NEW YORK (AP) — A story collection by Lauren Groff, an Italian novel translated by Jhumpa Lahiri and poetry by Terrance Hayes were among the finalists announced Wednesday for the National Book Awards.
NEW YORK (AP) — Isabel Allende, winner of an honorary National Book Award, sees no reason to discuss her legacy.
"I think legacy is a very masculine word," the author known for "The House of the Spirits" and other novels told The Associated Press during a recent telephone interview. "I don't think women think in terms of legacy very much. We're more practical and we know trends don't last for too long. People and things are forgotten. I am just very happy to have so many readers right now."
CLEVELAND (AP) — An author whose book was the basis for the Oscar-nominated movie "Hidden Figures" has won an award for writing literature that promotes diversity and confronts racism.
Margot Lee Shetterly's book and the namesake movie are about the contributions of a team of black women mathematicians to the NASA space program.
Best-selling novelist Isabel Allende has received a lifetime achievement award. Allende's novels include "The House of the Spirits."
NEW YORK (AP) — Isabel Allende's next novel is a love story set in Brooklyn and South America about a human rights scholar and an immigrant from Guatemala.
The novel is called "In the Midst of Winter," although it is scheduled to come this fall, Atria Books told The Associated Press on Friday. According to Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, the book begins with a snowstorm and chance meeting in Brooklyn and flashes back to Chile and Brazil in the 197j0s.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker will speak at the University of Pennsylvania's commencement this spring.
Penn President Amy Gutmann says in a Tuesday announcement that Booker's service as a U.S. senator and former mayor of Newark "embodies Penn's fundamental values of civic engagement, applying one's intellect and energy to better the world."
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Eight prominent Californians will be added to the state Hall of Fame to honor their contributions to art, science, literature and sports, the governor's office announced Wednesday.
This year's list includes Harrison Ford, author Isabel Allende, baseball superstar Tony Gwynn, artist Corita Kent, former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, journalist Maria Shriver, music entrepreneur Russ Solomon and actor and activist George Takei.