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Remember Pappy Pariah? Sean Penn has written a novel

NEW YORK — 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 an audiobook from …

Richard Wilbur, Pulitzer Prize winning poet, dies at 96

Richard Wilbur, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator who intrigued and delighted generations of readers and theatregoers through his rhyming editions of Moliere and his own verse on memory, writing and nature, has died. He was 96. Wilbur’s friend, poet Dana Gioia, said he died Saturday night with his family by his side. The U.S. …

British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Literature Prize

NEW YORK — Kazuo Ishiguro, the Japanese-born British novelist who in “The Remains of the Day,” “Never Let Me Go” and other novels captured memory’s lasting pain and dangerous illusions in precise and elegant prose, won the Nobel Literature Prize. The selection of the 62-year-old Ishiguro marked a return to citing fiction writers following two …

Coates promotes new book ‘We Were Eight Years in Power’

NEW YORK — On publication day for his new book, Ta-Nehisi Coates had personal and political thoughts to share. The award-winning author and journalist spoke before hundreds of people gathered Tuesday night at the New School in Manhattan, discussing his rise from obscurity to fame over the past few years and the country’s transition from …

Tom Petty, down to earth rock superstar, dies at 66

Tom Petty, an old-fashioned rock superstar and everyman who drew upon the Byrds, the Beatles and other bands he worshipped as a boy and produced new classics such as “Free Fallin,’ “Refugee” and “American Girl,” has died. He was 66. Petty died Monday night at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles a day after he …

Susan Vreeland, who blended fiction, visual art, dies at 71

NEW YORK— Susan Vreeland, a popular and well-regarded novelist who blended her love for literature and visual art in “Girl in Hyacinth Blue” and other works of fiction, has died at age 71. Vreeland’s agent Barbara Braun said the author died Aug. 23 in San Diego after undergoing heart surgery. “She remained optimistic until the …

Novel removed from independent stores’ bestseller list

NEW YORK— A fantasy novel removed from a New York Times bestseller list because of suspicious sales has been pulled from a chart compiled by the American Booksellers Association. The association announced Tuesday that Lani Sarem’s “Handbook for Mortals” will not appear on its young adult list for the week ending Aug. 27 and showed …

Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis knew how to laugh and cry

NEW YORK — Jerry Lewis sometimes didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. “There’s nothing more dramatic than the comedy I’ve done,” Lewis, who died Sunday at age 91, told The Associated Press in 2016. “Because the comedy I’ve done is to get to the audience, get them to feel it, or they won’t laugh.” …

Meryl Streep, Meg Ryan among readers at poetry tribute

NEW YORK—Meryl Streep, Meg Ryan and Grammy-winning jazz performer Cecile McLorin Salvant are among the readers, and singers, at a Lincoln Center tribute to poetry. The 15th annual presentation of Poetry & the Creative Mind Wednesday night also features Amanda Palmer, Maurice Hines and several others reading works by such poets as Walt Whitman and …

Rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry dies at 90

NEW YORK—Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll’s founding guitar hero and storyteller who defined the music’s joy and rebellion in such classics as “Johnny B. Goode,” “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” died Saturday at his home west of St. Louis. He was 90. Emergency responders summoned to Berry’s residence by his caretaker about 12:40 …