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 ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' author Harper Lee dies at 89

Feb 20, 2016

'To Kill a Mockingbird' author Harper Lee dies at 89

Harper Lee, who wrote one of America’s most beloved literary classics, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and surprised readers with a second book about racial injustice in the South after living a largely reclusive life for decades, died at the age of 89 on Friday. ...

'Mein Kampf' published in Germany for the first time since WWII

Jan 9, 2016

'Mein Kampf' published in Germany for the first time since WWII

An annotated edition of “Mein Kampf,” Adolf Hitler’s notorious manifesto, went on sale in Germany on Friday for the first time since the end of World War II, with many hoping that its publication will help demystify the book and debunk the Nazi leader’s ...

'Game of Thrones' author says latest installment delayed

Jan 3, 2016

'Game of Thrones' author says latest installment delayed

“Game of Thrones” fans were let down Saturday, when author George R.R. Martin admitted he had missed a Dec. 31 deadline to complete the latest installment in the fantasy series. ” ‘The Winds of Winter’ is not finished,” Martin announced in a lengthy blog ...