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  • NEH announces $1.7 million in grants for nonfiction books

    NEW YORK (AP) — Prize-winning authors Diane McWhorter and Edward Ball are among 36 recipients of grants from a new government program that supports scholarly nonfiction books, a struggling genre in recent years. The National…

  • True-crime author Ann Rule dies at age 83

    SEATTLE (AP) — True-crime writer Ann Rule, who wrote more than 30 books, including a profile of her former co-worker, serial killer Ted Bundy, has died at age 83. Rule died at Highline Medical Center…

  • With a new ‘Vacation,’ a look at laughable comedy remakes

    NEW YORK (AP) — The modern comedy remake is among the most laughable of movie genres. In Hollywood’s reboot frenzy, the movie industry has increasingly turned to reviving classic comedies, only to find that few…

  • True-crime writer Ann Rule, who wrote about former co-worker Ted Bundy, dies at age 83

    SEATTLE (AP) — True-crime writer Ann Rule, who wrote about former co-worker Ted Bundy, dies at age 83.

  • Andrew McCarthy of ‘Pretty in Pink’ writes young adult novel

    NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew McCarthy is taking a new step in his life as a writer — a young adult novel. The actor known in the 1980s for “Pretty In Pink” and “St. Elmo’s…

  • ‘Badlands’ is intriguing stand-alone novel from C.J. Box

    “Badlands” (Minotaur Books), by C.J. Box The new Wild West, in which a hamlet becomes a boomtown because of its oil-rich fields, makes a sturdy background for C.J. Box’s intriguing new stand-alone novel. Taking another…

  • Actor and activist James Lecesne celebrates difference

    NEW YORK (AP) — During a recent interview in an empty midtown theater, James Lecesne is heckled — by his phone. The writer and actor who co-founded The Trevor Project, a youth suicide prevention program,…

  • Bayreuth’s Wagner festival kicks off with new ‘Tristan’

    BERLIN (AP) — Bayreuth’s annual opera festival is kicking off with a new production of Richard Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde” by the composer’s great-granddaughter, festival director Katharina Wagner. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband,…

  • Megan Hilty, Rob McClure to join ‘Noises Off’ on Broadway

    NEW YORK (AP) — Andrea Martin is getting some Broadway veterans as co-stars when she appears in “Noises Off” next year. Roundabout Theatre Company said Friday that Megan Hilty, Jeremy Shamos, Rob McClure, Campbell Scott…

  • The Latest: Witnesses call theater shooter a happy child

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Eight character witnesses say Colorado theater shooter James Holmes was a happy, friendly child…

  • Organizers reveal emblem for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese organizers revealed the emblem of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Friday, five years to the day before the opening ceremony. The emblem is based on “T,” standing for Tokyo, tomorrow, and…

  • Update on the latest religion news

    US-CHINA-RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION Chinese leader’s US visit questioned amid religious persecution WASHINGTON (AP) — Heightened religious persecution in China is casting a cloud over Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (shee jihn-peengz) scheduled U.S. visit in September. A…

  • PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

    6 Copyright 5/8/2015 Publishers Weekly. Week ending 7/19/2015, powered by Nielsen Bookscan 5/8/2015 The Nielsen Company. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee (HarperCollins) 2. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula…

  • WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS

    Best-Selling Books Week Ended July 19th. FICTION 1. “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee (HarperCollins) 2. “The Isle of the Lost” by Melissa de la Cruz (Disney-Hyperion) 3. “The Girl on the Train” by…

  • Jury: Execution still an option for Colorado theater shooter

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jurors decided unanimously Thursday that the Colorado theater attack was cruel enough to justify the death penalty for James Holmes. His defense then urged them to spare his life, despite the…