PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has sued the state on behalf of nonfiction writers, saying a sales tax exemption for authors is unconstitutional because...
NEW YORK (AP) — "The Mueller Report" is now officially a best-seller.
A published edition of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged ties between Russian officials and...
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The published works of Devon Mihesuah fill a wide space between two bookends in her office at the University of Kansas.
NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin received an honorary Pulitzer Prize on Monday, as judges praised the Queen of Soul "for her indelible contribution to American music and culture." Competitive...
LONDON (AP) — Booker Prize winner Anna Burns and National Book Critics Circle laureate Tommy Orange are among finalists for Britain's Rathbones Folio Prize for literature.
Correction: Books-Meghan Daum story
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story March 28 about author Meghan Daum, The Associated Press reported erroneously that her new book, "The Problem With Everything," is an essay collection. It is a continuous...
U of Nebraska-Lincoln professor wins $165K poetry prize
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A University of Nebraska-Lincoln English professor has won a $165,000 prize for his poetry.
The university says Kwame Dawes is the first of its writers to win a...
NEW YORK (AP) — Anderson Cooper has a two-book deal and plans to collaborate with historian-novelist Katherine Howe.
Harper announced Tuesday the 51-year-old CNN anchor and "60 Minutes"...
Zadie Smith, Anna Burns among winners of critics prizes
NEW YORK (AP) — Anna Burns' "Milkman," her Booker Prize-winning novel about an 18-year-old girl during "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland, has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle prize...
Submissions sought for New Hampshire Literary Awards
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The 13th New Hampshire Literary Awards is looking for submissions.
The following categories can be entered by a New Hampshire native or resident: fiction, nonfiction,...
Ghanaian American writer wins $75,000 award from PEN America
NEW YORK (AP) — A Ghanaian-American's debut collection of stories has won a $75,000 prize for a book of "originality, merit, and impact."
Frederick Douglass biography among Lukas prize nominees
NEW YORK (AP) — David W. Blight's biography of Frederick Douglass and Sarah Smarsh's "Heartland" are among the nominees for awards celebrating nonfiction books of social consciousness and literary...
New Mitch Albom book, ‘Chika,’ coming in November
NEW YORK (AP) — The tragic, but inspiring story of a young Haitian orphan led Mitch Albom to write his first nonfiction book in over a decade.
Kansas library asked to move transgender children books
ANDOVER, Kan. (AP) — Members of a Kansas public library board are considering a request to move books that include transgender characters out of the children's section.
Obama extends tour as sales for ‘Becoming’ top 3 million
NEW YORK (AP) — Sales for Michelle Obama's memoir have topped 3 million and the former first lady is extending her book tour into 2019.
"Becoming," published four weeks ago, is among the fastest-selling nonfiction books in history and already among the best-selling political memoirs of all time.
Review: John McPhee is at his brilliant best in ‘The Patch’
"The Patch" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by John McPhee
Eighty-seven and 33. That's the age of John McPhee and the number of books he's written, counting his latest, "The Patch."
One could forgive McPhee if he spent all his time in a canoe with a fishing rod when not enjoying the company of his 10 grandchildren. But McPhee is a writer, arguably America's greatest nonfiction essayist ever, and if he can find a practical way to do it, one senses he'll pen something from his coffin.
Sales for Michelle Obama memoir top 2 million copies
NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama's "Becoming" is selling at a pace rarely seen for a political memoir, or any nonfiction book.
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Serhii Plokhy wins nonfiction book prize for Chernobyl story
LONDON (AP) — A book about the causes and consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster has won Britain's leading nonfiction literary award.
Serhii Plokhy was awarded the 30,000-pound ($39,000) Baillie Gifford Prize at a ceremony in London on Wednesday for "Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy."
Ling Ma, Rebecca Solnit win $50,000 Kirkus Prize
NEW YORK (AP) — Ling Ma's apocalyptic debut novel "Severance" and Rebecca Solnit's essay collection "Call Them by Their True Names" are among the winners of the Kirkus Prize.
Trade publication Kirkus Reviews announced winners Thursday in fiction, nonfiction and young readers' literature. Each receive $50,000. The other recipients are author Derrick Barnes and illustrator Gordon C. James for the children's book "Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut."
Lauren Groff, Jhumpa Lahiri among book award finalists
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.
Woodson, Groff among finalists for $50,000 literary prize
NEW YORK (AP) — A story collection by Lauren Groff and a middle grade novel by Jacqueline Woodson are among the finalists for the $50,000 Kirkus Prize.
Hala Alyan, Ta-Nehisi Coates win Dayton Literary Peace Prize
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A debut novel about a displaced Palestinian family and a book of essays exploring race and identity during Barack Obama's presidency have been named the winners of the annual Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
Kansas woman releases memoir on growing up poor
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas writer who grew up in poverty is releasing a memoir she hopes will shine a light on an often-ignored part of the American landscape.
Poets Tretheway, Hayes on National Book Awards longlist
NEW YORK (AP) — Pulitzer Prize winners Natasha Trethewey and Rae Armantrout are among those on the poetry longlist for the National Book Awards. Authors in the nonfiction category include Steve Coll, Sarah Smarsh and Rebecca Solnit.
Fall book releases include topical works for all ages
NEW YORK (AP) — At a time when millions can hardly turn away from the news, fiction and nonfiction authors have similar reasons for why books matter more than ever.
It's about perspective.
"I think that people need stories to help us understand our place in the world and remember that we're part of something bigger," says Barbara Kingsolver, whose novel "Unsheltered" is one of the leading literary releases this fall.
Cyborg-lit: Book about transhumanism wins Wellcome prize
LONDON (AP) — A book that explores the quest to defeat death with technology has won Britain's medically themed Wellcome Book Prize.
Mark O'Connell's "To Be a Machine" beat five other finalists Monday for the 30,000-pound ($41,000) prize, which aims to bridge the gap between literature and science.
Novelist Lesley Nneka Arimah, poet Bao Phi, cartoonist Steve Sack win Minnesota Book Awards
It is a mark of how accomplished Minnesotas writing community is that many of the winners of this years Minnesota Book Awards were honored for books that had already won major national awards.
Lesley Nneka Arimah, who won the Minnesota Book Award for fiction on Saturday night, had already won the Kirkus Prize for her debut collection of stories.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A University of Mississippi junior will receive a Truman Scholarship.
Ole Miss says Jaz Brisack is the 15th student from the university to win the award.
Brisack, an honors student and Oxford native, has had an article on labor union organizing published, won a creative nonfiction award at the Southern Literary Festival, and was named the university's outstanding freshman.
Through four story collections, three novels and half my life, Lorrie Moore has haunted me and made me laugh. Now she has gathered her nonfiction writing from the past three decades into the brilliant and piercing collection, “See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary.”
As Moore reviews books, TV, politics and her own life, she slams into her subjects, lands on her stories. She cuts into the souls of other artists and makes noise. She fearlessly tells the truth about hard things.
A funny thing happened while David MacGregor was deep into researching and writing a nonfiction book about Sherlock Holmes. Needing a mental escape from the endless research, he wrote a play — about Sherlock Holmes.
And it helped — no, really. That play, "Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Elusive Ear" will have its world premiere at the Purple Rose Theatre on Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Staff writers for The Washington Post and BuzzFeed News won awards on Tuesday for investigative nonfiction books.
The Post's Amy Goldstein won the $10,000 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for her portrait of a Wisconsin community and the residence of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, "Janesville: An American Story."
10 emerging writers receive $50,000 Whiting Awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Ten emerging writers, a mix of poets, dramatists and fiction and nonfiction authors, were the winners of this year's $50,000 Whiting Awards on Wednesday night.
Nobel laureate Toni Morrison was scheduled to speak at the ceremony in Manhattan, but could not attend because of a snowstorm that pounded much of the Northeast.
Local professor guest speaker
Lock Haven University professor Laurie Jean Cannady is the guest speaker at the 19th annual Dress for Success luncheon today.
Cannady, who is also a member of the creative writing faculty in the Wilkes University MA/MFA low-residency creative writing program, has published personal essays on poverty, domestic violence and military sexual trauma in publications such as The Rumpus, Good Housekeeping and Ink and Letters, according to the university.
We caught up with J.R. Helton to discuss, among other things, the dichotomy of the “autobiographical novel.”
Q. As a writer of nonfiction, do you ever worry that your negative depictions of family and friends will offend or hurt somebody’s feelings?
NEW YORK (AP) — "Improvement," Joan Silber's novel about interconnected lives spanning from Turkey to New York's Harlem, won the National Book Critics Circle award for fiction.
On a night when winners in all six competitive categories were women, Frances FitzGerald's "The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America" was honored Thursday for nonfiction and Caroline Fraser's book on Laura Ingalls Wilder, "Prairie Fires," won for biography.
Offering reading material ranging from children's books to adult novels and nonfiction, a spring book sale at the Deer Park Public Library is scheduled from March 21-24 - just in time to freshen up bookshelves and get ready for summer reading.
The sale is hosted by Friends of the Deer Park Library, a group whose fundraising efforts go toward supporting programs offered throughout the year at the library.
Although it was published in 2011, University of Texas of the Permian Basin professor Tom Hohstadt’s book “The Age of Virtual Reality” has gained momentum recently being named one of 20-plus nonfiction virtual and augmented reality books to expand your mind.
The book was ranked No. 9 out of 20 in an article on the website Haptical.
“It is gradually getting to be recognized,” he said. “People are just getting to discover it.”
Publisher delays paperback of latest Alexie book
NEW YORK (AP) — The publisher of Sherman Alexie, who faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment, is postponing the paperback of his latest book.
Hachette Book Group had planned to release the paperback of his memoir "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" in April. Hachette told The Associated Press on Sunday that the date had been pushed back indefinitely and that the change was made at the author's request.
AP Newsbreak: Sherman Alexie declines literary award
NEW YORK (AP) — Sherman Alexie has declined the Carnegie Medal he received last month, the American Library Association told The Associated Press on Friday.
Alexie was given the $5,000 award for nonfiction for his memoir "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me." He has since faced multiple allegations of sexual harassment and issued a statement acknowledging wrongdoing. Jay Asher and James Dashner are among other writers who recently faced similar allegations.
Finalists announced for Lukas Book Prize
NEW YORK (AP) — Stories of immigrants, transient workers and a Wisconsin auto plant are among the nominees for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize.
Black history author wins annual University of Alabama award
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An African-American author and professor has won University of Alabama's annual non-fiction writing award for her work on women and black southern writers.
A university statement on Friday names Dr. Trudier Harris as this year's winner of the Clarence E. Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing.
Harris has written or edited more than two dozen books including her award-winning work "The Scary Mason-Dixon Line: African American Writers and the South."
National Geographic launches imprint for children’s fiction
NEW YORK (AP) — National Geographic is entering the land of make-believe.
After focusing on nonfiction for years, National Geographic Kids Books is starting an imprint for children's fiction.
National Geographic tells The Associated Press the new imprint is called Under the Stars. The first publication, Trudi Trueit's "Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret," is scheduled for September.
When Sandra Allen was studying nonfiction writing at the University of Iowa, her Uncle Bob sent her the typescript of his autobiography. This would be her crazy Uncle Bob, a chain-smoking, good-natured, long-haired oddball who lived a hermit existence in California. The autobiography was typed all in caps, its curled pages stinking of cigarette smoke.
Three Eugene-Springfield authors are among the nominees for the Literary Arts’ 2018 Oregon Book Awards, which were announced Tuesday.
The awards — which honor the finest accomplishments by Oregon writers who work in genres of poetry, fiction, graphic literature, literary nonfiction and literature for young readers — will be announced at the 31st annual Oregon Book Awards ceremony April 30 in Portland with Renée Watson, author of “Piecing Me Together,” hosting.
Martin Amis, the novelist, polarizes readers. Some, such as this one, relish his ambition and his audacity — his big ideas, scurrilous notions, coruscating wit and inventive phrasings. Others view his novels in a different light, recognizing chutzpah instead of boldness, trickery instead of artistry, and excess instead of exuberance.
National Book Awards add translation category
NEW YORK (AP) — Starting this fall, works in translation will get a spotlight at the National Book Awards.
The National Book Foundation announced Wednesday that it has started a category for best translated literature, awarding a work of fiction or nonfiction translated into English and released in the U.S. The new prize should provide a boost for authors from overseas who have struggled to catch on in the U.S.
Book recounts quest to revive coffee trade in Yemen
"The Monk of Mokha" (Alfred A. Knopf), by Dave Eggers
As legend has it, coffee was born in Yemen, when a Sufi brewed the beverage to fuel his late-night devotions. Roughly 700 years later, a Yemeni-American set out to revive the country's languished and forgotten role in the world's coffee trade.
HUNTINGTON — The A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series at Marshall University will kick off the spring semester by featuring the newly released anthology "Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity in the South." Okey Napier, Julia Watts and Jeff Mann will share stories of Appalachian identity, queerness and authentic community, according to a news release.
‘Fire and Fury’ sales exceed 1.7 million
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" is well on its way to becoming one of the fastest selling nonfiction books in recent years.
"Fire and Fury" has sold more than 1.7 million copies in the combined formats of hardcover, e-books and audio, publisher Henry Holt & Co. told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Published less than three weeks ago, Wolff's tell-all about the Trump administration remains No. 1 on Amazon.com and other lists.