Literature

Booksellers in France: Sacrifices Beyond Economical Considerations

A bookstore in Paris, May 3, 2014. (Stephene De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images)
A bookstore in Paris, May 3, 2014. (Stephene De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images)

PARIS–With a dwindling turnover (10 % every year for the past 5 years) and tough competition from giant groups like Amazon, the situation of French bookstores...




  • Author Diana Gabaldon speaks at a book signing event at Chapters in Ottawa on June 23, 2014. (Joyce MacPhee)

    Author Diana Gabaldon Reaches Out to Fans

    Diana Gabaldon appeared like magic. All of a sudden, she was standing right behind me in the Chapters store where more than 200 people had... Read more

  • Standing in front of a row of plastic tents a young boy refugee flashes the V-sign in a refugee camp on the border between Syria and Turkey near the northern city of Azaz on December 5, 2012. (AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN)

    Children’s Books on the Refugee Experience Are Crucial Reading

    While facts and figures are useful to understand the scale of the refugee problem, for most people it’s the personal angle that they best relate... Read more

  • The cover of "Extinction" by Mark Alpert. (Courtesy of the author)

    Fiction Writer Riffs Off Real Life Horror

    Mark Alpert, a novelist of science fiction thrillers, was looking for a story plot a few years ago that would involve artificial intelligence, mass surveillance,... Read more

  • Matt Jones composed impromptu poems at ArtsPark Festival in Ottawa on May 31, 2014. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

    ARC Poetry Magazine a Showcase for Canadian Writers

    ARC Poetry Magazine, one of Canada’s longest-running literary magazines, is dedicated to publishing the best of Canadian poetry. The magazine is in its 36th year... Read more

  • (L-R) Christophers Chaplain Rev. Jonathan Morris; Christophers vice president/COO Mary Ellen Robinson; Bob Dotson, author of "American Story;" Wayne B. Drash, author of "On These Courts;" and Tony Rossi, Christophers director of communications. (Courtesy of The Christophers)

    Christopher Awards: Honoring the Human Spirit in the Arts

    “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” Though it’s unclear who first uttered this sentiment, it has been the guiding principle... Read more

  • Top left: A poster for the movie “Twilight.” (Magesomido via Compfight cc) Top right: Stephen King (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images). Bottom left: A poster for "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” (Wikimedia Commons) Bottom right:  Engraving for the frontispiece to the revised edition of “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley. (Wikimedia Commons)

    4 Famous Authors Who Got Their Stories in Dreams: Stephen King, Stephenie Meyer, More

    Inspiration, dreams, and fancy all seem to come from the same ethereal realm accessed by part of us that isn’t quite of this practical and... Read more

  • (Courtesy of University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center)

    Engineer Decodes Cryptic Notes in 1504 Edition of the Odyssey

    When a 16-century Venetian edition of Homer’s Odyssey surfaced in 2007, the text included handwritten notes in the margins in an unknown script. The annotations... Read more

  • In this April 23, 2014, photo, Lowell, Mass. school teacher and author, Seng Ty, poses with his self-published book, "The Years of Zero: Coming of Age Under the Khmer Rouge." (AP Photo/Lowell Sun, David H. Brow)

    Labor Camp Survivor Writes of Communist Genocide in Native Cambodia

    LOWELL, Mass.—The moon would rise above the muddy Cambodian rice paddies just when Seng Ty thought he had nothing left in his body to pull... Read more

  • 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


    Top