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Novelist Haruki Murakami. ©REUTERS
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
New Fidel Castro biography planned
New Fidel Castro biography planned

Former president Fidel Castro will be the subject of a new volume of memoirs about his life as a Cuban revolutionary, the country's larger-than-life leader and a longtime nemesis of the United States.

New Fidel Castro biography planned
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Trove of Kipling poems discovered

An investigation by a US academic has uncovered 50 unpublished poems by British writer Rudyard Kipling in locations including a New York house and the papers of a former cruise-line owner.

Trove of Kipling poems discovered
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Murakami's new book out in April: publisher

Author Haruki Murakami's new novel will hit book stores in April, three years after the final instalment of "1Q84".

Murakami's new book out in April: publisher
Iran slams Berlin film fest award for Panahi
Iran slams Berlin film fest award for Panahi

Iran on Monday protested against the awarding of a Silver Bear to Jafar Panahi for the best screenplay for Parde (Closed Curtain) at the 63rd Berlin film festival.

Iran slams Berlin film fest award for Panahi
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Forgotten work by Japan Nobel laureate uncovered

A previously unknown short story by Japan's first Nobel Prize-winning author Yasunari Kawabata, best-known for the novel "Snow Country".

Forgotten work by Japan Nobel laureate uncovered
'Lincoln' screenwriter apologizes for 15-second error
'Lincoln' screenwriter apologizes for 15-second error

The screenwriter of "Lincoln," which has 12 Oscar nominations, conceded on Friday that the taut political drama changed the historical record for "15 seconds," after a lawmaker complained.

'Lincoln' screenwriter apologizes for 15-second error
Mantel wins Costa award for 'Bring Up The Bodies'
Mantel wins Costa award for 'Bring Up The Bodies'

Hilary Mantel won Britain's Costa Book Award on Tuesday for her novel "Bring Up The Bodies", which has now done the double having claimed the Booker Prize.

Mantel wins Costa award for 'Bring Up The Bodies'
Teen author Stefan Bachmann reaps full-grown success
Teen author Stefan Bachmann reaps full-grown success

Stefan Bachmann is only 19, but his darkly mysterious debut novel set in a parallel world of faeries, goblins and child snatchers has already earned him comparisons to J.K. Rowling, Dickens and Dostoyevsky.

Teen author Stefan Bachmann reaps full-grown success
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Saudi liberal writer arrested for Islam 'insults': relatives

A Saudi Arabian liberal writer was arrested on Monday for making comments on his Twitter account that were allegedly insulting to Islam.

Saudi liberal writer arrested for Islam 'insults': relatives
Haruki Murakami. ©REUTERS
Author Murakami wades into Japan-China island row

Haruki Murakami, one of the world's foremost novelists, waded into the territorial row between China and Japan on Friday, warning of the perils of politicians offering the "cheap liquor" of nationalism.

Author Murakami wades into Japan-China island row
Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho. ©REUTERS/Eloy Alonso
'Alchemist' author plays with reality in new book

Celebrated Brazilian author Paulo Coelho released his latest novel Wednesday, "Manuscript Found in Accra," examining "values that span time."

'Alchemist' author plays with reality in new book
Zair Assim. Photo from personal vkontakte blog
Two Kazakhstan writers got into Russian Prize long-list

Russian Prize International literary contest has announced its long-list of candidates to 2011 award.

Two Kazakhstan writers got into Russian Prize long-list
Kazakhstani writer Ilya Odegov. Photo courtesy of aitazhi.livejournal.com.
Kazakhstan writer won a prestigious literary award

Kazakhstani writer Ilya Odegov was a second at IX International Voloshin Literature contest, leaving behind 300 of other participants.

Kazakhstan writer won a prestigious literary award
Yuriy Serebryanskiy. Photo by Vladimir Dmitriyev©
Kazakhstan writer Serebryanskiy won the Russian Prize

Yuriy Serebryanskiy won in the The Russian Prize literary contest under Short Prose category.

Kazakhstan writer Serebryanskiy won the Russian Prize