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On the Books: David Gilmour apologizes for 'teaching women' comment; North Carolina county lifts 'Invisible Man' ban
This morning’s books news is apology-heavy, with an author responding to criticism over an interview and a North Carolina county backtracking on an unsavory decision from last week. Those headlines and more below: READ FULL STORY
What does Twitter have to do with Banned Books Week? Who wrote The Bondwoman’s Narrative? Why is Paris desperate for writers? Read on for those headlines and more: READ FULL STORY
Albert Murray, the influential novelist and critic who celebrated black culture, scorned black separatism, and was once praised by Duke Ellington as the “unsquarest man I know,” died Sunday. He was 97.
Murray died at home in his sleep, according to Lewis Jones, a family friend and Murray’s guardian.
Few authors so forcefully bridged the worlds of words and music. Like his old friend and intellectual ally Ralph Ellison, Murray believed that blues and jazz were not primitive sounds, but sophisticated art, finding kinships among Ellington and Louis Armstrong and novelists such as Thomas Mann and Ernest Hemingway.
He argued his case in a series of autobiographical novels, a nonfiction narrative (South to a Very Old Place), an acclaimed history of music (Stomping the Blues) and several books of criticism. Although slowed by back trouble, Murray continued to write well into his 80s, and also helped Wynton Marsalis and others stage the acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center concerts. Millions of television viewers came to know him as a featured commentator in Ken Burns’ documentary series Jazz.
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Random House Inc. and Penguin Group have completed a planned merger that creates the world’s largest publisher of consumer books.
Parent companies Bertelsmann and Pearson said they signed the final contracts on Monday to combine the global activities of the two publishers and create Penguin Random House. Random House parent Bertelsmann will hold 53 percent of the new company and Penguin owner Pearson 47 percent.
Penguin Random House will include top-selling authors such as Dan Brown and Ken Follett and a vast back catalog ranging from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath to Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.
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Ralph Ellison, one of the foremost African American authors of the literary canon, fell in love with music before he focused on writing. That’s why designer Cardon Webb researched record art and type from the mid-century jazz era to create fresh new covers for six of Ellison’s seminal works. They’re a change from the muted packaging his books have been getting for years in that they celebrate the raucous, colorful energy of his prose. Click through for a sneak peek at the new editions — including Invisible Man, the posthumously published Juneteenth, and Flying Home — which will hit bookstores in September. READ FULL STORY
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