five middle grade and young adult novels in 2019 and 2020. According to a press release issued Thursday, each novel was "conceptualized" by Bryant and written with ...

Anna Burns wins Booker Prize with Troubles tale ‘Milkman’

Entertainment 10/16/18, 17:15

Anna Burns won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday with "Milkman," a vibrant, violent story about men, women, conflict and power set during Northern Ireland's years of Catholic-Protestant violence.Burns is the first writer from Northern Ireland to win the 50,000-pound ($66,000) prize, which is open to English-language authors ...

Lauren Groff, Jhumpa Lahiri among book award finalists

New York 10/10/18, 10:49

A story collection by Lauren Groff, an Italian novel translated by Jhumpa Lahiri and poetry by Terrance Hayes were among the finalists announced Wednesday for the National Book Awards.Judges selected by the National Book Foundation chose five nominees in each of five categories — fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young people's literature ...

Daisy Johnson, Rachel Kushner among Man Booker finalists

Entertainment 09/20/18, 05:59

A novel in verse and a story about trees and the people who love them are among six finalists announced Thursday for the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction.U.K. poet Robin Robertson's verse novel about violence and social division in contemporary America, "The Long Take," and U.S. novelist Richard Powers' ...

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