Literary events

February 26, 2019 - 6:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A Ghanaian-American's debut collection of stories has won a $75,000 prize for a book of "originality, merit, and impact." The literary and human rights organization PEN America announced that Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's "Friday Black" had received the Jean Stein Book Award. It was...
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In this Sept. 5, 2018, photo, journalist Sarah Smarsh speaks during an interview at the Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine, Kan. David W. Blight’s biography of Frederick Douglass and Sarah Smarsh’s “Heartland” are among the nominees for awards celebrating books of social consciousness and literary merit. On Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, the Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University announced shortlists for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Awards, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and the Mark Lynton History Prize. Smarsh is a finalist for the Lukas Book Prize and Blight for the history prize.(Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle via AP)
February 26, 2019 - 3:10 am
NEW YORK (AP) — David W. Blight's biography of Frederick Douglass and Sarah Smarsh's "Heartland" are among the nominees for awards celebrating nonfiction books of social consciousness and literary merit. On Tuesday, the Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard...
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February 25, 2019 - 7:41 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The segregation-era road-trip drama "Green Book" was crowned best picture at the 91st Academy Awards, delighting those who see the film as a feel-good throwback but disappointing others who ridicule it as an outdated inversion of "Driving Miss Daisy." In a year when Hollywood...
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February 24, 2019 - 10:26 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 91st Academy Awards, which are being presented Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles (all times local): 10:20 p.m. Rami Malek may have had a brief fall from the heights of his best-actor Oscar victory for "Bohemian Rhapsody" but he recovered in time...
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FILE- In this Nov. 15, 2012, file photo Barbara Pierce Bush, left, and Jenna Bush Hager participate in the Enduring Legacies of America's First Ladies conference in Austin, Texas. Presidential daughters-granddaughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush will be hosting a breakfast during this spring’s BookExpo convention. Guests at the Children’s Book & Author Breakfast, announced Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, by convention organizers ReedPop, will include Oscar winner and author Lupita Nyong'o. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
February 12, 2019 - 6:30 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential daughters-granddaughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush will be hosting a breakfast during this spring's BookExpo convention. Guests at the Children's Book & Author Breakfast, announced Tuesday by convention organizers ReedPop, will include Oscar winner...
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FILE - This Feb. 22, 2015, file photo shows Shirley MacLaine at the Oscars in Los Angeles. MacLaine was honored for career achievement by the AARP, the organization for retired persons and its AARP, The Magazine. The awards show will be broadcast Feb. 15, 2019, on PBS. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)
February 04, 2019 - 10:40 pm
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Have you got a grown-up state of mind? If so, the AARP has some film awards just for you. For the 18th year, the organization for retired persons and its AARP, The Magazine, have awarded their "Movies for Grownups." The ceremony was held Monday night and will be...
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February 03, 2019 - 9:01 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — A local police official says an Iraqi novelist has been killed by live fire in the southern city of Karbala. The official says Alaa Mashzoub was gunned down Saturday night by unknown assailants after he left a literary event in the city and was headed home on his motorcycle. He spoke...
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This combination of book cover images shows Meg Medina's “Merci Suárez Changes Gears,” from Candlewick Press, which won the John Newbery Medal, left, Sophie Blackall’s “Hello Lighthouse” by Little Brown and Company Books for Young Readers, which received the Randolph Caldecott Medal for best picture story, center, and Claire Hartfield’s “A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919,” by Clarion Books, which won the Coretta Scott King author award for African-American literature. (Candlewick Press/Little, Brown and Company/Clarion Books via AP)
January 28, 2019 - 1:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Meg Medina, the latest recipient of the John Newbery Medal, wrote her prize-winning children's book with a special intensity. "There are so many negative characterizations these days of Latino families and what it is to be an immigrant," said Medina, a Cuban-American author whose "...
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This 2017 photo provided by W. W. Norton & Company shows author Richard Powers. Tara Westover's best-selling memoir "Educated" and Powers' novel "The Overstory" are among the nominees for a $75,000 award presented by PEN America, the literary and human rights organization. On Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, PEN announced finalists for everything from translation to science to sports writing. (Dean. D. Dixon/W. W. Norton & Company via AP)
January 24, 2019 - 5:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Tara Westover's best-selling memoir "Educated" and Richard Powers' novel "The Overstory" are among the nominees for a $75,000 award presented by the literary and human rights organization PEN America. On Thursday, PEN announced finalists for everything from translation to science to...
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Anthony Ramos, left, and Bradley Cooper arrive at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
January 19, 2019 - 11:53 pm
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Oscars race may have gotten a little clearer Saturday night as the race-themed road trip drama "Green Book" drove off with the top honor at the Producers Guild Awards, winning out over presumed front-runners like "Roma," ''A Star Is Born" and "Black Panther." "When...
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