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  • Chrissie Hynde memoir coming in September

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chrissie Hynde will tell the story of her life, with all its ups and downs. Penguin Random House announced Tuesday that the Pretenders singer was working on an “an incredibly frank”…

  • Ciao Milan, it’s Bonjour for Paris Fashion Week

    PARIS (AP) — Bye, New York! Ciao, Milan! Bonjour, Paris! The world’s largest traveling circus of fashion editors, models, buyers and journalists has descended on the French capital, clutching their metro maps and city guides,…

  • The top 10 books on Apple’s iBooks-US

    iBook charts for week ending March 2, 2015: Top Paid Books 1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – 9780698185395 – (Penguin Publishing Group) 2. Fifty Shades Darker by E L James –…

  • British young-adult author Mal Peet dies at 67

    LONDON (AP) — Mal Peet, an irreverent, award-winning British writer of books for children and young adults, has died aged 67. Peet’s agent, Peter Cox, said the writer died Monday. He had been diagnosed with…

  • Artists to curate new performance series at Kennedy Center

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new performance series curated by leading artists will help define a new programming slate at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts under its new president, along with festivals celebrating Ireland…

  • Publisher moves up release for Hirsi Ali book ‘Heretic’

    NEW YORK (AP) — The release date for the latest book by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a women’s rights advocate and leading critic of Islam, has been moved up from late April to March 24. HarperCollins…

  • AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa

    LONDON (AP) — As the war between Russia-backed separatists and the Ukraine government still raged in eastern Ukraine, another shocking news story involving Russia developed last week: the killing of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov on…

  • Chilina Kennedy on finding the ‘joy’ of Carole King on B’way

    NEW YORK (AP) — The last time Broadway theatergoers got to see Chilina Kennedy, she was portraying Mary Magdalene. Now she’s returned to play someone much more contemporary — songwriter Carole King. Kennedy replaces Jessie…

  • Correction: BC-EU-Italy-Milan-Fashion-Week-Watch story

    MILAN (AP) — In a story March 2 about Milan Fashion Week, The Associated Press incorrectly spelled the last name of Kiton vice president Maria Giovanna Paone. The correct spelling is Paone, not Paono. A…

  • Historic Baltimore theater marquee to be lit in arts area

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A nonprofit developer is celebrating a milestone in its historic landmark renovation in Baltimore’s new Station North arts district by lighting a historic theater marquee for the first time since 1959. Developer…

  • Salonga says she is in talks on taking role in “Allegiance”

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Tony award winner Lea Salonga says talks have not yet been finalized on her joining the cast of George Takei’s musical “Allegiance” on Broadway, but added it is a show she…

  • Tena Stivicic’s ‘3 Winters’ wins Blackburn Prize

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tena Stivicic has won the oldest and most prestigious playwriting prize for women. The author of “3 Winters” was awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and $25,000 on Monday night for…

  • 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…

  • Review: Love is tested in ‘The Mystery of Love & Sex’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Love and sex are both pretty big topics, and while Bathsheba Doran’s new play, “The Mystery of Love & Sex,” illuminates both with gentle humor, it’s also about how secrets can…

  • Artist: Clinton museum portrait has nod to Lewinsky’s dress

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia artist has disclosed that his museum portrait of former President Bill Clinton contains a shadow reference to Monica Lewinsky’s infamous blue dress. Nelson Shanks told the Philadelphia Daily News that…