Literature

Newly-discovered Dr. Seuss book hits stores

Newly-discovered Dr. Seuss book hits stores

A new book by children's author Dr. Seuss is arriving in stores 24 years after his death. (Photo: AFP) 

Wednesday, 29 July, 2015, 11:53am

Breaking the rules: James Franco

James Franco as a gangster in Spring Breakers.

James Franco believes in exploring the many aspects of creativity beyond acting. That's why he's also directing, writing and studying for his PhD, he tells Doretta Lau

16 Jun 2013 - 3:26pm

To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee sues her agent over royalties

To Kill a Mockingbird was Harper Lee's only published novel.

Harper Lee, the 87-year-old author of To Kill a Mockingbird, has sued her literary agent, claiming he took advantage of her age and infirmity to deprive her of royalties from the novel.

5 May 2013 - 6:56am

Old Shanghai legacy guardian to be remembered for her writing

Cheng Naishan pictured in 2007. Photo: Courtesy of He Zhaoya

Cheng Naishan, widely considered an icon of Shanghai literature who enjoyed close personal ties with Hong Kong, died on Monday morning in hospital after a long battle with leukaemia.

22 Apr 2013 - 10:12pm

Renaissance man

Duncan Jepson

Despite all its opportunities, fast pace and thriving arts scene, Hong Kong often seems to be more about ideas than action. People may talk a lot, but don't always follow through on their seemingly brilliant plans.

7 Apr 2013 - 3:30pm

Starved nation tucks into a feast of words at Myanmar book festival

Books at the Irrawaddy Literary Festival. Photo: AP

Media scrums aren't usually associated with literary festivals, but they happen when Aung San Suu Kyi is involved. Myanmar's first international book festival, the Irrawaddy Literary Festival held from February 1-3, drew an impressive line-up of international heavyweights, 120 Myanmese writers and "the Lady", herself a writer.

17 Feb 2013 - 7:22pm

Attacked by leftists, author Li Chengpeng mulls over filing charges

Writer Li Chengpeng

A prominent writer known to be a liberal social critic is considering legal action against two leftists who attacked him during a book signing in Beijing on Sunday, the writer's attorney said in a microblog post yesterday.

15 Jan 2013 - 9:48am 1 comment

Jeet Thayil on short list for Man Asian Literary Prize

Tan Twan Eng. Photo: Faber&Faber

The debut novel of an Indian poet and writer, who was educated in Hong Kong, is one of five works chosen for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize shortlist.

Indian author Jeet Thayil's Narcopolis, which was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, joins four other novels spanning Turkey to Tokyo.

10 Jan 2013 - 11:13am

Writer and poet Leung Ping-kwan remembered for crossing art divide

Writer and poet Leung Ping-kwan remembered for crossing art divide

Award-winning writer and poet Leung Ping-kwan's dying wish was for Hong Kong literature to receive the respect it deserves.

But his friends say he should also be remembered for his work focusing on the streets, food and characters of Hong Kong that are often overlooked by busy city-dwellers.

8 Jan 2013 - 6:35am 2 comments

Keeping Jaipur a storytellers' paradise even as it grows

The festival's popularity is evident in the large audiences for invitees such as Myanmar author Thant Myint U, at the Diggi Palace last year. Photo: AFP

Jaipur, also known as the "Pink City", is generally regarded as an essential destination for anyone navigating the subcontinent. There are palaces and forts, elephants and camels, and fabulously rich splashes of Indian culture to be absorbed.

7 Jan 2013 - 6:42pm

A lifelong love of literature

David Parker's life has revolved around literature. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Under executive director David Parker, the Man Asian Literary Prize has evolved into the most sought-after award of its kind in the region.

30 Dec 2012 - 3:10pm

Mo Yan to leave Beijing tomorrow for date with Nobel Prize glory

Mo Yan

Novelist Mo Yan will leave Beijing tomorrow to receive the first Nobel Prize for literature awarded to a Chinese citizen.

4 Dec 2012 - 3:45am

West's critique of China has deep roots

Marx warned that the Chinese would shake the world when they awoke from their "hereditary stupidity".

Is the Chinese state a dictatorship or an enlightened meritocracy? The once-in-a-decade leadership transition in Beijing has raised this question.

I claim no expertise and do not compare myself to the many erudite writers who have tackled the question. What I wish to offer is some familiarity with the history of the Western political literature on this very question.

14 Nov 2012 - 7:21am 14 comments

After staying in step with censors, Mo Yan can dance to his own tune

Mo Yan

As a novelist who has managed to excel under the mainland's strict censorship regime, Nobel Prize laureate Mo Yan has been called many things. It's safe to say that "ballroom dancer" was never one them.

11 Nov 2012 - 5:36am

Q&A with Kwame Dawes

Q&A with Kwame Dawes

Ghanaian-Jamaican poet and author Kwame Dawes might just be literature's Commitments - the hardest-working writer in the world.

3 Dec 2012 - 7:04pm 1 comment

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