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Book Review: Benjamin Taylor’s brief new biography of Willa Cather displays the devotion of a fan

Benjamin Taylor has a thing for Willa Cather. This year, the 150th anniversary of her birth, he has written a passionate love letter to her in the form of a brief but illuminating biography. “Chasing Bright Medusas” clocks in at just over 150 pages but it offers a fine introduction to one of the leading …

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Author Sarah Bernstein wins Canadian fiction prize for her novel ‘Study of Obedience’

TORONTO (AP) — Author Sarah Bernstein won the Scotiabank Giller Prize on Monday for her novel “Study for Obedience.” The Montreal-born, Scotland-based author accepted the $100,000 award remotely from Scotland, where she had a baby just 10 days ago. Her novel is about a young woman moving to the remote north where after her arrival, …

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Prince’s puffy ‘Purple Rain’ shirt and other pieces from late singer’s wardrobe go up for auction

BOSTON (AP) — Fans of Prince, who was known nearly as much for his extravagant wardrobe as for his chart-topping hits, will have a chance to bid on some of the late musician’s sartorial splendor in an online auction this week. The collection, including more than 200 lots up for sale, was assembled by a …

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Book Review: ‘UFO’ is a detailed look at the history of the search for the truth that’s out there

The truth may be out there, but making sense out of it isn’t easy. Discussion about unidentified flying objects has moved over the years from fodder for science fiction movies or jokes to the subject of congressional hearings. Garrett M. Graff’s “UFO: The Inside Story of the U.S. Government’s Search for Alien Life Here — …

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Jill Biden tells National Student Poets that poetry feeds a hungry human spirit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden paid tribute to the power of poetry as she honored the 2023 class of National Student Poets on Monday at the White House, saying poetry “feeds our spirit.” “In so many moments throughout my life, I turned to poetry,” the first lady said, citing her dark nights and brighter days …

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Music Review: Bob Dylan’s ‘The Complete Budokan 1978′ box set is a welcomed release, flute and all

Bob Dylan with flute and saxophone isn’t for everyone. But that’s what you get with “The Complete Budokan 1978,” a deluxe box set presenting two live shows at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan Hall, from a tour that has been derided in some corners as “Dylan going Vegas.” The extravagantly packaged four-disc set expands upon the 1979 …

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Book Review: Rock ‘n’ roller and Rush pioneer Geddy Lee goes deep in his memoir, ‘My Effin’ Life’

Geddy Lee is a rock star, that’s undeniable. But he’s also a polite Canadian to the core. So it’s fitting that the Rush icon picked a not-too-bawdy title for his memoir. “My Effin’ Life” is an engrossing tale of a “classic underachiever” who became a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame vocalist, bassist, and keyboard …

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Jon Batiste announces first North American headlining tour, celebrating ‘World Music Radio’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jon Batiste, the Grammy- and Oscar-winning musician and former bandleader for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” will embark on his first North American headlining tour in support of his latest album. The expansive “World Music Radio,” featuring his signature rich blend of R&B, hip-hop, swing, jazz and pop, was released …

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Book Review: Mitch Albom spins moving Holocaust tale in ’The Little Liar’

Mitch Albom’s books often capture the zeitgeist, but his new novel about the fate of Greek Jews during World War II packs a particular punch in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Israel on Oct. 7. “The Little Liar” tells the story of four interconnected characters, three of them Jews living in Salonika, Greece, …

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