The American activist author of The Color Purple has been added to the line-up confirmed for this year’s Auckland Writers’ Festival. Alice Walker will appear in one event only, The Color Purple, named after her Pulitzer-prize winning 1982 novel.
That cliche about awards says it’s an honour just to be nominated. But what about all the worthies Emmy overlooks each year Are they being dishonoured by Emmy’s neglect It was a question raised by Emmy’s latest round of snubs as this year’s nominees were announced.
DEAR MARK J MULCAHY, I LOVE YOU Mark Mulcahy (Southbound) When Mark Mulcahy’s wife died suddenly in 2008 aged 41, some of his fans put together a tribute album – with star turns by Michael Stipe, Thom Yorke, Mercury Rev, The National and Dinosaur Jr. So if such luminaries like him, how come the rest of the world have taken such a long time to catch on – after all, he’s been out there three decades and has five previous solo full-lengthers as well as his 80s band Miracle Legion back catalogue His strangely gentle psychedelic sound supports wonderfully observant street poetry – like Lou Reed backed by The Presidents of the USA with the occasional flute thrown in for good luck
Country music star Randy Travis suffered a stroke while at a Texas hospital and was in surgery late Wednesday (Thursday, NZ time) , the singer’s publicist said. Publicist Kirt Webster said that the 54-year-old Travis suffered the stroke while he was being treated for congestive heart failure because of a viral illness
Veteran UK chatshow host Sir Michael Parkinson has revealed he has prostate cancer. “I have cancer – and I must admit it is a bore.
The funnyman actor billed as the “Man of 10,000 Sound Effects” wants to add his vocal chords to Sir Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy. Michael Winslow – famous for his role as Sergeant Larvelle ‘Motor Mouth’ Jones in the Police Academy movie series – is bringing his standup comedy routine to New Zealand from August 6-17
Michael Jackson reportedly paid off alleged sexual abuse victims.
This could be the last time, as Mick Jagger once sang. For the Rolling Stones, it was definitely a first
Paris Jackson was “hit at another level” by the death of her father, claims her cousin. The 15-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson is currently recovering in hospital following a suicide attempt earlier this month
Paris Jackson is reportedly eager to meet her “biological father” Mark Lester. Michael Jackson’s 15-year-old daughter has apparently been made aware the British actor was more than just a friend to her dad.