Obama shops at well-known Washington bookstore
2013-11-30 20:03:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is doing his part to support small businesses.
Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha dropped in Saturday at Washington's Politics and Prose bookstore and purchased what he said was a "long list" of books t...
Evolution debate again engulfs Texas board
2013-11-22 09:23:29 UTC
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The long-simmering battle over teaching evolution in Texas boiled over at a late-night meeting, as the Board of Education extended preliminary approval of new science books for use in classrooms across the state but held up on...
Psychic Sylvia Browne dies at 77 in California
2013-11-22 04:14:36 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sylvia Browne once said she was just 3 when she discovered she could look into the future and know what was coming.
For the next 74 years, Browne claimed to do just that, predicting who would win elections, which celebritie...
Nobel author Doris Lessing dies at 94
2013-11-18 07:46:26 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Doris Lessing emerged from a black cab outside her home in London one day in 2007 and was confronted by a horde of reporters. When told she had won the Nobel Prize, she blinked and retorted "Oh Christ! ... I couldn't care less."
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.
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 J...
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Threshold Editions announced Friday that it has withdrawn Dylan Davies' "The Embassy House: The Explosive Eyewitnes...
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...
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 fr...
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 ...
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, appa...
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...
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. ...
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 d...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 actua...
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 pheno...
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 t...
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 ...
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 e...
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 ar...
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 m...
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 jolt...