Books

Jordan Pavlin named editor in chief of Alfred A. Knopf

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NEW YORK — Jordan Pavlin, the publisher of such young and acclaimed authors as Tommy Orange, Ayana Mathis and Yaa Gyasi, has been promoted...

Review: New insight into the complex character of Hoover

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“The Director: My Years Assisting J. Edgar Hoover,” by Paul Letersky with Gordon Dillow (Scribner) ...

At Cannes, Joanna Hogg’s ‘The Souvenir Part II’ stands out

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CANNES, France — Joanna Hogg is sitting on a hotel balcony overlooking the Mediterranean, but what she'd really like to be doing is swimming...

Reimagining the ‘scream teen’ genre for a binge generation

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It’s not uncommon for Hollywood to stake a bet on a trilogy, or to even film several sequels at once. But it’s downright unheard...

Hungary issues fine over book featuring ‘rainbow families’

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BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungarian authorities have fined the distributor of a children's book that features a family with same-sex parents using a law prohibiting...

Review: Working undercover every day as a straight Catholic

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“Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead,” by Emily Austin (Atria) ...

Dogs on display: Museum fetes 200 years of cartoon canines

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — In a 1970 Beetle Bailey comic strip, the character known as Sarge berates his uniform-wearing dog, Otto, for a paperwork mistake. ...

Author Joy Williams honored by Library of Congress

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NEW YORK — The Library of Congress awarded a lifetime achievement prize to Joy Williams, a fiction writer known for her spare prose and...

Former CIA operative Enrique ‘Ric’ Prado writing memoir

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NEW YORK — A former CIA operative known for his exploits everywhere from Miami to Nicaragua to Afghanistan has a book deal. Enrique “Ric”...

“Halloween” comes to Venice as Curtis gets lifetime award

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ROME — The Venice Film Festival is awarding its lifetime achievement award this year to Jamie Lee Curtis, the American actor best known for...