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Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer for 'Goldfinch'

Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch," already among the most popular and celebrated novels of the past year, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. One of the country's top colonial historians, Alan Taylor, has won his second Pulitzer, for "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War In Virginia."

‘The Duke’ charts John Wayne’s restless search for respect

For more than four decades and 162 feature films, John Wayne filled the screen and our cultural fantasies. Along the way he became a symbol of American masculinity, the emphatic authority figure defending our values with fists and guns — “an innocent man in primary colors,” in the words of Scott Eyman’s entertaining new biography.

The Kansas poet laureate invites your verse

Kansas poet laureate Wyatt Townley has requested participants submit verse in the form of the American cinquain. “I want to get people thinking about the concept of ‘home,’” said Townley, who lives in Leawood.

Video: The Star’s Press Pavilion becomes a stage for Quixotic’s performance art

Billed as a "convergence of the arts, tech and cultural communities," the Forum, the nonmusical portion of Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, kicks off with a party at 5 p.m. Thursday at The Kansas City Star’s Press Pavilion. The party features a Q&A with George Packer of The New Yorker magazine, performances and lighting installations by Quixotic. On Wednesday, crews prepared the pavilion for Quixotic’s performance.

Missouri Revenue Department’s directive to pay sales taxes stuns arts groups

Missouri lawmakers are taking steps to rein in the Department of Revenue after some arts organizations, fitness centers and dance studios were told that they must pay sales taxes on ticket, tuition and membership fees. Three Kansas City theater companies received letters from the department saying they now were required to pay sales taxes on single ticket and concession sales.

Choirs lead the way on a week of new and classic music

Te Deum Chamber Choir conducted by Matthew Christopher Shepard will take a sort of iPod approach with its program called “Universal Expressions.” The choir will perform two Masses by two composers, Joseph Rheinberger and Francis Poulenc, with completely different backgrounds and styles of expression.

Friends of Chamber Music has a strong season ahead

Next year will mark the 39th anniversary for the Friends of Chamber Music, a series that is well-known and envied around the country for its high standards and uncompromising quality. For its 2014-2015 season, Cynthia Siebert, the founder and artistic director of the Friends, has chosen a typically thoughtful and varied season.

Time to think of your gut as a coral reef

Groom your nose hairs at your own risk — you’re an air filter for debris you can’t imagine. In fact, each of your vital activities involves more microscopic life than you can shake an elephant at. Nicholas P. Money, mycologist and professor of biology at Miami University, has made an excellent contribution to science in popular culture with his new book, “The Amoeba in the Room.”

New book sheds light on the reality of Wounded Knee

What has been called for more than a century The Battle of Wounded Knee didn’t fit that description, said historian Jerome Greene, author of “American Carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890.” Greene speaks at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Central Library.