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‘Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films’ Review -- Molly Haskell trains her keen eye on the director

“Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films” By Molly Haskell Yale University Press (228 pages, $25) Film critics are not usually celebrated for their sense of charity. They’re not usually celebrated at...

Updated : 2017.01.13 16:42

Korean edition of Playboy to be launched in June

US magazine “Playboy” will start issuing a Korean version from June, a South Korean magazine publisher said Tuesday. Playboy Enterprises, the owner of the magazine, has signed a contract with Kore...

Updated : 2017.01.11 17:07

Korean poet Ko Un to be honored by Italy's Fondazione Roma

Poet Ko Un will receive an award from Italy-based Fondazione Roma, Changbi Publishers said Wednesday. According to the publisher, the poet was chosen as the recipient of the annual award presented t...

Updated : 2017.01.11 15:30

Julia Baird's biography gives the English monarch a beating heart

“Victoria the Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire” by Julia Baird; Random House (696 pages, $35) Queen Victoria dominated an age and inspired a word, “Victorian,” to ca...

Updated : 2017.01.04 18:56

David Bowie interview collection shows man behind legend

Tributes lie beneath a mural of singer David Bowie by artist Jimmy C in Brixton, south London on Jan. 12, last year. (AP-Yonhap) “David Bowie: The Last Interview and Other Conversations” by David ...

Updated : 2017.01.04 18:54

Beloved bookstore opens after 14 years, but it isn’t the same

Standing six stories high at the center of downtown Seoul, Jongno Books was Korea’s first multilevel bookstore, established in 1907. It was a haven for writers and thinkers, offering not only Korea...

Updated : 2016.12.28 17:16

Korea’s oldest bookstore to relaunch in Seoul

Korea’s oldest bookstore will be brought back to life 14 years after its closing, local publishers said Thursday. Jongno Books, more commonly known as Jongno Seojeok, will relaunch Friday at Seoul’s...

Updated : 2016.12.22 17:55

Books for for the bookworm in your life

I‘m ready to give the book the nine-lives prize. How many times has it been ruled obsolete? And yet, people are buying and enjoying print books more than ever. I’ve used an e-reader on occasion, b...

Updated : 2016.12.21 17:40

Marquette University adds to Tolkien collection

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Marquette University is adding to its J.R.R. Tolkien Collection. The university says it has acquired a first edition, first printing of “The Hobbit.” The book is one of 1,500 such ...

Updated : 2016.12.21 17:34

After techno and street art, Berlin tackles graphic novels

BERLIN (AFP) -- Better known for its electronic music and street art, Berlin is now also home to a budding graphic novel scene in a country that has treated illustrated stories as children‘s literat...

Updated : 2016.12.19 17:52

Russian translation of 'Toji' released

The first-ever Russian translation of "Toji (Land)" written by the late South Korean writer Park Kyung-ni was published in October, a cultural foundation revering Park said. The Toji Cultural Founda...

Updated : 2016.12.18 21:48

Phil Collins, pop star and self-deprecating dad, on his new memoir

“Not Dead Yet” (Crown Archetype, $28) Phil Collins is arching an eyebrow on the cover of his new memoir, as if to let you know he’s in on the joke. The book is called “Not Dead Yet,” a rather w...

Updated : 2016.12.14 23:56

‘The Girl Who Escaped ISIS’

“The Girl Who Escaped ISIS” by Farida Khalaf and Andrea Hoffmann, translated from German by Jamie Bulloch Atria Books (240 pages, $24) Amid the endless war news streaming out of Syria, the need f...

Updated : 2016.12.14 23:42

Change is a sign of health, not corruption, in language

“Words on the Move: Why English Won’t -- and Can’t -- Sit Still (Like, Literally)” By John McWhorter Henry Holt and Co. (272 pages, $28) John McWhorter’s breezy “Words on the Move” is the u...

Updated : 2016.12.14 23:35

Cartoonist shares untainted love of childhood

Exuding youthful exuberance and expectations, American cartoonist Jeff Kinney decided to make a living sketching comics while in college. Majoring in computer science at the University of Maryland, ...

Updated : 2016.12.14 17:28