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Judge in Maryland strikes down library e-book law

NEW YORK (AP) — In a legal case closely watched by libraries and the publishing industry, a federal judge in Maryland struck down a state law requiring publishers to make e-books available on “reasona...

Two rare Shirley Jackson stories published this week

NEW YORK (AP) — Shirley Jackson had a gift for evoking the depths of anxiety in the space it might take to summarize a baseball game. Two very brief and previously unreleased stories...

Brian Selznick's 'Big Tree' to be published next spring

NEW YORK (AP) — Brian Selznick's next book was inspired in part by a famous friend, Steven Spielberg. Billed by publisher Scholastic as a “love letter to the natural world,” Selznic...

'Unburnable' copy of Handmaid's Tale auctioned for $130,000

NEW YORK (AP) — A specially commissioned, unburnable edition of Margaret Atwood's “The Handmaid's Tale" has been auctioned for $130,000, Sotheby's announced Tuesday. Proceeds will be...

Winfrey picks Leila Mottley's 'Nightcrawling' for book club

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey has chosen 19-year-old Leila Mottley's “Nightcrawling,” a debut novel about a young Black woman from East Oakland and her battles with poverty, racism and the police, for...

Rocker Ronnie Hawkins, dies at 87, patron of Canadian rock

Ronnie Hawkins, a brash rockabilly star from Arkansas who became a patron of the Canadian music scene after moving north and recruiting a handful of local musicians later known as the Band, has died. ...

Literary 'superagent' Mort Janklow dies at 91

NEW YORK (AP) — Mort Janklow, a colorful former corporate attorney who raised high the power of the literary agent as he brokered big advances for publishing, political and entertainment leaders, from...

PEN America honors activists, artists and dissidents

NEW YORK (AP) — From an imprisoned Ukranian journalist to a high school activist in Florida, PEN America paid tribute Monday night to democracy and free expression and warned about the dangers faced i...

Burn-proof edition of 'The Handmaid's Tale' up for auction

NEW YORK (AP) — Margaret Atwood has imagined apocalyptic disaster, Dystopian government and an author faking her own death. But until recently she had spared herself the nightmare of trying to burn on...

Longtime New Yorker writer, editor Roger Angell dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Angell, the celebrated baseball writer and reigning man of letters who during an unfaltering 70-plus years helped define The New Yorker’s urbane wit and style through his essays,...

Geena Davis memoir 'Dying of Politeness' comes out in fall

NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar winner Geena Davis has a memoir coming out this fall, titled “Dying of Politeness,” and described by the actor as her “journey to badassery.” HarperOne, an impr...

Joshua Cohen, the late Winfred Rembert win arts Pulitzers

NEW YORK (AP) — Joshua Cohen's “The Netanyahus,” a comic and rigorous campus novel based on the true story of the father of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeking a job in academia, ...

Midge Decter, leading neo-conservative, dead at 94

NEW YORK (AP) — Midge Decter, a leading neoconservative writer and commentator who in blunt and tenacious style helped lead the right’s attack in the culture wars as she opposed the rise of feminism, ...

Author’s plagiarism essay pulled after more plagiarism found

NEW YORK (AP) — An author's online essay on why she used plagiarized material in a novel pulled earlier this year has itself been removed after editors found she had again lifted material. ...

A second JD Vance book falls through, publisher says

NEW YORK (AP) — A second book by “Hillbilly Elegy” author and U.S. Senate candidate JD Vance that had been under contract with Harper has been called off, the publisher told The Associated Press Thurs...