Award-winning fiction for holiday gifts

A pile of books
25 Nov 2015
Avid readers will no doubt already have sampled some of the year's best-sellers. So, when searching for gift ideas for book-lovers, consider looking to some of the latest international prize-winning fiction for new ideas. Marlon James...

When Romanian inmates pick up the pen to earn freedom

15 Nov 2015
They may be athletes, businessmen or politicians but the minute they are jailed, Romanian convicts often morph into "men of letters" thanks to a law allowing those who write a book while inside to get out quicker.   The...

Stage production of Harry Potter to open in London next year

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.
13 Nov 2015
Fresh details have emerged on the stage-version of Harry Potter, including the name, venue and opening date.   In addition to the Harry Potter spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" due to hit theatres in 2016, J....

From slum to bookshop, Brazil drug queen turns writer

by Laura Bonilla | Brazilian Raquel Santos Oliveira, ex-wife of drug dealer Naldo -- who was the drug chief of Rocinha shantytown in the 80's -- poses with her book "A Numero 1" ("Number One") in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 5, 2015
08 Nov 2015
She started sniffing glue at age six to ease the hunger of life in a Brazilian slum. She got her first revolver when she was 11.   Now 54, Raquel de Oliveira, once the first lady of the drug trade in the Rio de Janeiro favelas, has...

'Binge-watch' beats 'dadbod', other terms for Word of the Year 2015

A pile of books
06 Nov 2015
The practice of watching an entire season's worth of a television series in one go has made "binge-watch" the "Word of the Year 2015" for the British dictionary Collins, the publisher said on Thursday. Other terms...

Poetry festival to be launched in Tanta Friday

30 Oct 2015
The first session of Tanta International Poetry Festival will be launched Friday by the Gharbiya Poetry Association for Writers and Artists.   The association is headed by poet Mahmoud Sharaf.   Over thirty poets from 15 Arab and...

Print and be damned? Germany agonizes over 'Mein Kampf'

by Pauline Houede | "Mein Kampf" falls into the public domain on January 1 when the copyright expires
28 Oct 2015
With only two months to go before the copyright of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" expires, debate is raging over whether the anti-Semitic manifesto should again be published in Germany, where all reprints have been halted since the...

Egyptian writer wins King Juan Carlos Award

22 Oct 2015
Egyptian writer Soad Suleiman won the 2015 King Juan Carlos International Award sponsored by the "Word Museum" in the category of short story that does not exceed 100 words.  It was Suleiman's first time to participate...

Gamal al-Ghitany's ‘Zeiny Barakat’: Between Mamluk repression and police oppression of the 1960s

Gamal al-Ghitany
19 Oct 2015
Author Gamal al-Ghitany's novel “Zeiny Barakat” depicts repression and fear in Arab life, drawing similiar conclusions between repression during the Mamluk period and imprisonment during the contemporary era.   ...

Rushdie warns of new dangers to free speech in West

Author Salman Rushdie (C) signs autographs following the opening news conference of the Frankfurt book fair, Germany October 13, 2015.
19 Oct 2015
Violence against writers and a misplaced sense of political correctness pose new dangers to freedom of speech in the West, writer Salman Rushdie said on Tuesday.   Rushdie, the subject of an Iranian death threat in 1989 for his book...