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  • 3 months ago

    Renowned Egyptian author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik dies at 55

    CAIRO, April 4 — Influential Egyptian novelist Ahmed Khaled Tawfik, widely considered the first contemporary Arab writer of horror and science fiction, has died at the age of...

  • 3 months ago

    How reading can boost child development

    NEW YORK, April 3 — Yesterday marked International Children’s Book Day 2018, which aims to promote and inspire a love of reading among children around the world. Reading is...

  • New running books to put a spring in your step

    3 months ago

    New running books to put a spring in your step

    PARIS, March 31 — With warmer weather and lighter days, spring is the perfect time to head outdoors and restart your running program, or perhaps try the sport for the first...

  • Writer protests Man Booker listing nationality as ‘Taiwan, China’

    3 months ago

    Writer protests Man Booker listing nationality as ‘Taiwan, China’

    TAIPEI, March 30 ― A Taiwanese author whose novel is nominated for the renowned Man Booker International Prize said he will protest to the awards organiser for changing his...

  • Library helps ‘left-behind’ Nepali women gain cash and confidence

    3 months ago

    Library helps ‘left-behind’ Nepali women gain cash and confidence

    BHIMDHUNGA, March 28 — For farmers trying to figure out how to heal a sick cow or grow tomatoes commercially in this Himalayan community, help is at hand in the form of a...

  • Thriller writer Philip Kerr dies aged 62

    3 months ago

    Thriller writer Philip Kerr dies aged 62

    LONDON, March 25 — Scottish author Philip Kerr, the creator of the Nazi-era thrillers featuring detective Bernie Gunther, has died at the age of 62, his wife and publisher have...

  • Say it in words: Love letters a speciality for Italian ghostwriter (VIDEO)

    3 months ago

    Say it in words: Love letters a speciality for Italian ghostwriter (VIDEO)

    ROME, March 24 — Domitilla Stefanini first wrote a letter to her husband declaring her love 18 years ago. Now she is writing another love letter to him, but this time she has...

  • Got poetry? Guide to open mic nights in Jakarta

    3 months ago

    Got poetry? Guide to open mic nights in Jakarta

    JAKARTA, March 23 — “We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion,” English teacher John Keating, played by...

  • Legendary poet Sapardi Djoko Damono releases final chapter of romance trilogy

    3 months ago

    Legendary poet Sapardi Djoko Damono releases final chapter of romance trilogy

    JAKARTA, March 22 — Legendary Indonesian poet Sapardi Djoko Damono hosted another book launch last Friday at the National Library in Jakarta, this time for his latest novel Yang...

  • Bill Cunningham wrote a ‘secret memoir’ that’s due out this autumn

    3 months ago

    Bill Cunningham wrote a ‘secret memoir’ that’s due out this autumn

    NEW YORK, March 22 — Fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, who died in 2016, left behind a surprise, discovered by his family: A written memoir of his life and career that is to...

  • Climb on board: Afghan woman brings stories to Kabul’s children

    3 months ago

    Climb on board: Afghan woman brings stories to Kabul’s children

    LONDON, March 22 — Undeterred by the risk of suicide bombers, 25-year-old Freshta Karim travels around Afghanistan’s troubled capital every day in a big, blue bus to share the...

  • Superheroes to the rescue of storm-battered Puerto Rico

    3 months ago

    Superheroes to the rescue of storm-battered Puerto Rico

    NEW YORK, March 21 — Comic book superheroes are coming to the rescue of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. There’s Batman, and Wonder Woman, of course, and also a Puerto...

  • Ancient Malay manuscripts available at the click of a mouse

    4 months ago

    Ancient Malay manuscripts available at the click of a mouse

    SINGAPORE, March 20 — I felt so elated when I found out that I could now easily read hundreds of Malay manuscripts at the British Library in United Kingdom from anywhere at a...

  • Pope appeals to youth in new book ‘God is Young’

    4 months ago

    Pope appeals to youth in new book ‘God is Young’

    VATICAN CITY, March 20 — Pope Francis urged young people yesterday to “take risks” to help the Catholic Church rejuvenate itself, a day before his new book on the subject is...

  • Rajon Rondo puzzled by Ray Allen's shots in upcoming book

    4 months ago

    Rajon Rondo puzzled by Ray Allen's shots in upcoming book

    NEW ORLEANS, March 20 — New Orleans Pelicans’ Rajon Rondo believes money may be the reason his name comes up so often in excerpts from former Celtics teammate Ray Allen’s...

  • Fired FBI chief Comey’s book soars to top of Amazon lists

    4 months ago

    Fired FBI chief Comey’s book soars to top of Amazon lists

    WASHINGTON, March 19 — Former FBI director James Comey’s forthcoming book has shot to the top of Amazon’s rankings, helped by President Donald Trump’s repeated attacks....

  • New York's Morgan Library receives major James Joyce collection

    4 months ago

    New York's Morgan Library receives major James Joyce collection

    NEW YORK, March 17 — One of the foremost private collections of works by the influential Irish writer James Joyce has been donated to New York’s Morgan Library and Museum. The...

  • Neil Young writing sci-fi novel ‘Canary’

    4 months ago

    Neil Young writing sci-fi novel ‘Canary’

    NEW YORK, March 16 — The Canadian musician, who currently stars in the film Paradox, told Rolling Stone magazine that he is working on a science-fiction novel called Canary. The...

  • Virginie Despentes, Han Kang among Man Booker International longlistees

    4 months ago

    Virginie Despentes, Han Kang among Man Booker International longlistees

    LONDON, March 14 — The Man Booker International Prize has revealed its 13-strong 2018 longlist, recognising translated fiction from around the world. The prize is awarded every...

  • Markus Zusak reveals new YA novel

    4 months ago

    Markus Zusak reveals new YA novel

    SYDNEY, March 14 — Markus Zusak, author of international bestseller The Book Thief, is preparing to publish a young adult novel that is more than a decade in the making. Zusak...

  • Lebanese novelist, feminist Emily Nasrallah dies at 87

    4 months ago

    Lebanese novelist, feminist Emily Nasrallah dies at 87

    BEIRUT, March 14 — Prominent Lebanese novelist and lifelong women’s rights activist Emily Nasrallah has died at the age of 87. A distinguished author of novels, children’s...

  • New story, editions slated to mark Paddington Bear’s 60th

    4 months ago

    New story, editions slated to mark Paddington Bear’s 60th

    LONDON, March 13 — Late British author Michael Bond’s beloved Paddington Bear turns 60 in 2018, an occasion that will be marked with the release of a brand-new story as well...

  • New York Times publishes obituaries of ‘overlooked’ women

    4 months ago

    New York Times publishes obituaries of ‘overlooked’ women

    NEW YORK, March 8 — Novelist Charlotte Bronte died in 1855, poet Sylvia Plath in 1963 and photographer Diane Arbus in 1971. The New York Times published their obituaries today....

  • Putin marks International Women’s Day with poetic flair (VIDEO)

    4 months ago

    Putin marks International Women’s Day with poetic flair (VIDEO)

    MOSCOW, March 8 — Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated the country’s women on International Women’s Day today, finishing his address with a poem. Putin chose a...

  • Indian crime thriller shines spotlight on garment sector exploitation

    4 months ago

    Indian crime thriller shines spotlight on garment sector exploitation

    CHENNAI, March 8 — A crime thriller about the death of an activist rescuing women from exploitative work conditions in garment and textile factories in southern India has become...

  • Jung Chang among leading authors blocked from Macau literature festival

    4 months ago

    Jung Chang among leading authors blocked from Macau literature festival

    MACAU, March 7 — Three writers — including bestselling Wild Swans author Jung Chang — will no longer attend the Macau Literary Festival after authorities there said they...

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber ‘unmasked’ his past in new memoir (VIDEO)

    4 months ago

    Andrew Lloyd Webber ‘unmasked’ his past in new memoir (VIDEO)

    LONDON, March 6 — Andrew Lloyd Webber is releasing his autobiography recounting his early personal and professional years. Titled Unmasked, the 500-page book is written entirely...

  • Lou Reed poems after leaving Velvet Underground set for book

    4 months ago

    Lou Reed poems after leaving Velvet Underground set for book

    NEW YORK, March 3 — Rock legend Lou Reed rarely spoke of the year after he left The Velvet Underground to live with his parents. But he was writing poetry, which will soon be...

  • French cartoonist finds inspiration to create book based on Trump’s tweets (VIDEO)

    4 months ago

    French cartoonist finds inspiration to create book based on Trump’s tweets (VIDEO)

    NEW YORK, March  2 ― It's no secret US president Donald Trump is a prolific tweeter. During his first year in office, he has sent out almost 2,500 messages to his nearly 50...

  • Take a look at Jose Andres' new book about feeding Puerto Rico

    4 months ago

    Take a look at Jose Andres' new book about feeding Puerto Rico

    NEW YORK, March 1 — Chef Jose Andres offered his followers and fans a preview of his forthcoming book We Fed an Island. Co-written by Richard Wolffe, the book recounts the story...