A good book can change your life

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05 Feb 2016
New research out of the UK has found yet another benefit of picking up a good book, with avid readers likely to feel satisfied with their lives.  The study, conducted by the University of Liverpool's Centre for Research into...

Cairo's esteemed book fair opens January 27

26 Jan 2016
The 2016 Cairo International Book Fair is set to begin on January 27 and run until February 10 under the title "Culture on the Frontlines".    The book fair is symbolic of Cairo's high seat in the Arab world's...

Shunned by establishment, Israeli novel on taboo love flourishes

Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan with her Hebrew-language novel titled 'Gader Haya' ('Borderlife') at her house in the coastal city of Tel Aviv. Rabinyan's book has been left off courses in a bid to avoid encouraging relationships between Jews and Arabs. – AFP pic, January 8, 2016. - 
13 Jan 2016
A love story between an Israeli Jew and a Palestinian Muslim has become an unlikely bestseller, after Israel's education ministry refused to allow the book in the high school curriculum.   Dorit Rabinyan's "Gader Haya...

US bestseller list in 2015

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06 Jan 2016
Harper Lee's second novel "Go Set a Watchman" topped the US bestseller list in 2015, selling 1.6 million copies more than half a century after her Pulitzer-winning first book was published.   The figures were based on US...

Harry Potter author backs black Hermione

Author J.K. Rowling hosts a special family fundraising evening in aid of her children's charity, Lumos, at the ''Warner Bros. Studio - The Making of Harry Potter in Hertfordfshire'' in London, 9 November 2013.
23 Dec 2015
Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling on Monday praised the casting of a black actress to play the wizard's sidekick Hermione Granger in a London play based on the saga.   Producers of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child",...

Romeo and Juliet still fascinates TV, movie world

Britain will celebrate 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, its most famous literary figure, next year. 
22 Dec 2015
Three projects based on William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy are currently in the works in Hollywood. In addition to an ABC series and a Lionsgate movie, the Fox network has plans for a new TV version of the story.   More than...

Top books of 2015 according to Barnes & Noble

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09 Dec 2015
Bookseller Barnes & Noble has released its picks for the top books of 2015, in categories that include the best celebrity memoirs, books that got people talking, novels waiting to be made into big screen adaptations and best-sellers....

Alice still shapeshifting 150 years after Wonderland

"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
07 Dec 2015
A century and a half after first being published, the surreal classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" still fascinates readers and inspires artists with its eerie and iconic fantasy world.   An exhibition in the...

Oprah Winfrey set to tell all in new memoir

Oprah Winfrey arrives for the birthday dinner party of former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela at Hyde Park in London 
06 Dec 2015
Oprah Winfrey will publish her memoirs in a new book deal according to The Hollywood Reporter.   The US talk show host has signed a deal with Flatiron Books for her memoir "The Life You Want," to be published in January 2017...

Egyptian Novelist Edward Al-Kharrat dies at 89

The Egyptian Novelist Edward Al-Kharrat dies at 89
01 Dec 2015
The Egyptian novelist and critic Edward Al-Kharrat died on Tuesday at the age 89 from complications due to pneumonia. Al-Kharrat was one of the most influential fiction writers in Egypt and was well-respected in the Middle East.   Al-...