Pulitzers given to Aretha Franklin, author Richard Powers

Entertainment 04/15/19, 15:02

Aretha Franklin received an honorary Pulitzer Prize on Monday, as judges praised the late icon "for her indelible contribution to American music and culture." Competitive Pulitzers were awarded to books about two other giants of American history: Frederick Douglass and Alain Locke.David W. Blight's 900-page "Frederick Douglass" was named the ...

New Meghan Daum essay collection coming in October

Entertainment 03/28/19, 16:04

The next essay collection from prize-winning writer Meghan Daum is coming this fall.Gallery Books announced Thursday that Daum's "The Problem With Everything: A Journey Through the Culture Wars" is scheduled for October. Daum said in a statement that she wanted to take on the "conflicted state of liberalism generally and ...

Anderson Cooper has a 2-book deal, first expected in 2022

Entertainment 03/19/19, 06:02

Anderson Cooper has a two-book deal and plans to collaborate with historian-novelist Katherine Howe.Harper announced Tuesday the 51-year-old CNN anchor and "60 Minutes" correspondent will work on two books of nonfiction with Howe, who specializes in novels about witchcraft, including "The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs" and "The Physick Book of ...

Zadie Smith, Anna Burns among winners of critics prizes

Entertainment 03/14/19, 19:21

Anna Burns' "Milkman," winner last fall of the Man Booker Prize, has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction. Zadie Smith won the criticism prize for her essay collection "Feel Free."Steve Coll's book on the CIA, "Directorate S," was the nonfiction winner, and Nora Krug's "Belonging: A ...

Frederick Douglass biography among Lukas prize nominees

Entertainment 02/26/19, 06:11

David W. Blight's biography of Frederick Douglass and Sarah Smarsh's "Heartland" are among the nominees for awards celebrating nonfiction books of social consciousness and literary merit.On Tuesday, the Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University announced shortlists for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Awards, the ...

New Mitch Albom book, ‘Chika,’ coming in November

Entertainment 02/19/19, 12:51

The tragic, but inspiring story of a young Haitian orphan led Mitch Albom to write his first nonfiction book in over a decade.Harper announced Tuesday that Albom's "Chika" comes out in November. The title refers to a girl born days before the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The child was transferred ...

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 ...

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