Jul 9, 2014

Harry Potter returns in new J.K. Rowling short story

Harry Potter has returned in a short story posted online by J.K. Rowling that features her best-selling hero at a school reunion, approaching the age of 34 and showing a few gray hairs. Written as an article in the fictional Daily Prophet newspaper under ...

In book, Clinton dishes out insider's view of Putin

Jun 10, 2014

In book, Clinton dishes out insider's view of Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin remains “fixated” on reviving the Soviet empire, Hillary Rodham Clinton writes about the strongman in her new book. The former secretary of state presides Tuesday over the closely-managed rollout of her new memoir, “Hard Choices,” which many observers interpret as ...

Harvard confirms antique book is bound in human skin

Jun 7, 2014

Harvard confirms antique book is bound in human skin

Harvard University scientists have confirmed that a 19th century French treatise in its libraries is bound in human skin, Harvard University said this week, after a bevvy of scientific testing. Arsene Houssaye’s “Des destinees de l’ame” (On the destiny of the soul) is part ...

Psychedelic bus rolls again

May 25, 2014

Psychedelic bus rolls again

When the late author Ken Kesey and his pals, the Merry Pranksters, took their psychedelic bus ride across America to visit the New York World’s Fair, America was mourning President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the Grateful Dead was not yet a band. And, ...

Dublin visit 'like stepping back into a novel'

May 24, 2014

Dublin visit 'like stepping back into a novel'

James Joyce immortalized this misty port city in his literary epic “Ulysses,” though many Dubliners freely admit they haven’t read a word of the stream-of-consciousness novel. That doesn’t stop them from throwing a huge celebration every June 16, honoring the day in 1904 when ...

May 24, 2014

Amazon escalates standoff with publisher Hachette

If you’re hoping to pre-order books by J.K. Rowling, Michael Connelly and other Hachette Book Group authors, you’ll have to go somewhere besides Amazon.com. An ongoing standoff between Amazon and one of the leading New York publishers has intensified. The online retailer, which already ...

Apr 22, 2014

Mexico bids farewell to adopted son 'Gabo'

Long into the night, the line of mourners stretched for nearly a mile (1.6 km), waiting their turn to file into Mexico City’s majestic Palace of Fine Arts and bid farewell to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian Nobel laureate considered one of the greatest ...

Ambivalence lingers in hometown

Apr 19, 2014

Ambivalence lingers in hometown

Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his homeland had a relationship as conflicted as any in the Nobel laureate’s twisting and impassioned novels. Colombia inspired and dismayed Garcia Marquez in equal measure, and the feeling was often mutual. Nowhere is that ambiguity more evident than in ...

Garcia Marquez hailed as giant

Apr 19, 2014

Garcia Marquez hailed as giant

FOCUS His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America’s passions, superstition, violence and social inequality. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer ...

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

Apr 18, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. One of the most revered and influential writers of his generation, he ...

Mar 23, 2014

'Poo' book scoops odd title award

A tongue-in-cheek book that purports to deal with an awkward but critical issue, “How to Poo on a Date,” has scooped an award for the Oddest Book Title of the Year. The winner of the Diagram Prize, awarded annually since 1978 and based on ...