Most recent Literature blogs and columns

  • Sunset at the Maldives. (Wikimedia Commons)

    Operation Cactus: India’s 1988 Intervention in the Maldives

    A defining moment in the India-Maldives strategic relationship occurred in 1988 when India intervened in the Maldives to prevent an attempted coup by mercenaries, organised... Read more

  • An Appreciation of Cyril Dabydeen’s Storytelling

    Cyril Dabydeen is a writer who enhances the reader’s share of the narrative. A story that engages the whole person is what serious readers are... Read more

  • This 1969 photo shows John Wayne playing one-eyed marshall Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit," a role for which he won an Oscar as best actor. (STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Man Behind ‘The Duke’

    Who’s that on the cover of Scott Eyman’s splendid biography of Hollywood’s most enduring movie star? Surely that wavy-haired young fellow in the suit and... Read more

  • In this March 6, 2014, file photo, Colombian Nobel Literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez greets fans and reporters outside his home on his birthday in Mexico City. Garcia Marquez, known as "Gabo" in Latin America, turned 87.  Marquez has been hospitalized, Thursday April 3, 2014, at a local hospital in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

    ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude,’ ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ Novelist Gabriel García Márquez Hospitalized

    MEXICO CITY— Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been hospitalized in Mexico City with a lung and urinary tract infection that is responding to treatment, federal health... Read more

  • A set of Dutch travel books about China at the booth of Charlotte du Reitz, seen at the 2013 New York Antiquarian Book Fair. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Things to do During NYC Rare Book Week, April 1–8

    NEW YORK—The New York Antiquarian Book Fair may be the best-known event during Rare Book Week, but many other events will also celebrate the printed... Read more

  • Jimmy Carter in a file photo. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

    Former President Jimmy Carter Writes Book About Prejudice and Discrimination Against Women

    NEW YORK—”A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power” (Simon and Schuster), by Jimmy Carter In his new book, “A Call to Action,” former President and... Read more

  • David Fiske (L) and Rachel Seligman (R), two of the co-authors of “Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave," pose at the Solomon Northup historical marker on March 13, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    ’12 Years A Slave’ Author’s Death Remains a Mystery

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.—Historians know where Solomon Northup was born, where he lived and where he worked. They know whom he married and how many children... Read more

  • Radcliffe Fellow Julie Orringer is working on a novel about Varian Fry, a Harvard student who helped rescue Jews from Nazi-occupied Europe during WWII. While at Harvard, he lived in Gore Hall now known as Winthrop House, pictured in background.  

Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer

    A Character Fit for a Novel

    Thanks to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Oscar-winning film “Schindler’s List,” many know the story of Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who saved hundreds of Polish Jews... Read more

  • Israel Donates Anne Frank Books to Tokyo Libraries

    TOKYO— The Israeli Embassy is donating 300 Anne Frank-related books to Tokyo public libraries after the recent vandalism of a similar number of such books... Read more

  • Black History Month Exhibit in Albany Features First Edition of ‘12 Years a Slave’

    This year’s Black History Month will be celebrated at the New York state Capitol in Albany, with an exhibit of African-American literature, including works of... Read more

  • British writer J.K. Rowling poses for photographers during  a photo call to unveil her new book, entitled: 'The Casual Vacancy', in London. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

    JK Rowling Says ‘Harry Potter’ Ending May be Wrong

    LONDON— Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is having second thoughts about having ended the series with heroine Hermione Granger paired up romantically with Ron Weasley... Read more

  • “Tiger Woman on Wall Street” by Junheng Li, published by McGraw-Hill, provides the reader with unique insights about business in China and the state of its society. (Courtesy of McGraw-Hill)

    Book Review: ‘Tiger Woman on Wall Street’

    For a China skeptic, reading this book is like listening to a sermon. For a China bull, it will start ringing the alarm bells. For... Read more

  • A rare Winnie-the-Pooh book showing an inscription from author A.A. Milne asking for artist E.H. Shephard to decorate his tomb. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

    How to Be Happy: Winnie-the-Pooh’s Wise Quotes for Grown-Up Kids

    Although Alan Alexander Milne (1882–1956) created Winnie-the-Pooh as a children’s book character, this cartoon bear’s thoughts can sometimes speak to adults with a philosophical depth... Read more

  • A drawing from Antoine de Saint-Exupery's beloved children’s tale “The Little Prince,” which is the subject of a major exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York on the 70th anniversary of the book’s publication. (AP Photo/Morgan Library and Museum, Graham S. Haber)

    At the Morgan, ‘The Little Prince’ Comes Home

    NEW YORK—Antoine de Saint-Exupery crafted “The Little Prince” in New York City, mentioning Rockefeller Center and Long Island in one draft of the beloved children’s... Read more

  • "Records of the Grand Historian" (L) and Qu Yuan (R). (Wikimedia Commons)

    5 Extraordinary Writers Abandoned in Their Time

    Here’s a look at five writers who in their time faced great hardships and only after death achieved great fame, including Xibo who was made... Read more

  • A drawing from Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s children’s tale “The Little Prince,” the subject of a major exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York on the 70th anniversary of the book’s publication. (Graham S. Haber/AP/Morgan Library and Museum)

    NYC Museum Presents ‘The Little Prince’ Exhibit

    NEW YORK—Antoine de Saint-Exupery crafted “The Little Prince” in New York City, mentioning Rockefeller Center and Long Island in one draft of the beloved children’s... Read more

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    When Terror Was Called ‘Liberation’ in China

    In mainland China, the word “liberation” is commonly used to describe the communist takeover in 1949, and with good reason, we are told. The People’s... Read more

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple senior vice president of Industrial Design Jonathan Ive, and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters look on as an attendee looks at the new iPhone 5 during an event on September 12, 2013, in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Jony Ive, Apple’s Lead Designer, ‘Is now more important to Apple than Jobs was’

    Jony Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of design, “is now more important to Apple than [Steve] Jobs was when he died,” says the author of... Read more

  • The cover of 'Madiba A to Z' by Danny Schechter. (Courtesy of Seven Stories Press)

    The Book Behind the Mandela Biopic

    Behind the film “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom,” is the book “Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela,” a series of essays... Read more

  • 'A Gift to Remember' by Melissa Hill (Simon & Schuster UK)

    Book Review: ‘A Gift to Remember’ by Melissa Hill

    Darcy Archer, bookworm and daydreamer, works in a book shop in New York. Despite the pleading from her indomitable aunt she moves around the busy... Read more