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Nobel laureate and US 'national treasure' Toni Morrison dead at 88

New York - Toni Morrison, the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and one of America's best loved writers, has died following a brief illness, her family said Tuesday. She was 88.

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88: family

New York - Toni Morrison, the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, has died following a brief illness, her family said in a statement Tuesday. She was 88.

German stars lead call to shun far-right in 'Goerliwood'

Berlin - German film stars and authors are leading a call for a small town dubbed "Goerliwood" to shun the far-right in mayoral elections next week.

'I worked here': home of Albanian author Kadare becomes a museum

Tirana - Ismail Kadare draws the curtain to bring a shaft of light into the Tirana apartment where he wrote furiously during the dark days of communism -- a space visitors can now explore first-hand after his former home was turned into a museum.

'The Tiger Who Came To Tea' author Judith Kerr dead at 95

London - British author and illustrator Judith Kerr, who wrote the cherished children's book "The Tiger Who Came To Tea", has died aged 95, her publisher HarperCollins announced on Thursday.

British author Judith Kerr, creator of childhood favourites, dies aged 95

London - British writer and illustrator Judith Kerr, whose death at 95 was announced on Thursday, captivated young readers around the world with her tales of a fluffy tiger coming to tea, a trouble-prone cat and her own family's flight from Nazi Germany.

Omani writer wins Man Booker literature prize

London - Jokha Alharthi on Tuesday became the first Arabic author to win the Man Booker International prize for her novel "Celestial Bodies" which reveals her Omani homeland's post-colonial transformation.

Five women nominated for Booker International Prize

London - Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk, who scooped last year's Booker International Prize for fiction, was named Tuesday among five female nominees for this year's prestigious literary award.

George R.R. Martin: father of 'Game of Thrones'

Paris - George R.R. Martin, the 70-year-old writer behind HBO's blood-spattered epic "Game of Thrones", has created a multitude of fantasy worlds spanning medieval pasts to distant sci-fi futures.

Polish priest 'very sorry' for Harry Potter book burning

Warsaw - A Polish priest apologised Wednesday for burning "magic" Harry Potter books, after his actions sparked a wave of protest and comparisons with totalitarian regimes and the Inquisition.

Outcry over Harry Potter book burning by priests in Poland

Warsaw - The burning of Harry Potter "magic" books by priests in Poland triggered a wave of protest in the majority Catholic country on Tuesday with critics making comparisons with totalitarian regimes and the Inquisition.

Catholic priests burn Harry Potter books in Poland

Warsaw - Catholic priests in Poland burned books they say are sacrilegious this weekend, including tomes from British author J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series of fantasy novels.

Catholic priests burn Harry Potter books in Poland

Warsaw - Catholic priests in Poland burned books they say are sacrilegious this weekend, including tomes from British author J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series of fantasy novels.

Catholic priests burn Harry Potter books in Poland

Warsaw - Catholic priests in Poland burned books they say are sacrilegious this weekend, including tomes from British author J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series of fantasy novels.

Catholic priests burn Harry Potter books in Poland

Warsaw - Catholic priests in Poland burned books they say are sacrilegious this weekend, including tomes from British author J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series of fantasy novels.

Hemingway legacy writes unifying chapter for US, Cuba: lawmaker

Havana - Ernest Hemingway's legacy helps to bring Americans and Cubans together, an American congressman said as he opened an archive at the legendary writer's onetime home in Havana, despite tensions between the two nations.

Nobel figure quits after Swedish body's #MeToo scandal

Stockholm - Swedish scholar Sara Danius stepped down Tuesday from the academy that awards the Nobel literature prize, almost a year after she quit as its permanent secretary amid a sex scandal unveiled by the #MeToo movement.

Thirty years after Rushdie fatwa, blasphemy still a potent weapon

Islamabad - Thirty years after Iran called for the killing of Salman Rushdie, the British novelist remains a figure of hate for extremists across the Muslim world, and though the level of outrage has dropped, the issue of blasphemy is as incendiary as ever.

Rushdie: from fatwa fugitive to free speech hero

Paris - On February 14, 1989 Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini called for British writer Salman Rushdie to be killed for writing "The Satanic Verses", which the cleric said insulted Islam.

'I don't want to hide' says Rushdie, 30 years after fatwa

Paris - After decades spent in the shadow of a death sentence pronounced by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Salman Rushdie is quietly defiant."I don't want to live hidden away," he told AFP during a visit to Paris.

Behrouz Boochani: the refugee documenting 'Australian history' offshore

Sydney - When Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani won Australia's most valuable literary prize this week, he could not attend the ceremony to accept it.

Refugee detained in PNG wins Australia's richest literary prize

Sydney - An Iranian asylum-seeker detained in Papua New Guinea under Australian asylum laws has won Australia's most valuable literary prize for a book he reportedly wrote using the online messaging service WhatsApp.

Houellebecq's Muslim France novel to be made into TV series

Paris - A television version of French novelist Michel Houellebecq's most controversial book is in the pipeline, its backers said Wednesday.

Israelis mourn writer and peace advocate Amos Oz

Apo - Hundreds mourned revered Israeli writer and peace advocate Amos Oz on Monday at a funeral ceremony where the country's president hailed him as the nation's storyteller not afraid to be called a "traitor.

Notable deaths in 2018

Paris - From soul diva Aretha Franklin to astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and former UN chief Kofi Annan, here are some of the notable figures who passed away in 2018:- January -- 15: Dolores O'Riordan, singer-songwriter of Irish band The Cranberries, drowned a...

Amos Oz, revered writer and Israeli voice for peace, dies at 79

Jerusalem - Amos Oz, who died of cancer Friday aged 79, was a celebrated Israeli novelist and passionate peace advocate whose stirring memoir "A Tale of Love and Darkness" became a worldwide bestseller.

Revered Israeli writer Amos Oz dies at 79: daughter

Jerusalem - Renowned Israeli writer Amos Oz, a passionate peace advocate whose stirring memoir "A Tale of Love and Darkness" became a worldwide bestseller, died on Friday aged 79, his daughter said.

Author Ma Jian jokes after mistaken for jailed China spymaster

Bejing - Exiled Chinese author Ma Jian joked that his children were puzzled to learn he was a corrupt spymaster after several media outlets used his picture in stories about his namesake who was just sentenced to life imprisonment.

100 years ago, airmail took flight

Paris - On December 25, 1918 a daring French industrialist launched the world's first ever airmail service, flying between the southwestern French city of Toulouse and Barcelona in northeastern Spain.

Book Proust gave to his lover sells for world record 1.5 million euros

Paris - A copy of Marcel Proust's "Swann's Way" which he dedicated to his "little darling", sold for 1.51 million euros ($1.7 million) in Paris Friday -- a world record for a French book, auction house Sotheby's said.
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