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Gong shares journey of faith

Best-selling novelist Gong Ji-young, who has openly discussed themes including dictatorship, feminism and the labor movement in her works, recently published a new book on faith and her own spiritual ...

Updated : 2014.11.27 21:09

Rise, fall and sale of multiculturalism in U.S.

Jeff Chang remembers the first time he saw the comic strip “Wee Pals” and the jolt it gave his young mind. Right there, on the comics pages that were generally colorless even when they ran in full c...

Updated : 2014.11.27 21:05

‘Blue Avenue’ channels classic noir

Blue AvenueBy Michael Wiley (Severn House)Jacksonville, Florida, author Michael Wiley takes a measured walk on the dark side in his intriguing thriller “Blue Avenue” that channels classic noir auth...

Updated : 2014.11.27 21:04

‘Family Furnishings’ deep, surprising

The most astonishing aspect of Alice Munro’s “Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995-2014” may be its chronology. The two dozen efforts here come from late in her career, after she had establis...

Updated : 2014.11.27 21:03

‘See You in Paradise’ plays with genre

See You in ParadiseBy J. Robert Lennon (Graywolf Press)“Most contemporary literary fiction is terrible: mannered, conservative and obvious,” J. Robert Lennon stated on Salon, responding to another ...

Updated : 2014.11.27 21:02

‘Revival’ asks if there is life after death

RevivalBy Stephen King (Scribner)A page-turning tug-of-war between reformed rocker Jamie Morton and man of faith Charles Jacobs, “Revival” (King’s second novel this year after spring’s “Mr. Merc...

Updated : 2014.11.27 21:02

Rare first Shakespeare edition found in French library

LILLE, France (AFP) ― A copy of William Shakespeare’s First Folio, the first-ever compilation of the Bard’s plays published in 1623, has been discovered in the library of an ancient port town in northern France.One of the world’s most valuable and coveted books, the First Folio was unc...

Updated : 2014.11.26 20:36

Author recounts friendship with late President Roh

Not many people can say that they were close with the late former President Roh Moo-hyun, even though he was known for his folksy disposition and down-to-earth upbringing. Kim Soo-kyung, a 65-year-old...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:08

Phil Klay wins U.S. book award for fiction

NEW YORK (AP) ― Phil Klay’s “Redeployment,” a debut collection of satiric and often agonized stories by an Iraq war veteran, has won the National Book Award for fiction.Klay was chosen Wednesday night over such high-profile finalists as Marilynne Robinson’s “Lila” and Emily St. John...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:02

Shields writes of life with mother

There was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and MeBy Brooke Shields (Dutton)Brooke Shields, the iconic model-actress-Princeton grad, entered the literary scene in 2005 with her memoir about ...

Updated : 2014.11.20 20:57

‘Woman with a Gun’ feels like movie

Woman with a GunBy Phillip Margolin (Harper)Phillip Margolin takes a lighter approach with “Woman with a Gun,” an entertaining novel that, however, lacks the tight plotting and insight into the law...

Updated : 2014.11.20 20:56

‘Rain Reign’ shows love for ‘special’ kids

Rain ReignBy Ann M. Martin (Feiwel & Friends)If Rose Howard’s family was well off, she’d be a “special” girl who was considered smart and quirky by the teachers at her private school for children...

Updated : 2014.11.20 20:55

Baldacci’s novel tugs at heart strings

The EscapeBy David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)One of the most compelling characters in David Baldacci’s thrillers is John Puller, a crackerjack investigator of military crimes. In “The Forg...

Updated : 2014.11.20 20:55

‘Gutenberg’s Apprentice’ tells story of how printed Bible came to be

The world is about to change.Europe in 1450 is a godly place, and books are sacred and scarce. Each is hand-lettered by a scribe, directed by the hand of the Almighty.In Alix Christie’s telling of ho...

Updated : 2014.11.20 20:54

Herbie Hancock’s memoir recalls a creative life and all that jazz

Herbie Hancock has had the kind of career that’s unlikely to ever be duplicated. Appearing on landmark recordings with Miles Davis as well as his own band in the 1960s, Hancock memorably scaled to ev...

Updated : 2014.11.20 20:53