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Author to have book signings


Author Earlina Gilford Weaver will be signing her newest books, “Busted and Disgusted” and “Power to Stand Through Angry Tears,” at 2 p.m. April 27 at Shekinah Glory Drama Ministry, 3314 South Ave.; at 4 p.m. May 11 at Family Christian Book Store, Market Street in Boardman; and at 1 p.m. May 18 at Barnes & Noble at the Shops at Boardman Park.

The books also are available online at Barnes & Noble and at

Clinton book expected in 2014


So what does it all mean?

Hillary Rodham Clinton has a deal for a memoir and policy book about her years in the Obama administration, Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press. The book has yet to be titled and is tentatively scheduled for June 2014, in time for the summer reading season and for the midterm elections, when a promotional tour easily could blend with Democratic efforts work to recapture the House.

The former secretary of state’s itinerary will be closely scrutinized for any signs she may run for president in 2016 — any book tour events in early voting states such as Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina would receive broad attention.

But her book likely will be anticipated on several levels — as a possible signal of a presidential run; as the latest chronicle of one of the most eventful public lives of the past quarter-century; as the continuation of a tradition of secretary of state memoirs that includes Dean Acheson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Present at the Creation” and works by Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright and Clinton’s immediate predecessor, Condoleezza Rice.

New Mexico-based poet wins $50,000 prize


A New Mexico-based poet has received a $50,000 prize for gifted writers deserving of greater attention.

Poets & Writers Inc. announced recently that Sante Fe resident Arthur Sze has won the Jackson Poetry Prize.

Sze’s eight books include “The Ginkgo Light” and “The Redshifting Web.” A new collection called “Compass Rose” is scheduled for next year.

Previous winners of the Jackson prize include Elizabeth Alexander, who read a poem at President Barack Obama’s first inaugural. Poets & Writers is a nonprofit organization founded in 1970. It sponsors readings and workshops and publishes a bimonthly magazine.

The Jackson Poetry Prize was established in 2006 and is named for the family of philanthropists John and Susan Jackson.

Atlanta novelist uses TV series as plot point


Wendy Wax has an attention-grabbing way with words, from the almost-too-snappily-good-to-be-true name she writes under (it’s her maiden handle) to some of her earlier novels’ catchier titles: “Single in Suburbia.” “Hostile Makeover.” And — who could resist? — “Leave It to Cleavage.” “Apparently, I’m very popular in prison because of that one,” Wax said wryly.

That’s one way to ensure a captive audience. An even better one, “While We Were Watching ‘Downton Abbey,’” recently arrived in bookstores, just in time to fill the yawning void left by the recent disappearance from TV of Carson the Butler, the Dowager Countess, Anna and Bates.

Even — eek! — Thomas the Evil Footman.

It’s the ninth romantic comedy novel from Wax. And maybe her most irresistible premise yet: Three women living in an historic Peachtree Street building become friends during a personally tumultuous period in which the one constant is a weekly group screening of “Downton Abbey.”

From staff/wire reports

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