Sunday, 4 October 2015

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...

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...