Arts & Entertainment


Today in history: Alberto Moravia died in 1990

In the same year Italian writer Alberto Moravia died in his Rome apartment at 82, his autobiography, "Vita di Moravia" was published.


Today in history: Writer Ken Kesey born in 1935

Kesey is best remembered for his novels "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"and"Sometimes a Great Notion."


Today in history: Ernest Hemingway is born

Ernest Hemingway (July 21, 1899 - July 2, 1961) was one of America's most popular authors.


Today in labor history: Ode to a labor troubadour, Woody Guthrie

He wasn't afraid to tackle the problems that workers and unionists faced, while bucking up their spirits, by singing about the people, you and me.


Today in history: Novelist Saul Bellow born 100 years ago

He would become one of America's great postwar authors, examining complex urban antiheroes at war with the society they live in.


Letters from Zora: In her own words

"I was able to conjure my own self," says Black American writer Zora Neale Hurston in the non-stop phenomenon that is Letters from Zora.




Review: "Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself "

The PBS American Masters series is airing a biopic about the writer who made a career out of being a "professional amateur."


Syd Hoff and A. Redfield: Two sides of the same coin

An almost unknown dimension of his amazing career, discovered by his heirs only after his death in 2004, was Hoff's work for left-wing periodicals in the '30s.


Alice Munro, Canadian writer, wins Nobel Prize in literature

She won a National Book Critics Circle prize for "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage," and is a three-time winner of the Governor General's prize.


Achebe inspired generations of Nigerian writers

Author Chinua Achebe, who revolutionized literature concerning Africa with his groundbreaking novel, "Things Fall Apart," inspired generations of African writers.