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Children’s author, illustrator of Llama Llama stories dies

MONTPELIER, Vermont (AP) -- Best-selling children’s book author and illustrator Anna Dewdney, who gained fame with her series of Llama Llama stories, has died at age 50. Dewdney, who had a 15-month...

Updated : 2016.09.07 16:43

'My GoldStar phone' wins Soorim literary award

A novel about a young aspiring writer has won a literary prize co-awarded by Yonhap News Agency and the Soorim Cultural Foundation, the news agency said Monday. “My GoldStar phone” by Kim Hena tel...

Updated : 2016.09.05 13:41

Expressing sorrow of black Americans

“The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race” By Jesmyn Ward Scribner (240 pages, $25) The murder last year of nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, epi...

Updated : 2016.08.31 16:22

Jessica Winter's debut looks at the 1 percent

“Break in Case of Emergency” By Jessica Winter Knopf (288 pages, $25.95) Jessica Winter’s debut novel, “Break in Case of Emergency,” is an interesting study of the 1 percent and those strivin...

Updated : 2016.08.31 16:20

Old Hollywood glamour in 'Platinum Doll'

“Platinum Doll” By Anne Girard MIRA Books (352 pages, $15.99) “Madame Picasso” author Anne Girard takes on another bewitching figure from the past in “Platinum Doll,” a charming fictionalize...

Updated : 2016.08.31 16:16

Tom Wolfe talks Darwin, Chomsky and human speech

NEW YORK (AP) -- After satirizing everything from “radical chic” to 20th century architecture, Tom Wolfe is now mining the mystery of language and the reputation of the most influential linguist of...

Updated : 2016.08.31 16:14

Alex Marwood delivers gripping cautionary tale

Cover of “The Darkest Secret” by Alex Marwood (Penguin Books) “The Darkest Secret” (Penguin Books) By Alex Marwood The disappearance of a child whose body is never found eventually implodes a...

Updated : 2016.08.31 16:09

In North Korea, a hard-boiled (and fictional) cop keeps watch

NEW YORK (AP) -- The hero, a police inspector, prowls a city known more for its political malevolence than its street crime. If you read the local newspapers, you could think it’s a city with almost...

Updated : 2016.08.29 13:24

Han Kang's award-winning novel hits German market

Han Kang’s novel “The Vegetarian” has received enthusiastic responses from German news media upon being released in the European country, a state-run literary agency said Wednesday. The novel has...

Updated : 2016.08.25 15:06

Tiny Spanish publisher clones world's most mysterious book

BURGOS, Spain (AFP) - It's one of the world’s most mysterious books, a centuries-old manuscript written in an unknown or coded language that no one -- not even the best cryptographers -- has cracked....

Updated : 2016.08.24 17:50

Korean literature magazine becomes more inclusive

Launched by the Literature Translation Institute of Korea in 2008, List: Books from Korea originally examined the Korean publishing industry through the eyes of Korean authors, critics, translators a...

Updated : 2016.08.24 17:48

Making of a ‘liberal icon’ charted

“Bobby Kennedy” By Larry Tye Random House (608 pages, $32) Unless you were old enough to remember the mid-1960s it might be hard to grasp the considerable impact the Kennedy family, particularly...

Updated : 2016.08.24 13:49

Extraordinary characters brought to life

“The Muse” By Jessie Burton Harper Collins (352 pages, $27.99) “The Muse” asks a lot of its readers, in the best of ways. It asks us to pay close attention, given the unexpected paths that wan...

Updated : 2016.08.24 13:47

Imagining surrealist battle against Nazis

“The Last Days of New Paris” By China Mieville Del Rey (205 pages, $25) Page for page, there is no one generating more utterly unfamiliar ideas than author China Mieville (“Perdido Street Stati...

Updated : 2016.08.24 13:45

Bochco’s book: He rewrote TV’s rules and lived to tell it

NEW YORK (AP) -- For viewers who rejoice in TV’s artistic upsurge, one virtuoso perhaps more than anyone can be credited for elevating the medium from its bygone “boob tube” status. Steven Bochco...

Updated : 2016.08.24 13:33