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The American is revealed today as the UK's most borrowed author from libraries, coming top for the second year, after his books were taken out more than 1.5m times between July 2007 and June 2008.
French president Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday bestowed the title of knight of France's prestigious Legion of Honour on the Harry Potter author at a ceremony in the Elysée presidential palace.
THE Female of the Species by Melbourne playwright Joanna Murray-Smith has been nominated for best new comedy in the 2009 Laurence Olivier Awards, announced in London yesterday.
IT is 20 years since Salman Rushdie published his fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, about two Indian actors, Gibreel and Saladin.
The Dallas Public Library has launched a new program called the StreetSmart Express that lets people check out popular books and DVDs for $5 each. Other items can still be checked out by Dallas residents at no cost.
Sandra Yates AO, Chair of Sydney Writers’ Festival’s Board of Directors, has announced that Chip Rolley has been appointed to the position of Artistic Director for the 2010 Sydney Writers' Festival, when current SWF Director Wendy Were takes maternity leave. Dr Were is expected to return to the post of SWF Director for the 2011 Festival.
The Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) congratulates scriptwriter and Australian Writers Foundation President Geoffrey Atherden, who has been made a Member of the Order of Australia as part of the recent Australia Day Honours.
Australian playwrights came a step closer to securing productions of their work in Australia and overseas with the launch today of www.australianplays.org, a new e-commerce portal dedicated to the sale and promotion of Australian playscripts.
Antiquarian book trade fails to speak out as criminals plunder priceless manuscripts and maps.
Cope has now ruled herself out of the job, claiming the pressure to write to order made good poets write bad poetry.
Magnetic resonance brain-scanning at a US university shows how reading helps us rehearse physical activities in real life.
An army of the biggest names in Irish literature are protesting the termination of funding to the Irish Writers' Centre, a hub for Dublin's literary community.
All three past inaugural poets have succumbed to sanctimonious platitudes - and Elizabeth Alexander was no exception. But, argues Moira Weigel, her 'Obamapoetics' should not be dismissed too readily.
It seems a ripe time for novel podcasting to grow. Traditional book publishers are struggling.
The injections of cultural cash in Tuesday's federal budget are being hailed by many in the arts community as a landmark moment showing national politicians' heightened attention to the arts. But complaints about what was left out remain widespread.
Toronto's newest fall literary festival appears to be on shaky ground even before it holds its debut edition after the country's largest trade publisher, Random House of Canada, and another big player, Penguin Group (Canada), announced Wednesday Jan. 28 that they won't participate.
The Australian books world, from major authors to publishers, booksellers and agents, is up in arms about a government review of Australia's copyright laws.
In 1984, three books into his Rabbit tetralogy, John Updike spoke to Don Swaim of CBS radio about the development of Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom, the singlemindedness that writing demands, and the need for an author to have a sense of an ending. These extracts are courtesy of Wiredforbooks.org and the WOUB Center for Public Media at Ohio University.
The judges thought his book was flawed and ended badly – but it still triumphed. Costa prize winner Sebastian Barry
tells Stuart Jeffries how his epic was born.
The best of Updike, the worst of Updike, and why the two are connected.
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