Halloween treat: a night at Dracula's castle in Transylvania

Oct 18, 2016

Halloween treat: a night at Dracula's castle in Transylvania

Dracula’s castle will have overnight guests on Halloween, marking the first time since 1948 that anyone has slept in the Transylvanian fortress. The site’s actual name is Bran Castle, and two people will get to sleep there Oct. 31 thanks to a promotion by ...

Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for literature

Oct 13, 2016

Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for literature

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Celebrated U.S. songwriter Bob Dylan was named winner of the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday. Dylan is known for works such as “The Times They are a-Changin’,” “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Like a Rolling Stone.” In its one-line citation, ...

Booker triumph ushers in new era for South Korean writers

May 17, 2016

Booker triumph ushers in new era for South Korean writers

South Korean writer Han Kang’s Booker Prize marks a major victory for a decade-long effort to drag one of Asia’s oldest but, until recently, least-known literary traditions into the global market. Literary merits aside, the success of Han’s novel “The Vegetarian” was aided by ...

'Name of the Rose' author, philosopher Umberto Eco dies at 84

Feb 20, 2016

'Name of the Rose' author, philosopher Umberto Eco dies at 84

Italy’s Umberto Eco, who has died at age 84, leaped from being an internationally renowned philosopher to becoming an author of best-selling novels. Best known for his 1980 historical mystery novel “The Name of the Rose,” which has been translated into more than 40 ...