Review: A new collection of essays by Jonathan Franzen
"The End of the End of the Earth: Essays" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by Jonathan Franzen
One subject comes up frequently in Jonathan Franzen's latest collection of essays: how to live responsibly in the face of our all but certain extinction as a species.
NEW YORK (AP) — Margaret Atwood, Stephen Sondheim and Patrick Stewart are among dozens of artists and journalists calling for the release of Ukrainian filmmaker and dissident Oleg Sentsov.
Sentsov, a critic of Russia's annexation of Crimea, is serving a 20-year term on terrorism charges. Sentsov, 41, has been on a hunger strike for three weeks, demanding the release of 64 Ukrainian political prisoners. He is not calling for his own release.
Publisher of Franzen, Eugenides is stepping back
NEW YORK (AP) — The longtime publisher of such prize-winning authors as Jonathan Franzen and Marilynne Robinson is stepping back.
10 winners announced for $50,000 writing awards
NEW YORK (AP) — A Philadelphia-based actor-playwright and a former border patrol agent are among this year's 10 winners of $50,000 Whiting Awards for emerging artists.
The recipients were announced Wednesday night at a ceremony in Manhattan.
They include Philadelphia's James Ijames and Francisco Cantú, of Tucson, Arizona, a former border agent working on a memoir.
Stephen Sondheim to receive PEN ‘literary service’ award
NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Sondheim's latest honor comes from literary and human rights organization PEN America.
The group announced Wednesday that the composer is this year's recipient of the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award. Meryl Streep will present Sondheim with the award at the group's annual literary gala April 25 at the American Museum of Natural History.
Sondheim has written music or lyrics or both for "West Side Story," ''Sweeney Todd," ''Into the Woods" and more.
NEW YORK (AP) — Award-winning novelist Jonathan Franzen has an admittedly uncomfortable reason for why he doesn't expect to write a book about racial relations: He doesn't know many blacks.
In an interview that appeared last weekend on Slate.com, the author of "The Corrections" said he had few black friends and had "never been in love" with a black woman. He called his comments "an embarrassing confession."
Franzen's remarks were widely criticized, with National...