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...
Beckett manuscript could fetch $1.2M at auction
2013-06-02 05:18:19 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Sotheby's says the manuscript of Irish writer Samuel Beckett's first novel could fetch more than $1.2 million at auction next month.
The six exercise books contain the text of "Murphy" as well as notes, doodles and sketches of f...
DC marks Superman's 75th anniversary with logo
2013-06-01 05:41:35 UTC
What to get Superman for his 75th birthday? DC Entertainment's starting with a new logo.
The company, part of Warner Bros. Entertainment, unveiled the new logo in honor of Superman's 75th anniversary. It ties in the iconic character's famil...
Title of new Bridget Jones novel revealed
2013-05-28 16:40:27 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Everyone's favorite literary singleton will return in a new novel entitled "Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy."
Publishers disclosed the title of Helen Fielding's forthcoming book on Tuesday.
It continues the comic saga of dia...
Israeli author Amos Oz wins Franz Kafka prize
2013-05-27 18:03:19 UTC
PRAGUE (AP) — Acclaimed Israeli author Amos Oz has won the prestigious Franz Kafka Prize in the Czech Republic.
An international jury that included prominent German literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki selected Oz for the prize, which is awar...
Burkina Faso soldiers in Mali worry about defense
2013-05-26 15:49:53 UTC
TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — African soldiers in the fabled city of Timbuktu worry their equipment, training and circumstances are not adequate to defend against another takeover by Islamic extremists who know the terrain as a double bombing by r...
Rare Superman comic found in house insulation
2013-05-25 05:43:49 UTC
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It's considered the Holy Grail of comic books: Action Comics No. 1 from 1938, featuring the debut of Superman. And David Gonzales found one mixed in with old newspapers insulating a house he was renovating in a small town in...
Journalist and author Haynes Johnson dies at 81
2013-05-25 05:18:27 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Haynes Johnson, a pioneering Washington journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the civil rights movement and migrated from newspapers to television, books and teaching, died Friday. He was 81.
Brown hounded for calling Manila 'gates of hell'
2013-05-25 05:05:04 UTC
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Dan Brown's description of Manila as "the gates of hell" in the American novelist's latest book has not gone down well with officials in the Philippine capital.
The book "Inferno," which is being sold in the Philipp...
Tunisia announces 3 cases of coronavirus, 1 death
2013-05-23 04:49:32 UTC
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A 66-year-old Tunisian man has died from the new coronavirus following a visit to Saudi Arabia and two of his adult children were infected with it, the Tunisian Health Ministry reported.
His sons were treated and h...
Beatles' lyrics headed for British Library
2013-05-22 17:53:37 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Shakespeare, the Magna Carta — and now some of John Lennon's finest lyrics.
The British Library on Wednesday added substantially to its already formidable collection with handwritten lyrics to Beatles' classics "Strawberry F...
Harry Potter book with author notes sold for $228K
2013-05-22 05:10:19 UTC
LONDON (AP) — For fans of the boy wizard, this could be the most coveted copy of all the "Harry Potter" books in the world.
A first edition copy of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" that contains author J.K. Rowling's notes and origi...