Carl Reiner, comedy’s rare untortured genius, dies at 98

NEW YORK (AP) — No one in the world of comedy was more admired, and loved, than Carl Reiner. Reiner was the rare untortured genius of comedy, his career a story of laughter and camar...

Charles Webb, author of 'The Graduate,' dies in England

Charles Webb, a lifelong non-conformist whose debut novel “The Graduate” was a deadpan satire of his college education and wealthy background adapted into the classic film of the same name, has died. ...

Pirated editions of John Bolton memoir have appeared online

NEW YORK (AP) — John Bolton's memoir officially comes out Tuesday after surviving a security review and a legal challenge from the Justice Department. But over the weekend, it was available in ways ev...

Book Critics Circle officials resign, citing privacy breach

NEW YORK (AP) — The president and five other board members of the National Book Critics Circle have resigned amid allegations of racism and violations of privacy. Laurie Hertzel, wh...

Floyd’s death hastens shift in police pop culture portrayals

NEW YORK (AP) — Gary Phillips, a prize-winning crime novelist from Los Angeles, grew up on TV shows that showed a world nothing like the one he lived in. "I watched them all, ‘Dragne...

Top officials at Poetry Foundation resign amid criticisms

NEW YORK (AP) — Two top officials at one of the country's leading poetry organizations have stepped down amid criticism over its response to the protests against police violence and racism. ...

Herbert Stempel, TV quiz show whistleblower, dies at 93

NEW YORK (AP) — Herbert Stempel, a fall guy and whistleblower of early television whose confession to deliberately losing on a 1950s quiz show helped drive a national scandal and join his name in hist...

Simon & Schuster names Jonathan Karp as new CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — Jonathan Karp, who has worked with authors ranging from Sen. Edward Kennedy to Susan Orlean, has been named the new CEO of Simon & Schuster. He replaces Carolyn Reidy, who died two...

Astrid Kirchherr, photographer of the Beatles, dead at 81

NEW YORK (AP) — Astrid Kirchherr, the German photographer who shot some of the earliest and most striking images of the Beatles and had a lasting impact on their visual style, has died at age 81. ...

Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy dies at 71, company says

NEW YORK (AP) — Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy died of a heart attack Tuesday morning. She was 71. Her death was announced by Dennis Eulau, the company’s chief operating off...

Robert Caro writes, and waits, during the COVID-19 outbreak

NEW YORK (AP) — On most days since the coronavirus spread through Manhattan, Robert Caro has held to a familiar routine. He rises early, walks to his office down the street, spends hours on the fifth ...

Colson Whitehead's 'The Nickel Boys' wins Pulitzer Prize

NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead became the rare author to receive Pulitzers for consecutive books when his novel about a brutal Florida reform school during the Jim Crow era, “The Nickel Boys,” was a...

John Bolton book again delayed, this time to June 23

NEW YORK (AP) — John Bolton's book has again been delayed, according to listings on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble, both of which say “What Happened In the Room” has been pushed back from May 12 to...

Film adaptation of new 'Hunger Games' book is in the works.

NEW YORK (AP) — The next “Hunger Games” book is coming out next month, and a movie version is now being planned. Lionsgate is working on an adaptation of Suzanne Collins' “The Balla...

Robert Loomis, editor of Angelou, Styron, dies at 93

NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Loomis, a blue-chip editor of old-fashioned sense and persistence who in more than 50 years at Random House encouraged, prodded and befriended William Styron, Maya Angelou, Calv...