Books and literature

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2015 file photo, Marlon James, author of "A Brief History of Severn Killings", speaks after being named as the winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015, in London. Colson Whitehead’s brutal narrative of a boys’ reform school, “The Nickel Boys,” and James’ fantasy epic “Black Leopard, Red Wolf” are among the works chosen by judges, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 for the fiction longlist of the National Book Awards. (Neil Hall/Pool via AP, File)
September 20, 2019 - 11:02 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead's brutal narrative of a boys' reform school, "The Nickel Boys," and Marlon James' fantasy epic "Black Leopard, Red Wolf" are among the works chosen by judges for the fiction longlist of the National Book Awards. Others on the list of 10 include Taffy Brodesser-Akner...
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CORRECTS TITLE OF BOOK - FILE - This Jan. 25, 2019 file photo shows climate activist Greta Thunberg during a session of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Thunberg has two books coming out in the United States, including an English-language edition of her memoir. Penguin Press announced Thursday, Sept. 19, that it will release Thunberg’s memoir “Our House Is On Fire” and a collection of her speeches, “No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference,” which will include her upcoming address at the U.N. Climate Action Summit. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)
September 19, 2019 - 4:10 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg has two books coming out in the United States, including an English-language edition of her memoir. Penguin Press announced Thursday that it will release Thunberg's memoir "Our House Is On Fire" and a collection of her speeches, "No One...
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September 19, 2019 - 11:59 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A book of letters by Ernesto Che Guevara is coming out in English in fall 2021. "Letters 1947-67" will be released in the United States by Seven Stories, the publisher announced Thursday, and includes an introduction by daughter Aleidita Guevara. The Spanish edition was recently...
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September 19, 2019 - 10:55 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A memoir by chef Iliana Regan and Hanif Abdurraqib's best-selling chronicle of A Tribe Called Quest are among the works on the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Awards. The 10 books announced Thursday by the National Book Foundation feature authors mostly new to the National...
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FILE - In this March 16, 2017 file photo, author Margaret Atwood, center, appears with her editor Nan Talese, left, and husband Graeme Gibson as she is introduced for the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Book Critics Circle awards ceremony in New York. Gibson, a Canadian novelist and conservationist has died. His death was announced Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 by Doubleday, which has published both Gibson and Atwood. He was 85 and had been suffering from dementia. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
September 18, 2019 - 1:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Graeme Gibson, a Canadian novelist and conservationist and the longtime partner of Margaret Atwood, died Wednesday at age 85. Gibson's death was announced Wednesday by Doubleday, which has published both Gibson and Atwood. He had been suffering from dementia. "We are devastated by...
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September 18, 2019 - 10:48 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren's reach has extended into the world of literary prizes. A communications strategist for the Democratic presidential contender's campaign is on the poetry longlist of the National Book Awards. Camonghne Felix was cited for the collection "Build Yourself a Boat...
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FILE - This Nov. 14, 2018 file photo shows Polish author Olga Tokarczuk at the 69th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York. Tokarczuk's novel “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead,” translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, is among 10 fiction and nonfiction works on the National Book Awards longlist for translated literature, a category started last year. The lists will be narrowed to five finalists on Oct. 8. Winners will be announced Nov. 20. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)
September 17, 2019 - 11:35 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Authors from Asia, Africa and South America are among those on the National Book Awards longlist for translated literature, a category started last year. The 10 fiction and nonfiction works announced Tuesday include the celebrated Polish author Olga Tokarczuk's novel "Drive Your...
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FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2017 file photo, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Colson Whitehead speaks during the presentation of the Italian edition of his novel "The Underground Railroad" at the Argentina Theatre in Rome. Whitehead’s novel “The Nickel Boys” and Kwame Alexander’s picture story “The Undefeated” are among the finalists for the Kirkus Prize, a $50,000 honor given for the year’s outstanding fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ books. Saeed Jones’ memoir “How We Fight for Our Lives” also was a nominee announced Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, by Kirkus Reviews, the trade publication. Each category has six finalists. Winners will be announced Oct. 24. (Maurizio Brambatti/ANSA via AP, File)
September 17, 2019 - 10:16 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead's novel "The Nickel Boys" and Kwame Alexander's picture story "The Undefeated" are among the finalists for the Kirkus Prize, a $50,000 honor given for the year's outstanding fiction, nonfiction and young readers' books. Saeed Jones' memoir "How We Fight for Our...
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September 16, 2019 - 11:24 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Laurie Halse Anderson, Jason Reynolds and Kwame Alexander are among the 10 authors on the young people's literature longlist for the National Book Awards. The wide-ranging list, which includes graphic fiction, historical narratives and stories in verse, was announced Monday by the...
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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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