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Rare Shakespeare first edition sold for nearly 2m pounds

LONDON (AFP) - A rare first edition of British playwright William Shakespeare’s works from 1623 sold for 1.87 million pounds ($2.75 million) at Christie’s on Wednesday, the auction house said.A priv...

Updated : 2016.05.26 14:15

Writers share Wodehouse comic fiction prize, win a pig

LONDON (AP) -- Satires set in financial-crisis Ireland and the high-end art world share this year’s Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction, whose rewards include a bottle of champagne and a pig. Paul Murray’s “The Mark of the Void” and Hannah Rothschild’s “The Improbab...

Updated : 2016.05.25 17:57

Helen Mirren to narrate audiobook for Beatrix Potter story

NEW YORK (AP) -- Helen Mirren’s latest role is audio only. The award-winning British actress is narrating the recently rediscovered Beatrix Potter story “The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots,” Penguin Rando...

Updated : 2016.05.25 17:56

Oil riches help keep alive bedouin poetry

ABU DHABI (AFP) -- The Middle East’s poetry equivalent of “Pop Idol” is helping to keep alive an age-old tradition using bedouin dialect, which is barely understood outside the Arabian Gulf. Apart...

Updated : 2016.05.25 17:33

With Booker win behind her, Han expands realm of expression

Novelist Han Kang is receiving a level of media attention that few in the literary profession have experienced. Fellow writers and critics welcome the international breakthrough for Korean literature...

Updated : 2016.05.25 17:30

World War II's endgame was also a beginning for Samuel Beckett

“A Country Road, A Tree: A Novel” By Jo Baker Knopf (304 pages, $26.95) When war came to Europe in 1939, Samuel Beckett was a published but largely unknown and unread Irish writer working in the ...

Updated : 2016.05.25 11:44

‘The Gene’ captures scientific method in all its fumbling glory

“The Gene: An Intimate History”  By Siddhartha Mukherjee Scribner (592 pages, $30) “Like Pythagoras’s triangle, like the cave paintings at Lascaux, like the Pyramids in Giza, like the image of ...

Updated : 2016.05.25 11:43

Lara Feigel’s book tours Germany in the wake of WWII defeat

“The Bitter Taste of Victory: Life, Love, and Art in the Ruins of the Reich”  By Lara Feigel Bloomsbury (443 pages, $32) It wasn’t just grunts and generals who crossed into Germany at the end of...

Updated : 2016.05.25 11:41

Man Booker Prize pushes sales of 'The Vegetarian' overseas

Sales of Man Booker International Prize winner "The Vegetarian" by Korean novelist Han Kang have soared overseas, a Korean literary agency said Wednesday.Joseph Lee, president of Korean Literary (KL) Management, told Yonhap News Agency that the book has gone into a second printing of20,000...

Updated : 2016.05.19 09:44

Efforts that culminated in Han's Booker win

While novelist Han Kang’s Man Booker International Prize will likely be a much-desired boost for Korean literature’s push into the international stage, there has been a prolonged, if niche, interest...

Updated : 2016.05.18 17:54

J.K. Rowling honored by PEN for literary and humanitarian work

NEW YORK (AP) -- J.K. Rowling's passion for free expression is so strong it extends to someone she’d otherwise not care to discuss: Donald Trump. Speaking Monday night before hundreds gathered for P...

Updated : 2016.05.18 14:53

Chilean-American writer Allende seeks inspiration after loss

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Isabel Allende begins writing all her books on Jan. 8. But when the day arrived this year, she struggled with writer's block.  The practice began out of superstition. ...

Updated : 2016.05.18 14:49

Garcia Marquez’s ashes arrive in Colombia ahead of tribute

BOGOTA (AFP) -- The ashes of Latin American literary great Gabriel Garcia Marquez have arrived in his native Colombia ahead of a Sunday ceremony at their final resting place, his son told Agence France-Presse. The Nobel-winning author of the groundbreaking epic “One Hundred Years of Soli...

Updated : 2016.05.18 14:34

Julian Barnes portrays troubled composer Shostakovich

“The Noise of Time: A Novel”  By Julian Barnes Knopf (224 pages, $25.95) In Julian Barnes’ novel “The Noise of Time,” Dmitri Shostakovich considers the two types of composers in the Soviet Uni...

Updated : 2016.05.18 14:33

Desperation, sublimation and loss seasoned with irony, humor

“LaRose”  By Louise Erdrich Harper (384 pages, $27.99) Romeo Puyat, antihero and scourge of Louise Erdrich’s new novel “LaRose,” is a cursed man. Addicted to prescription drugs and anything el...

Updated : 2016.05.18 14:29