WASHINGTON (AP) — The debate over reparations catapulted from the campaign trail to Congress on Wednesday as lawmakers heard impassioned testimony for and against the idea of providing...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify...
Collection of David Carr’s writings coming in 2020
NEW YORK (AP) — Writings by the late David Carr, the revered author and journalist, are coming out in book form next year. Ta-Nehisi Coates, a friend whom Carr once mentored, is providing the...
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."
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.
NEW YORK (AP) — Ta-Nehisi Coates is leaving his job as a national correspondent for The Atlantic, where he rose to prominence over the past decade.
Philip Roth: a generation’s defining voice
NEW YORK (AP) — In the self-imposed retirement of his final years, Philip Roth remained curious and removed from the world he had shocked and had shocked him in return.
If Republicans aren’t losing their congressional majority this coming fall, they are doing a good job of acting like it.
Dozens of Republicans are leaving the House, and Paul Ryan said recently he is resigning as House speaker at the end of this Congress, and will not even run for his congressional seat again.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Apollo Theater audience cheered and cheered for Ta-Nehisi Coates, and the readers of "Between the World and Me."
A capacity crowd at the famed New York City venue was on hand Monday night for a stage recital of Coates' prize-winning book, one met throughout with applause and calls of approval.
Shaler North Hills Library Director Sharon McRae wanted to plan an adult reading competition based on the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's success with its competition.
"Within a month we filled all of the slots, so we've ended up with 29 teams and 130 people," said Beth Lawry, Shaler North Hills Library's adult services manager.
Ta-Nehisi Coates writing Captain America series
NEW YORK (AP) — Ta-Nehisi Coates is taking on another comics franchise.
The prize-winning author and journalist says in an announcement this week that he is writing a Captain America series for Marvel. Coates posted an essay about his project on The Atlantic's web site. He wrote that Captain America represented a "kind of Lincolnesque optimism" and that he wanted to explore what made people believe in "The Dream." The first issue comes out in July.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author of “Between the World and Me” and one of the country’s best-known public intellectuals, announced Wednesday he would begin writing the “Captain America” title for Marvel Comics in July.
Coates hopes ‘Black Panther’ hype transfers to comic book
WASHINGTON (AP) — As people gear up for the "Black Panther" movie, Ta-Nehisi Coates wants them to check out the original source, Marvel's Black Panther comic book, where he's booting up a massive outer space adventure for the king of Wakanda.
The award-winning author and journalist, in an interview with The Associated Press, predicted that the Black Panther movie would "be the best Marvel film so far."
Le Guin, Chernow among nominees for PEN literary awards
NEW YORK (AP) — The late Ursula K. Le Guin is among the finalists for a PEN America literary award.
Le Guin, who died earlier this week at age 88, is a nominee for the best book of essays. She was cited for her collection "No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters." Others up for awards include Ta-Nehisi Coates and Kevin Young for the best book of 2017 and Ron Chernow, author of "Grant," for biography.
The recent contretemps between Harvard University professor Cornel West and Ta-Nehisi Coates, the National Book Award-winning author and the nation’s most prominent journalist writing about race, has Black social media riveted and continues to spark national controversy.
Ta-Nehisi Coates deletes widely read Twitter account
NEW YORK (AP) — Ta-Nehisi Coates has had enough.
The influential author and journalist has deleted his widely followed Twitter account, writing "peace, y'all. I'm out." Coates had had a contentious exchange with Cornel West, author of "Race Matters." West had recently called Coates' views on race simplistic and defeatist. He contended that Coates was too uncritical of Barack Obama and was preoccupied with white acceptance.
Stephen Colbert was crestfallen.
The late-night talk show host had just asked Ta-Nehisi Coates if Coates, who has become the go-to person for insights on the messy state of America’s race relations, believed there was a reason for Americans to be optimistic about race relations going forward, to which Coates tersely and unemotionally responded, “No.”
24 receive ‘genius grants’ from MacArthur Foundation
CHICAGO (AP) — A director who has taken opera from the concert hall to the streets of Los Angeles and an organizer who helped put a human face on the plight of young undocumented immigrants are among this year's MacArthur fellows and recipients of the so-called genius grants.
Coates promotes new book ‘We Were Eight Years in Power’
NEW YORK (AP) — On publication day for his new book, Ta-Nehisi Coates had personal and political thoughts to share.
Genealogy show unlocks family secrets for Carly Simon, more
LOS ANGELES (AP) — If there's a bigger cheerleader for genealogy research than Henry Louis Gates Jr. it's unlikely they're nearly as well-connected.
The prominent Harvard professor once again lures the famous and celebrated to PBS' "Finding Your Roots," which shares their ancestry and family stories as uncovered by impressive research and science.
Dunham and Coates, mutual admirers, talk writing and Trump
NEW YORK (AP) — "Girls" creator Lena Dunham and author-essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates, strangers until Monday night, found they had a lot in common.
Especially when the subject was the upcoming presidency of Donald Trump.
"If what has to happen is that I get metaphorically strung up by my toes because I think we were all born equal and beautiful, then that's just what's going to happen," Dunham said.
23 ‘genius’ grants announced by MacArthur foundation
NEW YORK (AP) — Gene Luen Yang, a prize-winning author and the national ambassador for young people's literature, and Claudia Rankine, one of poetry's brightest and most innovative stars, are among this year's 23 MacArthur fellows and recipients of the so-called "genius" grants.
Sean Hannity, David Simon in Twitter tiff
NEW YORK (AP) — Television producer David Simon and Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity are tossing vulgarities at each other on social media.
Review: Blood Orange’s ‘Freetown Sound’ is personal, topical
Blood Orange, "Freetown Sound" (Domino)
"Freetown Sound," the latest from Devonté Hynes A.K.A. Blood Orange, is a fascinating 17-track album approximating an AM radio sound collage of yore, pop hits blending with breaking news bulletins and history capsules.
Hynes, who was in dance-punk band Test Icicles in hometown London before relocating to New York and releasing material as Lightspeed Champion, says his third album as Blood Orange "plays like a long mixtape."