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Manuscripts by late great author Ryotaro Shiba discovered in Tokyo bookstore

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Manuscripts by late great author Ryotaro Shiba discovered in Tokyo bookstore

- HIGASHIOSAKA, Osaka -- A handwritten manuscript of the literary masterpiece "Ryoma ga Yuku" -- written by the late author Ryotaro Shiba (1923-96) -- was recently discovered in a secondhand book store in Tokyo, the Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum said on June 23. In addition, a separate manuscript of another Shiba classic, "Clouds Above the Hill" (Saka no Ue no Kumo), has also been unearthed

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Visually challenged Malayalam author launches book

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Visually challenged Malayalam author launches book

- Dubai: The Gulf Model School in Muhaisnah witnessed a rare literary function on Friday evening. Hundreds of book lovers gathered for the launch of the first book by a visually challenged author living in Dubai. ‘Vaaksthali: A story of survival’ is a collection of 45 poems and 85 short stories in Malayalam by Indian expat Bindu Santosh, who lost her eyesight 28 years ago

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Book Review: The Ministry of Ultimate Happiness

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Book Review: The Ministry of Ultimate Happiness

- than a novel, Arundhati Roy's latest book is an allegory of the many dystopias that form India today, finds Gargi Gupta Book: The Ministry of Ultimate Happiness. Author: Arundhati Roy. Is this book as good as The God of Small Things? – that's probably the one thing that readers who loved Arundhati Roy's debut novel would want to know about The Ministry of Ultimate Happiness

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7% of Singaporeans did not read in past 12 months: NLB study

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7% of Singaporeans did not read in past 12 months: NLB study

- SINGAPORE: Seven per cent of people in Singapore did not read a book, a magazine, an online article, or news - whether in print or online - in the past 12 months, according to findings from a study by the National Library Board (NLB) released on Friday (Jun 9). On the other end of the spectrum, 93 per cent read at least once in the past 12 months and, of these, 80 per cent read more than once a week, the 2016 National Reading Habits Study on Adults showed

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Global publishing leaders praise Sultan

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Global publishing leaders praise Sultan

- Dubai: Global publishing experts praised His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, for his belief in the power of books and knowledge to promote intercultural dialogue and peace. The remarks came during a panel discussion organised by Book Expo America, one of the largest annual book trade fair. The expert panellists praised Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) as this was the only entity representing Arab culture at the event

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‘Bridget Jones’ author wins comic fiction prize, and a pig

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‘Bridget Jones’ author wins comic fiction prize, and a pig

- Helen Fielding’s latest book about the misadventures of indomitable singleton Bridget Jones won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction on Thursday, gaining the writer rewards that include champagne and a pig. The book sees Bridget uncertain which of her rival beaus — stalwart Mark Darcy or fickle Daniel Cleaver — is the father of her child. It was released to accompany the movie of the same name

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Mohammad’s letter to youth read by 30 million

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Mohammad’s letter to youth read by 30 million

- Dubai: A letter written by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, addressing youth through a scientific magazine, has been read by over 30 million young Arab readers, it was announced. Shaikh Mohammad addressed the youth in an open letter in the inaugural issue of Popular Science Arabia magazine and has registered massive interaction with audiences across the Arab world

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The Voice Daily chief editor, writer face defamation suit

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The Voice Daily chief editor, writer face defamation suit

- A report under Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law has been filed by the military against the editor and writer of an article appearing in the The Voice Daily. The article, which is a review of the movie, ‘Union Oath,’ was aired over Myawaddy TV channel, owned by the military. U Kyaw Min Swe, chief editor of The Voice Daily, told The Myanmar Times yesterday that they were informed by the Bahan township police station about the report and that the military had lodged the complaint

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Harry Potter online book club launching in June

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Harry Potter online book club launching in June

- The Wizarding World Book Club will launch in June in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first in what would become a seven-book series. The online community “aims to surprise and delight those who have never read a Harry Potter book, as well as returning readers who want to join the conversation,” says Pottermore, Rowling’s digital publishing arm

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A little R&R: Rent, read, repeat

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A little R&R: Rent, read, repeat

- As cities go, Yangon is quite literary. With book vendors lining Pansodan road and pop up stalls surrounding the perimeter of the Secretariat, it’s easy to stumble upon a good book whilst strolling downtown. Still the city is without a system for lending and sharing books. That is until now. The Yangon Book Plaza, which was founded late February this year in Lanmadaw Township, is now initiating a rent, read and return system to promote literacy throughout the city

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Day long festival to focus on translations

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Day long festival to focus on translations

- The main objective of the event is to make works in these progressively obvious and available to a larger section of readers Renowned authors and poets like Anuja Chauhan, Sudeep Sen will come together to discuss the quintessential spirit of various known as well as unknown languages at day-long Language Festival at Oxford Bookstore on Saturday. The main objective of the event is to make works in these progressively obvious and available to a larger section of readers

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Delhi University plans to teach students the art of writing FB posts

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Delhi University plans to teach students the art of writing FB posts

- The two-year-old CBCS system allows students to study elective subjects from different courses Delhi University's (DU) English literature students may soon be learning "how to write Facebook posts" as part of their syllabus. It has been proposed that the subject be included in the syllabus of academic writing in general elective from the upcoming session, which is being offered to second-year undergraduate students pursuing either Honours or programme courses under the Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS)

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Delhi University Plans To Teach Literature Students Facebook Post Writing

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Delhi University Plans To Teach Literature Students Facebook Post Writing

- New Delhi: The Delhi University is planning to include 'Facebook post writing' as part of its English literature curriculum, after the same was recommended by a core committee of the Choice Based Credit System in the institute's English department. "Writing does not necessarily mean writing heavyweight non-fiction books or highly dramatised fiction. It also included writing generic but important content properly such as that for blog posts, cover letters or, for that metter, Facebook posts," said a senior official of DU's English Department

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New textbooks aim to make Sanskrit a spoken language among students

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New textbooks aim to make Sanskrit a spoken language among students

- Hoping to kindle encourage students to start conversing and writing in Sanskrit, beyond its use as a theoretical subject in schools, the Maharashtra State Bureau of Text Book Production and Curriculum Research, also known as Balbharati, has completely revised the Sanskrit language syllabus and textbooks for Class VIII and IX. Offered to students of English, Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati media, the new Sanskrit textbooks are intended to be more engaging, with emphasis on pictorial content, activity-based learning, stories, songs and even small conversations, which now form the syllabus

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Rajesh Khanna wanted Twinkle Khanna to be a writer

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Rajesh Khanna wanted Twinkle Khanna to be a writer

- Former actress and writer Twinkle Khanna says her father and late legendary actor Rajesh Khanna wanted her to be a writer. “Dad always said I should be a writer — was proud of my maggot filled poetry — would’ve been beaming that I got that paper in my hand eventually,” Twinkle posted on Twitter on Monday while sharing one of her articles

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School textbook publisher slammed for ‘indecent depiction of women’

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School textbook publisher slammed for ‘indecent depiction of women’

- The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has lodged a police complaint against a private publisher regarding a class 12 Physical Education textbook defining “36-24-36” as the perfect female body shape. Noting that the content of the book is inappropriate and not in sync with the curriculum decided by the National Council of Research and Training (NCERT), the Board has also constituted a review committee

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  • Visually challenged Malayalam author launches book
    Visually challenged Malayalam author launches book

    , gulfnews.com

    Dubai: The Gulf Model School in Muhaisnah witnessed a rare literary function on Friday evening. Hundreds of book lovers gathered for the launch of the first book by a visually challenged author living in Dubai. ‘Vaaksthali: A story of survival’ is a collection of 45 poems and 85 short stories in Malayalam by Indian expat Bindu Santosh, who lost her eyesight 28 years ago

     

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Reading

  • 7% of Singaporeans did not read in past 12 months: NLB study
    7% of Singaporeans did not read in past 12 months: NLB study

    , channelnewsasia.com

    SINGAPORE: Seven per cent of people in Singapore did not read a book, a magazine, an online article, or news - whether in print or online - in the past 12 months, according to findings from a study by the National Library Board (NLB) released on Friday (Jun 9). On the other end of the spectrum, 93 per cent read at least once in the past 12 months and, of these, 80 per cent read more than once a week, the 2016 National Reading Habits Study on Adults showed

     

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    Places: Asia |  S.E. Asia |  Mainland |  Singapore | 

Publishers

  • DNA Impact: Mumbai publisher removes employer-wife-maid analogy
    DNA Impact: Mumbai publisher removes employer-wife-maid analogy

    , dnaindia.com

    A day after DNA reported about an M Com textbook being used by students of the University of Mumbai for using a weird analogy to explain national income, the publishers have now decided to remove the reference from the book. The analogy in question was included in an Economics textbook for M Com semester II students. While trying to explain the concept of national income with the analogy of a housewife and a maid, a chapter in the book read: “If a man employs a maid servant, the payment to her may be considered as a positive item of national income

     

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Fiction

  • Book Review: The Ministry of Ultimate Happiness
    Book Review: The Ministry of Ultimate Happiness

    , dnaindia.com

    than a novel, Arundhati Roy's latest book is an allegory of the many dystopias that form India today, finds Gargi Gupta Book: The Ministry of Ultimate Happiness. Author: Arundhati Roy. Is this book as good as The God of Small Things? – that's probably the one thing that readers who loved Arundhati Roy's debut novel would want to know about The Ministry of Ultimate Happiness

     

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    Tags: Fiction |  Novels | 
    Places: Asia |  S. Asia |  India | 

Poetry

  • Poetry is the quieter, less-loved yet urgent voice of literature: Ashok Vajpeyi
    Poetry is the quieter, less-loved yet urgent voice of literature: Ashok Vajpeyi

    , indianexpress.com

    Among artists, Krishen Khanna and MF Hussain were deeply interested in poetry but it was their contemporary SH Raza who incorporated lines from verses, from the Vedas to Kabir to Agyeya, into almost a hundred paintings. When he set up the Raza Foundation in 2001, the artist ensured that a third of the trustees were poets. The Raza Foundation is organising the first poetry biennale in the country, titled Vak, curated by executive trustee Ashok Vajpeyi

     

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Language

  • NLB withdraws Malay language books on religion, to review vetting process
    NLB withdraws Malay language books on religion, to review vetting process

    , channelnewsasia.com

    SINGAPORE: The National Library Board (NLB) said it will review its vetting process for potentially sensitive materials, after it withdrew a series of Malay language books on religion that was deemed controversial. All titles under the series called Agama, Tamadun Dan Arkeologi (Religion, Civilisation and Archeology) have been withdrawn with immediate effect, pending a review by the Library Consultative Panel, said an NLB spokesperson on Thursday (Jun 8)

     

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