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, ...

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 ...