Edmund White to receive honorary National Book Award
Winning an honorary National Book Award has Edmund White thinking about the more pleasurable moments of the writing life.
"Everybody always complains about it, but it occurred to me the...
Beyonce, Sinatra among those on Obama summer song playlist
NEW YORK (AP) — The Obama summer playlist has everyone from Drake and Beyonce to Steely Dan and Frank Sinatra. The former president calls it "some new, some old, some fast, some...
Paule Marshall, novelist of diverse influences, dead at 90
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...
Morrison appreciated for giving black women a voice
Random House senior editor Porscha Burke keeps a copy of the Toni Morrison-edited The Black Book — an expansive encyclopedia on the accomplishments of African-Americans — on her desk at work, not...
BALTIMORE (AP) — The news of Toni Morrison's death led a west Baltimore artist to create his own version of an ancestral shrine.
The Baltimore Sun reports that 50-year-old Ernest Shaw Jr....
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oprah Winfrey praised her late friend and idol, Toni Morrison, hailing the best-selling author's "confidence and self-assuredness and nobility."
NEW YORK (AP) — When author Angela Flournoy was asked to dress as her favorite literary character for a magazine shoot four years ago, she knew how to look the part: a wide and "severe hat," a fur...
Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88
NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in "Beloved," ''Sula" and other works transformed American letters by...
NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, who transformed modern literature, has died.
World mourns the death of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison
NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in "Beloved," ''Song of Solomon" and other works transformed American...
NEW YORK (AP) — Notable quotes by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, who died Monday at age 88
"If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it,"...
Writer Toni Morrison remembered, celebrated in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison is being remembered in Chicago as a "transcendent voice" who captured the imagination of readers around the globe.
NEW YORK (AP) — Robert L. Bernstein, a publishing executive and human rights activist who presided over a generation of dynamic growth at Random House and advocated for dissidents around the...
Van der Vliet Oloomi’s ‘Call Me Zebra’ wins PEN/Faulkner
NEW YORK (AP) — Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi's "Call Me Zebra," a novel of exile and literary theory, is this year's winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction.
NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison is being honored this spring by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
The academy announced Monday that Morrison, celebrated for such novels...
NEW YORK (AP) — Conceptual artist Charles Gaines is this year's winner of the Edward MacDowell Medal, an honor previously given to Robert Frost and Toni Morrison among others.
At Sundance, powerhouse documentaries will be everywhere
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For documentary filmmakers, there's no place like the Sundance Film Festival.
The mountainside festival which kicks off Thursday in Park City, Utah, has become known for...
Oprah Winfrey praises Toni Morrison at Manhattan dinner gala
NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey was in town to praise one of her idols, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison.
"It's impossible to actually imagine the American literary landscape without a Toni Morrison," Winfrey said Tuesday night during a dinner gala in downtown Manhattan hosted by the Center for Fiction, which named Morrison the winner of a lifetime achievement award. "She is our conscience, she is our seer, she is our truth-teller."
A look at the books which have inspired literary classics
NEW YORK (AP) — Behind every great book are the books which influenced it.
The "micro-learning" app and platform blinkist.com has been compiling literary sources for such classics as "A Clockwork Orange," ''Oliver Twist" and "1984." Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" was inspired by each of her parents — William Godwin's "An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice" and Mary Wollstonecraft's "A Vindication of the Rights of Women."
Winfrey to present literary award to Toni Morrison
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest prize for Nobel laureate Toni Morrison will be presented by Oprah Winfrey.
The Center for Fiction announced Thursday that Morrison will receive a lifetime achievement honor for "Excellence in Fiction."
Winfrey, who has chosen such Morrison novels as "Song of Solomon" and "Paradise" for her book club, will introduce the author during a Dec. 11 dinner ceremony.
New Jersey Hall of Fame breaks ground at American Dream site
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Hall of Fame is on its way toward getting a new home.
Officials broke ground on Wednesday at a site in the American Dream megamall and entertainment complex at the Meadowlands.
The museum has been mobile for its 10-year existence. Among its more than 140 inductees are Frank Sinatra, Paul Robeson, Meryl Streep, Toni Morrison and Bruce Springsteen.
Isabel Allende to receive honorary National Book Award medal
NEW YORK (AP) — Isabel Allende, winner of an honorary National Book Award, sees no reason to discuss her legacy.
"I think legacy is a very masculine word," the author known for "The House of the Spirits" and other novels told The Associated Press during a recent telephone interview. "I don't think women think in terms of legacy very much. We're more practical and we know trends don't last for too long. People and things are forgotten. I am just very happy to have so many readers right now."
NEW YORK (AP) — "Maus" cartoonist Art Spiegelman is this year's winner of the Edward MacDowell Medal for lifetime achievement.
The honor was announced on Sunday by the venerable MacDowell artist colony, based in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
MacDowell chairman Michael Chabon says in a statement that Spiegelman, the first medal recipient honored for graphic novels, was a pioneer in making comics respected as an art form. He calls his work "personal and world historical."
NEW YORK (AP) — Prize-winning novelists Jesmyn Ward and N. Scott Momaday are among this year's winners of Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, given for works that highlight race and diversity.
10 emerging writers receive $50,000 Whiting Awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Ten emerging writers, a mix of poets, dramatists and fiction and nonfiction authors, were the winners of this year's $50,000 Whiting Awards on Wednesday night.
Nobel laureate Toni Morrison was scheduled to speak at the ceremony in Manhattan, but could not attend because of a snowstorm that pounded much of the Northeast.
After an ‘OscarsSoWhite’ kind of Barrymores, Philly theater questions the best way to be inclusive
On the surface, the current theater scene in Philadelphia seems diverse — in some cases, audaciously so.
CHICAGO (AP) — More than 5,600 of Studs Terkel's radio interview programs on the Chicago station WFMT will be released to the public.
The Studs Terkel Radio Archive will launch May 16, the 106th birthday of the late author, activist and oral historian. Terkel died in 2008 at age 96. The archive will be available on studsterkel.org.
Horror master Stephen King to receive PEN America award
NEW YORK (AP) — There's a whiff of horror about PEN America's new Literary Service Award winner — it's Stephen King.
The literary and human rights organization will honor King with the award May 22 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The Bangor, Maine, resident's new novel, "The Outsider," is being published on that date.
Debut novelist among winners of American Book Awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Debut novelist Yaa Gyasi and longtime author-activist Nancy Mercado are among this year's winners of American Book Awards for contributions to diversity in American literature.
NEW YORK (AP) — Toni Morrison moderating a discussion about writing in the Soviet Union. Joan Didion defending Salman Rushdie against an Iranian death decree. Pablo Neruda explaining the role of the Latin America author.
NEW YORK (AP) — Imbolo Mbue, whose debut novel "Behold the Dreamers" is Oprah Winfrey's latest selection, owes her career in part to the talk-show host.
NEW YORK (AP) — Toni Morrison praised the power of literature and the "community" of writers. James Patterson told some jokes, and even sang.
Both received Distinguished Service Awards Wednesday night at the 25th annual Authors Guild dinner gala, held in Manhattan. The Guild, which represents thousands of published writers, also gave a service award to the heads of the self-publishing platform IngramSpark.
NEW YORK (AP) — David Lynch is this year's winner of the Edward MacDowell Medal in the Arts, a prize bestowed by the venerable MacDowell Colony for artists.
MacDowell officials announced Sunday that the maker of such acclaimed films as "Mulholland Drive" and "Blue Velvet" and the TV series "Twin Peaks" will receive the medal Aug. 13 at a public ceremony at the colony, based in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Princeton University, among several U.S. colleges re-examining its complicated racial legacy, announced Tuesday it will name two campus spaces for black ex-faculty members, including Nobel laureate Toni Morrison.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Nobel literature laureate Toni Morrison is collecting another prestigious prize.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist is scheduled to be presented with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Emerson-Thoreau Medal.
The prize was established in 1958 and is awarded to individuals to recognize a lifetime of literary achievements.
NEW YORK (AP) — A highly praised and proudly off-beat literary magazine, where contributors have ranged from Nick Hornby and Anne Carson to Leslie Jamison and Daniel Handler, is changing ownership.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A bill inspired by former "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi to cap what state public universities can pay to speakers was approved by lawmakers Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk.
The Democrat-controlled Assembly unanimously passed the legislation to cap the spending of state money at $10,000. The legislation is now up for consideration by Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who has disparaged the MTV reality show as bad for the state's image.
Marilynne Robinson honored with Library of Congress American fiction prize
Marilynne Robinson, the lauded essayist and novelist who was born and raised in North Idaho, will be honored with a program next month at the Library of Congress.
Elahe Izadi & Emily Yahr, (c) 2017, The Washington Post
Much of the Grammys skirted around the current politically fraught climate, despite the entertainment world having no shortage of liberal performers.
Toni Morrison receives Bellow award for lifetime achievement
NEW YORK (AP) — Toni Morrison received a lifetime achievement award Thursday night from the PEN American Center, a ceremony of music and words that ended with a special treat from the guest of honor: An excerpt from a novel in progress.
Dylan’s music increases by 500 percent following Nobel win
NEW YORK (AP) — Following Bob Dylan's win for the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature, the singer-songwriter's music has increased by more than 500 percent on Spotify.
A day after Dylan's win, the digital music platform said Friday that streams for his songs jumped by 512 percent globally. His most-listened song after earning the prize was "Like a Rolling Stone," which was increased by 258 percent.
Something is happening: Bob Dylan wins Nobel in literature
NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Dylan, Nobel laureate. In the book world's equivalent of a Supreme Court ruling, the Nobel judges declared Thursday that Dylan is not just a rock star but a poet of the very highest order.
Dylan, 75, becomes the first musician in the 115-year history of the Nobel to win the prize in literature. He was honored for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."
Oct. 9, 1888: Washington Monument opens for public admittance.
Oct. 6, 1889: Thomas Edison shows his first motion picture.
Oct. 5, 1941: First presidential address televised from White House (Harry S Truman).
Oct. 5, 1992: U.S. Air goes on strike.
Oct. 6, 1996: Bob Dole and President Bill Clinton meet in their first debate.
Oct. 7, 1997: Nobel Prize for literature awarded to Toni Morrison.
Oct. 8, 2001: U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the office of Homeland Security.
Robert Caro to receive honorary National Book Award medal
NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Caro is this year's winner of a National Book Award medal for lifetime achievement, given for "Distinguished Contribution to American Letters."