Sunday, 18 October 2015

Frankfurt fair reaches out to refugees with books

2015-10-18 FOOD and shelter may be a priority for the record numbers of often desperate refugees arriving in Germany but they also need “intellectual nutrition”, say experts at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Underlining the crucial part education plays in migrants...

Vince Flynn’s ‘The Survivor’ tops US list

2015-10-18 “THE Survivor”, author Vince Flynn’s latest thriller novel featuring CIA agent Mitch Rapp, edged out “Game of Thrones” author George R R Martin’s latest tale from Westeros for the top spot on the US fiction bestsellers chart on Thursday. Data...

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Stephen King wraps up crime fiction series

2015-10-11 THE end is near for Stephen King’s Bill Hodges trilogy, his foray into crime fiction. King’s “End of Watch” will be published next June, Scribner announced Thursday. The novel is the third, after “Mr Mercedes” and “Finders Keepers”, to feature...

China rich girlfriend: How the rich and pretentious live

2015-10-11 I WILL be the first to admit it: Fashion has never been my forte. Honestly, English doesn’t even apply to fashion. Those French brands are evil tongue twisters, and I swear to God they were designed to make sure mere mortals like me wouldn’t even...

Patterson, Ellis’ ‘The Murder House’ tops US bestsellers list

2015-10-11 “THE Murder House”, James Patterson and David Ellis' novel of a luxury Hamptons home with a dark past, topped the weekly US fiction bestsellers chart on Thursday. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and...

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Jan Karon’s ‘Come Rain or Come Shine’ tops US bestsellers list

2015-10-04 THE latest installment in author Jan Karon’s “Mitford” series, “Come Rain or Come Shine”, topped the weekly US fiction bestsellers chart on Thursday.   Hardcover Fiction 1. “Come Rain or Come Shine” by Jan Karon (Putnam) 2. “The Girl in the...

Coates among Kirkus book prize nominees

2015-10-04 THE accolades are piling up for one of the United States’ top writers about race. Trade publication Kirkus Reviews announced on Wednesday that Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me” is a finalist for the US$50,000 ($71,676) Kirkus Prize for...

New York celebrates ‘Alice in Wonderland’ 150th anniversary

2015-10-04 NEW York City is marking the 150th anniversary of “Alice in Wonderland” with an array of events celebrating the adventures and characters in the beloved children’s tale. There’s no shortage of wonderful offerings to reintroduce fans of Lewis...

Chinese grottoes colouring book debuts for China holiday

2015-10-04 TOURISTS to central China’s Longmen Grottoes during the National Day holiday will be able to take home souvenirs of the site’s famed Buddhist art in a new colouring book. Inspired by the best-selling coloring book “Secret Garden” by Scottish...

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Publishers use books to bridge gaps between China, Japan

2015-09-27 CHINA’S New World Press inked 22 book copyright deals with its Japanese partner, Duan Press, this week in Beijing. The 22 books include several hard topics like “Why and How the CPC Works in China?” and “The Predator Corps: Revelations of Secrets...

’Girl in the Spider’s Web’ is top again in bestsellers list

2015-09-27 “THE Girl in the Spider’s Web”, the sequel to the late Stieg Larsson’s best-selling trilogy of Lisbeth Salander mysteries, reclaimed the top spot on the weekly US fiction best-sellers list on Thursday. Data released from independent, online and...

First woman to win top science book prize

2015-09-27 THE most prestigious science book prize in Britain has been won by a solo female writer for the first time in its 28-year history. Gaia Vince, a journalist and broadcaster based in London, was named the winner of the 2015 Royal Society Winton prize...

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Chinese President Xi’s book provides lessons for world

2015-09-20 SOUTH African and Chinese experts agreed on Thursday the world can draw lessons from Chinese President Xi Jinping’s book – “The Governance of China”. The experts had a book review at a seminar hosted by the Africa Institute of South Africa and the...

Malaysia bans three misleading books on Islam

2015-09-20 THE Home Ministry has banned three books after their contents were found to be confusing and detrimental to the public. The books are titled “Perukonan Romanise”, “Siri Pahlawan Islam Bilal Bin Rabah” and “Hadith Pilihan Shahih Bukhari”. The...

Lee Child’s ‘Make Me’ tops US best sellers list

2015-09-20 LEE Child’s latest Jack Reacher thriller, “Make Me”, topped the US fiction bestsellers list on Thursday, knocking the sequel to Stieg Larsson’s best-selling trilogy of Lisbeth Salander mysteries off the top spot. Data released from independent,...

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...