Former Globe and Mail newspaper reporter turned novelist Omar El Akkad contemplates his debut book
American War in his publisher’s Toronto office in this 2017 file photo.
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Astronomer Bryan Gaensler picks five speculative and science fiction novels worth reading, including Omar El Akkad's _American War_.
Women dressed as handmaids promoting the TV series The Handmaid’s Tale.
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With a new TV series based on the novel - and its bleak vision of women's rights - The Handmaid's Tale is riding a new wave of popularity.
James Patterson – one of the world's bestselling authors – may not principally be a writer.
A Soviet-era stamp depicts a scene from Leo Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace.’
Set during Napoleon's invasion of Russia, the epic novel is a case study in the grassroots strength of ordinary people.
Sam Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago, on the field prior to a 1984 National League playoff game.
No team in sports has inspired better literature than the hapless Chicago Cubs. The oeuvre includes a little-known tale by W.P. Kinsella: 'The Last Pennant Before Armageddon.'
Is there weight to claims that reading can make you a better person – or are they just tall tales?
Victorian-era, middle-class black women who loved to read and write didn’t have many role models.
When biographer Gretchen Gerzina came across an old British newspaper article calling Sarah E. Farro "the first negro novelist," she wondered: who was Farro, and why had she been lost to history?
Because everyone's got a book in them.
Lee Child, left, with Andy Martin in New York.
It is the ultimate 'meta-novel': Andy Martin got his own book out of watching a popular author write his latest tome.
The great detective’s purchase on popular culture was not always so assured.
Benedict Cumberbactch and Martin Freeman in Sherlock, courtesy of Channel Nine
As Benedict Cumberbatch prepares to return to 221B Baker Street for a Sherlock Christmas Special, a great, unsolved mystery remains: what is the source of the detective’s enduring appeal?
Qiu Xiaolong’s nine novels give excellent insights into China from the time of Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution to the present.
Struggling to get a handle on modern-day China and all its complexities? Looking to have fun while doing so? The Detective Chen novels could be just the ticket.
Whether it's ethnicity, gender or publishing firm, the Man Booker must do more to correct its poor track record.
Marlon James becomes the first Jamaican to win the Man Booker Prize, from a shortlist of novels which reshaped the English language.
Technology has always transformed the novel and given it new shapes to play with.
Victor Hugo famously claimed the invention of the printing press destroyed the edifice of the gothic cathedral. Others fear the internet age will eventually destroy the novel. But guess what? It won't.
James Bond and Pussy Galore: Sean Connery and Honor Blackman film a scene for Goldfinger.
Bond has been subject to many further adventures under different authors, and they're a mixed bag, to say the least.
Art school, drama school, film school. Do people have a problem with these? If the arts pages of broadsheet newspapers are routinely filled with articles by celebrated artists, dramatists and film-makers…
Dead men pen no tales.
After years spent securing funds and permissions, a team of forensic scientists and historians have launched an intensive search for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote. Using the…