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  • American dancers teach technique, confidence in South Africa

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A day before the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater begin the South African leg of their international tour, the company’s dancers taught a master class in Johannesburg’s historic Soweto township on Wednesday.…

  • US Rep. Michael McCaul writing book on homeland security

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican who chairs the House Committee on Homeland Security, has a book deal. McCaul’s “Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland — and…

  • Don DeLillo receiving honorary National Book Award

    NEW YORK (AP) — Don DeLillo is pleased to receive an honorary National Book Award medal for lifetime achievement, but a “little intimidated” by the citation for “Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.” “The kid from…

  • Self-published sensation is acquired by Penguin Random House

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Swedish psychologist’s self-published picture book about a sleep-deprived rabbit has been acquired by Penguin Random House after becoming a word-of-mouth sensation. A new edition of Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin’s “The Rabbit…

  • 52 Miss America hopefuls meet the public in Atlantic City

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Fifty-two young women vying to be the next Miss America have done their initial pageant waves on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The contestants are from all 50…

  • Spotify’s Top 10 most streamed tracks

    The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Friday Aug. 21 to Thursday, Aug. 27…

  • Bond author sorry for saying Idris Elba ‘too street’ for 007

    LONDON (AP) — The author of the new James Bond novel apologized on Tuesday after he said that British actor Idris Elba is “too street” to play 007. In an interview with the Daily Mail…

  • Zachary Levi replaces Josh Radnor in Broadway revival

    NEW YORK (AP) — Zachary Levi is replacing Josh Radnor in the upcoming Broadway revival of “She Loves Me.” The Roundabout Theatre Company said Tuesday that Levi will join Laura Benanti, Jane Krakowski and Gavin…

  • 6 emerging female writers receive $30,000 Rona Jaffe Awards

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fiction writer Vanessa Hua and nonfiction writer Meehan Crist are among this year’s recipients of the Rona Jaffe Awards, $30,000 prizes for emerging female authors. Hua is working on a novel…

  • Review: Latest Fargo adventure disappoints

    “The Solomon Curse” (Putnam), by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake The latest adventure to feature the husband-and- wife archaeological team of Sam and Remi Fargo has an intriguing premise, but ultimately fails in the delivery…

  • Heroine tells captivating tale in ‘Gates of Evangeline’

    “The Gates of Evangeline” (Putnam), by Hester Young Charlotte “Charlie” Cates has had a rough time. Her husband ran off with another woman and then her young son died from a brain aneurysm. She jeopardized…

  • Review: ‘Star Wars’ toy rush begins with ‘Disney Infinity’

    When it comes to “Star Wars,” some aliens in a different galaxy said it best: Resistance is futile. If you don’t know by now that a new “Star Wars” movie is coming to theaters in…

  • Selznick, Franzen, Kaling among authors with books this fall

    NEW YORK (AP) — Brian Selznick and Edwidge Danticat, authors of two of fall’s most anticipated works for young people, both know something about living in multiple worlds. Selznick has been traveling, in his mind,…

  • ‘Erroneous Zones’ author, self-help guru Wayne W. Dyer dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wayne W. Dyer, who became the pied piper of the self-help movement with the 1976 publication of his runaway best-seller, “Your Erroneous Zones: Step-By-Step Advice for Escaping the Trap of Negative…

  • Memorial held in New York for Broadway actor who died at 21

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of friends, colleagues and former classmates of a rising Broadway actor who had already made history at just 21 years old gathered in Central Park on Monday to mourn his…