Books & Reviews

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Literary world asks: Who is the author of ‘Cow Country’?

2015-09-13 IT’S been a guessing game that has fascinated the book world all week: Did Thomas Pynchon write a campus farce called “Cow Country” and publish it in April under the pseudonym Adrian Jones Pearson? The question was first raised in Harper’s...

Japan author Murakami releases latest book

2015-09-13 POPULAR Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami’s new book has gone on sale, with a major domestic bookstore chain buying 90 per cent of the initial print run in a direct challenge to online rivals. Murakami’s autobiographical essay, which translates...

‘Girl in the Spider’s Web’ leads new debuts on bestsellers list

2015-09-13 “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the sequel to Stieg Larsson’s best-selling trilogy of Lisbeth Salander novels but written by a new author, knocked Sue Grafton’s “X” off the top spot of the US fiction bestsellers list on Thursday.   Hardcover...

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Panel beaters: The comic book tech revolution is here

2015-09-06 READERS have been promised a revolution in graphic storytelling ever since the dawn of the internet, but this week’s launch of Alan Moore’s Electricomics offers the first glimpse of a new beginning for digital comics. Fans have been reading comics...

Sue Grafton’s ‘X’ ousts Harper Lee from top of bestseller’s list

2015-09-06 SUE Grafton’s latest mystery novel “X“ knocked Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” off the top spot on the US fiction bestsellers list on Thursday. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Self-published sensation is acquired by Penguin Random House

2015-09-06 A SWEDISH psychologist’s self-published picture book about a sleep-deprived rabbit has been acquired by Penguin Random House after becoming a word-of-mouth sensation. A new edition of Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin’s “The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall...

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ reigns atop bestsellers list

2015-08-30 SALES of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” are still going strong as the novel spent a sixth week at the top of the US fiction bestsellers list on Thursday. Data released from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Beijing int’l book fair attracts enthusiasts, publishers

2015-08-30 THE 2015 Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) has attracted plenty of enthusiasts from home and abroad. The new international education and children’s book publications hall is just one of five exhibition halls at this year’s fair. About 200...

Millennium sequel author admits ‘total fear’

2015-08-30 THE eagerly-awaited sequel to Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millennium crime trilogy hit store shelves in 25 countries on Thursday, as the author admitted he wrote the book in a manic depressive state. Speaking to reporters just hours ahead of the...

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Chance to run a bookshop on holiday

2015-08-23 FOR all those who agree with Neil Gaiman’s maxim in “American Gods” that “a town isn’t a town without a bookstore”, and who yearn to spend their days amongst the pristine spines and glossy covers of a small bookshop, what might be the perfect...

Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ tops US list for 5th week

2015-08-23 HARPER Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” spent a fifth consecutive week at the top of the US fiction bestsellers list on Thursday, edging out a new thriller novel from James Patterson. Data released from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers...

Richard Blanco named education ambassador for poets academy

2015-08-23 RICHARD Blanco has been named the first education ambassador for the Academy of American Poets. The academy announced Friday that Blanco’s duties for the honorary position will include promoting the organisation’s “programs and resources to the...

Sunday, 16 August 2015

How to talk about M’sian novels in English without reading any

2015-08-16 NO, SARCASM isn’t intended in the title of this series. It simply reflects the popular perception that Malaysians seldom, if ever, read Malaysian novels in English (MNE) – apart, of course, from the half-dozen or so that have won international...

White House reveals Obama’s summer reading list

2015-08-16 AS US President Barack Obama lounged with his family on a Massachusetts beach Thursday, the White House released a list of six books that he took on vacation. The always keenly watched – some say overwatched – presidential reading list included...

Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ remains atop bestsellers list

2015-08-16 HARPER Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” spent a fourth consecutive week at the top of the US fiction bestsellers list on Thursday, edging out a new thriller novel from James Patterson. Data released from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers...

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ steady atop US bestsellers list

2015-08-09 HARPER Lee’s highly anticipated novel “Go Set a Watchman” once again topped the US fiction bestsellers list on Thursday for a third consecutive week. Data released from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Are Americans falling in love with censorship?

2015-08-09 CLASSIFYING books according to their suitability for different age ranges would be “ill-advised”, “unworkable” and would “raise serious concerns about censorship”, American free-speech campaigners have said, in the wake of a poll claiming that more...

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ stays atop US bestsellers list

2015-08-02 HARPER Lee’s highly anticipated novel Go Set a Watchman kept the top spot for a second consecutive week on the US bestsellers list published on Thursday. Data released from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Mapping the great road trips of American lit

2015-08-02 CHERYL Strayed killed time at a small casino adjoining a Reno bus station at 4am, pack still strapped to her back; Jack Kerouac went down the mountain between Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Benson, Arizona, “with the clutch in and the motor off to...

Long-lost Fitzgerald story finally published

2015-08-02 A YEAR before F Scott Fitzgerald died of a heart attack, he completed a short story about a hard-drinking writer diagnosed with cardiac disease. “And as for that current dodge ‘No reference to any living character is intended’ — no use even trying...

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