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Sunday, 31 October 2010

How moral revolutions happen

2010-10-31 KWAME Anthony Appiah is a Cambridge-educated philosopher, and one of America's foremost public intellectuals. Uniquely cosmopolitan by birth and upbringing, he has written extensively and intelligently about race, identity, Afrocentrism, history...

Where the boys are not

2010-10-31 IT'S no secret that lots of women work in publishing. But just how many more women work in publishing than men? In PW's recent Salary Survey (August 2) one statistic stuck out: 85 per cent of publishing employees with less than three years...

Sunday, 24 October 2010

JK Rowling wins H C Andersen award

2010-10-24 JK ROWLING has become the first winner of a new Danish award, the Hans Christian Andersen literature prize. The author accepted the 500,000 kroner (£60,000) award yesterday at a ceremony in Odense, Denmark, the birthplace of the fairy tale...

The golden age of Arabic science

2010-10-24 THE "bubbling invention" of the Islamic world lit up the dark ages The relay-race model of intellectual history is simple enough: a go-ahead culture picks up the torch, runs as far as it can, and hands the light of learning to a younger...

Faber to publish new Mario Vargas Llosa novel

2010-10-24 FABER has signed up the new novel from the freshly-crowned winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Mario Vargas Llosa. Faber editorial director Lee Brackstone said there was "a lot of excitement within the Spanish language world" at the...

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Author Leonard dislikes e-books, still loves movies

2010-10-17 AMERICAN crime writer Elmore Leonard is revered for his snappy dialogue, so how exactly does he come up with it? By watching the television game show "Wheel of Fortune."The 85-year-old Leonard, who published his 44th novel this week, said...

Harry Potter plagiarism case may come to trial

2010-10-17 J K ROWLING may be forced to defend herself in court against charges that she copied the work of another children's author when writing "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the fourth of seven Potter novels.Judge David Kitchin who is...

The new digital reading revolution

2010-10-17 TRADITIONAL booksellers such as Barnes and Noble (which has just released a new wi-fi reader) and the UK's Waterstones are still in the race, but it looks as though book distribution is being sewn up by existing digital giants. Is this what we...

Sunday, 10 October 2010

E-books may spur more kids to read and study

2010-10-10 THE amount of time children spend reading books for enjoyment decreases as they use cell phones and other mobile technology, but e-books might just bring them back to literature, according to a report released on Wednesday.The study, which was...

Future of publishing takes shape in Germany

2010-10-10 AS THE 2010 Frankfurt book fair opens, publishers are finally squaring up to a new era. The brief furore surrounding Odyssey Editions, a digital-only imprint launched by the Wylie literary agency in July, showed us just how appealing a new entrant...

Nobel laureate's five essential novels

2010-10-10 IF YOU'RE wondering where to start with the new Nobel laureate, here are five highlights from his work. But what are your favourites?The Time of the Hero (1963)Vargas Llosa's first novel, published in Spanish as La Ciudad y Los Perros (The City and...

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Is Agatha Christie really that good?

2010-10-03 TO ME, they're not so much whodunnits as idontgeddits. I have tried many times over the years to get into Agatha Christie's books. It should be easy. I'm an omnivorous (if you're being polite; undiscriminating if you're not) reader. I am no...

Obama to release children's picture book in November

2010-10-03 PRESIDENT Barack Obama will release a children's picture book, inspired by his two daughters, that pays tribute to 13 influential Americans, publisher Random House said on Tuesday.Called "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters," the book...

E-readers gain traction

2010-10-03 ELECTRONIC readers have surged in popularity in recent years and will continue to gain traction with Americans, but they might remain a niche device coveted mostly by avid bibliophiles.About eight per cent of US readers use an e-reader. But a Harris...

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Is there 'number one' writer today?

2010-09-26 WHO is number one? asks Blake Morrison in his Guardian Review essay on Jonathan Franzen. Morrison was recalling the poet John Berryman's question after the death of Robert Frost. Answer: (to Berryman's chagrin) Robert Lowell.Morrison goes on to...

The restoration of the KGB

2010-09-26 THE Russian President, Dimitry Medvedev, has recently had one of his periodic spurts of positivist thinking. His two watchwords, "modernisation" and "democracy ", have been echoing across the local and international media as he...

Book reveals bitter White House divisions

2010-09-26 DIVISIONS within the US administration during an Afghanistan policy review last year that led to 30,000 more personnel being sent to the war zone and the setting of a July 2011 deadline for a withdrawal have been well reported. What is new is the...

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Being Wrong: About human error

2010-09-19 "Armadillos may be lured from thickets with soft cheese." Or they may not. But on reading the statement, your brain absorbed the information regardless of its reliability. Even if your conscious mind was promptly flooded with questions about the...

Stewart Lee: How I escaped my certain fate

2010-09-19 No one under 30 will believe this, but stand-up comedy was once exciting and unpredictable. You could actually enjoy it sober. Like the punks before them, the alternative comedians who sprang up in the 1980s saw it as their duty and their pleasure...

Fewer moms in US breastfeed

2010-09-19 Fewer than half of US mothers breastfeed their newborns for even half as long as advised and just 22 per cent still do so at one year, government researchers reported recently.They found that while 75 per cent of newborns get breastfed right after...

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