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‘Children of the New World’ finds virtual realities disenchanting

“Children of the New World” By Alexander WeinsteinPicador (240 pages, $16)The typical protagonist of Alexander Weinstein’s cautionary tales in “Children of the New World” is a man who could bene...

Updated : 2016.09.28 13:45

My Hometown: Springsteen launches book tour in New Jersey

FREEHOLD, New Jersey (AP) -- The Boss was back in his hometown.   Bruce Springsteen’s latest tour opened Tuesday, and the rocker who usually lets his songs do the talking yielded to fans to take a t...

Updated : 2016.09.28 13:31

Mara Wilson is not Matilda anymore

When Mara Wilson was a little girl, Hollywood couldn’t get enough of her.She was one of those child actors who seemed preternaturally mature. Her vocabulary was surprisingly expansive. She could carr...

Updated : 2016.09.28 13:29

Syrian poet Adonis says poetry 'can save Arab world'

GOTHENBURG, Sweden (AFP) -- Noted Syrian poet Adonis, whose name surfaces regularly as a top contender for the Nobel literature prize, says religious fanaticism is “destroying the heart of the Arab world,” but sees salvation in poetry.The 86-year-old lives in exile and is equally scathin...

Updated : 2016.09.26 11:56

‘Little Nothing’ a fierce fairy tale

Fairy tales waste no time getting under the skin. They pretend to be innocent, once upon a time and all that, but they never are. The darkened wood, the hooded stranger, the soup served at dinner hide...

Updated : 2016.09.21 16:22

‘The Oliver Stone Experience’ a deep dive into monumental movie career

“The Oliver Stone Experience” By Matt Zoller SeitzAbrams (480 pages, $50)Is there another living American director with a greater run of movies than Oliver Stone? The dozen films he directed over a ...

Updated : 2016.09.21 16:17

Global writers to engage in conversation at Seoul International Writers’ Festival

Writers from around the world will exchange ideas and share literary works at the Seoul International Writers’ Festival taking place from Sept. 25-Oct. 1 at the Arko Art Center and Daehakro Arts Thea...

Updated : 2016.09.21 16:04

Andrea Wulf’s Humboldt biography wins Science Book Prize

LONDON (AP) -- A biography of German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt has been named science book of the year.Andrea Wulf’s “The Invention of Nature” was awarded the 25,000-pound ($33,000) Science Book Prize on Monday.It charts the life of the influential 18th- and 19th-ce...

Updated : 2016.09.21 14:24

New book brings Atlas Obscura site’s wonders to printed page

NEW YORK (AP) -- An elf school in Iceland. A hospital for falcons in the Middle East. A museum in Independence, Missouri, for artwork made from hair.These are the types of attractions featured on the ...

Updated : 2016.09.21 14:22

How far will you go for your autistic child?

Being a parent is always full of ups and downs, of course, but being the parent of an autistic child, Carolyn Parkhurst writes in her splendid new novel, is a lot like riding a roller coaster that nev...

Updated : 2016.09.07 17:03

Raised in California and living in Seoul, novelist Krys Lee wrestles with Korean identities

Standing in the heart of Koreatown, novelist Krys Lee turned around.Was this direction to the Korean market where her family made a pilgrimage every weekend and her mother would rent her cache of Kore...

Updated : 2016.09.07 16:44

Children’s author, illustrator of Llama Llama stories dies

MONTPELIER, Vermont (AP) -- Best-selling children’s book author and illustrator Anna Dewdney, who gained fame with her series of Llama Llama stories, has died at age 50.Dewdney, who had a 15-month ba...

Updated : 2016.09.07 16:43

'My GoldStar phone' wins Soorim literary award

A novel about a young aspiring writer has won a literary prize co-awarded by Yonhap News Agency and the Soorim Cultural Foundation, the news agency said Monday.“My GoldStar phone” by Kim Hena tells ...

Updated : 2016.09.05 13:41

Expressing sorrow of black Americans

“The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race” By Jesmyn WardScribner (240 pages, $25)The murder last year of nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, epitomize...

Updated : 2016.08.31 16:22

Jessica Winter's debut looks at the 1 percent

“Break in Case of Emergency” By Jessica WinterKnopf (288 pages, $25.95)Jessica Winter’s debut novel, “Break in Case of Emergency,” is an interesting study of the 1 percent and those striving to j...

Updated : 2016.08.31 16:20