Maya Angelou out of baseball event


Maya Angelou will not attend the 2014 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon, where she will be honored.

Major League Baseball cited “health reasons” Friday in saying the 86-year-old won’t make it to the event Friday in Houston before the annual Civil Rights Game.

Angelou canceled an event last month in Fayetteville, Ark., because she was recovering from an “unexpected ailment” that sent her to the hospital.

Robin Roberts will be the keynote speaker at the event, which also will honor Motown Records founder Berry Gordy and football great Jim Brown.

Angelou says in a statement she respects MLB for having the annual event. She didn’t disclose the nature of her illness.

Philip Roth agrees to Colbert interview


Philip Roth, one of the world’s eminent men of letters, apparently is confused about the meaning of the word “retirement.”

All it took to upend his latest farewell was an invitation from Stephen Colbert.

Comedy Central spokesman Steve Albani told The Associated Press that the celebrated novelist has agreed to an “extended interview” in July for the Colbert Book Club.

The 81-year-old Roth has more than once announced he has given his last interview and over the past two weeks has insisted he’s done with making public appearances.

One promise to quit has been kept: He hasn’t released a new book since 2010.

Associated Press

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