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Booker Prize judge attacks 'annoying' blurbs
French court orders magazine to pay 100,000 Euros to Kate for publishing her topless photos
Nord: Un apprenti cinéaste lance une web-série de science-fiction avec les moyens du bord
VIDEO. Anne Hathaway va jouer dans «O2», un thriller de science-fiction
Panel to discuss youth culture at Summer Book Festival
Nangis. Le réalisateur Steeve de Jarnatt, au week-end science-fiction et anticipation
Italian-American author releases latest pictorial book on immigrant life in America
Tributes to late York author Helen Cadbury as her third book launched
2017-09-29 12:20:58 doc FRIENDS and family of the late and much-loved York writer Helen Cadbury gathered for the poignant launch of her third book. Helen’s “warmth and generosity” shone through the words of her friends. She was for many years a vital part of York’s literary scene as a poet, novelist and creative writing teacher and she has been widely mourned in York and in the UK publishing industry since her death on June 30, aged just 52, from breast cancer   Read More ...
PHP Yandex Translate API Wrapper: Translate text between languages using Yandex API
2017-09-27 12:20:21 Description Author This class can translate text between languages using Yandex API. It can take a given text and send requests to the Yandex translate API to translate that text to a given language. The class can also send an API request to detect the language of a text. Name: adriano ghezzi Classes: Country: Italy Age: ??? All time   Read More ...
Biff and Chip book raises eyebrows as teacher spots 'dubious' scene in the background
2017-09-25 20:14:01 A dubious scene in one of the popular Biff and Chip reading books is raising a few questions and chuckles among parents and teachers. If you've got or had children of school age, then you've undoubtedly come across the Oxford Reading Tree series at some point. A mainstay of the National Curriculum, the books have helped children learn how to read for more than 30 years and are used in 80 per cent of Britain's primary schools   Read More ...
Samuel Johnson Google doodle honors author behind ‘The Dictionary of the English Language’
2017-09-18 18:09:28 Today’s Google doodle celebrates the British writer, Samuel Johnson, on his 308th birthday. A poet, essayist, biographer and critic, Johnson was a prolific writer, but he is often best known for his contribution as a lexicographer. Johnson published “Dictionary of the English Language” in 1775, after nine years spent putting it together. His dictionary served as the primary English dictionary until the Oxford English Dictionary was published 150 years later   Read More ...
Reading, writing and empathy: How Denmark is a leader in teaching social skills
2017-09-15 18:18:44 COPENHAGEN, DENMARKJennifer Larsen, a soft-spoken Danish teacher, strides into the classroom undeterred. She tells the 12- and 13-year-old students to put away their cellphones and fidget spinners. Some continue to goof off. But as she starts her weekly lesson in “social learning,” which begins with a “check-in” to gauge how each child is feeling, they quiet down. Ms. Larsen’s main lesson of the day involves taping two signs to different ends of the classroom with the words “I agree” and “I disagree   Read More ...
One of Roald Dahl's most famous characters was originally 'meant to be black' - but he was 'advised against it'
2017-09-14 14:09:33 Yesterday was "Roald Dahl Day" and to celebrate, the children's book author's wife, Liccy, answered some questions about the famous writer. His widow divulged some fun facts about how Roald would turn into a grump as he neared completion of a book, as the thought of starting a new one came to his mind. Captions on the video interview then says Roald's publisher advised against it   Read More ...
Booker Prize judge attacks 'annoying' blurbs
2017-09-13 23:39:08 Colin Thubron hit out at "annoying" praise as he took part in the announcement of this year's shortlist for the prestigious prize. The British author and travel writer, who was longlisted for the award in 2002, said some blurbs "almost blackmail" readers into believing it is their fault if they don't enjoy a novel. He said the gushing praise from other authors and critics published on book covers makes him "cringe"   Read More ...
New Book Will Investigate Trump-Russia Connection
2017-09-12 19:38:27 Conspiracies surrounding Russian meddling in American politics used to be the terrain of novelists. Now nonfiction writers get to dig in. Hillary Clinton’s “What Happened,” her account of the 2016 presidential election, went on sale Tuesday, and another book about the election, an investigative look by two journalists into the controversies surrounding Donald J. Trump, Vladimir Putin and Russia’s influence, isn’t far behind   Read More ...
Denise Mina wins Scottish crime book of the year award
2017-09-09 12:01:40 Writer Denise Mina has won The McIlvanney Prize for Scottish crime book of the year. Her book, The Long Drop, was chosen ahead of works by four other shortlisted authors - Val McDermid, Craig Russell, Craig Robertson and Jay Stringer. The result was announced at Stirling Castle on Friday as part of the Bloody Scotland crime-writing festival. The award, in memory of writer William McIlvanney, includes a prize of £1,000   Read More ...
Sir Quentin Blake illustrates Roald Dahl's final book, 26 years on
2017-09-07 18:04:29 Roald Dahl's final children's book has been illustrated by his longtime collaborator Sir Quentin Blake, 26 years after it was first published. Billy and the Minpins was originally published as The Minpins in 1991, shortly after Dahl's death, with illustrations by Patrick Benson. An updated version has now come out with new pictures by Sir Quentin. It was the only children's book by Roald Dahl that Sir Quentin had not provided illustrations for   Read More ...
French magazine fined for publishing Kate Middleton's topless photos
2017-09-06 04:31:07 A French court on Tuesday ordered a magazine to pay 100,000 euros (119,370 U.S. dollars) in damages to Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William of Britain, for publishing photos showing her bare breasts in 2012. In addition, the editorial director and an editor of the celebrity gossip magazine Closer were each handed down a maximum fine of 45,000 euros (53,716.5 U   Read More ...
French court orders magazine to pay 100,000 Euros to Kate for publishing her topless photos
2017-09-05 21:18:50 A French court ruled today that a French celebrity magazine must pay 100,000 euros in damages to Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate over topless photos of the duchess published in 2012. The court also ordered Closer magazine's editor Laurence Pieau and publisher Ernesto Mauri to each pay 45,000 euros (USD 53,000) in fines, the maximum possible. The couple had sought 1   Read More ...
Russia sends 30 teachers and 60,000 books to Tajikistan
2017-09-05 10:03:15 A humanitarian aid in the form of more than 60,000 textbooks in Russian language will be spread to school of Tajikistan soon, Russian media report. The new books and 30 teachers were sent by Russia last week in the framework of bilateral agreement between the two countries. Textbooks in Russian language are not published in Tajikistan. They are brought from Russia for more than 10 years, the report says   Read More ...
Author to discuss Nordic immigrants in Minnesota politics
2017-09-03 17:01:28 MOORHEAD—Klas Bergman, author of "Scandinavians in the State House: How Nordic Immigrants Shaped Minnesota Politics," will give a talk and sign books at Concordia College.   Read More ...
Thousands read heartbreaking poem penned by girlfriend of celebrity bodybuilder Rich Piana after tragic death
2017-09-02 16:03:01 Thousands of people have now read the heartbreaking poem penned by the girlfriend of celebrity bodybuilder Rich Piana after his tragic death. Just days earlier, Chanel Jansen had told fans that her boyfriend was "alive" and "ok" and that the family wanted space to be able to concentrate on him making a full recovery. Rich Piana passed away after collapsing at their home while she was cutting his hair   Read More ...
Lewis Hamilton writes emotional poem to 'England's Rose' Princess Diana to mark 20 years since her death
2017-09-01 18:05:50 Britain's triple world champion Lewis Hamilton paid tribute to Princess Diana by writing a poem in her honour a day after the 20th anniversary of her death. Hamilton, who is taking part in the Italian Grand Prix this week, posted the words on his Instagram account on Friday. The 32-year-old Englishman accompanied the tribute, which he titled "England's Rose", with a number of images of the Princess alongside the Van Morrison song, Into the Mystic   Read More ...
Thriller writers to chill at Waterstones
2017-09-01 12:20:01 THREE domestic noir thriller writers are appearing at York Waterstones next Thursday to talk about the genre in a panel chaired by Hull crime writer Nick Quantril. The three that have all released books this year are Jane Corry, Emma Curtis and Nuala Ellwood. Jane Corry's Blood Sisters tells the story of a dead child and moves forward 15 years when someone wants revenge for what happened that day   Read More ...
It's no crime to get lost in a great book: don't miss this year's Big City Read
2017-08-31 12:19:33 READING a good book is a wonderful thing. There's no better way of stimulating the imagination, broadening the outlook, learning about lives other than yours, getting inside someone else's head. By its very nature, however, it is a solitary occupation. Yes, you can discuss a book you've read with friends and family. But if they haven't read it themselves, it tends to be a one-way conversation   Read More ...
Read all about Ryedale Book Festival line-up
2017-08-31 12:19:30 RYEDALE Book Festival has announced the line-up for this year’s programme of events. The annual festival takes place on September 22 and 23 at venues in Malton and includes diverse literary activities for all. On Friday, September 22 hear the story of the Nine Days Queen, Lady Jane Grey, from historian Leanda de Lisle who will be accompanied by musician Chris Parsons, of Eboracum Baroque, performing trumpet fanfares to set the scene   Read More ...
Citizens in Azeri exclave told to read Hemingway
2017-08-30 15:04:57 The leader of the landlocked Azeri exclave of Nakhchivan has published a list of 30 books that he says all citizens should read. The republic's supreme assembly chairman Vasil Tabilov drew up the list in order to foster patriotism and widen youngsters' outlook, the Minval.az news website reports. As well as classics from Azeri and medieval Eastern authors, the list includes Western authors such as Jack London and Ernest Hemingway, with "The Old Man and the Sea" coming in at number 20   Read More ...
Nord: Un apprenti cinéaste lance une web-série de science-fiction avec les moyens du bord
2017-08-30 00:00:40 Un Valenciennois a réalisé une web-série de science-fiction. Il a commencé à l’écrire en janvier 2016. Guillaume Bouiges a postéle premier épisode* de sa web-série, le 15 août. En quinze jours, Symphony for a new earth a enregistré plus de 1.000 vues sur Youtube. Elle raconte l’histoire de Louri, le dernier enfant humain en vie. Alors qu’il habite sur une autre planète avec son protecteur, Timo, et des amis extraterrestres, le jeune garçon voit arriver les ennuis   Read More ...
Committee to Analyze Publishing In Iceland
2017-08-29 18:11:56 Minister of Education, Science and Culture Kristján Þór Júlíusson has appointed a committee to analyze the current state of book publishing in Iceland, reports. The committee is to submit a report on such topics as the publishing of educational books, electronic reading materials and devices, audio books, children’s book publishing, publishing costs, and how best to support authors. Kristrún Lind Birgisdóttir, pedagogue, has been appointed chairman of the committee   Read More ...
Costco To Join Christmas “Book Flood”
2017-08-29 18:11:49 Costco representatives visited Iceland a few weeks ago to familiarize themselves with the Icelandic phenomenon known as “the Christmas book flood” (jólabókaflóðið), reports. Egill Örn Jóhannsson, chairman of the board of the Icelandic Publishers Association and managing director of Forlagið, the largest publisher in Iceland, discussed the visit in an interview with the news broadcaster. Books are one of the most popular Christmas presents in Iceland   Read More ...
How libraries in one town are helping kids read and feed this summer
2017-08-28 16:08:38 A pioneering scheme to feed hungry children and also get them reading and exercising is proving a summertime hit with Greater Manchester families. The Read and Feed initiative sees youngsters from some of Rochdale’s neighbourhoods dine out every lunchtime at their local library. And while they’re tucking into their butties, they’re encouraged to pick up a book and take part in sports, arts and crafts   Read More ...
BOOKS: Understanding the language of birds
2017-08-26 12:16:01 Birdsong has been the stuff of poetry, legend, romance and superstition. HELEN MEAD enjoys a book about how we have interpreted it down the ages When Richard Smyth was 12 he could identify practically any bird in his bird book by sight. Crows, rooks, woodpigeons, herring gulls, collared doves and - surprisingly - peacocks (his neighbour kept one on his smallholding) were among those he could pick out   Read More ...
BOOKS: A 'darn good read' - our verdict on York writer Fiona Mozley's Booker-longlisted debut novel
2017-08-26 12:15:05 York author Fiona Mozley's Booker long-listed first novel Elmet is a darn good read, says CATHERINE TURNBULL Most years there is a surprise or two on the Man Booker longlist. Last year it was Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project, a crime story set in the remote Highlands published by a small press, which also made the shortlist. This year the unexpected inclusion on the longlist was a debut by York-based Fiona Mozley that hadn’t even been published yet   Read More ...
English literature more than poetry and plays, Sheers says
2017-08-25 09:04:23 One of Wales' leading poets and authors wants GCSE English literature to be reinstated as one of the core subjects schools are judged on in Wales. The numbers taking the exam have halved in 12 months and Owen Sheers said it was "very very worrying". Some teachers and parents have also claimed it is not being taught properly in certain places because it is not a core subject   Read More ...
Da Vinci code writer to make one UK appearance
2017-08-24 12:14:24 AMERICAN thriller writer Dan Brown is to make his only UK public appearance to launch his latest book, Origin, in Harrogate. Brown, who shot to global fame with the international hit, The Da Vinci Code featuring the Harvard professor, Robert Langdon, will be at the Royal Hall on October 9 at an event to sign books and talk about his book   Read More ...
Scottish Book Trust reading project to help primary pupils
2017-08-24 02:04:04 A shared reading programme is being launched after it was claimed 13,000 children a year leave primary school in Scotland unable to read fluently. The Scottish Book Trust says the pupils risk struggling in later life. The charity is behind the campaign to help struggling or reluctant readers in 50 schools across the country. It will involve older pupils reading to younger children and aims to "build their reading skills, confidence and enjoyment of books and stories"   Read More ...
Brian Aldiss, science-fiction writer, dies aged 92
2017-08-21 16:33:47 British science-fiction author Brian Aldiss has died at his home in Oxford, having only just turned 92. His death was announced by his literary agents Curtis Brown, who called him an "author of science fiction classics" as well as "an entertaining memoirist". Aldiss's short story Supertoys Last All Summer Long was the basis for the 2001 film AI Artificial Intelligence. Developed by Stanley Kubrick, the tale of a boy-like robot was eventually directed by Steven Spielberg   Read More ...
A Norwegian Master of the Short Story
2017-08-21 12:12:31 Translation can be a sluggish triumph. It has taken thirteen years for Gunnhild Øyehaug’s collection of stories, “Knots,” which first appeared in Norwegian, to arrive in an English version (Farrar, Straus & Giroux; translated by Kari Dickson); Øyehaug is forty-two, but the book represents her début in this country. Contemporary Norwegian fiction is astonishingly vital and various. If some of that vitality is gradually becoming apparent to non-Norwegians, it’s partly because of the success of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s “My Struggle,” which may have the effect of shortening the literary struggles of a number of his peers   Read More ...
Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson in safari park preview
2017-08-19 17:32:28 Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson has given families a sneak preview of her forthcoming new book in a charity event at Blair Drummond Safari Park. Her safari-inspired picture book, named The Ugly Five, focuses on wildebeest, hyenas, warthogs, vultures and marabou storks. Julia gave live performances of her work during two sessions at the park on Saturday. She took time out from performing to meet the park's vulture, Kevin   Read More ...
Literature fests for City of Culture year
2017-08-19 12:15:03 TOP writers, poets, playwrights, artists and musicians are heading for the East Riding in a new event announced for Hull UK City of Culture 2017. "Out of this Word" will celebrate the power of language, and will involve the flagship Lit Up Festival running from September 28 to October 21 with author John Connolly, performance artist Cosey Fanni Tutti, Booker-winner, Ben Okri and others   Read More ...
New book takes an alphabetical tour of the Isle of Man
2017-08-11 15:02:39 A is for Albert's tower, B is for Bride's bunkers, C is for... A Manx A-B-C-Dery; an alphabetical tour of the Isle of Man takes readers round twenty-six Manx attractions, one for each letter of the alphabet. Some of them are famous, some little known, most are quirky and all fascinating. For example, Orrisdale was once called Four Towns, but no-one seems to know why   Read More ...
What to Read Before Your Trip to Grasse, France, the Perfume Capital of the World
2017-08-08 11:04:24 Perfume is ubiquitous in Grasse, a medieval town in the south of France that produces many of the flowers used to concoct the earliest fragrances. As demonstrated by the three books below, the industry has inspired much analysis, and these writers offer readers insight into the back-room deals, ingredients and people involved. PERFUMES. The A-Z Guide. By Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez   Read More ...
Denis Mack Smith, Chronicler of Modern Italy, Dies at 97
2017-08-03 02:33:30 Denis Mack Smith, whose myth-destroying interpretation of Italian unification infuriated many Italian historians but established him as the pre-eminent British writer on modern Italy, died on July 11 at his home in Oxford, England. He was 97. In his first book, “Cavour and Garibaldi, 1860: A Study in Political Conflict,” published in 1954, Mr. Smith took a cold look at the politics and personalities involved in the Risorgimento, the movement that forged a unified Italian state from a disparate collection of regional kingdoms   Read More ...
Meet the woman who brings Haruki Murakami works to an enthusiastic Poland
2017-08-02 18:13:32 When Haruki Murakami's 13th novel, "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage," was released in Poland, Polish readers didn't necessarily need to go to bookstores to find a copy. Instead, in three Polish cities, Japanese-style vending machines were installed, offering hot-off-the-press copies of the novel (a coming-of-age story about a railway-station designer). The vending machines were a short-lived phenomenon, just one piece of an extravagant PR campaign on behalf of the book, but their presence in heavily traveled public places says much about Murakami's place in mainstream Polish culture   Read More ...
Drug dealer read hundreds of books in jail to learn how to carry out £1m tax scam
2017-08-02 00:08:20 A drug dealer who read hundreds of books in jail to learn how to carry out an elaborate £1m tax scam has been ordered to pay back nearly £400,000 of his ill-gotten gains. Mubbashir Alam Aslam swotted up on business from behind bars after being sent down for dealing heroin. Days after he was released, the 42-year-old set up fake clothing companies and began cheating HM Revenue and Customs out of VAT refunds with fake receipts   Read More ...
Eight authors head for this year’s edition of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival
2017-07-30 12:02:23 Eight authors from across the globe will be travelling to Malta for this year's edition of the Mediterranean Literature Festival. The event will kick off on Thursday 24 August and will go on until Saturday 26 August. The festival this year is in its 12th edition and will be held at Fort St Elmo in Valletta. Renowned Maltese authors Immanuel Mifsud and Alfred Sant are among the participants   Read More ...
Coronation Street star Bill Roache, 85, is writing a book about his eccentric belief in angels and reincarnation
2017-07-30 09:03:48 CORRIE legend Bill Roache is writing a lifestyle book delving into his eccentric beliefs. The veteran actor, 85, who plays Ken Barlow, is a member of the Pure Love spiritual movement and believes in reincarnation and angels. He wants the guide, due out in May, to help those he believes could benefit from his advice. A source said: “This is not just another soap autobiography   Read More ...