Books and literature

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2016, file photo, novelist Nicholas Sparks attends a special screening in Los Angeles. The trial is getting underway, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in a lawsuit that accuses Sparks of defaming the former headmaster of a private Christian school he founded in North Carolina. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
August 21, 2019 - 5:19 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal jury sided Wednesday with novelist Nicholas Sparks and the private Christian school he founded in his North Carolina hometown, dismissing claims by the school's former headmaster that he was unjustly fired and then slandered by the author. Jurors spent about three...
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FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2016, file photo, author and producer Mark Halperin appears at the Showtime Critics Association summer media tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. A reported book deal for Halperin, the "Game Change" co-author and political commentator who has faced multiple allegations of sexual harassment, is being greeted with widespread outrage. Politico announced Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, that Halperin's "How To Beat Trump" was expected in November. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
August 19, 2019 - 5:01 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Halperin's planned book about the 2020 election has been officially announced amid protests that the "Game Change" co-author hasn't earned a second chance since facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment. Regan Arts announced Monday that "How To Beat Trump" will come out...
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FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2016, file photo, author and producer Mark Halperin appears at the Showtime Critics Association summer media tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. A reported book deal for Halperin, the "Game Change" co-author and political commentator who has faced multiple allegations of sexual harassment, is being greeted with widespread outrage. Politico announced Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, that Halperin's "How To Beat Trump" was expected in November. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
August 18, 2019 - 10:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A reported book deal for Mark Halperin, the "Game Change" co-author and political commentator who has faced multiple allegations of sexual harassment, is being greeted with widespread outrage. Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson called the deal "a slap in the face to all women."...
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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 1991 file photo, author Paule Marshall poses during an interview, in New York. The acclaimed fiction writer has died at 90. Marshall’s son, Evan K. Marshall, told The Associated Press that she died Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 in Richmond, Va. Marshall was an exuberant and sharpened storyteller who drew upon classic and vernacular literature and her mother's kitchen conversations for such fiction as "Brown Girl, Brownstones," "Daughters" and "Praisesong for the Widow.” (AP Photo, File)
August 16, 2019 - 5:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Paule Marshall, an exuberant and sharpened storyteller who in fiction such as "Daughters" and "Brown Girl, Brownstones" drew upon classic and vernacular literature and her mother's kitchen conversations to narrate the divides between blacks and whites, men and women and modern and...
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August 16, 2019 - 3:21 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An illustrator known for his richly detailed and whimsical interpretations of classic children's books has died. Charles Santore was 84. Christina Santore says her father died Sunday after a brief illness in Philadelphia, where he was born, raised and worked. He spent over three...
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FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2018, file photo, Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book (12) runs the ball against Clemson during the NCAA Cotton Bowl semifinal playoff football game, in Arlington, Texas. Upon his return to campus last winter, Book immediately worked on his leadership skills and also making the difficult and tight downfield passes. Book was rewarded when he was named one of the team’s seven captains. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File)
August 15, 2019 - 1:52 pm
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — For Notre Dame to reach its second straight College Football Playoff, it may have to run the table behind quarterback Ian Book. "When you step into being the quarterback at Notre Dame, high expectations come with it," said coach Brian Kelly, who has twice in nine seasons...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2016, file photo, novelist Nicholas Sparks attends a special screening in Los Angeles. The trial is getting underway, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in a lawsuit that accuses Sparks of defaming the former headmaster of a private Christian school he founded in North Carolina. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
August 14, 2019 - 8:53 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Author Nicholas Sparks was balancing his entertainment career with overseeing the private Christian school he founded in his North Carolina hometown when he concluded the school's new headmaster was a failed experiment, the novelist testified Wednesday in a federal lawsuit...
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This photo provided by HarperCollins shows Tom Hanks at The Village Studios in Los Angeles, Calif. The Oscar-winning actor is narrating Ann Patchett’s “The Dutch House,” which comes out Sept. 24, 2019. The book is a multigenerational story centered on siblings Danny and Maeve, and told from Danny’s point of view. (HarperCollins Publishers via AP)
August 12, 2019 - 12:42 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The audio edition of Ann Patchett's new novel has a voice that listeners should find familiar: Tom Hanks. HarperAudio announced Monday that the Oscar-winning actor is narrating Patchett's "The Dutch House," which comes out September 24. The book is a multigenerational story centered...
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Visitors view a portrait of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, painted by the artist Robert McCurdy, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature, died Monday at age 88. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
August 07, 2019 - 10:06 am
NEW YORK (AP) — When author Angela Flournoy was asked to dress as her favorite literary character for a magazine shoot four years ago, she knew how to look the part: a wide and "severe hat," a fur stole and the kind of stare that dares you to stare back. For a day she could pretend to be Sula Peace...
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FILE - In this Sept. 1987 file photo, author Toni Morrison poses with a copy of her book "Beloved" in New York. Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in "Beloved," ''Song of Solomon" and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit of freedom within the boundaries of race, has died at age 88. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced that Morrison died Monday, Aug. 5, 2019 at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.(AP Photo/David Bookstaver, File)
August 07, 2019 - 3:04 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Toni Morrison's death this week at age 88 leaves behind countless writers for whom her characters were like close acquaintances and her stories like parables to guide them through their own lives. Edwidge Danticat, the prize-winning Haitian-American author, called her "a literary...
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