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Three writ­ers have been named fi­nal­ists for the $10,000 Writ­ers’ Trust/McClel­land & Ste­wart Jour­ney Prize. They are Sharon Bala of St. John’s, N.L., for But­ter Tea at Starbucks; Richard Kelly Kemick of Cal­gary for The Most Hu­man Part of You; and Dar­lene Naponse of Naughton, Ont., for She Is Wa­ter. The win­ner will be an­nounced Nov. 14 at the Writ­ers’ Trust Awards cer­e­mony in Toronto.

Amer­i­can au­thor Ge­orge Saun­ders is favoured to win the pres­ti­gious Man Booker Prize for fic­tion with Lin­coln in the Bardo, ac­cord­ing to Bri­tish book­mak­ers. Three Bri­tish and three Amer­i­can au­thors make up the fi­nal­ists, in­clud­ing first-time nov­el­ist Fiona Mo­z­ley for El­met, New York icon Paul Auster for 4321, Emily Frid­lund’s His­tory of Wolves; Bri­tish-Pak­istani writer Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West and Scot­tish nov­el­ist Ali Smith’s Au­tumn.

The Tenors are re­leas­ing a new col­lec­tion of Christ­mas songs that ef­fec­tively over­shad­ows a pre­vi­ous al­bum that fea­tured ousted fourth mem­ber Remi­gio Pereira. Christ­mas To­gether ar­rives in stores Oct. 13 be­fore the group em­barks on a North Amer­i­can tour that in­cludes a Dec.12 show in Toronto.

Vet­eran broad­caster Larry King says he bat­tled lung can­cer this sum­mer but ap­pears to have the dis­ease at bay. The for­mer CNN host, 83, had surgery in July. The tu­mour was ma­lig­nant, but King said it was found at an early stage.

In 2008, John Lith­gow un­veiled a one-man show at Lin­coln Cen­ter, play­ing11char­ac­ters in what the New York Times de­scribed as a “tour de force.” Af­ter nine years of tin­ker­ing, Lith­gow will bring a re­vised, ex­tended ver­sion of that show, en­ti­tled John Lith­gow: Sto­ries by Heart, to Broad­way. The tribute to his par­ents and grand­mother, and the sto­ries they told him when he was a child, will be­gin previews on Dec. 21.

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