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  • Aravind Adiga's new wrecking ball of a novel

    2011-07-08 17:12

    Aravind Adiga, whose debut novel The White Tiger won the Booker prize in 2008, sets his new book in a scruffy tower block in his adopted home of Mumbai, a swirling mass of 16 million people, slums, apartment buildings and Bollywood.

  • An unusual thriller for crime fans

    2011-07-08 15:03

    In what its editor called a publishing first, 26 authors with combined sales of tens of millions of books have joined forces to write a thriller called No Rest For the Dead.

  • New book records triumphs and trials

    2011-07-01 18:55

    5000 years of history in China is not just a national treasure but also promotes understanding of what is still an enigma.

  • New book explores impact of Wenchuan earthquake

    2011-06-15 16:41

    The new book The Impact of the Wenchuan Earthquake offers an insight for readers to commemorate the disaster in 2008.

  • Nobel laureate visiting China

    2011-06-13 16:37

    Peruvian-Spanish writer Mario Vargas Llosa, 2010 Nobel laureate in literature, is to pay a nine-day visit to China in Beijing and Shanghai, kicking off on June 12.

  • Conan Doyle's debut work belatedly sees the light of day

    2011-06-10 14:15

    Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle's debut novel is to be published for the first time in September, nearly 130 years after it was written.

  • Vocalist who raised her voice and rose above life

    2011-06-03 09:48

    A new book about legendary French singer Edith Piaf reveals much about her life before stardom, including her yearnings for poetry and philosophy as a young girl working to overcome her tough upbringing.

  • The real politics of realpolitik

    2011-06-03 09:32

    If there is something to offer clues as to how the world's two largest economies should handle their relations, former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger's new book, On China, is that thing, Chinese and Western critics say.

  • Australian children book illustrator receives award

    2011-06-02 14:52

    Australian children book illustrator Shaun Tan Tuesday received his Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award from the hands of Swedish Crown Princess Victoria in Stockholm Concert Hall.

  • High Party official: Books can help define happiness

    2011-06-01 13:41

    What are officials in Guangdong reading these days? Many now have a title by Harvard scholar Tal Ben-Shahar and another co-written by Nobel Prize-winning economists Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen along with French economist Jean Paul Fitoussi.

  • Novelists enjoying prime time

    2011-06-01 10:31

    The shift from collective consciousness to an increasingly personal perception of life characterizes the general trajectory of the past 30 years of Chinese literature.

  • The write stuff

    2011-06-01 10:28

    The image of a long queue outside the small campus bookstore lingers in the memory of writer Zhao Lihong. He was a student at Shanghai-based East China Normal University from 1977 to 1981 and Chinese literature was his major. "Students and faculty would line up each morning for new books, even before the bookstore started business," Zhao, 60, recalls. "Books were always in short supply."