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Nov 18, 2013

Children’s author, Barbara Park, dies of cancer

NEW YORK, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Barbara Park, the author of the
best-selling Junie B. Jones series for children, has died at age
66 after a long battle against of ovarian cancer, her publisher
said on Monday.

Park’s series about a funny kindergartner sold 55 million
copies in North America alone and spent 180 weeks on the New
York Times bestseller list.

Nov 18, 2013

Prolific writer Maya Angelou shows little sign of slowing down

NEW YORK (Reuters) – American author Maya Angelou has written more than 30 books, won numerous awards, released her latest work, “Mom & Me & Mom,” earlier this year, and at the age of 85 shows little sign of slowing down.

Best known for her groundbreaking autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” Angelou is already working on her next book and will be honored at the National Book Awards ceremony on Wednesday, along with “Ragtime” author E. L. Doctorow, for her service to the literary community.

Nov 14, 2013

Fans pay tribute to rocker Lou Reed at N.Y. memorial

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hundreds of fans gathered at a public memorial in New York on Thursday for rocker Lou Reed, the frontman of the 1960s band The Velvet Underground who died last month of liver disease at the age of 71.

As music blared from speakers at the outdoor memorial on the terrace at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, fans danced, sat and listened to Reed’s music and strolled through the crowd while his wife, performance artist Laurie Anderson, greeted friends and well-wishers.

Nov 13, 2013

Global art market sizzles with $142 million Bacon sale

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The record breaking $142.4 million sale of Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” shows confidence in the art market and that the very wealthy see it as a safe haven for their money, experts said on Wednesday.

Bacon’s 1969 three-panel painting, the most valuable ever sold at auction, was one of 10 world record prices set at Christie’s Tuesday evening sale of post-war and contemporary art. The New York event achieved the highest auction total in art market history with $691 million in sales.

Nov 7, 2013

Amazon picks Donna Tartt’s ‘The Goldfinch’ as book of the year

NEW YORK, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Author Donna Tartt’s “The
Goldfinch,” a novel about a 14-year-old boy surviving in
Manhattan after the death of his mother, topped Amazon.com Inc’s
list of 100 best books of 2013.

The list, released on Thursday, is compiled by editors at
the online retailer. The top choices include fiction and
non-fiction works, a collection of short stories, a young-adult
novel and an account of being held captive in Somalia.

Nov 6, 2013

Pow! Zap! Marvel Comics to present teenage, female Muslim superhero

NEW YORK, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Move over Black Widow and step
aside She-Hulk: Marvel Comics is introducing a new superhero – a
16-year-old Muslim-American girl named Kamala Khan, to reflect
the growing diversity of its readers.

The character, who will be the new Ms. Marvel, lives with
her conservative Pakistani parents and brother in New Jersey.
She will make her debut in January and appear in a monthly
series starting on Feb. 6.

Oct 31, 2013

‘After Midnight’ brings music of legendary Cotton Club to Broadway

NEW YORK, Oct 31 (Reuters) – “After Midnight,” a Broadway
musical featuring original arrangements by jazz great Duke
Ellington, melds classic songs from the 1920s and 30s with dance
to recreate Harlem’s Golden Age and the legendary Cotton Club.

The show, which includes a big band of 17 musicians chosen
by Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, 25 dancers and
singers and rotating guest stars, opens on Sunday.

Oct 30, 2013

Richard Curtis puts happiness through time travel in ‘About Time’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Director Richard Curtis’ latest film “About Time,” a time-traveling romantic comedy, began with a conversation between old friends about happiness and what would make a perfect final day.

After writing hit films such as “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Notting Hill,” and directing “Love Actually,” the 56-year-old New Zealand-born filmmaker said he was at a time in his life when he realized it would be a normal day with family, friends doing what he usually does.

Oct 28, 2013

Daniel Craig impresses in Broadway revival of ‘Betrayal’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Betrayal,” Harold Pinter’s drama about marital infidelity starring James Bond actor Daniel Craig and his real-life wife Rachel Weisz, is one of the hottest plays on Broadway and critics said on Monday it is worth the price of the ticket.

Craig, 45, plays the cuckolded Robert, while Weisz, a best supporting actress Oscar winner for 2005′s “Constant Gardener,” is Emma, the wife who betrays him by having a seven-year affair with his best friend.

Oct 23, 2013

A Minute with: Costa-Gavras about global finance and ‘Capital’

NEW YORK, Oct 23 (Reuters) – After delving into military
coups, dictatorships and kidnapping in films such as “Z” and
“Missing,” award-winning writer/director Costa-Gavras peers into
the murky world of global finance in “Capital,” a fast-paced,
high-stakes drama.

Based on the book “Le Capital” by Stephane Osmont, the
French film opens in U.S. theaters on Friday. It centers on Marc
Tourneuil, a young executive played by Moroccan-born Gad
Elmaleh, who appeared in Woody Allen’s 2011 film “Midnight in
Paris” and is best known as a stand-up comedian in France.

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      "I am based in New York where I run the Reuters Lifestyle service, coordinating, editing and writing stories on topics ranging from family, food and fitness to travel, health and work issues in the Americas. Previously I worked in London as the European Health and Science correspondent and as a reporter covering legal, political and general news in Britain."
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