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The fairytale rise of singer Gavin James
The fairytale rise of singer Gavin James

'In Ireland everything happens in pubs,' says Gavin James, widely seen as the next big singer songwriter.

The fairytale rise of singer Gavin James
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Almaty born writer Serebryanskiy wins Russian Award

Writer Yuriy Serebryanskiy has become the winner of the Russian Award for the second time.

Almaty born writer Serebryanskiy wins Russian Award
British celebrities pick sides in Scottish referendum
British celebrities pick sides in Scottish referendum

Scotland's independence debate has gripped the world of show business, pitting heavyweights such as Paul McCartney and Sean Connery on opposite sides.

British celebrities pick sides in Scottish referendum
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US classic 'To Kill a Mockingbird' to appear as e-book

The Pulitzer Prize-winning US classic "To Kill a Mockingbird" will appear as an e-book for the first time this summer, publishing house HarperCollins said.

US classic 'To Kill a Mockingbird' to appear as e-book
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Kazakhstani writer Ilya Odegov wins Russian Award

Almaty based-writer Ilya Odegov won the Russian Award in Flash Fiction category with his short story “Timur and his summer”.

Kazakhstani writer Ilya Odegov wins Russian Award
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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 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
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Ukrainian novelist Kurkov backs 'school for revolution' protests

The long-running opposition protests on Kiev's central Independence Square are becoming a "school for revolution" as the country's leaders lose touch with society, top Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov told AFP.

Ukrainian novelist Kurkov backs 'school for revolution' protests
Haruki Murakami. 
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Haruki Murakami novel Japan's 2013 best-seller

The new novel by literary superstar Haruki Murakami was Japan's biggest-selling book of 2013, the nation's largest distributer said.

Haruki Murakami novel Japan's 2013 best-seller
Jung Chang and 'the concubine who launched modern China'
Jung Chang and 'the concubine who launched modern China'

Jung Chang says she does not enjoy arguments, but the latest book from the writer whose works are banned in China is proving to be typically contentious.

Jung Chang and 'the concubine who launched modern China'
New Zealand author Eleanor Catton wins 2013 Booker Prize
New Zealand author Eleanor Catton wins 2013 Booker Prize

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton became the youngest winner of the Man Booker Prize for fiction, claiming the award for her novel "The Luminaries".

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton wins 2013 Booker Prize
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US prize-winning 'Mambo Kings' author dead at 62 - report

Oscar Hijuelos, the Cuban-American author best known for his Pulitzer-prize winning novel "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love," died in New York age 62.

US prize-winning 'Mambo Kings' author dead at 62 - report
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
Death of letters spells tough time for biographers, says royal writer
Death of letters spells tough time for biographers, says royal writer

The slow death of handwriting might be a boon for email-reading intelligence agencies but not for biographers, says the man entrusted by Queen Elizabeth II to write the biography of her mother.

Death of letters spells tough time for biographers, says royal writer
'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.

'Wild Swans' author Jung Chang speaks of China dream
Author Vikram Seth asked to return $1.7m advance: report
Author Vikram Seth asked to return $1.7m advance: report

Acclaimed Indian writer Vikram Seth has been asked to return a $1.7-million advance he was paid by his publisher to write a sequel to his 1993 classic "A Suitable Boy".

Author Vikram Seth asked to return $1.7m advance: report
Far-right writer kills self in Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral
Far-right writer kills self in Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral

A far-right writer and activist shot himself dead in front of the altar of Paris's famed Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday, leaving statements denouncing gay marriage and immigration.

Far-right writer kills self in Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral