Books and literature

This image released by Scholastic shows concept art for the "Cat Kid Comic Club," new graphic novel series by Dav Pilkey to be launched by Scholastic on Dec. 1. (Scholastic via AP)
April 02, 2020 - 8:52 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Dav Pilkey is going to the cats. The million-selling author of the “Captain Underpants” and “Dog Man” series is starting the “Cat Kid Comic Club,” Scholastic announced Thursday. The first book will be released Dec. 1. “The launch of this new series marks Dav Pilkey’s 34 years of...
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In this Monday, March 30, 2020, photo, a teddy bear hangs upside down in a window of a house in Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealanders are embracing an international movement in which people are placing teddy bears in their windows during coronavirus lockdowns to brighten the mood and give children a game to play by spotting the bears in their neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
April 01, 2020 - 9:39 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Some are perched in trees. Some are hanging upside down. Some are baking scones. Teddy bears are popping up in the unlikeliest of places as New Zealanders embrace an international movement in which people are placing the stuffed animals in their windows during...
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In this photo taken Sunday Dec. 1, 2013, Tomie dePaola poses with his artwork in his studio in New London, N.H. The beloved children's author and illustrator has died at the age of 85. DePaola delighted generations with tales of Strega Nona, the kindly and helpful old witch in Italy. His literary agent says dePaola died Monday from surgery complications after taking a bad fall last week. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
March 30, 2020 - 8:53 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP) — Tomie dePaola, the prolific children's author and illustrator who delighted generations with tales of Strega Nona, the kindly and helpful old witch in Italy, died Monday at age 85. DePaola died at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire,...
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This cover image released by Knopf shows "Lost Children Archive," a novel by Valeria Luiselli. The book tells the story of young immigrants separated from their families. Luiselli’s novel won the Rathbones Folio Prize for literature on Monday at a ceremony held online because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Knopf via AP)
March 24, 2020 - 11:39 am
LONDON (AP) — Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli’s novel “Lost Children Archive” won the Rathbones Folio Prize for literature on Monday at a ceremony held online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Luiselli beat finalists who included Zadie Smith’ and Ben Lerner to win the 30,000 pound ($35,000)...
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FILE - This Oct. 20, 2019 file photo shows David Byrne during the Broadway opening night curtain call of "David Byrne's American Utopia" in New York. The former Talking Heads frontman is collaborating on a book adaptation with the author and illustrator Maira Kalman, who worked on the Broadway show. The book, also called “American Utopia,” will be published Sept. 8 by Bloomsbury. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)
March 23, 2020 - 9:25 am
NEW YORK (AP) — David Byrne is adapting his stage play “American Utopia" for the printed page. The former Talking Heads frontman is collaborating with the author and illustrator Maira Kalman, who worked on the Broadway show. The book, also called “American Utopia,” will be published Sept. 8 by...
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This combination photo shows director Woody Allen at a special screening of "Wonder Wheel" in New York on Nov. 14, 2017, left, and a cover image for "Apropos of Nothing," Allen's autobiography. Allen's memoir has been released with a new publisher. It was dropped last month after widespread criticism. But it came out Monday by Arcade Publishing with little advance notice. (AP Photo, left, Arcade Publishing via AP)
March 23, 2020 - 9:23 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Woody Allen's memoir, dropped by its original publisher after widespread criticism, has found a new home, The Associated Press has learned. The 400-page book, still called “Apropos of Nothing,” was released Monday by Arcade Publishing. "The book is a candid and comprehensive...
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This combination of photos shows, from left, "The End of October," by Lawrence Wright, "The Red Lotus," by Chris Bohjalian and "Afterland" by Lauren Beukes. Novels coming out now and written before the coronavirus pandemic use plagues to explore everything from gender roles to our own failure to anticipate the worst. (Knopf, from left, Doubleday, Mulholland Books via AP)
March 22, 2020 - 6:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Lauren Beukes, a script and fiction writer, is drawn to narratives that allow her to probe themes of gender and power. For her upcoming novel, “Afterland," she imagined a plot twist in which a disease wipes out virtually the entire male population. “I wanted to explore what a world...
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FILE - This Aug. 11, 2019 file photo shows director Ava Duvernay at the "When They See Us" FYC screening at Paramount studios in Los Angeles. The former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein has filed a lawsuit against Netflix and DuVernay over her portrayal in "When They See Us," a series about the Central Park Five case. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)
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March 19, 2020 - 1:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein has sued Netflix and film director Ava DuVernay over her portrayal in the streaming service's miniseries about the Central Park Five case, which sent five black and Latino teenagers to prison for a crime they were later absolved of...
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This combination photo shows the cover of "The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777," left, and a portrait of author Rick Atkinson. Military historian Atkinson has won a $50,000 prize for his first of three planned volumes on the Revolutionary War. The New-York Historical Society announced Tuesday that Atkinson had received the Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize. (Holt, left, and Elliott O'Donovan via AP)
March 17, 2020 - 11:50 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Military historian Rick Atkinson has won a $50,000 prize for his first of three planned volumes on the Revolutionary War. The New-York Historical Society announced Tuesday that Atkinson had received the Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize for “The British Are Coming: The War for...
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March 09, 2020 - 9:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Book Critics Circle has postponed its annual awards reading and ceremony, both scheduled to take place in Manhattan later this week. The critics organization cited “the volatile nature of the current health crisis.” "We are all crushed. We did not make this decision...
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