New Harper Lee book sparks anticipation

Feb 5, 2015

New Harper Lee book sparks anticipation

Surprise, eager anticipation and a tinge of skepticism have surrounded the news that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee will publish a second novel, half a century after “To Kill a Mockingbird” became an American classic. Until Tuesday, when publisher Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, ...

A million rare documents damaged in Moscow fire

Feb 1, 2015

A million rare documents damaged in Moscow fire

A fire that ripped through one of Russia’s largest university libraries is believed to have damaged more than a million historic documents, with some describing the fire as a cultural “Chernobyl.” The blaze, which started on Friday and was still not completely out on ...

Jan 21, 2015

U.N. panel on North Korean rights says report still stands

The head of the U.N. commission that produced a damning report on North Korean rights abuses has dismissed Pyongyang’s claim that doubts about the credibility of a prominent witness made the panel’s findings “invalid.” “The partial retraction of Shin Dong-hyuk of the testimony he ...

Dec 28, 2014

Amazon-Hachette feud headlined book news in 2014

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Like a serial for the digital age, the book world’s most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time. A dispute about e-book revenues between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group led to Amazon’s removing buy buttons, cutting discounts and reducing orders ...

Norman Bridwell, Clifford creator, dead at 86

| Dec 17, 2014

Norman Bridwell, Clifford creator, dead at 86

Norman Bridwell, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the Big Red Dog, has died at 86. Bridwell, who lived for decades in a house with a bright red door ...