New Harry Potter book on way in July: the play script

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II will be published the day after the play begins in London, picking up the wizard’s story 19 years after the final novel in the seriesHarry Potter author JK Rowling’s script of the stage play is going to be published as a book moments after midnight on 31 July.Timed to coincide with the boy wizard’s birthday, Harry Potter and the Cursed...

February 10, 2016, 16:57
ArtsBeat: Lisa Lucas Named Executive Director of National Book Foundation

Ms. Lucas had most recently been the publisher of the internationally focused literary magazine Guernica.

February 10, 2016, 13:30
Ancient Greek manuscripts reveal life lessons from the Roman empire

Newly translated textbooks from the second and sixth centuries aimed at language learners also provide pointers on shopping, bathing, dining and how to deal with drunk relativesEver been unsure about how to deal with a drunken family member returning from an orgy? A collection of newly translated textbooks aimed at Greek speakers learning Latin in the ancient world might hold the...

February 10, 2016, 16:00
‘The Good Death,’ ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ and More

Five books explore the way we are shaped by our knowledge of mortality.

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Sherrilyn Kenyon sues Cassandra Clare for 'wilfully copying' her novels

The bestselling fantasy author of the Dark-Hunter books is seeking damages from her fellow bestseller for allegedly using her ideas in the Shadowhunter seriesThe bestselling fantasy novelist is suing her fellow chart-topping author , alleging that Clare’s Mortal Instruments and Shadowhunters series “knowingly and wilfully copied” Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series.The Dark-Hunter series dates...

February 10, 2016, 18:30
Bruce Springsteen autobiography Born to Run coming in September

Superstar rocker has been working privately for seven years on the book, named after one of his most popular songs, publisher revealsA story of “poetry, danger, and darkness” according to the man himself, Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, Born to Run will be released internationally on 27 September – a few days after his 67th birthday.According to publishers Simon & Schuster,...

February 11, 2016, 18:28
‘The Narrow Door,’ by Paul Lisicky

A memoir illuminates two momentous relationships.

February 12, 2016, 19:10
Why is China’s greatest novel virtually unknown in the west?

Dream of the Red Chamber is a masterpiece that has been called the ‘book of the millennium’ and it is high time it receives the attention it deservesWhen I was a graduate student in Oxford many years ago I shared a house with a brilliant German sinologist who used to push translations my way, stroking his beard with a teasing smile: “Try this – you’ll really enjoy it.” Many visitors...

February 12, 2016, 16:00
Top 10 books for the broken-hearted

If Valentine’s Day is an unwelcome reminder of what has become of your love life, you can find solace at the bookshop. Here are 10 literary highlights for the lovelornSome relationships ebb away, petering to their end. There is loneliness and ambivalence after this kind of breakup, no doubt. But there is another altogether more visceral kind – the brutal, sudden and sometimes unexpected end...

February 10, 2016, 14:06
Children's books: a middle class ghetto?

Author Elen Caldecott grew up with a foot in two classes - working and middle. But she only saw one of them reflected in the books she read. Where are the children’s books that celebrate working-class values and voices?Growing up, I desperately wanted a pair of spandex wrestling trousers. Black and gold ones, if I was offered the choice. This is because I often spent Sundays playing very active...

February 10, 2016, 16:35