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April 02, 2020 - 7:36 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Dav Pilkey is going to the cats. The million-selling author of the “Captain Underpants” and “Dog Man” series is starting the “Cat Kid Comic Club,” Scholastic announced Thursday. The first book will be released Dec. 1. “The launch of this new series marks Dav Pilkey’s 34 years of...
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March 31, 2020 - 7:10 am
Andy Hunter, founder of a new online sales outlet for independent booksellers, had seen a crisis building well before the coronavirus pandemic shut down many of the country's stores. “"Between 2015 and 2018, I saw this big jump in the percentage of weekly sales for physical books that were going to...
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In this photo taken Sunday Dec. 1, 2013, Tomie dePaola poses with his artwork in his studio in New London, N.H. The beloved children's author and illustrator has died at the age of 85. DePaola delighted generations with tales of Strega Nona, the kindly and helpful old witch in Italy. His literary agent says dePaola died Monday from surgery complications after taking a bad fall last week. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
March 30, 2020 - 7:53 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP) — Tomie dePaola, the prolific children's author and illustrator who delighted generations with tales of Strega Nona, the kindly and helpful old witch in Italy, died Monday at age 85. DePaola died at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire,...
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FILE - This Jan. 23, 2020 file photo shows Taylor Swift at the premiere of "Taylor Swift: Miss Americana" in Park City, Utah. Swift is helping fill the blank space where incomes have gone for several of her fans. Some 10 people so far have gotten thousands of dollars from the “Lover” and “1989” hit maker. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
March 26, 2020 - 10:37 am
From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting medical...
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This combination of photos shows cover images for "Lost Children Archive" by Valeria Luiselli, left, and "Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster" by Adam Higginbotham, both winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medal, a $5,000 prize presented by the American Library Association. (Knopf, left,/Simon & Schuster via AP)
March 23, 2020 - 10:00 pm
LONDON (AP) — Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli’s novel “Lost Children Archive” won the Rathbones Folio Prize for literature on Monday at a ceremony held online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Luiselli beat finalists who included Zadie Smith’ and Ben Lerner to win the 30,000 pound ($35,000)...
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FILE - This Oct. 20, 2019 file photo shows David Byrne during the Broadway opening night curtain call of "David Byrne's American Utopia" in New York. The former Talking Heads frontman is collaborating on a book adaptation with the author and illustrator Maira Kalman, who worked on the Broadway show. The book, also called “American Utopia,” will be published Sept. 8 by Bloomsbury. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)
March 23, 2020 - 8:25 am
NEW YORK (AP) — David Byrne is adapting his stage play “American Utopia" for the printed page. The former Talking Heads frontman is collaborating with the author and illustrator Maira Kalman, who worked on the Broadway show. The book, also called “American Utopia,” will be published Sept. 8 by...
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This combination photo shows director Woody Allen at a special screening of "Wonder Wheel" in New York on Nov. 14, 2017, left, and a cover image for "Apropos of Nothing," Allen's autobiography. Allen's memoir has been released with a new publisher. It was dropped last month after widespread criticism. But it came out Monday by Arcade Publishing with little advance notice. (AP Photo, left, Arcade Publishing via AP)
March 23, 2020 - 8:23 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Woody Allen's memoir, dropped by its original publisher after widespread criticism, has found a new home, The Associated Press has learned. The 400-page book, still called “Apropos of Nothing,” was released Monday by Arcade Publishing. "The book is a candid and comprehensive...
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This combination of photos shows, from left, "The End of October," by Lawrence Wright, "The Red Lotus," by Chris Bohjalian and "Afterland" by Lauren Beukes. Novels coming out now and written before the coronavirus pandemic use plagues to explore everything from gender roles to our own failure to anticipate the worst. (Knopf, from left, Doubleday, Mulholland Books via AP)
March 22, 2020 - 7:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Lauren Beukes, a script and fiction writer, is drawn to narratives that allow her to probe themes of gender and power. For her upcoming novel, “Afterland," she imagined a plot twist in which a disease wipes out virtually the entire male population. “I wanted to explore what a world...
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FILE - This May 28, 2015 file photo shows attendees at the HarperCollins Publishers booth during BookExpo America in New York. Publishing's annual national convention, BookExpo, has been postponed until July. Organizers cited concerns about the coronavirus in rescheduling the gathering, originally scheduled to take place in late May at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
March 19, 2020 - 4:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Publishing's annual national convention, BookExpo, has been pushed back from May to July. Organizers cited concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. "Reedpop has been closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 in New York and around the country and following the guidance of health...
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This combination photo shows the cover of "The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777," left, and a portrait of author Rick Atkinson. Military historian Atkinson has won a $50,000 prize for his first of three planned volumes on the Revolutionary War. The New-York Historical Society announced Tuesday that Atkinson had received the Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize. (Holt, left, and Elliott O'Donovan via AP)
March 17, 2020 - 10:50 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Military historian Rick Atkinson has won a $50,000 prize for his first of three planned volumes on the Revolutionary War. The New-York Historical Society announced Tuesday that Atkinson had received the Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize for “The British Are Coming: The War for...
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