Louis D. Rubin, Jr., Southern author, dies at 89
2013-11-17 09:21:39 UTC
Louis D. Rubin, Jr., a curmudgeonly patron of contemporary Southern writing who as an author, teacher, editor and publisher helped establish and advance the careers of John Barth, Annie Dillard and dozens of others, has died. He was 89.
Eva Redfield Rubin said by telephone that her husband, wh...
Sarah Palin has written a book, Good Tidings and Great Joy, about the real meaning of Christmas. We read it so you don't have to
2013-11-15 09:56:45 UTC
Sarah Palin has had a busy week. She has been taking shots at Chris Christie, a potential front-runner for the White House in 2016. She has called the pope "liberal". And as well as all that, she is promoting her new book, Good Tidings and Great Joy – Protecting the Heart of Christmas. She launch...
Publisher withdraws CBS source's Benghazi book
2013-11-08 20:07:34 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Publication has been halted for a disputed book about the attack last year on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.
Threshold Editions announced Friday that it has withdrawn Dylan Davies' "The Embassy House: The Explosive Eyewitness Account of the Libyan Embassy Siege by the Soldi...
Hitler lived until 1962? That's my story, claims Argentinian writer
2013-10-31 04:01:14 UTC
The startling theory that the Führer survived in exile until age 73 was examined in a book. Now its British authors are accused of plagiarism.
The notorious claim that Hitler escaped his Berlin bunker to live incognito in Argentina first gained popular currency in 1945, when Stalin spoke of it...
They can shoot a body, but they cannot shoot my dreams
2013-10-17 23:26:08 UTC
When Malala Yousafzai woke from the coma the Taliban put her in, she was aware of only a few things.
“Yes, Malala, you were shot,” she told herself.
She thought back to her dreams – of lying on a stretcher, being in some distant place far from home and school – and realized that they weren’...
Holocaust survivor, top German lit critic dies
2013-09-18 17:07:52 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Marcel Reich-Ranicki, who grew up in Poland and Nazi Germany, survived the Warsaw Ghetto and went on to become post-war Germany's best-known literary critic, has died at age 93.
The sharp-tongued Reich-Ranicki established himself as West Germany's premier arbiter of literary tast...
Unlikely Salinger detective spent decade on trail
2013-09-02 08:32:38 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shane Salerno's phone never stops ringing.
Known until now as a screenwriter for "Armageddon" and "Savages," working by day on a sequel to "Avatar," he has taken on a surprising and news-making identity: the latest, and, apparently, greatest seeker of clues about J.D. Saling...
Nobel-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney dies at 74
2013-08-30 17:38:14 UTC
DUBLIN (AP) — To all lovers of the perfectly weighed word, Seamus Heaney offered hope on this side of the grave.
Heaney, 74, died Friday in a Dublin hospital some 18 years after he won the Nobel Prize in literature and gained global recognition as Ireland's greatest poet since William Butler Y...
Best-selling author Elmore Leonard dies at 87
2013-08-20 16:43:34 UTC
DETROIT (AP) — He was the master of his genre, the Dickens of Detroit, the Chaucer of Crime.
Every novel Elmore Leonard wrote from the mid-1980s on was a best-seller, and every fan of crime stories knew his name. George Clooney was an admirer. So were Quentin Tarantino, Aerosmith, Saul Bellow ...
Five hundred new fairytales discovered in Germany
2013-08-09 06:07:15 UTC
Collection of fairytales gathered by historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth had been locked away in an archive in Regensburg for over 150 years.
A whole new world of magic animals, brave young princes and evil witches has come to light with the discovery of 500 new fairytales, which were locked ...
Scrapbooks give peek inside Hemingway's early life
2013-07-21 05:54:21 UTC
BOSTON (AP) — Long before Ernest Hemingway first wrote a story, his mother was busy writing about him.
Grace Hall Hemingway started a series of scrapbooks documenting the childhood of the future Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner by describing how the sun shone and robins sang on the day in July ...
JK Rowling directs anger at lawyers after secret identity revealed
2013-07-19 05:18:55 UTC
JK Rowling's initial regret at the revelation of her secret identity as a critically acclaimed debut crime novelist has now turned into anger. It was her lawyers whodunnit.
Just days after she was outed as Robert Galbraith, author of the Cuckoo's Calling, the author revealed that a partner at ...
New Book Reveals Why Kate Middleton and Prince William Split in 2007
2013-07-08 21:14:02 UTC
Just days before Kate Middleton and Prince William welcome their first child, a new book is revealing the real reason behind their 2007 split.
New details from Kate by Michael O'Mara explain the couple's rough patch over six years ago.
The book claims that Prince William's partying ways with "g...
Women and sex: the myth-buster
2013-07-07 07:27:53 UTC
I was on the Victoria line with my boyfriend, telling him about a new book by the American author Daniel Bergner, called What Do Women Want? Its headline, traffic-stopping message is that women, routinely portrayed as the monogamous sex, are actually not very well-suited to monogamy. In fact, far...
Neil Gaiman's Sandman returns for prequel
2013-07-03 08:07:50 UTC
A quarter-century after his ground-breaking Sandman comic was launched, Neil Gaiman is returning to the character that made him famous with a six-issue prequel about Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams.
Gaiman – currently basking in the glory of phenomenal reviews and booming sales for his first adul...
Publishers Random House, Penguin complete merger
2013-07-01 07:54:38 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Random House Inc. and Penguin Group have completed a planned merger that creates the world's largest publisher of consumer books.
Parent companies Bertelsmann and Pearson said they signed the final contracts on Monday to combine the global activities of the two publishers and cre...
US poet laureate Natasha Trethewey is reappointed
2013-06-10 04:58:15 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's poet laureate, Natasha Trethewey, has been appointed to a second one-year term.
The Library of Congress was set to announce Trethewey's reappointment Monday.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet met with members of the public over the past year and published a poet...
Scottish fiction writer Iain Banks dies at 59
2013-06-10 04:56:59 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Scottish writer Iain Banks, who alternately wowed and disturbed readers with his dark jokes and narrative tricks, has died, his publisher said Sunday. He was 59.
Banks, whose writing took readers from rural Scotland to the edge of space, announced in April that he was termi...
AP Interview: Sabra: Syria war becoming sectarian
2013-06-07 15:56:11 UTC
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The leader of Syria's main opposition group on Friday warned that the involvement of Hezbollah is transforming the war in Syria into a sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shiites, and says peace negotiations aren't possible as long as Hezbollah and Iran are fi...
Apple antitrust suit over e-books set for NY trial
2013-06-03 04:39:26 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — In a civil case where the words of Steve Jobs play prominently, the government and Apple Inc. are set to square off over allegations that Apple Inc. conspired with the country's largest book publishers to make consumers pay more for electronic books.
U.S. District Judge D...
Quakes kill 2 in Taiwan, injure 33 in Philippines
2013-06-02 16:05:04 UTC
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A strong earthquake jolted Taiwan on Sunday, killing two people and injuring at least 21 others and causing panicked shoppers to rush out of a shaking multi-story department store, officials said.
Another earthquake jolted the southern Philippines late Saturday, injurin...
Beckett manuscript could fetch $1.2M at auction
2013-06-02 05:18:19 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Sotheby's says the manuscript of Irish writer Samuel Beckett's first novel could fetch more than $1.2 million at auction next month.
The six exercise books contain the text of "Murphy" as well as notes, doodles and sketches of figures including James Joyce and Charlie Chaplin.
DC marks Superman's 75th anniversary with logo
2013-06-01 05:41:35 UTC
What to get Superman for his 75th birthday? DC Entertainment's starting with a new logo.
The company, part of Warner Bros. Entertainment, unveiled the new logo in honor of Superman's 75th anniversary. It ties in the iconic character's familiar red and blue colors, along with his ever-prese...
Title of new Bridget Jones novel revealed
2013-05-28 16:40:27 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Everyone's favorite literary singleton will return in a new novel entitled "Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy."
Publishers disclosed the title of Helen Fielding's forthcoming book on Tuesday.
It continues the comic saga of diary-writing Bridget's romantic and professional adv...
Israeli author Amos Oz wins Franz Kafka prize
2013-05-27 18:03:19 UTC
PRAGUE (AP) — Acclaimed Israeli author Amos Oz has won the prestigious Franz Kafka Prize in the Czech Republic.
An international jury that included prominent German literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki selected Oz for the prize, which is awarded annually with a $10,000 prize.