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Italy orders man to buy feminist books for underage prostitute: reports

Rome - A court in Rome has handed down an unusual penalty to the client of an underage prostitute, ordering him to buy her 30 books on the theme of women's dignity, Italian media reported Friday.

French writer Michel Butor dies aged 89: family

Paris - French writer Michel Butor, one of the leading figures of the experimental 1950s "Nouveau Roman" literary movement, died on Wednesday aged 89, his family told Le Monde newspaper.

Smoking 'mota': Drug slang enters Mexico's dictionary

Mexico - Pot smokers in Mexico inhale "mota." A flamboyant drug cartel member bedecked in gold chains is dubbed a "buchon." A corpse wrapped in sheets is "encobijado.

Real-life 'Pianist' family wins defamation appeal

Varsovia - The family of the late Jewish-Polish protagonist of Oscar-winning Holocaust film "The Pianist" said Monday they had won an appeal against defamation over claims in a book that he was a Nazi collaborator.

The magic is back: Harry Potter play hits London stage

London - Harry Potter fans were buzzing with excitement Saturday ahead of the opening gala of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", a stage play that imagines the fictional boy wizard as a grown-up father of three.

On the Harry Potter trail in Portugal — Rowling's inspiration

Porto - It feels as if time has stood still at Lello, a Gothic Revival style bookstore in the historic centre of Porto, whose heady "olde worlde" ambiance inspired some of the scenes for Harry Potter.It was in Portugal's second city that Potter author J. K.

Hungarian author Peter Esterhazy dies aged 66

Budapest - Novelist Peter Esterhazy, widely regarded as a leading figure of 20th century Hungarian literature, has died aged 66 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, his publisher said Thursday.

Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel dies

Jerusalem - Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor, writer and Nobel peace laureate who worked to keep alive the memory of Jews slaughtered during World War II, has died aged 87, Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust center said.

Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee speaks against animal cruelty

Madrid - Nobel prize winning author J.M. Coetzee denounced animal cruelty in a rare public reading, calling for humans to treat them with "justice".

Proust's personal archives sell at auction for $1.3 mn

Paris - Intimate letters, personal photographs and rare manuscripts that once belonged to French writer Marcel Proust have sold at auction for 1.2 million euros ($1.3 million).

Germany probes publisher planning to re-print Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'

Berlin - German prosecutors said Thursday they were investigating whether to bring charges against a publisher who has promised to print a version of Adolf Hitler's anti-Semitic manifesto "Mein Kampf" without annotations.

Colombia: Cartagena lays to rest Garcia Marquez's ashes

Cartagena - The ashes of Nobel literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez were laid to rest in Cartagena, the jewel of colonial architecture on Colombia's Caribbean coast, following a tribute to the author.

Turkey Nobel laureate backs writer on trial for insulting Erdogan

Ankara - Turkey's internationally-acclaimed novelist Orhan Pamuk on Tuesday backed a fellow writer on trial for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying the mounting number of such cases was aimed at intimidating the government's opponents.

Spanish government in tug-of-war with family over Lorca archive

Madrid - Spanish authorities and the family of the late poet Federico Garcia Lorca, who was killed during the civil war, are engaged in a fierce battle over what to do with his archive.

Russian novelist Ulitskaya attacked at awards ceremony: rights group

Moscow - Activists on Thursday attacked prominent Russian writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya, schoolchildren and other participants at a prize ceremony organised by rights campaign group Memorial, which exposes Stalin-era repression.

Palestinian novelist wins top Arab fiction prize

Abu Dhabi - A Palestinian author has won the International Prize for Arab Fiction for the first time for a novel about the Palestinian exodus in 1948 and the Holocaust.

Chile reburies Nobel-winning poet Pablo Neruda

Isla Negra - Chile reburied Nobel prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda's remains Tuesday after exhuming them to determine whether he was assassinated by late dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime -- a mystery that still lingers.

Chile honors poet Neruda before reburying body

Santiago - Chile paid homage to Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda as it prepared to rebury him Tuesday after examining his body to determine whether he was assassinated by the country's former dictatorship.

French finance minister denies twanging journalist's panties

Paris - French Finance Minister Michel Sapin on Friday denied "slanderous" accusations that he pulled the exposed elastic of a journalist's underwear as she bent over in his presence.

Spain marks death of intriguing 'Quixote' author Cervantes

Madrid - Spain marks the fourth centenary of the death of its most famous author Miguel de Cervantes this week with hundreds of events ranging from cultural to quirky... and a bit of controversy.

Spanish classic 'Don Quixote' published in 17,000 tweets

Madrid - A retired computer engineer is marking the fourth centenary of the death of Spain's revered author Miguel de Cervantes by publishing his best-known novel "Don Quixote" online -- one Twitter message at a time.

'Mr Nice' Howard Marks dies aged 70

London - Howard Marks, a major British drug smuggler turned cannabis legalisation campaigner and bestselling author, has died of bowel cancer aged 70, British media reported on Monday.

Paris attacks widower's defiant message turns into book

Paris - "You won't have my hatred" -- the defiant words of a Paris attacks widower that won sympathy around the world -- are the title of his poignant new book, already translated into 18 languages.

Hungarian Nobel Literature Prize winner Imre Kertesz dies

Budapest - Hungary's only Nobel Literature Prize winner, Imre Kertesz, died aged 86 early Thursday in Budapest after a long illness, his publisher said.

Priceless tomes in Italy hold key to European identity

Rome - As Europe struggles with an identity crisis, a new exhibition in Rome looks at the birth of European culture through ancient manuscripts and the earliest printed books, including a first edition of Dante's Divine Comedy.

Argentine cleaner's double life as prize-winning writer

Buenos Aires - When the Buenos Aires subway closes at night, Enrique Ferrari goes underground to mop the platforms -- and to polish his next thriller.The Argentine station cleaner, 44, with bags under his eyes, is also a prize-winning crime novelist.

Swedish Academy denounces Salman Rushdie fatwa after 27 years

Stockholm - After a silence lasting 27 years, the Swedish institution which awards the Nobel Prize for Literature denounced Thursday the Iranian fatwa on British writer Salman Rushdie.

Italy mourns literary giant Umberto Eco

Rome - Italy was in mourning Saturday following the death of Umberto Eco, the intellectual and literary giant who wrote "The Name of the Rose" and was cherished as one of his country's favourite sons.

Umberto Eco: From philosophy to best-sellers

Milan - Italy's Umberto Eco, whose death at 84 has been announced by the Italian media, leapt from being an internationally-renowned philosopher to become an author of best-selling novels.

'To Kill a Mockingbird' author Harper Lee dies at 89

New York - Harper Lee, one of America's most celebrated novelists whose masterpiece about racial injustice "To Kill a Mockingbird" was read by millions, has died, her publisher said Friday. She was 89.
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A literature's evening to fight the violence against women. The fantastic Basilica of Maxentius is hosting the 12th edition of Literature International Festival of Rome. The anchorwoman TV, Serena Dandini, the Italian journalist Concita De Gregorio, the writers Mariam Al-Masri, Farian Sabahi and Taiye Selasi, the DALIA centre of women and Pink Phone association, last Tuesday evening during the cultural event "A woman as a friend", together have wanted send an important message: "Let's fight the
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The 2012 short list for the Charles Taylor Prize was announced on Tuesday.
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The 2012 short list for the Charles Taylor Prize was announced on Tuesday.
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A literature's evening to fight the violence against women. The fantastic Basilica of Maxentius is hosting the 12th edition of Literature International Festival of Rome. The anchorwoman TV, Serena Dandini, the Italian journalist Concita De Gregorio, the writers Mariam Al-Masri, Farian Sabahi and Taiye Selasi, the DALIA centre of women and Pink Phone association, last Tuesday evening during the cultural event "A woman as a friend", together have wanted send an important message: "Let's fight the
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A literature's evening to fight the violence against women. The fantastic Basilica of Maxentius is hosting the 12th edition of Literature International Festival of Rome. The anchorwoman TV, Serena Dandini, the Italian journalist Concita De Gregorio, the writers Mariam Al-Masri, Farian Sabahi and Taiye Selasi, the DALIA centre of women and Pink Phone association, last Tuesday evening during the cultural event "A woman as a friend", together have wanted send an important message: "Let's fight the
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A literature's evening to fight the violence against women. The fantastic Basilica of Maxentius is hosting the 12th edition of Literature International Festival of Rome. The anchorwoman TV, Serena Dandini, the Italian journalist Concita De Gregorio, the writers Mariam Al-Masri, Farian Sabahi and Taiye Selasi, the DALIA centre of women and Pink Phone association, last Tuesday evening during the cultural event "A woman as a friend", together have wanted send an important message: "Let's fight the
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A literature's evening to fight the violence against women. The fantastic Basilica of Maxentius is hosting the 12th edition of Literature International Festival of Rome. The anchorwoman TV, Serena Dandini, the Italian journalist Concita De Gregorio, the writers Mariam Al-Masri, Farian Sabahi and Taiye Selasi, the DALIA centre of women and Pink Phone association, last Tuesday evening during the cultural event "A woman as a friend", together have wanted send an important message: "Let's fight the
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A literature's evening to fight the violence against women. The fantastic Basilica of Maxentius is hosting the 12th edition of Literature International Festival of Rome. The anchorwoman TV, Serena Dandini, the Italian journalist Concita De Gregorio, the writers Mariam Al-Masri, Farian Sabahi and Taiye Selasi, the DALIA centre of women and Pink Phone association, last Tuesday evening during the cultural event "A woman as a friend", together have wanted send an important message: "Let's fight the