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Jay Asher expelled from writer organization over harassment

NEW YORK — Bestselling children’s author Jay Asher has been expelled from a prominent writers organization because of allegations about sexual harassment. Lin Oliver, executive director of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, told The Associated Press on Monday that Asher had violated the society’s harassment code. He was banned last year but …

Ursula K. Le Guin, bestselling science fiction author, dies

PORTLAND, Ore. — Ursula K. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, has died at 88. Le Guin died suddenly and peacefully Monday at her home in Portland, Oregon, after several weeks of health concerns, her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin said …

‘Fire and Fury’ about Trump’s White House sells big 2nd week

NEW YORK — Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” sold more than 190,000 hardcover copies last week, the book’s first full week of publication, a company which tracks the retail market told The Associated Press on Wednesday. In less than two weeks since its release, combined e-book, audio and hardcover sales now top 500,000 for Wolff’s …

George Avakian, jazz producer and scholar, dies at 98

NEW YORK — George Avakian, a Russian-born jazz scholar and architect of the American music industry who produced essential recordings by Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and other stars has died at age 98. Avakian’s daughter, Anahid Avakian Gregg, confirmed that her father died Wednesday morning at his home in Manhattan. No further details were immediate …

Teen idol David Cassidy, ‘Partridge Family’ star, dies at 67

NEW YORK — David Cassidy, the teen and pre-teen idol who starred in the 1970s sitcom “The Partridge Family” and sold millions of records as the musical group’s lead singer, died Tuesday at age 67. Cassidy, who announced earlier this year that he had been diagnosed with dementia, died surrounded by his family, a family …

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 …

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