‘Children of the Stone’: the power of music in a hard place

In “Children of the Stone,” journalist Sandy Tolan tells the story of a group of Palestinian musicians who used their collective talents to bring the healing power of music to a beleaguered community. Tolan speaks Friday, April 24, at Town Hall Seattle.

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Shakespeare in exile? Few colleges require English majors to study the Bard

NEW YORK (AP) — As Shakespeare would say, "We have seen better days." The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has found that less than 8 percent of the nation's top universities require English majors to take a course focused on Shakespeare. The study, "The Unkindest Cut: Shakespeare in Exile 2015," found that only four...

Reese Witherspoon to narrate audio of new Harper Lee book

NEW YORK (AP) — Harper Lee's upcoming novel, the year's most talked about literary release, will have some added star power for the audio edition: Reese Witherspoon. The Oscar-winning actress will narrate Lee's "Go Set a Watchman," HarperCollins announced Thursday. Lee, 88, stunned the world by agreeing to the release of "Go Set a Watchman,"...

E L James’ husband to pen ‘Fifty Shades’ script for sequel

NEW YORK (AP) — The "Fifty Shades of Grey" sequel will be a family affair. A spokeswoman for Universal Pictures confirmed Thursday that the husband of E L James, Niall Leonard, will write the script for the follow-up to the global hit. Leonard is also a published author. He has written for several British TV...

Colbert read Flannery O’Connor story for ‘Selected Shorts’

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert looked out upon a sold out house, flashed his familiar comic grin, and then began the serious (and funny) business he was there for. Reading a story by Flannery O'Connor. The former Comedy Central host and heir apparent to David Letterman on "The Late Show" was among two guests...

T. Coraghessan Boyle wins $30,000 for short story writing

NEW YORK (AP) — T. Coraghessan Boyle has won a $30,000 lifetime achievement award for short story writing. The 66-year-old Boyle is this year's recipient of the Rea Award, given to authors who make a significant contribution to the art of short story writing. Prize judges on Wednesday cited the "variety, hilarity, ambition and achieved...

In Missoula, anxiety over book on campus assaults

All of Missoula is talking about “Missoula,” a new book by Jon Krakauer. The book offers a searing view into campus sexual assaults, some by University of Montana football players, and how victims were treated by the local justice system.

Kolbert’s ‘Sixth Extinction’ wins Pulitzer for nonfiction

NEW YORK (AP) — The Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction has been awarded to "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History," by Elizabeth Kolbert. The judges called Kolbert's work "an exploration of nature that forces readers to consider the threat posed by human behavior to a world of astonishing diversity." Finalists in this category were: "No...