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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory hero ‘was black boy’

LONDON – The hero of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book was originally written as a black boy, the author’s widow told...

Book Buffet: almost 200 exhibitors at the MIBF

THE OPENING this week of the country’s biggest book fair comes with the announcement of the nominees for the annual National Book Award. From Sept....

Real life ugly beasts inspire new book by Gruffalo author

EDINBURGH – An African safari has inspired a new book by Julia Donaldson in which the creator of children’s favorite The Gruffalo homes in...

Mandela book withdrawn after outrage from widow

JOHANNESBURG -- A new book detailing Nelson Mandela’s last days has been withdrawn after it was condemned by his outraged widow, publisher Penguin Random...

2 new Harry Potter books to be out in Oct.

LONDON -- The Hogwarts universe is set to expand by an additional two new Harry Potter books, published in conjunction with a British Library...

Surf epic is escapist best-seller for Donald Trump’s America

PARIS -- William Finnegan tested the patience of his publisher in the 20 years it took him to write his remarkable memoir of his...

Biden to open up in memoir on loss of son

NEW YORK -- Former US Vice-President Joe Biden is to release a memoir in November revealing how he coped with the devastating loss of...

Trump-era Handmaid’s Tale presages totalitarian future

LOS ANGELES — Decades after the release of The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s dystopian sci-fi fable and foundational feminist text arrives on television —...

Part-biography, part self-help book

Book My Journey: The Story of an Unexpected Leader By Maria Rosario “Charo” Santos-Concio and An Mercado-Alcantara ABS-CBN Publishing By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter Actress and former TV executive...

Murakami calls for fight against history revisionism

TOKYO — Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author perennially pegged as a contender for the Nobel literature prize, has called for a fight against historical...