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Why Nobel Prizes are often not noble, especially in Economics, Literature and Peace
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Why Nobel Prizes are often not noble, especially in Economics, Literature and Peace

The Nobels in the physical sciences are fair to a great extent, because that is the very nature of science. But the Economics, Literature and Peace awards lists are rife with mistakes and missteps. It is astonishing that the Nobel Prize still enjoys the reputation it does

Jane Austen's brother was part of 19th century abolition movement, Arizona scholar finds
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Jane Austen's brother was part of 19th century abolition movement, Arizona scholar finds

The effort to place the writer in the social and political context of her day has yielded a new and contrasting discovery: A favourite brother was part of the 19th-century abolition movement.

As poetry charts a pop culture comeback, a look at how rhyme, rhythm and verse help us express emotion
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As poetry charts a pop culture comeback, a look at how rhyme, rhythm and verse help us express emotion

Aside from films or TV series about poets, such as Dickinson or Paterson, poetry makes a cameo in some of our most iconic films, where it is said to represent or intensify a range of emotions.

French writer David Diop wins International Booker Prize for his World War I novel At Night All Blood is Black
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French writer David Diop wins International Booker Prize for his World War I novel At Night All Blood is Black

Diop's novel, which was published in French in 2018, resonates with present-day debates about racism and colonialism.

Poet Carl Phillips honoured with $75,000 Jackson Prize for work that has 'capacity to inspire'
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Poet Carl Phillips honoured with $75,000 Jackson Prize for work that has 'capacity to inspire'

On Monday, Poets & Writers announced that the 61-year-old Phillips has won the Jackson Prize, which in previous years has gone to Elizabeth Alexander, Claudia Rankine and current US poet laureate Joy Harjo, among others.

Assamese writer, journalist and Sahitya Akademi awardee Homen Borgohain passes away aged 88
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Assamese writer, journalist and Sahitya Akademi awardee Homen Borgohain passes away aged 88

Condolences came in from the Assam government and from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In Iraqi Kurdistan, book clubs make space for young authors and discussions on social issues
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In Iraqi Kurdistan, book clubs make space for young authors and discussions on social issues

The eight book clubs that have sprung up in Kurdistan in recent months make a point of giving homegrown authors a platform, and regularly discuss narratives tackling social issues.

As COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the world, a look at Shakespeare’s relationship with the plague
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As COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the world, a look at Shakespeare’s relationship with the plague

While the plague is a constant presence in Shakespeare's life, his defiant response as a playwright is to place each character’s humanity and individuality at the centre of his works.

On Day 6 of the Delhi Literature Festival 2021, authors discuss a dystopian love story, wellness, and Guru Dutt
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On Day 6 of the Delhi Literature Festival 2021, authors discuss a dystopian love story, wellness, and Guru Dutt

From Kevin Missal's mythological fiction Hiranyakashyap to Yasser Usman's biography on Indian cinema legend, Guru Dutt — each of the five featured books and their authors also represented the diversity and range of modern Indian literature.

Speak, Okinawa book review: Elizabeth Miki Brina’s memoir is a powerful history of her family, US occupation of Okinawa
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Speak, Okinawa book review: Elizabeth Miki Brina’s memoir is a powerful history of her family, US occupation of Okinawa

Elizabeth Miki Brina is vulnerable, raw, and relatable, and her stories will no doubt cause readers to reflect on their relationships with their own parents.

Lahore Literary Festival's virtual edition amid COVID-19 crisis spurs cross-border exchange in absence of red tape
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Lahore Literary Festival's virtual edition amid COVID-19 crisis spurs cross-border exchange in absence of red tape

The transition from physical to digital has opened up a unique opportunity for the Lahore Literary Festival to reach Indians and Pakistanis living all over the world.

Barack Obama on writing A Promised Land, the books that shaped his politics and how he found his voice
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Barack Obama on writing A Promised Land, the books that shaped his politics and how he found his voice

Because he thinks the computer can lend “half-baked thoughts the mask of tidiness,” Barack Obama writes his first drafts longhand on yellow legal pads; the act of typing it into the computer essentially becomes a first edit.

Inside Dharini Bhaskar’s debut These, Our Bodies, Possessed by Light, longlisted for the JCB Prize for Literature 2020
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Inside Dharini Bhaskar’s debut These, Our Bodies, Possessed by Light, longlisted for the JCB Prize for Literature 2020

The novel is a work of literary fiction rich in beautifully-crafted sentences, with myriad literary, mythological, and philosophical references, which she hopes a reader will engage with in a genuine way.

Novelist Sophie Ward on being long-listed for the Booker Prize, thought experiments, nuances in relationships
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Novelist Sophie Ward on being long-listed for the Booker Prize, thought experiments, nuances in relationships

Love and Other Thought Experiments pushes readers to question individual philosophies, our understanding of complex emotions and belief systems that are constantly governing our everyday lives.

From Shakespeare to Anthony Powell, poets and novelists have been writing about life under COVID-19 for more than a century
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From Shakespeare to Anthony Powell, poets and novelists have been writing about life under COVID-19 for more than a century

Good art and artists seem to be transcending boundaries of time and space, being relevant to us during this tumultuous COVID-19 period.

Mercedes Barcha, muse, 'crisis manager' and wife of Gabriel García Márquez, dies at 87
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Mercedes Barcha, muse, 'crisis manager' and wife of Gabriel García Márquez, dies at 87

As the Nobel laureate's wife and muse Mercedes Barcha dies, looking at the couple's love and relationship.

As #PublishingPaidMe trends, authors share race-based pay gap and publishers vow to improve diversity
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As #PublishingPaidMe trends, authors share race-based pay gap and publishers vow to improve diversity

Using #PublishingPaidMe authors and book publishing employees are speaking out against the homogeneity of their industry and how much writers of colour are paid, issues that are gaining urgency as protests against systemic racism continue around the US.

The Stories in my Life: In reading Aldous Huxley's After The Fireworks, a curious homecoming
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The Stories in my Life: In reading Aldous Huxley's After The Fireworks, a curious homecoming

Aldous Huxley's ‘After The Fireworks’ is a searching account of a relationship between a 50-year-old celebrity novelist and a naïve 21-year-old fan of his books

Reading dystopian fiction during the coronavirus pandemic: Genre's prescience helps imagine a better future
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Reading dystopian fiction during the coronavirus pandemic: Genre's prescience helps imagine a better future

Dystopian fiction issues warnings and predicts outcomes. It forces us to acknowledge that the evils of the world it depicts are systemic, that something new, something better rests upon the complete annihilation of the old world

The Stories in my Life: Anton Chekhov's The Bet is essential reading in a time of lockdowns and self-isolation
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The Stories in my Life: Anton Chekhov's The Bet is essential reading in a time of lockdowns and self-isolation

Chekhov's short story, The Bet, is a meditation on the nature of isolation, a thought-provoking account of a journey into solitude and the self