Literary fiction

Author Elizabeth Spencer is pictured in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in front of a personal library in 2005. Spencer died on Dec. 22, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at age 98, according to the playwright Craig Lucas. (News Observer via AP, File)
December 24, 2019 - 11:50 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Elizabeth Spencer, a grande dame of Southern literature who bravely navigated between the Jim Crow past and open-ended present in her novels and stories including the celebrated novella "Light In the Piazza," has died at 98. Spencer, who sometimes went by her married name Elizabeth...
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Literature laureate 2019 Peter Handke during the Nobel banquet at Stockholm City Hall, in Stockholm on Tuesday Dec. 10, 2019. (Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency via AP)
December 11, 2019 - 7:39 am
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Nobel Literature Prize laureate Peter Handke was on Wednesday proclaimed persona non grata in the Bosnian capital for his apologist views toward Serb war crimes during the war in the 1990s. Sarajevo's regional parliament also denounced the Swedish Academy for...
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FILE -- In this March 23, 2016 photo Austrian author Peter Handke arrives for an award ceremony in Stuttgart, Germany. The winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize in literature is Austrian author Peter Handke. (Daniel Maurer/dpa via AP, file)
October 10, 2019 - 11:09 am
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the 2019 Nobel Prizes (all times local): 5 p.m. Kosovo has reacted angrily to the awarding of the Nobel Prize to Austrian writer Peter Handke. Vlora Citaku, Kosovo ambassador to the United States, tweeted that "In a world full of brilliant writers, the...
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This combination photo shows author Ta-Nehisi Coates at the The Gordon Parks Foundation Annual Awards Gala in New York on May 22, 2018, left, and Oprah Winfrey at an event to announce new Apple products in Cupertino, Calif. on March 25, 2019. Winfrey has selected Ta-Nehisi Coates’ novel “The Water Dancer” as her next book club pick. (AP Photo)
September 23, 2019 - 10:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Ta-Nehisi Coates' first novel, "The Water Dancer," has been a long and eventful journey. Begun a decade ago, his chronicle of a slave with an extraordinary memory who joins the Underground Railroad is the result of countless drafts, a shift from multiple narrators to a single voice...
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September 13, 2019 - 7:09 pm
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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2017 file picture Hungarian writer, sociologist Gyorgy Konrad attends the funeral of Hungarian film director Karoly Makk in Budapest. Gyorgy Konrad died on Friday, Sept 13, 2019 at the age of 86. (Lajos Soos/MTI via AP)
September 13, 2019 - 3:15 pm
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Gyorgy Konrad, a writer and sociologist who was an iconic figure in Hungary's dissident movement while the country was under communist rule, has died at 86. Konrad's family said he had been gravely ill and died Friday at home in Budapest. Known internationally for books...
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Canadian author Margaret Atwood speaks during a press conference at the British Library to launch her new book 'The Testaments' in London, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
September 10, 2019 - 2:46 pm
LONDON (AP) — Margaret Atwood often gets asked if "The Testaments," her sequel to "The Handmaid's Tale," is set in a dystopian world. "Let us hope so," she says drily. The Canadian author noted as her new novel was published with a ferocious blast of publicity Tuesday that several U.S. states...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2016, file photo, novelist Nicholas Sparks attends a special screening in Los Angeles. The trial is getting underway, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in a lawsuit that accuses Sparks of defaming the former headmaster of a private Christian school he founded in North Carolina. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
August 21, 2019 - 4:48 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit by the former headmaster of the school founded by novelist Nicholas Sparks (all times local): 4:45 p.m. A federal jury has sided with novelist Nicholas Sparks and the private Christian school he founded in his North Carolina hometown, dismissing claims...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2016, file photo, novelist Nicholas Sparks attends a special screening in Los Angeles. The trial is getting underway, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in a lawsuit that accuses Sparks of defaming the former headmaster of a private Christian school he founded in North Carolina. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
August 21, 2019 - 1:42 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal jury is deciding whether the former head of a private Christian school that novelist Nicholas Sparks founded in his North Carolina hometown was unjustly fired, then slandered when the author said the educator suffered from mental illness. Jurors began deliberating...
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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 1991 file photo, author Paule Marshall poses during an interview, in New York. The acclaimed fiction writer has died at 90. Marshall’s son, Evan K. Marshall, told The Associated Press that she died Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 in Richmond, Va. Marshall was an exuberant and sharpened storyteller who drew upon classic and vernacular literature and her mother's kitchen conversations for such fiction as "Brown Girl, Brownstones," "Daughters" and "Praisesong for the Widow.” (AP Photo, File)
August 16, 2019 - 5:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Paule Marshall, an exuberant and sharpened storyteller who in fiction such as "Daughters" and "Brown Girl, Brownstones" drew upon classic and vernacular literature and her mother's kitchen conversations to narrate the divides between blacks and whites, men and women and modern and...
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