Fiction

December 05, 2017 - 8:15 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Prize-winning novelist Jonathan Lethem has a new publisher and a planned book that returns him to the style of his breakthrough "Motherless Brooklyn." Ecco told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Lethem's "The Feral Detective" comes out next fall. Ecco, a HarperCollins imprint, is...
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December 04, 2017 - 10:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Patti Smith and Salman Rushdie have compared notes on everything from the writing process to how they cope in the age of President Donald Trump. The two were guests at the annual "Chairman's Evening" hosted by the MacDowell artist colony Monday night at the Whitney Museum in...
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November 30, 2017 - 3:27 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawsuit alleges that author Emma Cline plagiarized parts of her bestselling novel "The Girls" from an ex-boyfriend by spying on his email and other accounts. Cline vehemently denies the claims and filed a countersuit. She says the plagiarism allegations are the "ludicrous" acts...
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November 27, 2017 - 2:24 pm
NEWTON, N.J. (AP) — Wizards and muggles have turned out in droves for a Harry Potter-themed celebration in a small community, so much so the town is now looking to turn it into an annual event. Spring Street in Newton was transformed on Saturday into Diagon Alley, the magical market from the J.K...
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Writer Jesmyn Ward attends the 68th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street on Nov. 15, 2017, in New York. Ward's "Sing, Unburied, Sing," a surreal and poetic novel about a struggling family in Mississippi, on Wednesday night won the National Book Award for fiction. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
November 15, 2017 - 11:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jesmyn Ward's "Sing, Unburied, Sing," a surreal and poetic novel about a struggling family in Mississippi, on Wednesday night won the National Book Award for fiction. It was the second time Ward received the fiction prize: She won in 2011 for "Salvage the Bones." Masha Gessen's "The...
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FILE - In this B/W file photo dated Oct. 27, 1960, a queue forms outside The Old Bailey Central Criminal Court, in London, for admission to the public gallery where the "Lady Chatterley's Lover" case is resuming. The towering legal figure who helped liberalize British laws around sex and freedom of expression, successfully defending Penguin Books against obscenity charges for publishing D.H. Lawrence's novel "Lady Chatterley's Lover", the lawyer Jeremy Hutchinson died Monday Nov. 13, 2017, aged 102. (AP Photo, FILE)
November 14, 2017 - 12:55 pm
LONDON (AP) — Lawyer Jeremy Hutchinson, a towering legal figure who helped liberalize British laws around sex and freedom of expression, has died. He was 102. Hutchinson's former law firm, Three Raymond Buildings, said Tuesday that he died a day earlier. No cause of death was given. In 1960 he was...
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November 13, 2017 - 2:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon says it has acquired the global television rights to "The Lord of the Rings," based on the fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, with a multi-season commitment. Set in Middle Earth, this TV series will explore new story lines preceding Tolkien's "The Fellowship of the Ring." The...
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November 13, 2017 - 12:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Penn is writing a novel about a "divorced, disillusioned man." And, yes, he did once release an audiobook under the pseudonym "Pappy Pariah." Atria Books told The Associated Press on Monday that Penn's "Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff" will come out March 27. The novel builds upon...
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November 07, 2017 - 8:07 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia clashed with Western nations Tuesday over a report blaming Syria for a deadly chemical weapons attack, with Moscow dismissing its findings as "mythical or invented" and the U.S. backing its finger-pointing at President Bashar Assad's regime. The debate in the Security...
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In this Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 photo, co-creator of a fiction-writing 'chatbot,' Massachusetts Institute of Technology postdoctoral associate Pinar Yanardag, of Istanbul, Turkey, sits for a photograph in front of a graphic from the home page of the site called "Shelley." Named after "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley, the chatbot has been trained on more than 140,000 horror stories written by amateur writers on a popular online forum. Now Shelley is generating its own stories on Twitter, taking turns with humans in an experiment to find out if artificial intelligence is smart enough to make someone feel scared. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
October 30, 2017 - 9:55 am
Don't throw away your Stephen King collection just yet. But the Master of the Macabre might want to keep an eye out behind him, because scientists have just unleashed a nightmare machine on a mission to churn out its own bone-chilling tales. MIT researchers have applied the electrodes and brought...
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