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Nobel official's book overshadows peace prize
A book detailing the secret tussles behind some of the most controversial Nobel Peace Prizes in the last quarter century is having its own disruptive effect on the 2015 award.
 
Experts will perform new tests on Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's remains to analyze a mysterious bacteria that has heightened his family's suspicions he was poisoned by dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime, officials said Friday.
 
Spain's Carmen Balcells, a literary agent who represented some of the biggest names in 20th-century Spanish language literature including Nobel-winning authors Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, has died, her agency said Monday. She was 85.
 
C.K. Williams, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet known for his long, conversational lines of verse that brought frequent comparisons to Walt Whitman, has died at age 78.
 
Writings of Harper Lee's inspirational father reveal Atticus Finch's conflict
Long a hero to millions of readers, Atticus Finch is a conflicted figure these days. Is the fictional lawyer the kind father and noble hero of Harper Lee's first novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," a character so beloved people named their children for him? Or is Finch the hard-core segregationist whose racism is at the heart of Lee's newly released "Go Set a Watchman?"
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Carl E. Schorske, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and popular classroom lecturer whose "Fin-De-Siecle Vienna" is widely regarded as a classic work of intellectual scholarship, has died.
 
Fans flock to honor queen of crime fiction Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie fans have descended on her hometown of Torquay on the English Riviera for the 125th anniversary of the murder master's birth on Tuesday as the crime novel enjoys a global revival.
 
The digital era is cutting into income for book authors, making it more difficult to live off writing alone, a survey by the Authors Guild said Tuesday.
 
Former National Book Award winners Terrance Hayes and Marilyn Hacker will have another shot at the prize this year.
 
A daughter of Malcolm X and prize-winning authors Gary Paulsen and M.T. Anderson are among the 10 nominees on the National Book Awards' longlist for young people's literature.
 
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