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NEW YORK (AP) — For this interview, President Barack Obama was the one asking the questions. In a discussion held last month in Iowa and posted Monday by The New York Review of Books, Obama asked Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson about faith, democracy, education and writing. Obama explained that he met with Robinson because […]

Quvenzhane Wallis is making leaps and bounds in the publishing world by landing a four-book deal with Simon & Schuster.

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NEW YORK (AP) — A best-selling account of a 6-year-old boy’s journey to heaven and back has been pulled after the boy retracted his story. Spokesman Todd Starowitz of Tyndale House, a leading Christian publisher, confirmed Friday that Alex Malarkey’s “The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life […]

For iPhone:   There is only one Queen of Soul and she deserves her story told. Enter author David Ritz, the most prolific music biographer in town. He is himself a Grammy award winner and the only four-time winner of the Gleason Music Book Award. He’s written biographies on Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, B.B. King, Etta […]

If you haven’t already read Walter Mosley, step away from the computer and go check out one of his Easy Rawlins mysteries. The period detective series, set in 1940’s Los Angeles, is Mosley’s best known work. The 1995 movie Devil In A Blue Dress, starring Denzel Washington is the film version of  one of Mosley’s […]

Love, peace and soul was the ‘Soul Train’ mantra and writer Nelson George has put all of the above into his new book, Soul Train: The Hippest Trip In America. George, a cultural critic who’s written over 15 books, says that he wrote the book to tell the accurate story of the show’s history as […]

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NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce’s favorite feminist has won a fiction prize. Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose TED talk on feminism is featured on the Beyonce CD on the song “Flawless,” has gotten her own props. Her most recent novel “Americanah,” about a young Nigerian woman navigating life in America and Africa, has won […]

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Lifetime has adapted Terry McMillan’s novel A Day Late and a Dollar Short with Whoopi Goldberg and Ving Rhames headlining an all-star cast that includes Mekhi Phifer,Kimberly Elise, Anika Noni Rose and Tichina Arnold. Based on McMillan’s 2001 New York Times bestseller, the film follows a mother who tries to help her dysfunctional family through life’s ups and downs. When irascible matriarch Viola Price […]

Terry McMillan is in a good place. The 61-year-old best-selling author just moved from Northern to Southern California and her son, Solomon, is now a college graduate. She’s on the road now promoting her eighth book, “Who Asked You?” the story of a Betty Jean, a beleaguered grandmother taking care of her ailing husband and […]

Historian Taylor Branch has written several books, including a trilogy on Dr. King that begins with “Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963,” which won the Pulitzer Prize and “The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement” released earlier this year. His essay “Remembering the March” was excerpted in USA Today. […]

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Do the ladies run this mother? Well, yes they do, but this week a few kings come out to join the ladies road tripping around the country. TGT – that’s Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank to you will be entertaining the lucky ladies of New Orleans this weekend. Keyshia Cole and Chrisette Michele continue their “Woman […]