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Op-Ed: Penning scary stories: It’s not a difficult exercise

Scary stories have been an integral part of our growing up. In fact, why only growing up? Doesn't a well-represented horror tale send shivers down our spine even well beyond our childhood?
In the Media by Milton Este

Singapore halts destruction of 'pro-gay' children's books

Singapore - Singapore on Friday stopped its national library from destroying two children's books with gay themes following an outcry over literary censorship in the tightly regulated city-state.
In the Media by AFP

J.K. Rowling writes story about Harry Potter's life as an adult

J.K. Rowling has released a tantalizing tidbit of Harry Potter's adult life from the viewpoint of Rita Skeeter, a tabloid journalist. Rowling's new story may also be a jab at how some journalists cover the news.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Children’s books teach important lessons on accepting differences Promoted

Leading experts and authors agree that helping children recognize and accept differences at an early age is important, especially via literature.
Promoted Content by Kay Mathews

Mandela widow 'treated with disrespect', aide says in memoir

Johannesburg - Nelson Mandela's widow was treated badly by members of his family as the peace icon was fighting for his life in hospital, excerpts from a memoir by his long-time aide have revealed.
In the Media by Sibongile Khumalo (AFP)

University students request 'trigger warnings' for course texts

Students at several universities around the country have made what they believe is a reasonable request: to be given a heads up if any material they are assigned to read contains any material that may be upsetting to them.
In the Media by Andrew Ellis - 3 comments

Spain hunts remains of 'Quixote' author Cervantes

Madrid - Scientists launched a radar-assisted hunt in a Madrid convent on Monday for the remains of Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes, author of "Don Quixote".
In the Media by Daniel Silva (AFP)

Spain launches radar hunt for Quixote writer Cervantes

Madrid - Scientists will start scanning Monday with a radar the floor of a Madrid convent where they hope to find the body of Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes, author of "Don Quixote".
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

After Mexico, Colombia says goodbye to Garcia Marquez

Bogot - With a mix of Mozart and folk music, Colombia said goodbye Tuesday to its Nobel-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez in a ceremony in the capital's cathedral.
In the Media by Ariela Navarro (AFP)

Garcia Marquez, godfather of magic realism, dies at 87

Mexico - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel-winning Colombian author whose "magical realism" told epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America, has died at the age of 87.
In the Media by Laurent Thomet (AFP)

Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies aged 68

London - Sue Townsend, the British author responsible for the multi-million selling Adrian Mole series documenting the hum-drum life of an awkward teenager, has died aged 68, her son told the BBC on Friday.
In the Media by AFP

Novelist Garcia Marquez feeling better, wants to go home

Mexico - Nobel-prize winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Saturday was feeling better after treatment in a Mexico City hospital, but staying put for now, family and officials said.
In the Media by AFP

Marquis de Sade manuscript returned to France

Paris - The original scroll on which the Marquis de Sade wrote the draft of his novel on sexual depravity, murder and paedophilia "The 120 Days of Sodom" has been returned to France following years of legal wrangling.
In the Media by AFP

Greek extremist killer's biography sparks row

Athens - An autobiography written by the main hitman of the far-left Greek extremist organisation November 17 has sparked a row over freedom of speech.
In the Media by AFP

Leading authors urge Russia to repeal 'chokehold' anti-gay laws

London - More than 200 leading international authors including Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood and Jonathan Franzen on Thursday slammed Russia's anti-gay and blasphemy laws as a "chokehold" on creativity as Sochi prepared for the Winter Olympics.
In the Media by AFP

Japan town fuming over Murakami fiction portrayal

Hamatonbetsu - A small Japanese town was fuming at best-selling novelist Haruki Murakami on Wednesday after a new story appeared to suggest its residents habitually throw lit cigarettes from car windows.
In the Media by AFP

Hermione should have married Harry Potter, Rowling admits

London - After years of squabbling, Harry Potter's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger finally became an item -- but now their creator JK Rowling has admitted she made a mistake by marrying them off.
In the Media by AFP

Russian stabbed to death for preferring prose to poetry

Moscow - A dispute between two Russians over the respective merits of poetry and prose ended up with one of them, a former teacher, stabbing his friend to death, investigators said Wednesday.
In the Media by AFP

Judge rules Sherlock Holmes to be within public domain

England's most famous detective, who has been the subject of many television shows and movies as of late, has been declared part of the public domain, according to a federal judge.
In the Media by Sean Fraser - 2 comments

Can you write a novel in 30 days?

If you think you can indeed write a novel in a mere thirty days, this is for you. Entry is free and full details can be found on the website.
In the Media by Alexander Baron - 2 comments

Canada’s Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize in Literature 2013

Toronto - Canadian author Alice Munro, author of “The Moons of Jupiter” and “Dear Life”, among many other celebrated works, was chosen this morning for the Nobel Prize for Literature 2013.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 6 comments

Review: Soulpepper's Dickens adaptation in Toronto meets expectations Special

Toronto - Sometimes you have to approach a new adaptation of a familiar classic with an open mind. Nothing could ever match how you see it in your head or how you've seen it staged or filmed before; letting that go is the only way to be objective.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill

Treaty for the blind signed: Book barriers cease

After years of negotiations, the World Intellectual Property Organization has finally come up with the text for the treaty that will give the blind access to more printed material then ever before.
In the Media by Robert Kingett

Author Iain Banks has died

The author Iain Banks has died aged 59. This news comes two months after he announced that he was suffering from terminal cancer.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

New book: Hour of the Wolf by Hakan Nesser

A teenager walks home late one night after missing the last bus, when on a lonely road he is run over by a drunk driver and killed.
In the Media by Matthew Hendricks

New book from Dan Brown on the way this spring

Robert Langdon is back in Dan Brown's new novel, Inferno. The new release from Random House will center around Dante's Inferno.
In the Media by Eric Morales - 2 comments

Review: Collection of Vonnegut letters a lengthy but worthwhile slog Special

It's tempting to think you know the real Kurt Vonnegut. He revealed so much of himself during his lifetime, in his personal essays and in the autobiographical bits of his novels. But five years after his death, there's still much more to learn.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill - 3 comments

Op-Ed: 'Scrooge' with Alastair Sim is still the best Christmas flick

Every December, TV bombards us with holiday movies and specials, some old, some great, most forgettable. And the unofficial “holy trinity” of Christmas movies is “It's a Wonderful Life”, “A Christmas Story” and the 1951 version of “Scrooge".
In the Media by Jeff Cottrill - 1 comment

Review: 'Dickens' Women' triumphs in its overdue Toronto premiere Special

Toronto - Miriam Margolyes' one-woman show “Dickens' Women” brings the wit and emotion of Charles Dickens to the stage so vividly, it makes his writing sound almost contemporary. Even if you hate Dickens, chances are good that you'll enjoy this show.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill

Miriam Margolyes brings many of Dickens' Women to life Special

You may recognize Miriam Margolyes as Professor Sprout from the “Harry Potter” movies, or her voice from “Babe”. You may not know that Margolyes, a lifelong Charles Dickens admirer, has been performing a solo show about the author since 1989.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill - 1 comment
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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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