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Turkish Nobel laureate slams climate of 'fear' in Turkey

Istanbul - Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 2006, denounced what he called a climate of "fear" in his country, in an interview published Sunday."The worst is that there's a fear.

Rare first Shakespeare edition found in French library

Saint-omer - A copy of William Shakespeare's First Folio, the first-ever compilation of the Bard's plays published in 1623, has been discovered in the library of an ancient port town in northern France.

Murakami says Japan ignoring WWII, Fukushima role: Report

Tokyo - Japanese writer Haruki Murakami has chided his country for shirking responsibility for its World War II aggression and the Fukushima nuclear disaster in an interview published Monday.

Modiano, 'modern-day Proust', wins Nobel Literature Prize

Stockholm - France's Patrick Modiano won the Nobel Literature Prize on Thursday for his enigmatic novels rooted in the trauma of the Nazi occupation and his own loveless childhood.

Guessing game ahead of 2014 Nobel literature prize

Stockholm - Amid fevered speculation over who gets the Nobel literature prize this year, punters and experts are considering language, geography, genre and even age to try and pin down the winner.

Op-Ed: How to be a full-time poet

After 21 years, I still find it entertaining, watching the looks on people’s faces, when they hear that poetry has sustained me for two decades. I have sat on panels, and had countless discussions with poets who’ve wanted my secret, so here it is!!

Siegfried Sassoon war diaries published online

Cambridge - The diaries of war poet Siegfried Sassoon, who wrote many poems about the horrors of World War I, are being published online for the first time.

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?

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.

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.

Children’s books teach important lessons on accepting differences Commissioned

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

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.

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.

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".

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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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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The 2012 short list for the Charles Taylor Prize was announced on Tuesday.
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