They're the unicorns of the sea: Give the gift of a narwhal

NEW YORK (AP) — Technically speaking, narwhals are Monodon monoceros, or medium-size whales with long spiral tusks protruding from their heads. To fans, the crazy looking arctic creatures are more lik...

Santa's work begins answering Christmas wish mail in Germany

HIMMELPFORT, Germany (AP) — Santa Claus and his helpers have begun answering Christmas letters from children around the world sent to a special post office in the German town of Himmelpfort. ...

When it came to racism, the pen was Stan Lee's superpower

Stan Lee was a seminal part of Miya Crummell's childhood. As a young, black girl and self-professed pop culture geek, she saw Lee was ahead of his time. "At the time, he wrote 'Black...

Hachette Book Group lays off around 2 dozen employees

NEW YORK (AP) — Around two dozen employees will be laid off in a re-organization at Hachette Book Group. The publisher announced Tuesday that various imprints would be consolidated a...

With J.K. Rowling's help, Jude Law builds a new Dumbledore

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Jude Law met with J.K. Rowling about portraying the younger version of Albus Dumbledore, the two discussed how to rebuild the fan-favorite character from the "Harry Potter" fil...

As design element, ode to passion, big books are great gifts

NEW YORK (AP) — Whether as a design element or an ode to a passion or hobby, coffee table books have it covered, especially as holiday gifts. Splashy, special interest books are in a...

The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks-US

iBook charts for week ending November 11, 2018: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher : iBooks US Bestseller List - Paid Books 1. Past Tense by Lee Chi...

The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

Audible.com best-sellers for week ending November 9: Fiction 1. Have a Nice Day by Billy Crystal & Quinton Peeples, narrated by Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, ...

Upcoming Merkel book includes extensive interviews with her

NEW YORK (AP) — An upcoming biography of Angela Merkel will draw upon extensive interviews with the German chancellor and with those who know her. Kati Marton's "A Pastor's Daughter"...

Form Audible to Whole Foods: A look at Amazon's empire

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is hard to escape. Whether you've bought shoes at Zappos, picked up milk at Whole Foods or listened to an audiobook on Audible, you've been caught up in Amazon...

EU court rules taste of food cannot be trademarked

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's highest court hasn't fallen under the spell of Dutch witches' cheese. The European Court of Justice said Tuesday that "the taste of a food produc...

A universe of flawed heroes: Stan Lee was ahead of his time

It became easy, in recent years, to dismiss him as the wisecracking grandpa of the American comic book, a past-his-prime gimmick who cameoed alongside Earth's angstiest superheroes in the high-grossin...

Alexander Hamilton descendant loans heirlooms to museum

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The fifth great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton is loaning some family heirlooms to the Museum of the American Revolution. The items include a Society of the Cinci...

Best-seller Sarah Dessen has new book, new publisher

NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Dessen, one of the country's most popular authors for teenagers, has a new publisher. HarperCollins Publishers announced Monday that it will release Dessen's "T...

Trove of war posters discovered at New Hampshire library

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — One poster in a recently discovered trove vilifies the Nazis with a sword through a Bible and the words "This Is the Enemy." Some encouraged self-sacrifice by promoting recyclin...