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Huge interest as Anne Frank poem goes up for auction

Haarlem - A very rare handwritten poem by Jewish diarist Anne Frank goes under the auctioneer's hammer Wednesday, amid a flurry of interest which may push the price well above the 30,000 euros ($32,000) reserve.

Bob Dylan can't make Nobel ceremony: Swedish Academy

Stockholm - Music icon Bob Dylan will not attend the Nobel ceremony in December to accept his literature prize because he has "other commitments", the Swedish Academy said on Wednesday.

Turkey prosecutors demand life for prominent novelist: report

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors Thursday demanded life sentences for nine suspects charged over their work at a now closed pro-Kurdish newspaper, including the internationally-renowned novelist Asli Erdogan.

'Rare' Anne Frank poem to be auctioned

Den Haag - An "extremely rare" handwritten poem by Anne Frank, penned shortly before she went into hiding from the Nazis, is to be auctioned and could fetch up to 50,000 euros ($55,000), the auctioneers said Thursday.

Leila Slimani wins Goncourt, France's top literary prize

Paris - Moroccan-born Leila Slimani won France's top literary prize, the Goncourt, on Thursday with a novel guaranteed to "scare the wits out of parents".

Lottery of misery: Bleak choices for North Korea's women

Hong Kong - Stay and endure a life of privation and oppression or escape and risk being sold into sexual slavery: this is the stark choice facing many women in North Korean, bestselling author and activist Hyeonseo Lee warns.

Nobel winner Alexievich urges release of Russia activist

Minsk - Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich, last year's Nobel Literature Prize winner, has signed a petition for the release of a Russian activist who says he has been tortured and threatened in prison.

Nobel panel signals desire for Dylan song at ceremony

Stockholm - The Swedish Academy said on Saturday that Bob Dylan is not obliged to attend the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm, but is required to hold some sort of lecture or even sing a song.

Highlands murder tale tipped for Booker Prize win

Edinburgh - A tale of murder and class warfare in the Scottish Highlands by a little-known novelist is one of the favourites to win this year's Booker Prize for literature on Tuesday.

New graphic novel recounts Bataclan horror

Paris - Fred and Elisa are lying on the floor of Bataclan concert hall. Alive but covered in blood, the two strangers' hands touch in the darkness. This is just one scene from a new graphic novel, "Mon Bataclan" (My Bataclan), drawn by Fred Dewilde.

Frankfurt book fair opens with plea to free Turkish novelist

Frankfurt - The Frankfurt book fair opened Tuesday with a plea for Turkey to release acclaimed author and rights activist Asli Erdogan, jailed along with other journalists in a post-coup crackdown.

Nobel panel gives up knockin' on Dylan's door

Stockholm - The Swedish Academy says it has given up trying to reach Bob Dylan, days after it awarded him the Nobel Prize for Literature."Right now we are doing nothing. I have called and sent emails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies.

Singing in the rain at send-off for Italy's Dario Fo

Milan - Thousands of mourners sang as they walked through the streets of Milan Saturday to pay their respects to Italy's Nobel prize-winning dramatist Dario Fo at a lay ceremony in front of the city's Gothic cathedral.

President Hollande struggles to put out fires from tell-all book

Paris - French President Francois Hollande scrambled Friday to contain the damage from a series of embarrassing remarks he made in a tell-all book that gave right-wing rivals ammunition to attack him in a televised debate.

Bob Dylan still silent on Nobel literature prize win

Stockholm - More than 24 hours after awarding Bob Dylan the Nobel prize for literature, the Swedish Academy said Friday they had still not managed to speak to the reclusive US singer.

Nobel laureate Dylan: uneasy 'voice of a generation'

Saint Paul - If the phrase "voice of a generation" were trademarked, it may well belong to Bob Dylan. But the singer and poet, whose surprise win of the Nobel Prize for Literature only cements his iconic status in 1960s counterculture, has been an uneasy spokesman....

Dario Fo, a master of agit prop and political farce

Rome - Dario Fo was one of the leading figures in modern farce and political theatre, whose brilliant satire earned him both a rebuke from the Vatican and the literary world's highest honour.

Bob Dylan wins Nobel Literature Prize

Stockholm - US music legend Bob Dylan, whose songs have influenced generations of fans, won the Nobel Literature Prize on Thursday, the first songwriter to win the prestigious award in a decision that stunned prize watchers.

Nobel prize-winning Italian playwright Dario Fo dies aged 90

Rome - Italian satirical dramatist Dario Fo, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1997, died on Thursday aged 90, prompting an outpouring of tributes for a provocative playwright unafraid to clash with authority.

Adonis, Thiong'o favourites for Nobel Literature Prize

Stockholm - Syrian poet Adonis and Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o are among the hotly-tipped names to take home this year's Nobel Literature Prize, due to be announced on Thursday.

Speculation abounds ahead of Nobel Literature Prize

Stockholm - Literary circles are abuzz with speculation ahead of Thursday's Nobel Literature Prize announcement, with award watchers suggesting this year's honours could go to a controversial writer such as Syrian-born poet Adonis.

Writers' privacy row erupts as Italy's Ferrante unmasked

Rome - One of literature's unresolved mysteries appears to have been cracked with the unmasking of the true identity of Italian publishing sensation Elena Ferrante.

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.
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