Nov 30, 2015

Murakami makes surprise appearance at Fukushima literature event

Haruki Murakami, the globally renowned novelist who rarely appears in public, attended a literature event in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Sunday as a special guest whose appearance had been kept secret. Murakami joined a panel discussion on “How to learn imagination?” Photography was prohibited ...

France marvels at high society beauty who made Proust swoon

Nov 13, 2015

France marvels at high society beauty who made Proust swoon

She was France’s great high society beauty, who so drove Marcel Proust to distraction that he went to his grave begging for a photograph of her. The crowned heads of Europe were equally in awe of her, with many dropping in on her Parisian ...

Jamaica's Marlon James wins Booker Prize for fiction

Oct 14, 2015

Jamaica's Marlon James wins Booker Prize for fiction

Marlon James became the first Jamaican winner of the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday with a vivid, violent, exuberant and expletive-laden novel based on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley. Michael Wood, chairman of the judging panel, said “A Brief History of Seven ...

Novelist Ishiguro's notes and works head to Texas library

Aug 23, 2015

Novelist Ishiguro's notes and works head to Texas library

The sweeping archives of award-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro will be heading to a University of Texas research library, including a discarded opening chapter for his best-known book, “The Remains of the Day,” the university said. The novelist, who was born in Nagasaki in 1954 ...

Firm helps people dispose of dead relatives' dirty mags

Aug 13, 2015

Firm helps people dispose of dead relatives' dirty mags

Once upon a time before the Internet, pornography fans collected magazines. Now a London firm is helping people get rid of the collections that dead relatives have left behind — discreetly, of course. Say your father has died and you find his pornography collection ...