Sunday, 27 March 2016

Hmong American poet Mai Der Vang wins prize for best debut

2016-03-27 A HMONG American poet is this year’s winner of the Walt Whitman Award, given for an outstanding debut book. The Academy of American Poets told The Associated Press on Wednesday that 34-year-old Mai Der Vang will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a...

Sunday, 20 March 2016

‘Great Divide’: all about inequality

2016-03-20 THE book “The Great Divide” by Nobel Prize-winning economist and former World Bank chief economist Joseph E Stiglitz tackles the question of inequality, not just in terms of wealth and how it has a distortive effect on society, but also how it...

‘Too Naked for the Nazis’ wins odd book-title prize

2016-03-20 TOO Naked for the Nazis, the story of a music-hall act that outraged authorities in Hitler’s Germany, has won an award for the year’s oddest book title. Organisers of the Diagram Prize said Friday that Alan Stafford’s cultural-history tome gained...

‘Baseball's No-Hit Wonders’ is a fascinating book

2016-03-20 SPRING is almost official, and that means the other season about to start is baseball season. Author Dirk Lammers examines the history of a pitcher’s dream to throw a no-hitter in “Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders: More Than a Century of Pitching’s...

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Walt Whitman’s letter written on behalf of dying soldier found

2016-03-13 ARARE letter written by Walt Whitman (pic) on behalf of a dying soldier to his wife has been discovered by a volunteer leafing through civil war pensions applications. Whitman travelled to the front of America’s civil war in 1862 to care for his...

‘Peacekeeping’ goes beyond pre-quake Haiti setting

2016-03-13 WHILE plenty has been written, fiction and non-fiction, about Haiti’s political disgraces, natural disasters, cultural enigmas and entrenched dysfunction, Mischa Berlinski’s new novel stands out for doing far more than dramatising news headlines...

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Macomber’s ‘Girl’s Guide to Moving On’ tops US bestseller list

2016-03-06 DEBBIE Macomber’s uplifting inspirational tale “A Girl’s Guide to Moving On” topped the weekly US fiction bestseller chart on Thursday. Data from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the...

Preference for physical books dominant

2016-03-06 THERE was a time when the only image that would appear in your head when someone says the word “reading” would be of physical copies of books that can be held in one’s hands. However, this has all changed in recent years as reading can now be done...

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Jeffrey Archer’s ‘Cometh the Hour’ tops US bestseller list

2016-02-28 JEFFREY Archer’s latest thriller “Cometh the Hour”, part of his Clifton Chronicles series, topped the weekly US fiction bestseller chart on Thursday. Hardcover Fiction 1. “Cometh the Hour” by Jeffrey Archer (St Martin’s) 2. “Brotherhood in...

Boost reading with fun challenges

2016-02-28 NO MATTER how much you love something, it can still get a little monotonous after some time. If you feel like you’re getting bored of reading or if it has been a while since you’ve last cracked open a book, maybe you should consider taking part in...

‘Six Four’: riveting, slow-burn thriller

2016-02-28 HIDEO Yokoyama’s “Six Four” comes garlanded with expectations: it sold a million copies in six days in Japan, according to its publisher; and Red Riding quartet author David Peace, no less, calls it “simply one of the best crime novels I have ever...

Sunday, 21 February 2016

’Brotherhood in Death’ tops US bestseller list for 2nd week

2016-02-21 J D ROBB’S futuristic suspense novel “Brotherhood in Death” topped the weekly US fiction bestseller chart for the second week on Thursday. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors...

Key works by Umberto Eco

2016-02-21 ACADEMIC and novelist Umberto Eco, whose death at the age of 84 was announced by the Italian media on Saturday, wrote many philosophical books and essays but is best known for his novels. Here a list of his main books published in English. Dates...

A colourful book to help you achieve your dreams

2016-02-21 IF YOU’RE at that point where you’re feeling a little uncertain or bored about life, and trying to find something to do be to make it more meaningful, then you should give Elle Luna’s “The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion...

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Eric Foner wins American History Book Prize

2016-02-14 THE latest honour for Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner is a $50,000 award from the New York Historical Society. Foner’s ‘Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad’ (pictured) has received The American History...

Boy Meets Depression: Humour and chemical imbalance

2016-02-14 THE title of author Kevin Breel’s memoir is direct and self-explanatory. “Boy Meets Depression” is Breel’s personal account of descending into, recognising, and pulling out of the fog called depression.   A stand-up comic from Victoria, British...

J D Robb’s ‘Brotherhood in Death’ tops US bestseller list

2016-02-14 J D ROBB’S latest futuristic suspense novel “Brotherhood in Death” topped the weekly US fiction bestseller chart on Thursday. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the...

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Miffy the rabbit gets her own museum

2016-02-07 TO SOME she’s just a plain white bunny, to others she’s a prime example of minimalist art. But for six decades Miffy has been delighting young kids around the world, and now she’s getting a museum of her own. After a two-year renovation project,...

Illustrators win gold medals for book, editorial art

2016-02-07 THE annual gold medals awarded by the Society of Illustrators in New York are considered the Oscars of the profession. Three internationally recognized artists are getting the top honour Friday for images they created for books. Allen Crawford,...

Patterson, Karp’s thriller ‘NYPD Red 4’ tops US bestseller list

2016-02-07 JAMES Patterson’s latest heist thriller “NYPD Red 4”, co-authored with Marshall Karp, topped the weekly US fiction bestseller chart on Thursday. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...