Literary events

August 31, 2018 - 1:43 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A former member of the prestigious body that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature who quit in the wake of a sex-abuse and financial crimes scandal, has dismissed reports she is returning to the Swedish Academy. Former permanent secretary Sara Danius said Friday on her...
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This combination photo of book cover images shows "City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965," by Kelly Lytle Hernandez, from left, "The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits," by Tiya Miles and "South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s," by Kellie Jones, which are among this year’s American Book Award winners for works reflecting the country’s diversity. (University of North Carolina Press, from left, The New Press and Duke University Press via AP)
August 13, 2018 - 12:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Books on human caging, early Detroit and African-American culture in Los Angeles are among this year's winners for works reflecting the country's diversity. The American Book Awards were announced Monday by the Before Columbus Foundation, founded in 1976 by author-poet Ishmael Reed...
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FILE - This 2001 file photo shows British author V.S. Naipaul in Salisbury, England. The Trinidad-born Nobel laureate whose celebrated writing and brittle, provocative personality drew admiration and revulsion in equal measures, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at his London home, his family said. He was 85. (Chris Ison/PA via AP)
August 11, 2018 - 4:39 pm
LONDON (AP) — V.S. Naipaul, the Trinidad-born Nobel laureate whose celebrated writing and brittle, provocative personality drew admiration and revulsion in equal measures, died Saturday at his London home, his family said. He was 85. His wife, Nadira Naipaul, said he was "a giant in all that he...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 20, 2017, file photo, then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer smiles as he answers a question during a briefing at the White House, in Washington. A black man has accused the former White House press secretary of calling him a racial slur when they were students at a Rhode Island prep school. Spicer was at a book signing in Middletown on Friday, July 27 to promote his new book reflecting on his time at the press podium for President Donald Trump. Cambridge, Mass., resident Alex Lombard yelled out Spicer’s name and accused Spicer of calling him the N-word and trying to fight him when they attended Portsmouth Abbey School.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
July 28, 2018 - 3:07 pm
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — A black man yelled at former White House press secretary Sean Spicer in a bookstore and accused Spicer of calling him a racial slur when they were students at a prep school decades ago. Spicer was "taken aback" by the man's "outrageous claim" and had no recollection of him...
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July 24, 2018 - 5:13 am
LONDON (AP) — Canadian author Michael Ondaatje has again made the Man Booker Prize list with his latest novel "Warlight," weeks after his book "The English Patient" was named the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the literary prize. Organizers on Tuesday announced the 13 books in...
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July 10, 2018 - 4:40 am
CINCINNATI (AP) — Composer Gregory Spears and U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith have been commissioned by the Cincinnati Opera to write "Castor and Patience," a story of black cousins in the American South who disagree about the future of land they inherited. The company said Tuesday that the work...
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July 08, 2018 - 12:48 pm
LONDON (AP) — Michael Ondaatje's "The English Patient" has been voted the greatest-ever winner of the Man Booker Prize during five decades of the prestigious literary award. The Canadian writer's tale of love and conflict during World War II was named winner of the Golden Man Booker Prize for...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 file photo, U.S singer Mary J. Blige performs during the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway. The Norwegian organization that oversees the Nobel Peace Prize says a concert typically held after the annual ceremony won't take place in 2018. Norwegian Nobel Institute Director Olav Njolstad said Tuesday. July 3, 2018 that the concert was put on "temporary leave" because of "a wish to re-think the concert format and content." (AP Photo/Vegard Grott, NTB scanpix, File)
July 03, 2018 - 8:56 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Norwegian organization that oversees the Nobel Peace Prize said Tuesday that a concert typically held after the annual award ceremony won't take place in 2018 so the event can be evaluated. Norwegian Nobel Institute Director Olav Njolstad said the musical tribute to...
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