Archive for category: Literature

Renowned Ghanaian poet killed in Kenya mall attack

Renowned Ghanaian poet killed in Kenya mall attack

Renowned Ghanaian poet and statesman Kofi Awoonor was among the 59 people confirmed dead in an attack by Somali Islamist militants on a Nairobi shopping mall, Ghana’s president said Sunday.

Fight to save Orwell’s Burmese inspiration

Fight to save Orwell’s Burmese inspiration

Cobwebs cover its furniture and its rooms are long deserted, but a crumbling house in northern Myanmar is at the centre of a conservation battle by locals who say it was once home to George Orwell.

Afghan police arrest two over India writer’s murder

Afghan police arrest two over India writer’s murder

Afghan police have arrested two militants over the murder of an Indian writer whose book about her dramatic escape from the Taliban was made into a Bollywood film, an official said Tuesday.

Taliban shoot dead female Indian author in Afghanistan

Taliban shoot dead female Indian author in Afghanistan

Suspected Taliban militants shot dead the Indian author Sushmita Banerjee, writer of a popular book about her dramatic escape from the Taliban in the 90s, in eastern Afghan province of Paktika on Wednesday night, police said on Thursday.

Hands off Jane Austen’s ring, Britain tells US singer

Hands off Jane Austen’s ring, Britain tells US singer

The British government has blocked US singer Kelly Clarkson from taking a ring once owned by author Jane Austen out of the country, a minister said on Thursday.

Lawyer gives Snowden ‘Crime and Punishment’ as present

Lawyer gives Snowden ‘Crime and Punishment’ as present

The Russian lawyer helping Edward Snowden said Wednesday he would give the US fugitive a copy of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel “Crime and Punishment” as he prepares to leave the Moscow airport where he has been holed up for a month.

‘Wild Swans’ author Jung Chang speaks of China dream

‘Wild Swans’ author Jung Chang speaks of China dream

It may be unclear what exactly Beijing means by its aspirational “China Dream” slogan, but for banned “Wild Swans” author Jung Chang it’s a positive step. “It’s good to have a dream,” she says. “My dream is to have my books published in China.”

German publisher of surprise Rowling book eyes windfall

German publisher of surprise Rowling book eyes windfall

The publisher who bought the German rights to a novel for a song before learning that the author was Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling said on Sunday it was eyeing a windfall.

Neruda remains to be tested in Spain for poison

Neruda remains to be tested in Spain for poison

A judge ordered the remains of poet Pablo Neruda to be tested in Spain to determine whether he died of poisoning, court records showed Wednesday.

Treaty to be signed giving blind better access to books

Treaty to be signed giving blind better access to books

A long-awaited international treaty that would give hundreds of millions of blind and visually impaired people better access to books is to be signed Thursday, according to the organisers of a conference in Morocco.