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World authors urge China to free Nobel dissident's widow

Bejing - Dozens of the world's leading writers and artists, from Michael Chabon to Paul Auster and Khaled Hosseini, called on China Wednesday to release the widow of dissident Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and let her seek medical treatment abroad.

Tom Wolfe, author of 'The Right Stuff', dies at 88

New York - Author Tom Wolfe, the acerbic chronicler of American society known for best-selling books "The Right Stuff" and "The Bonfire of the Vanities," has died at the age of 88.

No Nobel Literature Prize after #MeToo turmoil

Stockholm - For the first time in almost 70 years there will be no Nobel Literature Prize this year, after the Swedish Academy that selects the laureate failed to contain a deep crisis stemming from the anti-sexual harassment #MeToo campaign.

2018 Nobel Literature Prize's fate to be announced Friday

Stockholm - The Swedish Academy is to announce on Friday whether or not it may postpone the 2018 Nobel Literature Prize, its administrative director has said, after it plunged into a crisis over links to a man accused of sexual assault.

Nobel Literature Prize for 2018 in doubt after crisis

Stockholm - The Swedish Academy, plunged into crisis over allegations of rape and sexual assault by the husband of one its members, may postpone the 2018 Nobel Literature Prize, Swedish Radio reported on Wednesday."We're thinking about it.

Nobel literature academy gets new head after sex assault claims

Stockholm - The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Literature Prize, appointed a new head Friday after a crippling crisis triggered by allegations of sexual assault against the husband of one of its members.

New head for Swedish Nobel body after sex scandal

Stockholm - The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Literature Prize, appointed a new head Friday as a sexual harrassment scandal rocked the prestigious institution.

Independent publishers vie for Man Booker International Prize

London - Independent publishers dominated the shortlist for Britain's Man Booker International Prize, announced on Thursday, celebrating translated works of fiction spanning the globe.

Swedish Academy in crisis as head resigns

Stockholm - The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Literature Prize, was plunged into crisis on Thursday after two of its members, including its head Sara Danius, resigned Thursday, amid a growing crisis over a high-profile man accused of sexual assaults.

Man Booker reverts author's nationality to 'Taiwan' after outcry

Taipei - The Man Booker International Prize has reversed a move to change a Taiwanese author's nationality to "Taiwan, China", after the literary award was criticised for bowing to pressure from Beijing.

New York's Morgan Library receives major James Joyce collection

New York - One of the foremost private collections of works by the influential Irish writer James Joyce has been donated to New York's Morgan Library and Museum.

S. Korea abuse MP quits as poet's exhibition dismantled

Seoul - A South Korean member of parliament resigned Monday after being accused of sex abuse, the latest target of a spreading #MeToo campaign in the country, as an exhibition to an accused poet was dismantled.

Jung Chang among leading authors blocked from Macau literature festival

Fpo - Three writers -- including bestselling "Wild Swans" author Jung Chang -- will no longer attend the Macau Literary Festival after authorities there said they were likely to be barred, the latest sign of Beijing's hardening line across its territories.

French publisher determined to reprint Celine's anti-Semitic rants

Paris - The head of France's most prestigious publishing house said Sunday he still wanted to reprint a collection of violently anti-Semitic pamphlets by Louis-Ferdinand Celine.

Sarajevo decides against honouring Turkish author Pamuk

Sarajevo - Sarajevo has dropped plans to proclaim Turkish Nobel literature laureate Orhan Pamuk an honorary citizen of the Bosnian capital, a move the opposition claimed was done out of fear of offending Turkey's president.

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.

South Korea's top poet under fire over sexual abuse scandal

Seoul - A top South Korean poet regularly tipped for the Nobel prize for literature has been accused of sexual abuse by another famed writer -- in the form of a poem.

Outrage in Croatia over burning of children's same-sex family book

Zagreb - Croatian gay and parents' rights groups filed a complaint Tuesday against the organisers of a children's carnival where the country's first children's book about "rainbow families" was symbolically burnt.

Rewriting norms in Croatia with children's same-sex family book

Zagreb - In Croatia's first children's book about "rainbow families", two mothers help their son Roko to put on his skis. It's part of a simple story aimed at changing attitudes in the staunchly Catholic country.

Influential Chilean 'anti-poet' Nicanor Parra dies

Santiago - Influential Chilean poet Nicanor Parra died Tuesday aged 103, leaving a legacy of "anti-poetry" with which he revolutionized Latin American literature and won the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor.

'A Year In Provence' author Peter Mayle dies aged 78

London - Peter Mayle, who wrote the best-selling novel "A Year In Provence", has died at the age of 78, his publishers announced.

French publisher shelves reprint of Celine's anti-Semitic texts

Paris - France's most famed publishing house bowed to pressure Thursday and suspended plans to reissue a collection of violently anti-Semitic pamphlets by novelist Louis-Ferdinand Celine.

Row erupts over revered French novelist's anti-Semitic pamphlets

Paris - The planned publication of anti-Semitic pamphlets written by a revered novelist has sparked a fierce row in France, with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe weighing in on the debate in favour of their release.

Writer Barry rides high on epic western with a twist

Paris - Sebastian Barry thought he was having too much fun writing his rollicking historical novel "Days Without End" for it to be any good.

Arundhati Roy: the literary canary in India's coalmine

New Delhi - She may have returned to publishing fiction after a two decade hiatus, but Indian writer Arundhati Roy says she has no plans to sheath her polemical sword anytime soon in a world where the vulnerable are still being "smashed".

Exiled for his sense of humour, poet Ovid has last laugh

Rome - Two thousand years after being banished from Rome, Ovid has been rehabilitated in a victory for the famous poet whose cheek riled one of history's most powerful emperors.

Exiled for his sense of humour, poet Ovid has last laugh

Rome - Two thousand years after being banished from Rome, Ovid has been rehabilitated in a victory for the famous poet whose cheek riled one of history's most powerful emperors.

France dubs '120 Days of Sodom' a national treasure to stop sale

Paris - The French government stepped in Monday to declare the manuscript of the Marquis de Sade's "120 Days of Sodom" a national treasure as it was about to be sold at auction in Paris.

Illustrator Quentin Blake holds auction for 'overlooked' art

London - British illustrator Quentin Blake presented Thursday the 33 first editions of classic books, with jackets specially created by leading artists, which will be auctioned to benefit London's House of Illustration museum, which he founded.

Pablo Neruda death probe finds cancer didn't kill him

Santiago - International experts announced Friday that Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda did not die of cancer, but could not conclusively determine if he was assassinated by late dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime.
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