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Many child narrators in adult fiction are precocious. This enables them to describe events and people in ways that would not be possible for ordinary children of their age.
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum’s interactive pen.
Cooper Hewitt's Pen is designed to be more interactive for visitors by allowing users to draw and play on the spot – keeping people engaged in the physical museum environment.
Book theft in South Africa has recently been under the spotlight.
The late Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko and political philosophers Frantz Fanon and Achille Mbembe top the list of writers who get routinely abducted by discerning pirates of the book world.
Actor Taylor Kinney leaving the much loved City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco.
Using web data it's possible to work out which bookstores are the world's 'most loved'.
Sofie Laguna last night became the fourth woman to win the Miles Franklin award in as many years.
If a society should be judged by the way it treats its children, and those who are struggling on the margins, then Laguna’s work once again proves that the novel is a crucial means for drawing attention to the burning problems of our times.
The idea of the happy ending as appropriate literary fare for children is an illusion.
The very idea of the happy ending as appropriate literary fare for children is an illusion. Most fairy tales are full of darkness and violence, and as often as not do not end happily.
The smartphone is rising as a reading device. What happens to the stories they're telling?
Stopping the summer slide through books.
Want to stop kids from sliding academically over the summer? Why not trust them to make their own reading choices?
Fan tributes on Oscar Wilde’s tomb.
The desire to connect with literary places supports a substantial tourist trade. And the reasons why people embark on literary pilgrimages are as diverse as the kinds of fiction that inspire them.
Canterbury Tales mural (1939), Library of Congress.
The Refugee Tales is a modern reconstruction of Chaucer's classic pilgrimage – this time, telling the largely unspoken realities of immigration detention.
Is the line between truth and fiction clear when it comes to history?
Is the line between truth and fiction clear when it comes to history? And if not, is there scope for historians and novelists to re-engage, with a view to learning from – rather than bludgeoning – each other?
Eleanor Catton won the 2013 Man Booker Prize, for a novel centred largely on men.
We know that male writers win more prestigious literary awards than female writers, but sadly, when women do win, it's typically because they write about male characters, or "masculine’ topics.
Make no mistake: patriarchy and capitalism are completely entwined.
Wednesday Martin's book Primates of Park Avenue has stirred debate over the so-called "wife bonus", but feminism needs to be about more than the ability to buy things.
Some who made it.
While How to Be Both may be set in the Renaissance and the 1960s, its truths about inequality are just as relevant today.
Ali Smith accepting her award.
The runaway success of Ali Smith’s How to be Both signals a new and original approach to 21st-century historical fiction.
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.
Sacks’ works have introduced readers to the marvellous complexities of the mind.
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The popular neurologist revealed earlier this year that he only has months to live – a statement which casts his recently-released memoir, On the Move: A Life, in a new light.
Kafka’s creepy descendent.
Watch The Shining after reading this and you may find that the Czech author haunts The Overlook Hotel just as much, if not more, than any of its regular spectral figures.
Ben Okri’s The Age of Magic expresses dissatisfaction with the careless bustle of our everyday lives.
"We need something by which to judge, by which to navigate our journey through the stars, which is to say our journey through time." Ben Okri discusses his new novel The Age of Magic and our busy lives.