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Oddball events evolve into essays

Since Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson died ten years ago, fans of immersive journalism and stories that explore society’s ragged edges have had an insatiable need to fill that void and find the next outrageous journalist. Kent Russell appears to be the newest young writer to be labeled the next Hunter S. Thompson.

Veronica Roth working on new series; 1st book due in 2017

NEW YORK

Veronica Roth working on new series; 1st book due in 2017

Veronica Roth fans can start the countdown. The "Divergent" author is set to write a new two-book series, HarperCollins Children's Books told The Associated Press on Monday.

Pulitzer winner details history of racial injustice

SCHENECTADY

Pulitzer winner details history of racial injustice

On Tuesday evening in the Schenectady County Community College auditorium, Gilbert King, a guest speaker invited in honor of Black History Month, commanded the attention of a small, but riveted audience of about 30 people as he told the story of Thurgood Marshall’s life before he became a Supreme Court justice.

Author promotes shame as a tool for change

In her new book, “Is Shame Necessary: New Uses for an Old Tool,” New York University professor Jennifer Jacquet argues that it’s time to bring back shame as an effective tool for the weak against the strong.

Harper Lee's hometown excited, perplexed by 'Mockingbird' sequel

Harper Lee's hometown excited, perplexed by 'Mockingbird' sequel

In the small Alabama town author Harper Lee made famous with "To Kill a Mockingbird," the Southern classic novel can be seen and felt everywhere.

Second Harper Lee novel to be published in July

NEW YORK

Second Harper Lee novel to be published in July

To Kill a Mockingbird" will not be Harper Lee's only published book after all.

Mount Rushmore's long hidden love story

WILTON

Mount Rushmore's long hidden love story

When Richard Cerasani looks at the majestic stone heads carved on Mount Rushmore, he sees his parents. His father, Arthur, was one of the sculptors who helped create the national memorial, while his mother, Mary, encouraged him from afar.

Best-seller about boy's journey to heaven is pulled

NEW YORK

Best-seller about boy's journey to heaven is pulled

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.

Romantic betrayal becomes basis of successful novel

NISKAYUNA

Romantic betrayal becomes basis of successful novel

When Shari Quinn discovered her best friend of 20 years had been secretly romancing her boyfriend, she was inspired to write “Disloyalty,” a self-published saga that has repeatedly sold out at Capital Region bookstores.

Best of 2014/Books: Work of novellas, Lincoln stories among year’s best

The publishing industry continues to redefine itself. Electronic books continue to be popular, but their growth slowed a bit this year.

Expert on Dutch settlements to speak

Russell Shorto, uthor of 2004’s “The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America,” will be at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library Monday night at 7 p.m. to speak before the annual meeting of the Albany branch of the Holland Society of New York.

New comic artists push limits under strict Egyptian rule

A new feminist comic book, the Jewelry Box, has emerged in Egypt, the latest addition in a blossoming scene of alternative comics, as artists seek freer outlets of expression in a country where independent voices are finding it harder to speak.

Queen of crime writing PD James dies aged 94

Queen of crime writing PD James dies aged 94

P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never accepted that crime writing was second-class literature.

Holzer to discuss book, role of New York in Civil War

Holzer to discuss book, role of New York in Civil War

Most Civil War buffs are familiar with the Civil War correspondence of Abe Lincoln and Horace Greeley, but what about the somewhat contentious exchanges between Erastus Corning I and the nation’s 16th president?

Schenectady native to speak, sign her book on Steinmetz

Schenectady native to speak, sign her book on Steinmetz

When Elizabeth Rosner decided to set her third novel in her hometown of Schenectady, she had no idea what a fascinating personality she was going to be working with.

New book offers 'Game of Thrones' back story

NEW YORK

New book offers 'Game of Thrones' back story

Martin's new book, released this week, is "The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones," 300 pages of back story and original artwork by the some of the world's top fantasy illustrators.

Author: GE skillfully combined staff’s technical, business expertise

Author: GE skillfully combined staff’s technical, business expertise

If Julia Kirk Blackwelder learned anything in her 10 years of research for her new book, “Electric City: General Electric in Schenectady,” it’s that great scientists don’t necessarily make great businessmen.

Patrick Modiano of France wins the 2014 Nobel Prize in literature

Patrick Modiano of France wins the 2014 Nobel Prize in literature

Patrick Modiano of France wins the 2014 Nobel Prize in literature

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga Reads picks ‘Round House’

“The Round House” by Louise Erdrich has been selected by public vote as this year’s book of choice for Saratoga Reads, a community-wide reading program.

Gillibrand memoir highlights career challenges for women

ALBANY

Gillibrand memoir highlights career challenges for women

When women’s magazines recently previewed her new book “Off the Sidelines,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was not surprised the focus was on inappropriate remarks made by male congressional colleagues regarding her weight around the time she gave birth to her second child in 2008.

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