David Levithan on LGBTQ books for teens

Jun 23, 2014

David Levithan on LGBTQ books for teens

by Leanne Italie

Writer David Levithan last year marked the 10th anniversary of his "Boy Meets Boy," a romantic teen comedy where the homecoming queen was once a guy and the gay-straight alliance was aimed at helping the straight kids learn how to dance. Since then, there's ...

Kinokuniya revamps foreign books section

May 29, 2014

Kinokuniya revamps foreign books section

by Magdalena Osumi

One of Tokyo’s largest bookstores relaunched its foreign books section Thursday after doubling its capacity and offering what it says is the largest selection of non-Japanese titles available nationwide. The Takashimaya Times Square branch of Kinokuniya Co. near Shinjuku Station in Tokyo offers about ...

Monster hits continue to survive the Internet age

May 18, 2014

Monster hits continue to survive the Internet age

by Jennifer Rankin

A monster lays waste to America’s cities, smashing skyscrapers and tearing up passenger trains. It’s the familiar tale of Godzilla, a mutant lizard last seen rampaging through cinemas in 1998 and now back on the big screen. Godzilla, which was made for an estimated ...

Hunt starts for the burial place of Cervantes

May 3, 2014

Hunt starts for the burial place of Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes, Spain’s greatest writer, was a soldier of little fortune. He died in Madrid broke, his body riddled with bullets. His burial place was a tiny convent church no larger than the entrance hall of an average house. No more was heard ...

London church may have Shakespearean ties

Apr 6, 2014

London church may have Shakespearean ties

by Robin Stummer

Some people believe Shakespeare may have worshipped at St. Leonard’s church, and that it might even have inspired scenes in “Romeo and Juliet.” Today it provides the backdrop to the hit BBC series “Rev,” starring Tom Hollander. Soon, the East London church could be ...

Potter author Rowling to publish second crime novel

Feb 18, 2014

Potter author Rowling to publish second crime novel

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will publish her second crime novel in June, it was revealed Monday, under the pen name of Robert Galbraith. “The Silkworm,” to be published June 19, will be a follow-up to “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” which Rowling wrote using the ...

Nobel winner Grass stops writing novels

Jan 13, 2014

Nobel winner Grass stops writing novels

Nobel Prize-winning writer Gunter Grass, author of “The Tin Drum” and one of Germany’s most influential intellectual figures, has said he is unlikely to write another novel. “I’m 86 now. I don’t think I will manage another novel,” Grass told the regional daily Passauer ...

Nov 7, 2013

Empress to meet with Indian authors in New Delhi

Empress Michiko will meet with representatives of the Indian branch of the International Board on Books for Young People during the Imperial Couple’s official visit to India that starts Nov. 30, the Imperial Household Agency said. The Empress, who maintains close ties with the ...