Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose and at least four other writers have withdrawn from next month's PEN American Center gala, citing objections to the literary and human rights organization's honoring the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
This Thursday, antiquarian book fairs will spring up in locations the world over – from a woolshed in the Australian bush to the top of a Chicago skyscraper. Here is all you need to know, plus some of the rarest specimens you might bump into.
Following last year’s win for Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, the Pulitzer jury named Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See this year’s winner in the fiction category, a second year in a row that the year’s break-out literary bestseller took home the prize.
Tennessee Williams tasked James Grissom with seeking out each of the women (and few men) who had inspired his work—among them Maureen Stapleton, Lillian Gish, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, and Marlon Brando—so that he could ask them a question: had Tennessee Williams, or his work, ever mattered?
Grass was admitted to hospital with an infection only a few days ago, and his secretary, Hilke Ohsoling, said his death had come as a surprise. His last public appearance was on 28 March, at the premier of a stage version of the Tin Drum at the Thalia theatre in Hamburg. 'He took part in the premier party, where many of his own children were present, with great pleasure', Ohsoling told the Hamburger Abendblatt. She added that his family had been at his bedside when he died.
El 24 de mayo de 2011, Eduardo Galeano fue entrevistado por Jaume Barberá, director y presentador del programa de televisión catalán Singulars. 'Estamos enfermos de exitismo porque el mundo está preso de un sistema de valores que coloca al éxito por encima de todas las virtudes (...) Perder es el único pecado que en el mundo de hoy no tiene redención', dice el escritor de forma pausada durante la extensa charla.
From tripe-visaged rascal to ass-head… William Shakespeare may have been born 450 years ago but he sure knew how to put someone down in style. David and Ben Crystal, authors of the Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary, help you work out which insults to use and when.
For the past 33 years Japanese craftsman Okano Nobuo has been repairing tattered books and reconstituting them to look brand new. When a customer brought in an old Japanese-English dictionary that looked like it had been through a few wars, Okano approached it like an art conservationist repairing a painting. Using very basic tools like a wooden press, chisel, water and glue, Okano reconstituted the book to make it look like it was just purchased.
It’s so easy not to really listen when the media (and science teachers) go on about climate change – but the cause of most dystopian societies in books, from The Hunger Games to Divergent, is invariably huge environmental disaster. Time to read, sit up, learn and then take action before its too late.
Aveva 87 anni. Nel ’99 il riconoscimento per la letteratura. Nel 2006 raccontò di essersi arruolato di essersi arruolato volontario: 'Molti ragazzi della mia età videro nell’adesione al nazionalsocialismo un modo per girare l’angolo e voltare le spalle ai genitori'.
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