Navy veteran, renowned novelist Hiroyuki Agawa dies at 94

Aug 6, 2015

Navy veteran, renowned novelist Hiroyuki Agawa dies at 94

Renewed Japanese novelist Hiroyuki Agawa died of natural causes at a Tokyo hospital on Monday, it was learned Wednesday. He was 94. Known for his humane critical biographies of Isoroku Yamamoto, commander-in-chief of the now-defunct Imperial Japanese Navy’s Combined Fleet, famous novelist Naoya Shiga ...

Crime writer Ruth Rendell in critical condition after stroke

Jan 16, 2015

Crime writer Ruth Rendell in critical condition after stroke

British crime writer Ruth Rendell, the author of more than 60 books in a career spanning five decades, was in critical condition Thursday in a hospital after suffering a stroke, her publisher said. “She is in hospital under expert care in a critical but ...

Jul 9, 2014

Unsent love letter from Nobel laureate Kawabata found

An unsent love letter written by Japanese writer and Nobel laureate Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972) when he was 22 has been discovered at his former residence in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture. In the letter, written in autumn 1921 and addressed to Hatsuyo Ito, believed to be ...

Apr 19, 2014

Novelist EnJoe given special citation by Philip K. Dick sci-fi award

Novelist Toh EnJoe was awarded a special citation from the administrators of the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award for science fiction published in the United States, his publisher said Saturday. The English translation of EnJoe’s 2007 debut work “Self-Reference Engine,” published in the United ...

Crime writer brings Tokyo noir to the world

Jun 26, 2013

Crime writer brings Tokyo noir to the world

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Crime novelist Fuminori Nakamura might be a self-described pessimist with a dark personality, but one thing he’s never had to worry about is writer’s block. “I’m bursting with story ideas. It’s not a talent, it’s more like a disease,” he told a small gathering ...