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Battle over Marvel comic gay kiss is defused by Brazil court

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's Supreme Court on Sunday made it illegal to ban any LGBT publication, after a lower court allowed conservative mayor to confiscate comic books at the Rio Book Fair containing content he considered "inappropriate" for minors.

Catholic school priest bans 'Harry Potter' books on exorcist advice

Washington - Exorcists advised a Nashville school priest to ban the Harry Potter books, over fears the popular children's novels could be used to summon spirits.

Final 'Girl With Dragon Tattoo' novel hits shelves

Stockholm - It is only right that a best-selling novel series about an unstoppable computer-hacker assassin should go out with a bang.

Icelandic language fighting tsunami of English

Reykjav - Two centuries ago experts predicted that Icelandic would be a dead language by now. But the doomsayers can eat their words: Icelandic is alive and kicking despite an onslaught of English brought on by modern technology.

Review: New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future Special

Can quantitative data can provide a coherent model of the world or are we slipping into a state of a world of ever-increasing incomprehension? This dualism forms the basis of a new book by James Bridle, looking at our tech dominated world.

Uncensored: Frankfurt book fair gets political in 'stormy' times

Frankfurt Am Main - "We need to talk." With these words, the Frankfurt book fair is this week kicking off its most politically charged edition in years, shining a spotlight on everything from #MeToo and free speech to life in Trump's America.

World leaders ignore rights in China: censored author Yan

Edinburgh - Chinese author Yan Lianke, whose works are banned in his heavily censored homeland, has urged world leaders not to shy away from confronting China about its human rights record.

Mourning Philip Roth fans bitter over long-standing Nobel snub

Stockholm - The death of America's prolific novelist Philip Roth aged 85 has led to his admirers scorning the Nobel Literature Prize that eluded his work, which often portrayed male sexuality and relations with women.

Marla McKenna discusses children's books, Linda Blair Foundation Special

Children's author Marla McKenna chatted with Digital Journal about her children's books and her partnership with Linda Blair's Foundation.

Historians accuse France of 'censorship' in far-right writer row

Paris - Ten members of a French committee that annually produces a book commemorating significant historical events collectively resigned on Wednesday, accusing the government of "censorship" for removing a reference to far-right author Charles Maurras.

British illustrator Quentin Blake surprised at 70-year success

London - Despite creating tens of thousands of drawings in a career spanning nearly 70 years, British illustrator Quentin Blake is still surprised at his success ahead of his latest exhibition.

Germany's oldest bookseller, 95, packs suspense in last chapter

Salzwedel - When Helga Weyhe began work at her beloved bookshop, the Red Army was on the march towards her east German town, Hitler still clung to power and Sartre had just published "No Exit".

US slaps tariffs on Canadian paper imports

Washington - The United States hit Canada with yet another round of punitive import tariffs, this time for as much as 10 percent on paper used to print newspapers and books.

Novel on legacy of Algerian war wins France's richest prize

Paris - A powerful account of what happened to an Algerian "harki" family who sided with the French during the country's war of independence won France's most lucrative book prize Thursday.

Crime writer Nesbo faces up evil in new Nordic chiller

Paris - We now know who to blame for Jo Nesbo scaring the living daylights out of millions of readers with his blood-drenched crime thrillers."When I was a child my mother used to send me down to the cellar for potatoes," the Norwegian writer told AFP.

Book details alleged sexual abuse in the Vatican

Rome - An Italian journalist acquitted in last year's so-called Vatileaks trial published Thursday a book detailing the attempts of a young whistleblower to report alleged sexual abuse.

Asterix returns for Italy chariot race caper

Paris - Asterix, the plucky Gaul with the rotund sidekick, has come charging back in the 37th book in the legendary comic series, which went on sale across Europe on Thursday.

Don't isolate Turkey, warn writers caught in crackdown

Frankfurt Am Main - Thinking back to his months in an Istanbul prison last year, Turkish journalist Can Dundar recalls a fellow inmate asking a guard for a book from the prison library."We don't have the book, but we have the author," came the reply.

Manal al-Sharif, driving change for Saudi women

Frankfurt Am Main - For Manal al-Sharif, the self-described "accidental activist" who spearheaded the campaign against the ban on female drivers in Saudi Arabia, the time for women to be silent is over.

British author Follett calls Brexit 'absolute disaster'

Frankfurt Am Main - British novelist Ken Follett, creator of the best-selling "Pillars of the Earth" series, on Wednesday called Brexit an "absolute disaster" and said the characters in his sweeping medieval saga would have been "remainers".

Transgender teddy, girl pirate: authors tackle gender norms

Frankfurt - From a transgender teddy bear to a fearless girl pirate, children's authors are tackling gender norms like never before, as debate rages about what it means to be a boy or girl.

Asterix returns in chariot race through Italy

Paris - Asterix is to ride again in the 37th book in the legendary comic series, its publishers said Monday.

Star authors en vogue at Frankfurt book fair

Frankfurt Am Main - Margaret Atwood, Dan Brown and Nicholas Sparks are among the big names descending on Frankfurt this week as the world's oldest book fair glams up for the Instagram generation, hoping to wow the crowds with "live events" by star authors.

Review: New book outlines the 'fourth industrial revolution' Special

London - A new book by Klaus Schwab looks at the 'fourth industrial revolution', taken as the age of connected devices. The book considers the opportunities and challenges that await human society as this era unfolds.

Clinton plays blame game in new book

Washington - Hillary Clinton takes responsibility for her devastating loss to Donald Trump in her tell-all book about the 2016 presidential race, but she also blames Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Vladimir Putin and others, published excerpts show.

Mandela book withdrawn after outrage from widow

Johanesburg - A new book detailing Nelson Mandela's last days has been withdrawn after it was condemned by his outraged widow, publisher Penguin Random House said Monday.

China's banned books fade from Hong Kong

Hong Kong - The annual Hong Kong book fair has always been a source of politically sensitive titles banned in China, but this year fewer were on display as the city faces growing pressure under an increasingly assertive Beijing.

Kenya's Ngugi dumps Swedish book fair over far-right newspaper

Stockholm - Kenyan literary icon Ngugi wa Thiong'o, often tipped for the Nobel literature prize, has pulled out of an annual Swedish book fair in protest at the presence of a right-wing extremist newspaper, his publisher said Wednesday.

Actress Emma Watson takes feminist book happening to Paris

Paris - "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson spent Thursday hiding copies of Margaret Atwood's classic novel "The Handmaid's Tale" across Paris to promote feminism."I'm hiding copies all over Paris!

Guinea city turns page on Ebola as World Book Capital

Conakry - Piles of rubbish and broken-down cars are being removed from the rundown streets of Conakry, and disgruntled hawkers on the main avenues have been told to close their stalls and move on.
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