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Chile court orders poet Neruda's remains returned

Santiago - A Chilean court on Wednesday ordered poet Pablo Neruda's remains be returned to his tomb, three years after they were exhumed to determine whether the Nobel laureate was assassinated.

Greater demand than thought for 'Mein Kampf' German reprint

Berlin - The first reprint of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" in Germany since World War II has proved more popular than expected, its publisher said Thursday, with pre-orders almost four times above its first print-run.

Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' reprints hit German bookstores

Munich - New copies of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" hit bookstores in Germany Friday for the first time since World War II, unsettling some Jewish community leaders, as the copyright of the anti-Semitic manifesto expires.

Israel disqualifies novel on Arab-Jewish love from curriculum

Jerusalem - Israel's education ministry has disqualified a book depicting a love story between an Israeli and a Palestinian from school curriculums, prompting an outcry from cultural figures.

Anguish as reprints of 'Mein Kampf' planned for new year

Berlin - The copyright of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" expires Friday, with plans by several publishers for annotated reprints sparking fierce debate over how one of the world's most controversial books should be treated seven decades after the defeat of the Nazis.

Russia launches marathon reading of Tolstoy's 'War and Peace'

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday began a 60-hour marathon broadcast during which celebrities and members of the public are reading aloud the whole of Leo Tolstoy's sprawling novel "War and Peace".

Nobel winner Alexievich slams Russia's trial of Ukrainian pilot

Minsk - Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich, this year's Nobel Literature Prize winner, on Wednesday slammed Russia's "political trial" of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko and compared her to Joan of Arc.

Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' goes on sale in Germany next month

Berlin - For the first time since World War II, Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" will be printed in Germany in January as an annotated edition, the institute publishing it said Tuesday.

When Romanian inmates pick up the pen to earn freedom

Bucharest - They may be athletes, businessmen or politicians but the minute they are jailed, Romanian convicts often morph into "men of letters" thanks to a law allowing those who write a book while inside to get out quicker.

From slum to bookshop, Brazil drug queen turns writer

Rio De Janeiro - She started sniffing glue at age six to ease the hunger of life in a Brazilian slum. She got her first revolver when she was 11.Now 54, Raquel de Oliveira, once the first lady of the drug trade in the Rio de Janeiro favelas, has taken up the pen.

Frankfurt fair reaches out to refugees with books

Frankfurt - Food and shelter may be a priority for the record numbers of often desperate refugees arriving in Germany but they also need "intellectual nutrition", say experts at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

School admin politics exposed in Ruderman's satirical novel Special

Winchester - Ian Ruderman's satirical novel, The Peculiar Grace of a Shaker Chair, pokes fun at the unspoken bureaucratic nonsense that happens within the administrative walls of an educational institution.

Frankfurt book fair opens in controversy as Rushdie sparks Iran boycott

Frankfurt - The world's biggest book fair opens Wednesday under a cloud of controversy with Iran calling on all Muslim nations to boycott the exhibition because author Salman Rushdie has been invited to speak.

Pride, excitement and blank looks in Minsk as Alexievich wins Nobel

Minsk - In two of Minsk's largest bookstores on Thursday afternoon, local author Svetlana Alexievich's books were on prominent display after she won the Nobel prize -- but only in an edition published in Russia.

Svetlana Alexievich wins Nobel Literature Prize

Stockholm - Belarussian writer Svetlana Alexievich won the 2015 Nobel Literature Prize on Thursday for her work chronicling the horrors of war and life under the repressive Soviet regime.

Alexievich tops list of Nobel literature favourites

Stockholm - Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus is among the bookies' favourites for Thursday's Nobel Prize in Literature but could see herself snubbed by the Swedish Academy, the awarding body that likes to surprise.

The tough task of predicting a Nobel literature laureate

Stockholm - Predicting a Nobel literature prize winner can be harder than finding a needle in a haystack, with hundreds of possible candidates but few clues as to who the chosen one will be.

'Hello': French travel guide launches special edition for refugees

Paris - The Routard travel guide that has led generations of French travellers through foreign lands has published a special version to help refugees navigate daily life in France.

China officials 'delayed shipment' of author's frozen body to U.S.

Bejing - A US firm has blamed Chinese "government bureaucracy" for delays in shipping the frozen body of a science fiction editor out of the country in the hope that she might later be revived.

Queen of romance novels Jackie Collins dies of cancer

Los Angeles - Best-selling romance novelist Jackie Collins, whose first book was so steamy it was banned in some countries, died of breast cancer in California Saturday, her family said. She was 77.

Media fear of Islam 'obsessional': France's Houellebecq

London - The fear-tinged portrayal of Islam in literature and the media has become "obsessional," controversial French writer Michel Houellebecq said in an interview published on Sunday by British newspaper The Guardian.

Oliver Sacks, best-selling author and neurologist, dies at 82

New York - Renowned neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks, who explored the mysteries of the human brain in a series of best-selling books, died Sunday at age 82.

Millennium sequel hits bookstores as author admits 'total fear'

Stockholm - The eagerly-awaited sequel to Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium crime trilogy hit store shelves in 25 countries on Thursday, as the author admitted he wrote the book in a manic depressive state.

'Millennium' author backs Danish newspaper boycott

Stockholm - The Swedish author of the highly-anticipated sequel to the Millennium crime trilogy said Tuesday he supported a Danish newspaper boycott of him over his publisher's refusal to let literary critics read the book in advance.

UK spooks kept files on Nobel author Lessing: Archives

London - Britain's intelligence services kept tabs on Nobel winning author Doris Lessing during the 1950s, fearing that her communist sympathies had been "fanned almost to the point of fanaticism", according to archived documents released Friday.

Garcia Marquez's ashes to be returned to his native Colombia

Estanzuela - The ashes of literary giant Gabriel Garcia Marquez will be returned from Mexico to his native Colombia in December, officials said Tuesday.

American novelist E.L. Doctorow dies, age 84

New York - E.L. Doctorow, one of America's most accomplished novelists of recent decades who was best known for his historical fiction, died Tuesday at the age of 84, US media reports said.

Ireland shrugs off French riddle over Yeats remains

Dublin - A trove of documents from a French chateau has cast doubt on the remains of beloved Irish poet W.B. Yeats but fans have shrugged off the controversy and said there is no doubt as to his spiritual home.

Review: 'Go Set a Watchman' — An incoherent, frustrating first draft Special

It's a mistake to read Harper Lee's “Go Set a Watchman” as a proper sequel to her 1960 classic “To Kill a Mockingbird." Fans would best approach it as a curio, as a wildly uneven first draft with too few moments of real inspiration.

Feverish excitement surrounds Harper Lee book release

New York - Bookstores opened at midnight when copies of Harper Lee's eagerly awaited, but controversial second novel flew off the shelves more than half a century after the groundbreaking success of "To Kill a Mockingbird.
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