Alice Munro, Nobel literature winner revered as short story master, dead at 92

Nobel laureate Alice Munro, the Canadian literary giant who became one of the world’s most esteemed contemporary authors and one of history’s most honored short story writers, has died at age 92. A spokesperson for publisher Penguin Random House Canada said Munro, winner of the Nobel literary prize in 2013, died Monday at home in … Read more

Melinda French Gates to leave Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France on July 01, 2021. Mustafa Yalcin | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Melinda French Gates, the former wife of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, announced on Monday she would resign as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates … Read more

Oprah Winfrey’s new book club pick is Colm Tóibín’s ‘Long Island,’ the sequel to ‘Brooklyn’

NEW YORK — Colm Tóibín’s “Long Island,” the Irish novelist’s follow-up to the prize-winning immigrant tale “Brooklyn,” is Oprah Winfrey’s latest book club pick. “Long Island,” published Tuesday, continues the story of Eilis Lacey, who left Ireland for New York City in the 1950s and is now trapped in an unhappy marriage to Tony Fiorello, … Read more

Jayne Anne Phillips’ novel ‘Night Watch,’ Eboni Booth’s drama ‘Primary Trust’ among Pulitzer winners

Jayne Anne Phillips’ “Night Watch,” a mother-daughter saga set in a West Virginia asylum after the Civil War, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction NEW YORK — Jayne Anne Phillips’ “Night Watch,” a mother-daughter saga set in a West Virginia asylum after the Civil War, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The drama … Read more

‘Miss Peregrine’ author Ransom Riggs to launch new fantasy series, ‘Sunderworld’

NEW YORK — Ransom Riggs’ first new series since the million-selling “Miss Peregrine” books will launch this summer. “Sunderworld, Vol. 1 The Extraordinary Disappointments of Leopold Berry” begins the adventures of a Los Angeles teen who, after his mother’s death, has some surreal encounters in his everyday life. Dutton Books for Young Readers, a Penguin … Read more

‘Shardlake’ is a Tudor-era mystery series. It’s also a win for disabled characters, its star says

LONDON — Matthew Shardlake steps out of the pages of the late C.J. Sansom’s popular historical mystery novels and into a new show, bringing with him disability representation. “We don’t see a lot of leading disabled characters,” says Arthur Hughes, who plays the title character. “Well, we might, but they might not be played by … Read more

Publishing spinoff of ‘Wednesday’ has everything from tarot cards to ‘Woeful Waffles’

NEW YORK — Penguin Random House is teaming with Amazon MGM Studios on a series of books based on “Wednesday,” the Emmy-winning hit about young Wednesday Addams of Addams Family fame. The publisher announced Wednesday (of course) that the series will debut this summer, with upcoming releases including an all-ages coloring book, a young adult … Read more

Rom-com author Emily Henry knows the secret to having a healthy relationship with love

NEW YORK — NEW YORK (AP) — “Nothing forces you to face your demons like falling in love.” And it’s almost always worth it, Emily Henry says during a recent interview ahead of Tuesday’s release of her latest novel, “Funny Story.” She would know, having churned out a new bestselling romance read every year since … Read more

Writer Leonardo Padura chronicles life in Cuba as his detective ‘alter ego’ solves gripping crimes

HAVANA — His novels recount gruesome murders, thefts, scams, bribes and humiliating secrets. But those are not even the most important themes in the stories told by award-winning Cuban writer Leonardo Padura. For the last four decades, Padura, 68, has managed to turn his series of detective thrillers into a social and political chronicle of … Read more

PEN America calls off awards ceremony amid criticism over its response to Israel-Hamas war

NEW YORK — Facing widespread unhappiness over its response to the Israel-Hamas war, the writers’ group PEN America has called off its annual awards ceremony. Dozens of nominees had dropped out of the event, which was to have taken place next week. PEN, a literary and free expression organization, hands out hundreds of thousands of … Read more