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Murakami's new book unveiled in Japan

Haruki Murakami's first collection of short stories in nine years hit the shelves in Japan on Friday with some excited fans queuing for the midnight launch.

Murakami's new book unveiled in Japan
Garcia Marquez, godfather of magic realism, dies at 87
Garcia Marquez, godfather of magic realism, dies at 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel-winning Colombian author who used magical realism to tell epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America, died Thursday at the age of 87.

Garcia Marquez, godfather of magic realism, dies at 87
Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez . ©Reuters/Edgard Garrido
Garcia Marquez in 'very fragile' condition: family

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez is in "very fragile" condition and at risk of complications while recovering at his Mexico City home from a recent hospitalization, his family said.

Garcia Marquez in 'very fragile' condition: family
Nobel writer Garcia Marquez hospitalized in Mexico
Nobel writer Garcia Marquez hospitalized in Mexico

Colombia's Nobel Prize-winning writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez was being treated at a Mexico City hospital Thursday for a lung infection but he was doing well, his son and officials said.

Nobel writer Garcia Marquez hospitalized in Mexico
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Kazakhstani writer Ilya Odegov shortlisted for Russian Award

Kazakhstani writer Ilya Odegov was shortlisted for the International literary competition Russian Award in the Flash Fiction category.

Kazakhstani writer Ilya Odegov shortlisted for Russian Award
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Kazakhstani short story long-listed for Russian Awards: celebration of adolescence

Young Kazakshtani writer Ilya Odegov has been long-listed for the International Literary competition Russian Award.

Kazakhstani short story long-listed for Russian Awards: celebration of adolescence
Asol Bilyalova's award-winning illustrations
Kazakhstan artist wins literary festival in UK

Asol Bilyalova from Kazakhstan has won in the Artistic Illustration category at the Literature Festival 2013 in London and Cambridge.

Kazakhstan artist wins literary festival in UK
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Sherlock Holmes is free, US judge rules

The beloved British detective Sherlock Holmes is now free to be reimagined in the United States after a federal judge ruled that licensing fees are no longer required.

Sherlock Holmes is free, US judge rules
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Ralph Fiennes reveals other Dickens in 'Invisible Woman'

For his second film as director, British actor Ralph Fiennes lifts the cover on a little-known secret about classic English author Charles Dickens: his decade-long adulterous affair with a young actress.

Ralph Fiennes reveals other Dickens in 'Invisible Woman'
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Harry Potter to speak Kazakhsha in 2014

The Harry Potter series will be translated into Kazakh in 2014.

Harry Potter to speak Kazakhsha in 2014
Villa that inspired Pinocchio for sale in Italy
Villa that inspired Pinocchio for sale in Italy

A villa near Florence that inspired the author of Pinocchio is on the market for 10.5 million euros ($14 million) -- a world away from the humble workshop where the marionette is born in the book.

Villa that inspired Pinocchio for sale in Italy
Japan's Murakami favourite for Nobel prize -- again
Japan's Murakami favourite for Nobel prize -- again

Japanese literary superstar Haruki Murakami is favourite for this year's Nobel Prize in Literature, betting odds showed Friday, after repeatedly being mentioned as a contender for the prestigious global gong.

Japan's Murakami favourite for Nobel prize -- again
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Chinese professor fined in poetry row: report

A Chinese court ordered a controversial professor who claims descent from the ancient sage Confucius to apologise and pay a fine after a heated online row over poetry.

Chinese professor fined in poetry row: report
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Author Murakami sends message to Boston

Japanese author and keen runner Haruki Murakami sent a "personal message" to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and said he also felt wounded by the attack on his favourite race.

Author Murakami sends message to Boston
Murakami book print run hits 1 million in week
Murakami book print run hits 1 million in week

The Japanese publisher of the new novel by Haruki Murakami said Thursday it had ordered one million copies of the book, less than a week after it went on sale.

Murakami book print run hits 1 million in week
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Excitement builds in Japan for new Murakami novel

The wait is nearly over for thousands of readers eager to get their hands on the new novel by celebrated Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami.

Excitement builds in Japan for new Murakami novel
Chilean poet Neruda to be exhumed Monday
Chilean poet Neruda to be exhumed Monday

The remains of Chilean Nobel prize winning poet Pablo Neruda will be exhumed Monday to determine if he died of cancer or was poisoned.

Chilean poet Neruda to be exhumed Monday
Slovakia's steel hub Kosice dusts off its creative side
Slovakia's steel hub Kosice dusts off its creative side

Known mainly for its steelworks, the gritty industrial hub of Kosice in east Slovakia is hard at work reforging itself as a centre of creativity and the arts as it enters 2013 with the tag "European Capital of Culture".

Slovakia's steel hub Kosice dusts off its creative side
Writers must take on political issues: China's Mo Yan
Writers must take on political issues: China's Mo Yan

Chinese author Mo Yan, some of whose works have cast an unflattering eye on official policy, said after winning the literature Nobel that it was a writer's duty to spotlight political and social issues.

Writers must take on political issues: China's Mo Yan
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Munro, Murakami and Roth among Nobel literature favourites

With just hours to go before the Nobel Literature Prize laureate is announced in Stockholm, speculation has hit fever pitch with Canada's Alice Munro and Japan's Haruki Murakami often cited as possible winners.

Munro, Murakami and Roth among Nobel literature favourites