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Richard Nixon’s back! (At least on Twitter)

NEW YORK – If you believe the media reports, Richard Nixon suffered a stroke in 1994 and died days later at age 81. He is buried in his native Yorba Linda, California, silent as the country ...

Bacall’s legend more than just acting and Bogart

NEW YORK – Lauren Bacall had one of those incredible lives. The wife and co-star of Humphrey Bogart. A Tony Award-winning actress. A National Book Award-winning author. A giant of...

Bacall’s legend more than just acting and Bogart

NEW YORK – Lauren Bacall had one of those incredible lives. The wife and co-star of Humphrey Bogart. A Tony Award-winning actress. A National Book Award-winning author. A giant of...

Haruki Murakami’s new novel journeys to the past

NEW YORK – Haruki Murakami’s new novel is yet another risky reunion with the past. “The past is my treasure chest, and once I open it, I have so many materials in there,” says the...

Prize-winning poet still at work at age 86

NEW YORK – He is 86 years old, his eyesight is failing and much of his recent work reads like a man saying goodbye. But W.S. Merwin continues to write poems; he cannot help himsel...

Cinema verite documentarian Robert Drew dies at 90

Filmmaker Robert Drew, a pioneer of the modern documentary who in “Primary” and other movies mastered the intimate, spontaneous style known as cinema verite and schooled a generation of infl...

Thomas Berger, ‘Little Big Man’ author, dead at 89

NEW YORK – Thomas Berger, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn Little Big Man and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domesti...

Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

NEW YORK – Maya Angelou was gratified, but not surprised by her extraordinary fortune. “I’m not modest,” she told The Associated Press in 2013. “I have no modesty. Modesty is a le...

Rush Limbaugh wins children’s book award

NEW YORK – Rush Limbaugh has won a children’s book prize designed to be chosen by kids themselves. But that doesn’t mean all of his voters were young people. On Wednesd...

Book twists some knickers

‘Captain Underpants’ on ‘challenged books’ list

Lawsuits, mergers, and, yes, books, in 2013

NEW YORK – In 2013, everything and nothing happened in the publishing industry. It was a blockbuster year for the legal profession. A federal judge ruled that Apple had conspired ...

Mandela was inspiration for music, movies, poems

NEW YORK – Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, whe...