Sunday, 24 January 2016

‘Girl In The Woods': Healing through hiking

2016-01-24 THE first time I heard of the Pacific Crest Trail was at the recent George Town Literary Festival, when a friend expressed interest in hiking it. Stretching across mountains running along the western coast of the United States, it is a challenging...

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Latest ‘Star Wars’ tale tops US bestsellers list

2016-01-17 ‘STAR Wars: The Force Awakens”, the official novel of the latest blockbuster movie, took the top spot on the weekly US fiction bestseller chart on Thursday. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and...

A complement to traditional publishing

2016-01-17 IT’S 2007, and two entrepreneurs sit in a cafe, wondering what their next step should be. In 2006, Allen Lau had quit his job to work on a website he and his friend, Ivan Yuen, believed would be the next big thing. The site, which they dubbed...

Sunday, 10 January 2016

’Girl on the Train’ back on top of US bestsellers list

2016-01-10 PAULA Hawkins’ popular “Girl on the Train” knocked John Grisham’s legal thriller “Rogue Lawyer” off the top spot on the weekly US fiction bestseller chart on Thursday. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers...

Make a travel bucket list with Lonely Planet books

2016-01-10 OK, I admit it, I like listicles and bucket lists. Ticking off items on a list, one by one, gives me a thrill of satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment. And it’s no secret that I love to travel. What better way to learn about a country, its people...

Whaling museum gears up for ‘Moby Dick’ reading marathon

2016-01-10 ‘MOBY Dick” fans from around the world are getting ready for their own grueling quest — a marathon reading of Herman Melville’s classic. The New Bedford Whaling Museum this weekend is holding its 20th annual nonstop reading of the seminal man vs...

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Scholar Keene finds his life intertwined with Japan

2016-01-03 SO few teaching opportunities existed for a young Japan scholar in late 1940s America that a professor suggested he teach Greek instead. Donald Keene persevered, arriving in the ancient imperial capital of Kyoto in 1953 to do research. “I was...

John Grisham’s ‘Rogue Lawyer’ stays atop US bestseller list

2016-01-03   John Grisham’s legal thriller “Rogue Lawyer” held onto the top spot on the weekly US fiction best-seller chart on Thursday.   Hardcover Fiction 1. “Rogue Lawyer” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 2. “Cross Justice” by James Patterson (Little,...

Sunday, 27 December 2015

John Grisham’s ‘Rogue Lawyer’ stays atop US best-seller list

2015-12-27 JOHN Grisham’s legal thriller “Rogue Lawyer” held onto the top spot on the weekly US fiction best-seller chart on Wednesday. Hardcover Fiction   1. “Rogue Lawyer” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 2. “Cross Justice” by James Patterson (Little,...

Japanese bookshop stocks only one book at a time

2015-12-27 WITH hundreds of thousands of books published every year, the choice of what to stock can prove bewildering for booksellers. The owner of one small bookshop in Tokyo has taken an unusual approach to the problem: Morioka Shoten, located in the...

New ‘Michelin guide’ for the homeless hits Rome’s streets

2015-12-27 IT’S A guidebook with nothing about the eternal city’s ancient monuments or famed restaurants and it can’t be found in any bookstore. Its target audience is those who can’t buy even a used paperback— the homeless. The 250-page pocket book, called...

Sunday, 20 December 2015

A year of unexpected hits for paper editions

2015-12-20 FROM adult colouring books to a new novel by Harper Lee, it was a year for unexpected hits and hits that sold well in paper editions. As e-book sales remain stalled at some 25 per cent of the market, hardcovers and paperbacks held steady at a time...

Rare Hans Christian Andersen illustration up for auction

2015-12-20 A“VERY RARE” watercolour illustrating Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale about the nightingale that sings for the Emperor of China is being sold at auction. By the acclaimed Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen, the image was painted in 1923 to...

John Grisham’s ‘Rogue Lawyer’ returns to top of US best-seller list

2015-12-20 JOHN Grisham’s legal thriller “Rogue Lawyer” reclaimed the top spot on the weekly US fiction best-seller chart on Thursday. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the...

Sunday, 13 December 2015

James Patterson again tops US best-seller list with ‘Cross Justice’

2015-12-13 JAMES Patterson’s new thriller “Cross Justice” topped the weekly US fiction best-seller chart for a second week on Thursday. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the...

Obama’s favourite book of 2015 is also No 1 with fellow Americans

2015-12-13 “FAMOUS bibliophile” Barack Obama has chosen Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff’s story of a marriage told from both sides, as his favourite book of 2015. The US president, who last month picked up Jonathan Franzen’s Purity and Salman Rushdie’s Two...

Vermont farmers hit gold in book publishing

2015-12-13 THIS is the story of how an injured lamb named Sweet Pea started a war. Well, a bidding war. About a year ago, John and Jennifer Churchman’s border collie, Laddie, found that one of their lambs had hurt a leg in the barn on the Vermont farm where...

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Oprah writing memoir, starting imprint

2015-12-06 OPRAH Winfrey is starting her own book imprint, kicking it off with an inspirational memoir. Flatiron Books announced Thursday that Winfrey’s “The Life You Want” is scheduled for January 2017 and will show how “anyone can put their life on a new...

Patterson tops US best-seller list with ‘Cross Justice’

2015-12-06 JAMES Patterson’s new thriller “Cross Justice” topped the weekly US fiction best-seller chart on Thursday. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the United States is used...

Every 16-year-old in Sweden to receive copy of feminist book

2015-12-06 LESS than a month after it was revealed that the UK is planning to drop feminism from the politics A-level, every 16-year-old in Sweden is being given a copy of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s call to arms, “We Should All Be Feminists”. The essay,...