Oct 16, 2014

Pulitzer Prize winners among National Book Award finalists

A novel set in Nazi-occupied France, a debut collection of short stories and a post-apocalyptic tale are among the finalists announced on Wednesday for the 2014 National Book Awards. The National Book Foundation revealed the finalists in four categories — fiction, nonfiction, young people’s ...

Oct 10, 2014

Modiano strengthens France's literature Nobel dominance

France has more literature Nobel laureates than any other country, with 15 names including Patrick Modiano, widening the gap with runner-up the U.S., which has 12 Nobels. The very first literature laureate was French. Rene Francois Armand, writing as Sully Prudhomme, won the 1901 ...

Oct 10, 2014

Excerpts from Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano's books

Publishers’ descriptions and excerpts from some of Patrick Modiano’s books: “Missing Person” (“Rue des Boutiques Obscures“). “In this strange, elegant novel, Patrick Modiano portrays a man in pursuit of the identity he lost in the murky days of the Paris Occupation, the black hole ...

Aug 15, 2014

George Orwell executor accuses Amazon of dystopian crime of doublespeak

The literary executor of George Orwell’s estate is accusing Amazon of committing an Orwellian crime: doublespeak. In a letter published this week in The New York Times, Bill Hamilton criticized the online retailer for “turning the facts inside out” by alleging that the British author ...

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, ...