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Spanish novel, Portuguese poems win translation awards

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Spanish-language novel and a collection of Portuguese poetry have won prizes for best translated literature. Yuri Herrera’s “Signs Preceding the End of the World,” translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman, won the best translated book Award for fiction on Wednesda...

Updated : 2016.05.05 11:27

Don DeLillo’s new novel considers life after death

“Zero K”  By Don DeLillo  Scribner (288 pages, $26) Don DeLillo’s latest novel toggles between a remote compound in central Asia and the workaday world of New York City. In the bunker an apocaly...

Updated : 2016.05.04 13:31

Fiction by ex-prosecutor tackles campus rape head on

“The Last Good Girl”  By Allison Leotta Touchstone (288 pages, $25) Former federal sex-crimes prosecutor Allison Leotta continues her series featuring her fictional counterpart Anna Curtis in a t...

Updated : 2016.05.04 13:28

New Spenser novel is a 5-alarm thriller

“Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn”  By Ace Atkins G.P. Putnam’s Sons (320 pages, $270) A troubling series of fires in mostly abandoned Boston buildings turns deadly in “Robert B. Parker’s Slow Bu...

Updated : 2016.05.04 13:25

Judy Blume talks Tumblr, possible new book

NEW YORK (AP) -- Judy Blume has many projects on her mind. She recently helped open a bookstore in Key West, Florida, where she lives much of the year. She’s starting to promote the paperback editio...

Updated : 2016.05.04 13:20

Undeterred by rescues, novelist ready to set sail again

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A novelist who was twice rescued from storm-battered sailboats hopes his next adventure lacks in such drama.    South Carolina author Michael Hurley plans to sail around the ...

Updated : 2016.05.04 11:57

Proust’s personal archives headed to auction in Paris

PARIS (AFP) -- Intimate letters, personal photographs and rare manuscripts that once belonged to French writer Marcel Proust will go under the hammer in Paris, Sotheby’s auction house said Monday.   The collection of some 120 items from the “Remembrance of Things Past” author’s perso...

Updated : 2016.05.03 14:10

Cosmo editor Joanna Coles writing guide to modern love

NEW YORK (AP) -- Cosmopolitan editor in chief Joanna Coles is working on a “no-nonsense” guide to some very old subjects in a very new world: sex and intimacy. Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, told the Associated Press on Monday that it plans to release a book by Coles in...

Updated : 2016.05.03 13:34

Study of body-mind mysteries wins Wellcome Book Prize

LONDON (AP) -- Neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan won the medically themed Wellcome Book Prize on Monday with “It’s All in Your Head,” an exploration of the mysteries of psychosomatic illness. O’Sullivan beat five other finalists to take the 30,000 pound ($43,000) prize, which aims to br...

Updated : 2016.04.27 15:20

Irish writer O’Connor and the strange music of unhappy families

TOULOUSE, France (AFP) - When the Irish novelist Joseph O’Connor reads his books aloud he almost sings them. Like his sister, the singer Sinead O’Connor, he is forever searching for “musicality.” ...

Updated : 2016.04.27 11:55

‘A seder goes hilariously wrong in author Brenda Janowitz’s novel

“The Dinner Party”  By Brenda Janowitz St. Martin’s Griffin (288 pages, $15.99 paper) Sylvia Gold, an upwardly mobile doctor’s wife in Greenwich, Conn., is in a tizzy. Her overachiever med stud...

Updated : 2016.04.27 11:45

Polish women prisoners of Nazi camp were no lilacs

“Lilac Girls”  By Martha Hall Kelly  Ballantine Books (496 pages, $26) Martha Hall Kelly stumbled on the idea that would lead to her debut novel, “Lilac Girls,” when she decided to take a tour ...

Updated : 2016.04.27 11:43

Miami author bakes her way through life

“Life without a Recipe”  By Diana Abu-Jaber Norton (272 pages, $26.95) Diana Abu-Jaber has spent years carving out a life as a successful writer, struggling to reconcile the competing voices in h...

Updated : 2016.04.27 11:42

Millennium sequel to be written in American detective fiction style

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Swedish author David Lagercrantz, who took over the Millennium crime series from the late Stieg Larsson, said the fifth book will be written in a straight-talking style popularized by Raymond Chandler. But in an interview with the Swedish daily newspaper DN published Tue...

Updated : 2016.04.21 11:49

Novelist Han Kang shortlisted for Man Booker Prize

Korean writer Han Kang has been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize for her novel “The Vegetarian,” becoming the first Korean writer to be considered for the prestigious literary acco...

Updated : 2016.04.14 14:42