Books and literature

FILE - Judith Krantz, poses in an undated file photo during an interview at her home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles, Ca. Krantz died Saturday, June 22, 2019 in her Bel Air home od natural causes, said her son Tony Krantz. She was 91. (Deidre Hamill/AP Photo, File)
June 23, 2019 - 5:37 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Writer Judith Krantz, whose million-selling novels such as "Scruples" and "Princess Daisy" engrossed readers worldwide with their steamy tales of the rich and beautiful, died Saturday at her Bel-Air home. She was 91. Krantz's son Tony Krantz, a TV executive, confirmed her death...
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June 20, 2019 - 9:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Wolf says she has no hard feelings about the BBC interviewer who pointed out errors in her new book, "Outrages," which has been delayed for release in the U.S. over her objections. Wolf spoke Thursday night at the Strand Book Store in Manhattan. Publisher Houghton Mifflin...
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Mike Casey, Exhibits Project Manager at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, moves the newly acquired Bible that belonged to Abraham Lincoln in his final year of life, into an exhibit at the museum following a press conference announcing its arrival Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Springfield, Ill. Mary Lincoln gave the Bible to family friend Noyes W. Miner in 1872 and it remained in the family's possession until they donated it to the museum. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Conservator Bonnie Parr and Carla Smith, registrar for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, are at left. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP)
June 20, 2019 - 4:56 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Bible given to Abraham Lincoln in the final months of the Civil War ties together the 16th president's budding views on spirituality and his belief that God was calling him to end slavery as well as his widow's labors to solidify his religious standing, historians say...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2019, file photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Xi said North Korea is taking the "right direction" by politically resolving issues on the Korean Peninsula in a rare op-ed published by a North Korean state newspaper Wednesday, June 19, 2019, a day before Xi visits Pyongyang to meet Kim. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)
June 19, 2019 - 2:51 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping praised North Korea for moving in the "right direction" by politically resolving issues on the Korean Peninsula in an essay published in both countries' official media Wednesday on the eve of Xi's visit to Pyongyang to meet North Korean leader...
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This photo combo shows from left, actress Mariska Hargitay and former prosecutor Linda Fairstein. Hargitay says she has not been in touch with friend Linda Fairstein after the former “Central Park Five” prosecutor was dropped by her publisher, though the actress acknowledged Fairstein resigned from the board of a charity she founded. In an interview with The Associated Press, Hargitay said, “No, I have not talked to her. She did resign from my board.” Fairstein was on the board of Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation, which assists survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. (Katherine Marks/Penguin Random House/Evan Agostini via AP)
June 18, 2019 - 10:56 am
NEW YORK (AP) — "Law & Order: SUV" star Mariska Hargitay says she hasn't been in touch with friend Linda Fairstein since the former "Central Park Five" prosecutor was dropped by her publisher, though the actress acknowledged Fairstein resigned from the board of a charity she founded. In an...
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June 18, 2019 - 10:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press on Tuesday named Michael Tackett, an award-winning journalist, as deputy bureau chief in Washington, directing coverage of the White House, Congress and politics. The appointment was announced by Julie Pace, AP's chief of bureau in Washington. "Mike cares...
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FILE - In this April 4, 2016 file photo, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt attend the premiere of "Nothing Left Unsaid" at the Time Warner Center in New York. Vanderbilt, the "poor little rich girl" heiress at the center of a scandalous custody battle of the 1930s and the designer jeans queen of the 1970s and '80s, died on Monday, June 17, 2019, at 95, according to her son, Cooper. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
June 17, 2019 - 3:45 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Gloria Vanderbilt, the intrepid heiress, artist and romantic who began her extraordinary life as the "poor little rich girl" of the Great Depression, survived family tragedy and multiple marriages and reigned during the 1970s and '80s as a designer jeans pioneer, died Monday at the...
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This image provided by Scholastic shows the cover of a new untitled "Hunger Games" novel by Suzanne Collins. The novel, set to be released May 19, 2020, is a prequel set 64 years before the beginning of her multimillion-selling trilogy. Collins said in a statement Monday, June 10, 2019, that she “wanted to explore the state of nature” as she set the narrative in the years following the “Dark Days” of Panem, the Dystopia where young people must fight and kill each other, on live television. (Scholastic via AP)
June 17, 2019 - 2:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A decade after seemingly wrapping up "The Hunger Games," Suzanne Collins is bringing readers back to Panem. A prequel, set 64 years before the beginning of her multimillion-selling trilogy, is coming next year. The novel, currently untitled, is scheduled for release on May 19, 2020...
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In this undated image provided by Columbia University, Professor Alan Brinkley poses for a photo. Brinkley, an influential historian and academic who traced the evolution of liberalism from the New Deal to the 21st century and was a popular commentator on culture and politics, has died at age 70. Brinkley died Sunday, June 16, 2019, at his home in Manhattan. (Columbia University via AP)
June 17, 2019 - 1:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Alan Brinkley, an influential historian and academic who traced the evolution of liberalism from the New Deal to the 21st century and was a popular commentator on culture and politics, has died at age 70. Brinkley died Sunday at his home in Manhattan. Daughter Elly Brinkley says he...
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FILE - Franco Zeffirelli, seen in New York, in this Oct. 31, 1974 file photo. Italian film director Franzo Zeffirelli has died in Rome at the age of 96. Zefffirelli's son Luciano said his father died at home on Saturday at noon. (AP Photo/Jerry Mosey, File)
June 15, 2019 - 8:04 pm
ROME (AP) — Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and extravagant productions, most famously captured in his cinematic "Romeo and Juliet" and the miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth," died Saturday at 96. While Zeffirelli was most popularly...
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