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'The best words': Trump may be a poet without knowing it

Oslo - "I know words... I have the best words," Donald Trump said one day in his superlative way.Now those words by the new US president have been pulled together as a "collection of poetry" in Norway.Who knew? Trump the poet?

In new Millennium book, author steps out of Larsson's shadow

Stockholm - In the cult Millennium crime fiction series, Stieg Larsson created Lisbeth Salander as a tattooed hacker out to get revenge on her persecutors.

Kashmir's brutal stories get cartoon treatment

Srinagar - Through sombre black and white drawings, graphic novelist Malik Sajad tells the brutal story of his native Kashmir in the 1990s, as an armed insurgency against Indian rule reached its bloody peak.

Hollande's ex Trierweiler writes novel about 'torrid affair'

Paris - The ex-girlfriend of French President Francois Hollande, Valerie Trierweiler -- whose tell-all memoir was a sensation -- will publish her first novel next month about a torrid secret affair.

In Indian Kashmir, social media becomes a battleground

Srinagar - An unprecedented ban on Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter in Indian Kashmir has highlighted social media's role in energising an insurgency that has roiled the disputed Himalayan region for decades.

Islamic romance novels set hearts aflutter in Bangladesh

Dhaka - Kasem bin Abubakar was told nobody would buy his chaste romance novels about devout young Muslims finding love within the strict moral confines of Bangladeshi society.

Guinea city turns page on Ebola as World Book Capital

Conakry - Piles of rubbish and broken-down cars are being removed from the rundown streets of Conakry, and disgruntled hawkers on the main avenues have been told to close their stalls and move on.

Bob Dylan finally to receive Nobel prize in Stockholm

Stockholm - Music icon Bob Dylan will finally receive his Nobel Literature Prize this weekend at a meeting with the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, it announced Wednesday.

Caribbean poet and Nobel laureate Derek Walcott dies

New York - Poet, playwright and Nobel laureate Derek Walcott died Friday after a long illness at his home on the Caribbean island of St Lucia, his publisher said. He was 87.

Meet Cuba's top detective writer, incognito at home

Havana - Detective fiction fans and literature buffs worldwide love Leonardo Padura; some watch his sleuth Mario Conde on Netflix. But back home in Communist Cuba, the author is virtually unknown.

South African poet, activist awarded in Poland

Varsovia - A jury in Warsaw on Monday named South African writer and anti-apartheid activist Breyten Breytenbach as the recipient of the 2017 Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award, named after the anti-communist Polish poet and philosopher.

Review: Soulpepper’s ‘Bondage’ still an emotionally resonant experience Special

Toronto - It’s been nearly three years since Soulpepper premiered its acclaimed production of “Of Human Bondage”, which began its third go-around this week. The show heads to New York in July, and if last night’s reopening was any indication, it’s ready.

Murakami fans to pack stores at midnight for new novel

Toukyo - Die-hard fans of Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author perennially pegged as a contender for the Nobel literature prize, will flock to bookstores Thursday night when his new novel hits shelves.

Murakami fans to pack stores at midnight for new novel

Toukyo - Die-hard fans of Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author perennially pegged as a contender for the Nobel literature prize, will flock to bookstores Thursday night when his new novel hits shelves.

Murakami fans to pack stores at midnight for new novel

Toukyo - Die-hard fans of Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author perennially pegged as a contender for the Nobel literature prize, will flock to bookstores Thursday night when his new novel hits shelves.

Dutch creator of Miffy the rabbit dies at 89

Den Haag - Dutch artist and illustrator Dick Bruna, creator of beloved children's character Miffy the white rabbit, has died aged 89, his publishing house said Friday.

For Kurds in Syria, world novels finally speak their language

Kamishli - Abdo Shehu sits in an office in Kurdish-majority Qamishli in northeast Syria, surrounded by copies of the first Western novel available in the city in his own language.

For Kurds in Syria, world novels finally speak their language

Kamishli - Abdo Shehu sits in an office in Kurdish-majority Qamishli in northeast Syria, surrounded by copies of the first Western novel available in the city in his own language.

For Kurds in Syria, world novels finally speak their language

Kamishli - Abdo Shehu sits in an office in Kurdish-majority Qamishli in northeast Syria, surrounded by copies of the first Western novel available in the city in his own language.

Irish author first novelist to win Costa prize twice

London - Irish writer Sebastian Barry on Tuesday became the first novelist to scoop the Costa Book of the Year award twice, with his portrayal of an 1850s gay relationship between US soldiers.

Turkish novelist freed but top journalist held over tweets

Istanbul - Asli Erdogan, one of Turkey's most celebrated novelists, was released from jail Thursday, looking exhausted after 132 days of pre-trial detention, declaring that she could barely believe she was free.

Anne Frank may have been caught 'by chance', not betrayed: museum

Den Haag - Anne Frank may have been discovered "by chance" and not because she was denounced to Holland's Nazi overlords by unknown betrayers as long thought, the museum in her honour says.

Bob Dylan: 'I'm sorry I can't be with you in person'

Stockholm - Bob Dylan's speech at the Nobel Banquet was delivered by the US Ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji. "Good evening, everyone. I extend my warmest greetings to the members of the Swedish Academy and to all of the other distinguished guests."

Writers call for end to China's human rights crackdown

Bejing - More than 100 authors from around the world signed a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping Saturday -- Human Rights Day -- to urge an immediate end to China's "worsening crackdown" on rights, a global writers group said.

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.
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