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  • Nick Offerman to star in stage’s ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Offerman of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” will star as Ignatius Reilly in a stage adaptation of “A Confederacy of Dunces.” Huntington Theatre Company in Boston said Monday that Offerman will…

  • Brokaw memoir about his battle with cancer coming in May

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Brokaw is sharing the news about his battle with cancer, The former NBC anchor has a memoir coming out May 12, Random House announced Monday. The book is called “A…

  • Paula Deen reaches book distribution deal with Hachette

    NEW YORK (AP) — Paula Deen has found a new publishing home. Hachette Book Group announced Monday that it had reached a distribution deal with the celebrity chef’s Paula Deen Ventures. Hachette’s plans include selling…

  • Review: Dave Barry’s new book filled with humor, insight

    “Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster)” (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), by Dave Barry “Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster),” Dave Barry’s latest book of essays, might be…

  • Review: Detective Isaac Bell returns in ‘The Assassin’

    “The Assassin” (G.P. Putnam’s Sons), by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn detective agency returns in Clive Cussler and Justin Scott’s new thriller, “The Assassin.” It’s 1905, and Standard Oil…

  • Review: ‘Rule of Four’ author thrills with Vatican mystery

    “The Fifth Gospel” (Simon & Schuster), by Ian Caldwell The curator of a groundbreaking exhibit at the Vatican dies mysteriously hours before its premiere. Within hours, his research partner’s family becomes victim to a home…

  • Review: Maggie Barbieri’s ‘Lies That Bind’ lacks impact

    “Lies That Blind” (Minotaur Books), by Maggie Barbieri Family relationships can be complicated, tangled up with love, loyalty and support in the best situations and, in the worst cases, hostility, resentment and revenge. While secrets…

  • Veronica Roth working on new series; 1st book due in 2017

    NEW YORK (AP) — Veronica Roth fans can start the countdown. “The Divergent” author is set to write a new two-book series, HarperCollins Children’s Books told The Associated Press on Monday. The books currently are…

  • Review: Author explores failure of her marriage

    “Leaving Before the Rains Come” (Penguin Press), by Alexandra Fuller In her new memoir, Alexandra Fuller reveals that she wrote nine novels before her agent said her writing was solid but she lacked a compelling…

  • Pollution documentary attracts huge interest in China

    BEIJING (AP) — A slick new documentary on China’s environmental woes has racked up more than 175 million online views in two days, underscoring growing concern in the country over the impact of air, water…

  • Theater Review: ‘Abundance’ is a tragicomic look at Old West

    NEW YORK (AP) — In sagas about the American Wild West, pioneers were brave and true-hearted cowboys and homesteaders tamed the savage land while their womenfolk happily tended hearth and family. Playwright Beth Henley provided…

  • Dolce&Gabbana pay sentimental tribute to mothers in Milan

    MILAN (AP) — Model Bianca Balta won applause of approval as she walked down the Dolce&Gabbana runway in an advanced stage of pregnancy. It was part of the designing duo’s early Mother’s Day present to…

  • Dolce&Gabbana pay sentimental tribute to mothers in Milan

    MILAN (AP) — Model Bianca Balta won applause of approval as she walked down the Dolce&Gabbana runway in an advanced stage of pregnancy. It was part of the designing duo’s early Mother’s Day present to…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EST

    Thousands to march in Moscow to mourn slain veteran Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands are expected to march through central Moscow to mourn veteran liberal politician Boris Nemtsov, whose killing has…

  • Femininity gets a rethink during Milan Fashion Week

    MILAN (AP) — Femininity is getting a rethink in Milan. Designers are incorporating more masculine tailoring, while giving a contemporary edge to normally girly touches like bows, ruffles, lace and, yes, polka dots. Among the…