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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.

Italy beckons for Asterix and Obelix

Bologna - After decades battling Julius Caesar and his Roman legions, Gallic hero Asterix and his sidekick Obelix finally discover the rest of Italy in their latest adventure, its authors revealed Wednesday.

Norway to open a doomsday vault to preserve World's information

Second doomsday vault set up in an abandoned coal mine in Norwegian Arctic will store world's most precious books in digital form to protect them from the apocalypse.

In besieged Gaza, first English library to open window to world

Gaza - Mossab Abu Toha has never actually left Gaza, instead devouring books as an escape. Now he is struggling to open the first English-language library in the beleaguered Palestinian territory.

Review: Soulpepper’s ‘Bondage’ still an emotionally resonant experience Special

Toronto - It’s been nearly three years since Soulpepper premiered its acclaimed production of “Of Human Bondage”, which began its third go-around this week. The show heads to New York in July, and if last night’s reopening was any indication, it’s ready.

Murakami fans to pack stores at midnight for new novel

Toukyo - Die-hard fans of Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author perennially pegged as a contender for the Nobel literature prize, will flock to bookstores Thursday night when his new novel hits shelves.

Murakami fans to pack stores at midnight for new novel

Toukyo - Die-hard fans of Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author perennially pegged as a contender for the Nobel literature prize, will flock to bookstores Thursday night when his new novel hits shelves.

Murakami fans to pack stores at midnight for new novel

Toukyo - Die-hard fans of Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author perennially pegged as a contender for the Nobel literature prize, will flock to bookstores Thursday night when his new novel hits shelves.

For Kurds in Syria, world novels finally speak their language

Kamishli - Abdo Shehu sits in an office in Kurdish-majority Qamishli in northeast Syria, surrounded by copies of the first Western novel available in the city in his own language.

For Kurds in Syria, world novels finally speak their language

Kamishli - Abdo Shehu sits in an office in Kurdish-majority Qamishli in northeast Syria, surrounded by copies of the first Western novel available in the city in his own language.

For Kurds in Syria, world novels finally speak their language

Kamishli - Abdo Shehu sits in an office in Kurdish-majority Qamishli in northeast Syria, surrounded by copies of the first Western novel available in the city in his own language.

Obelix is the star of new Asterix adventure

Paris - Up to now he has always been the simpleminded second fiddle to Asterix. But Obelix, the Gallic hero's sturdy sidekick, is finally to get a starring role in the French comic book series.

Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' becomes German bestseller

Berlin - The first reprint of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" in Germany since World War II has proved a surprise bestseller, heading for its sixth print run, its publisher said Tuesday.
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Dickson Street Bookshop.  Fayetteville  Ark.  Feb. 18  2010
Dickson Street Bookshop. Fayetteville, Ark. Feb. 18, 2010
Customers read children s books at Trolley Line Bookshop.  Rogers  Ark.  Feb. 18  2011
Customers read children's books at Trolley Line Bookshop. Rogers, Ark. Feb. 18, 2011
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Very old books.
Very old books.
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The process of book binding requires great care and skill.
The process of book binding requires great care and skill.
Pat and Myra Moran  owners of Trolley Line Bookshop.  Rogers  Ark.  Feb. 18  2011
Pat and Myra Moran, owners of Trolley Line Bookshop. Rogers, Ark. Feb. 18, 2011
A statue of the British comical character Mr. Punch  on display near the conservation center at the ...
A statue of the British comical character Mr. Punch, on display near the conservation center at the British Librar. Punch and Judy is a traditional, popular, and usually very violent puppet show.
An area in the Francis Hotel for guests to borrow books.
An area in the Francis Hotel for guests to borrow books.
Volunteers offer free programs  directions and warm smiles.
Volunteers offer free programs, directions and warm smiles.
My books for the fall semester and my schedule.
My books for the fall semester and my schedule.
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The Olive Tree
Dickson Street Bookshop.  Fayetteville  Ark.  Feb. 18  2011
Dickson Street Bookshop. Fayetteville, Ark. Feb. 18, 2011
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credit: Gabriel Lascu
Interesting book on the lives of saints.
Interesting book on the lives of saints.
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Max Tomlinson
Located at 80 West Portal Ave is the bookshop where printed books are still king  says the shop mana...
Located at 80 West Portal Ave is the bookshop where printed books are still king, says the shop manager Kevin Atkin.
A series of older books held under controlled conditions (temperature and humidity) at the British L...
A series of older books held under controlled conditions (temperature and humidity) at the British Library.
Don Choffel  co-owner of Dickson Street Bookshop  in the new area of the store. Fayetteville  Ark. F...
Don Choffel, co-owner of Dickson Street Bookshop, in the new area of the store. Fayetteville, Ark. Feb. 18, 2010

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