Robert Caro to receive honorary National Book Award medal
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Robert Caro to receive honorary National Book Award medal

NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Caro is this year’s winner of a National Book Award medal for lifetime achievement, given for “Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.” The 80-year-old historian, known for his epic, acclaimed biographies of former President Lyndon Johnson and municipal builder Robert Moses, was praised Wednesday by the National Book Foundation for his … Continue reading

Robert Caro to receive honorary National Book Award medal
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Robert Caro to receive honorary National Book Award medal

NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Caro is this year’s winner of a National Book Award medal for lifetime achievement, given for “Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.” The 80-year-old historian, known for his epic, acclaimed biographies of former President Lyndon Johnson and municipal builder Robert Moses, was praised Wednesday by the National Book Foundation for his … Continue reading

E-book from libertarian Gary Johnson coming Sept. 27
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E-book from libertarian Gary Johnson coming Sept. 27

NEW YORK (AP) — A new campaign book is coming out at the end of September, from Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Broadside, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Johnson’s”Common Sense for the Common Good: Libertarianism as the End of Two-Party Tyranny” will be released as an e-book on Sept. 27. A hardcover edition, with additional material, will be published in … Continue reading

Review: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ satisfies in superhero summer
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Review: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ satisfies in superhero summer

It’s a bit of bad timing for “X-Men: Apocalypse” coming third in this summer’s superhero lineup. Director Bryan Singer invigorates his latest X-Men film with vintage 1980s charm in an origin story about how the mutant supergroup unites and divides in response to the villain Apocalypse. And while battles between heroes are an X-Men tradition, … Continue reading

Dig at theater where Shakespeare worked uncovers a surprise
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Dig at theater where Shakespeare worked uncovers a surprise

LONDON (AP) — London’s relentless building boom has dug up another chunk of the city’s history — one with a surprise for scholars of Shakespearean theater. Archaeologists are excavating the remains of the Curtain, a 16th-century playhouse where some of the Bard’s plays were first staged, before a new apartment tower sprouts on the site. … Continue reading

JK Rowling honored by PEN for literary and humanitarian work
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JK Rowling honored by PEN for literary and humanitarian work

NEW YORK (AP) — J.K. Rowling’s passion for free expression is so strong it extends to someone she’d otherwise not care to discuss: Donald Trump. Speaking Monday night before hundreds gathered for PEN America’s annual gala at the American Museum of Natural History, the “Harry Potter” creator noted that she opposed a recent petition calling … Continue reading

What’s missing in the millennial skillset?
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What’s missing in the millennial skillset?

One thing is clear: millennials – those born after 1980 – are the world’s future, and they’ve already made significant contributions. Social media alone wouldn’t be what it is today without millennial entrepreneurs, for example. “It’s not just technology defining the youngest working-age population, it’s also a distinct optimism and a desire to do work … Continue reading

Punk mainstays NOFX add best-selling book to achievements
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Punk mainstays NOFX add best-selling book to achievements

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Punk rock mainstays NOFX have been defying music industry trends for three decades. Now its members can add a new achievement to their unlikely success story: Best-selling authors. The collaborative autobiography “Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories” reached No. 9 on the New York Times best seller list for paperback nonfiction this … Continue reading

Royalty, Obama & fans mark 400 years since Shakespeare died
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Royalty, Obama & fans mark 400 years since Shakespeare died

LONDON (AP) — If all the world’s a stage, William Shakespeare is its architect. The playwright died 400 years ago Saturday, but remains the world’s most famous writer, living on through endlessly reinterpreted plays and globally known characters, including the tormented prince Hamlet and the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet . The long-dead Bard is … Continue reading

Hungary’s Nobel-winning author Imre Kertesz laid to rest
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Hungary’s Nobel-winning author Imre Kertesz laid to rest

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Imre Kertesz, the Hungarian writer who won the 2002 Nobel Prize for Literature, was laid to rest Friday in the National Burial Garden in Budapest’s Kerepesi Cemetery. “Fatelessness,” his most famous book, was based largely on his teenage experiences in Nazi death camps. Kertesz’s work frequently reflected on the fate of … Continue reading

Ferrante, Pamuk up for Man Booker International Prize
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Ferrante, Pamuk up for Man Booker International Prize

LONDON (AP) — Elusive Italian author Elena Ferrante and Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk are among six finalists for the Man Booker International Prize for fiction. Ferrante’s Neapolitan tale “The Story of the Lost Child” and Pamuk’s Istanbul-set “A Strangeness in My Mind” are on a shortlist, announced Thursday, that includes books from Asia, Africa … Continue reading