Literary events

January 27, 2020 - 1:21 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Craft's “New Kid," a graphic novel about a 7th grader's struggle to adjust to a private school with little diversity, has won the John Newbery Medal for the year's best children's book. “New Kid” also received the Coretta Scott King Award for an outstanding work by an African...
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January 22, 2020 - 6:39 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The MacDowell Colony, one of the country's oldest and most prestigious artist colonies, has chosen the author-educator Nell Painter as its new board chair. Painter will be the first woman and first African American to hold the position since it was established in the early 1970s,...
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January 21, 2020 - 12:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Masha Gessen, the Russian-born author and journalist, has a new book out in June. It's called “Surviving Autocracy," and is her first book since “The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia," winner of the National Book Award in 2017. “Surviving Autocracy” was...
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January 12, 2020 - 8:01 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Ronan Farrow has already won a Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award for his reporting on Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement. Now he's up for a literary honor, a National Book Critics Circle award. Farrow was among the nominees announced this weekend by the NBCC. His “Catch and...
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This photo taken Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 shows the book "Le Consentement" (Consent) by Vanessa Springora and displayed in a Boulogne Billancourt bookstore, outside Paris. The literary editor alleges that she had a destructive underage sexual relationship with feted French author Gabriel Matzneff, now in his eighties. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
January 12, 2020 - 2:03 am
PARIS (AP) — He was a middle-aged French author becoming known, even celebrated, for writing about sex with children. She was a fragile 14-year-old, too young to foresee the damage she says was done to her life by his predatory grip on her body and mind. Now a grown woman, Vanessa Springora is...
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January 09, 2020 - 10:57 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Short-story collections by Zadie Smith, Edwidge Danticat and Kali Fajardo-Anstine are finalists for the Story Prize, a $20,000 award for outstanding short fiction. Story Prize officials announced the nominees Thursday. Danticat, who in 2005 was the inaugural Story Prize winner for “...
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January 01, 2020 - 6:07 am
After more than 60 years spent sealed up in a library storage facility, about 1,000 letters written by poet T.S. Eliot to confidante Emily Hale will be unveiled this week, and scholars hope they will reveal the extent of a relationship that's been speculated about for decades. Many consider Hale to...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks during a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington. Cummings died from complications of longtime health challenges, his office said in a statement on Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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December 31, 2019 - 8:43 pm
A lauded writer who brought to light stories overshadowed by prejudice. An actress and singer who helped embody the manufactured innocence of the 1950s. A self-made billionaire who rose from a childhood of Depression-era poverty and twice ran for president. This year saw the deaths of people who...
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In this undated photo provided by Random House Sonny Mehta poses for a portrait. Mehta, the urbane and astute head of Alfred A. Knopf who guided one of the book world's most esteemed imprints to new heights through a blend of prize-winning literature by Toni Morrison and Cormac McCarthy among others and blockbusters such as "Fifty Shades of Grey" and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," died Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, at his home in Manhattan, at age 77. (Michael Lionstar/Random House via AP)
December 31, 2019 - 9:10 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Sonny Mehta, the urbane and astute head of Alfred A. Knopf who guided one of the book world's most esteemed imprints to new heights through a blend of prize-winning literature by Toni Morrison and Cormac McCarthy among others and blockbusters such as "Fifty Shades of Grey" and "The...
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Author Elizabeth Spencer is pictured in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in front of a personal library in 2005. Spencer died on Dec. 22, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at age 98, according to the playwright Craig Lucas. (News Observer via AP, File)
December 24, 2019 - 11:50 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Elizabeth Spencer, a grande dame of Southern literature who bravely navigated between the Jim Crow past and open-ended present in her novels and stories including the celebrated novella "Light In the Piazza," has died at 98. Spencer, who sometimes went by her married name Elizabeth...
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