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Elderly Batman and Superman?  'Kingdom Come' imagined it 20 years ago

Elderly Batman and Superman? 'Kingdom Come' imagined it 20 years ago

Twenty years ago, DC Comics looked 10 years ahead into the future and found a dark dystopia that would turn into an instant superhero classic.

Historian says Benedict Arnold was a complicated individual

Historian says Benedict Arnold was a complicated individual

Back in elementary school in Ohio, at least the way James Kirby Martin remembers it, history was always neatly divvied up into the good guys and the bad guys.

This season of 'Game of Thrones' was always going to let readers down

This season of 'Game of Thrones' was always going to let readers down

Over the previous five years, I've been writing about "Game of Thrones" from the perspective of someone who has read -- and reread -- George R.R. Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" novels.

In Spain, catching up with Cervantes

But while Britain has gone all out to fete Shakespeare, with a yearlong slate of high-profile events, readings, concerts and stagings of his plays, Spanish officials have been accused of not doing enough to promote Cervantes, whose “Don Quixote” is considered to be a foundational text of modern fiction.

Pastor to discuss book of reminiscences at Open Door today

Pastor to discuss book of reminiscences at Open Door today

In her new book, “Preaching in My Yes Dress: Confessions of a Reluctant Pastor,” Jo Page tells us stories that always seemed a little too revealing for the typical Sunday sermon.

J.K. Rowling borrowed a Navajo legend for her new story

J.K. Rowling borrowed a Navajo legend for her new story

In an anxiously anticipated new story, "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling has transported her world of magical wizarding across the Atlantic -- and some Native American commentators are not happy with the result, saying it exploits and distorts Native culture.

Judge seals Harper Lee’s will from public’s scrutiny

Judge seals Harper Lee’s will from public’s scrutiny

A judge in Monroe County — the section of Alabama where Harper Lee was raised, and where she died last month at the age of 89 — agreed to seal the will in a decision made on Monday and released on Friday by the probate court.

Author unearths new accounts of those kidnapped into slavery

Author unearths new accounts of those kidnapped into slavery

Solomon Northup’s story was both tragic and inspirational, and interesting enough to merit the attention of the Hollywood film industry.

'To Kill a Mockingbird' author Harper Lee dies

'To Kill a Mockingbird' author Harper Lee dies

Harper Lee, whose first novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” about racial injustice in a small Alabama town, sold more than 10 million copies and became one of the most beloved and most taught works of fiction ever written by an American, has died. She was 89.

J.K. Rowling announces 8th Harry Potter book

J.K. Rowling announces 8th Harry Potter book

When die-hard "Harry Potter" fans first heard that J.K. Rowling was writing a sequel to her beloved seven-part series, they couldn't wait to get their hands on the book. Then they realized the sequel wasn't going to be a book at all — it was a play.

What fairy tales tell us about where we came from

What fairy tales tell us about where we came from

Many of the fairy tales we associate with the Grimm Brothers, Hans Christian Andersen and Disney are thousands of years older than the people who first stuck them in a book. Some of them are so old they predate modern languages and religions - one is even older than writing itself.

Children's book starring George Washington's 'happy' slaves pulled

Children's book starring George Washington's 'happy' slaves pulled

On the morning of George Washington's birthday, young Delia and her father are scrambling to put together their most important assignment of the year: a cake for the president himself.

For David Kaczynski, book just ‘came spilling out’

SCHENECTADY

For David Kaczynski, book just ‘came spilling out’

When it came to big brothers, David Kaczynski always felt pretty fortunate. He wouldn’t have traded Ted, seven years his elder, for anyone.

Best of 2015: Books

Technology is making it easier and cheaper for authors to self­-publish, but the traditional publishing industry once again turned out some excellent books this year.

The real story of Winnie-the-Pooh’s woods

The real story of Winnie-the-Pooh’s woods

Kathryn Aalto tells that story in “The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest That Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood.”

NEW YORK

Ta-Nehisi Coates wins National Book Award

Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me," won the National Book Award for nonfiction Wednesday night.

Professor’s book looks back with a punk perspective

Professor’s book looks back with a punk perspective

Author. Poet. Musician. Professor. Wild man. Most of these descriptions still apply to Daniel Nester, an associate professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany.

Wilton man’s story of mother’s first love nominated for Pulitzer

WILTON

Wilton man’s story of mother’s first love nominated for Pulitzer

A Wilton man who published his first book this May about his mother’s first husband — the man he was named for and who died in a B-17 crash during WWII — was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction.

JK Rowling says she's working on new children's book

LONDON

JK Rowling says she's working on new children's book

Good news, Harry Potter fans: J.K. Rowling says she is working on a new children's book. There could be a bit of a wait for it, though.

Skidmore prof celebrates his 50th year of editing and publishing literary journal

Skidmore prof celebrates his 50th year of editing and publishing literary journal

Robert Boyers can discuss politics and literature with the best and brightest of his colleagues. Put those two topics together and you could argue that he’s in a class by himself.

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