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Phil Klay Among Nominees for PEN Awards

Phil Klay, winner of the National Book Award for fiction, attends the 65th Annual National Book Awards on Nov. 19, 2014 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City Wednesday Nov. 19, 2014.

NEW YORK (AP) — National Book Award winner Phil Klay and the author of Oprah Winfrey's latest book club pick, Cynthia Bond , are among the nominees on the longlist of awards handed out by the PEN American Center. The literary and human rights organization announced finalists Tuesday in nine categories ranging from biography to sports writing to poetry in translation. Roughly 10 authors were picked for each category. Shortl... more

'Goldeneye' Explores Ian Fleming's Jamaican Retreat

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"Goldeneye" ( Pegasus Books), by Matthew Parker James Bond is a British icon, but the fictional spy hero really was born in Jamaica, just as the Caribbean island gained its independence from the waning British empire. The relationship between Bond's author, Ian Fleming , and the island where he sought to escape from dreary post-war Britain is explored in Matthew Parker's un... more

'A Kim Jong-Il Production' is a Fascinating Tale

This photo provided by Flatiron Books/Macmillan shows the cover of the book, "A Kim Jong-Il Production," by author, Paul Fischer. (AP Photo/Flatiron Books/Macmillan)

"A Kim Jong-Il Production" ( Flatiron Books/Macmillan), by Paul Fischer Here's an easy one: North Korea's Kim Jong Il orders a famous South Korean film director and his actress wife kidnapped and brought into the country to remake a tepid film industry with dreams of international glory. Of course you should read this. People interested in North Korea have been having a book bona... more

New Book Tells Story of Revolutionary War Hero John Stark

A statue of Gen. John Stark is seen on the Statehouse lawn Thursday Feb. 26, 2015 in Concord, N.H. Stark’s Live Free or Die quote grace New Hampshire’s license plates, but few outside of New England know who the revolutionary war hero is.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — His words grace New Hampshire's license plates — "Live Free or Die" — yet most people outside New England would be hard-pressed to identify Gen. John Stark , despite his heroics in two 18th century wars, including key roles in some of the American Revolution's most significant battles. Two brothers hope to enlighten readers with their new book on the Granite State's favorite so... more

In Israel, Biracial German Author Probes Her Nazi Heritage

In this Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 photo, German author Jennifer Teege poses during the Jerusalem International Book Festival. Tiege is the granddaughter of Amon Goeth, the notoriously cruel camp commander of the Plaszow concentration camp.

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Jennifer Teege stumbled upon a book in a Hamburg library seven years ago, the biracial German woman who was given up for adoption as a child was stunned to discover a deep family secret that shook her to the core. Her maternal grandfather was the brutal SS Commander Amon Goeth , who ran a concentration camp in Plaszow, Poland, in World War II and whose cruelty was so chilli... more

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