Books & Reviews

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...

Sunday, 26 July 2015

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

2015-07-26 HARPER Lee's novel ‘Go Set a Watchman’ took the top spot on the US bestsellers list this week, pushing last week’s chart topper ‘The Girl on the Train’ into second place. Data released on Thursday from independent and chain bookstores, book...

Aspiring authors tweet pitches to literary agency

2015-07-26 COULD the next Man Booker prize winner or Nibbies star be discovered on social media? That’s what hundreds of unpublished authors are asking themselves as they tweet one-line book pitches to the literary agency Curtis Brown in the hope of gaining...

Chinese keen to glimpse world’s past

2015-07-26 MORE Chinese people are reading about global history as they seek to better understand the position of the country they once proclaimed as the Middle Kingdom in historic events.The sales of world history books doubled among history books in the...

Sunday, 19 July 2015

‘The Girl on the Train’ tops US bestsellers book list

2015-07-19 AUTHOR Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller “The Girl on the Train” reclaimed the top spot on the US bestsellers list this week, pushing last week’s chart topper, Daniel Silva’s “The English Spy,” to third place. Data released on Thursday from...

Seeing Egypt through poets’ eyes

2015-07-19 STRUCTURED in prose poem-like paragraphs, “The Crocodiles” explores the relationship between literature and politics in Egypt through the lives of the members of a secret poets’ society set up in Cairo in 1997.The book mixes fiction and reality...

Amazon’s ‘damaging’ power: Call for probe

2015-07-19 AUTHORS including Malcolm Gladwell, Ursula Le Guin, Michael Chabon and Ann Patchett are putting their names to a letter attacking Amazon’s “abuse of its dominance in the world of books” and calling on the US justice department to investigate the...

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Greek ‘crisis’ crime novelist captivates Germans

2015-07-12 IT’S nearly midnight and in a matter of minutes Greece will leave the euro. Banks are shuttered, TV shows heatedly debate whether salaries will be paid... and Inspector Haritos has a new crime to solve. The prescient, if fictional, setting for a...

Harper Lee’s new novel big as ‘Harry Potter’ in Amazon

2015-07-12 “GO SET a Watchman”, the much-anticipated second novel by “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee, is the most pre-ordered print title on Amazon.com since the last book in the “Harry Potter” series, Amazon said on Thursday. The online retailer...

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Manuscript describes Hang Tuah’s keris

2015-07-05 THE tale of the greatest Malay warrior that ever lived is one for the ages. His legacy is so ingrained in Malaysia’s cultural history that he has roads named after him and movies made about him. If you grew up in Malaysia, you know who we’re...

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