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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

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

Han Kang wins Booker award

Korean author Han Kang became the first Korean to win the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for her novel “The Vegetarian” on Monday. British translator Deborah Smith, who translated the no...

Updated : 2016.05.17 17:37

Children’s book on Korean history published in English

“Letters from Korean History” is an English-language series of books written for primary to high school students who are interested in learning about Korean history, according to its publisher Cum L...

Updated : 2016.05.11 14:58