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    1. Renowned novelist Haruki Murakami is doing his bit to help earthquake victims in Kumamoto Prefecture. Murakami has linked up with a magazine publisher to start the quirkily named "Surume Fund"--"surume" being the dried squid eaten as a snack.

    2. High hopes for Indonesian author vying for Man Booker glory

      AFP Relax News via Yahoo! NewsApr 13 08:37 AM

      Already compared to literary heavyweights Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Haruki Murakami, great expectations weigh on Eka Kurniawan, the first Indonesian ever nominated for a Man Booker International Prize. The 40-year-old is up against revered writers like Orhan Pamuk and Kenzaburo Oe, both past recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature, but there is a growing buzz about the works of this little...

    3. Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of them Are you on Instagram? Then you can be featured here by tagging your books-related posts with #GuardianBooks Scroll down for our favourite literary links Read more Tips, links and suggestions blogs Welcome to this week’s blog. Here’s a roundup of your comments and photos from last week , including your thoughts on the ...

    4. Brave New Words

      The Indian Express via Yahoo! India NewsApr 23 05:00 PM

      Two Indian speakers at this year’s London Book Fair, Chiki Sarkar and Vinutha Mallya, have suggested that some sort of geomagnetic reversal is upon the world of publishing. Here, an English language book which is well received might sell only 2,000 copies, a figure which would cause a London publisher to reach for the strychnine. The current business model requires literary work to be outstanding.

    5. A shortlist nomination -- or better still, a victory -- will likely provide a much-needed international profile boost not just for Kurniawan, but for the nation's literary scene.

    6. Book Review: 'Running: A Love Story' is too shallow to enjoy

      Associated Press via Yahoo! NewsApr 05 09:54 AM

      "Running: A Love Story" (Seal Press), by Jen A. Miller

    7. "Running: A Love Story" (Seal Press), by Jen A. Miller "Running: A Love Story" begins with a quote from Haruki Murakami's quite good "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running," but it drops immediately into what strikes me as chick lit. "Running became a way for me to take back part of myself," Miller writes. Most of the book is unnecessary detail about races and relationships, including ...

    8. The classic children’s book, first published in 1978, is an early primer for young readers who will eventually find their way to more profound surrealism.

    9. KUMAMOTO – The social welfare council in the town of Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, which was heavily damaged by one of last week’s earthquakes, announced Wednesday that they will start accepting volunteers from Thursday to sort out relief supplies and provide other support to evacuees.

    10. I just turned 46 years old. I graduated from Glenbrook North High School (go Spartans!) in 1988. In my high school English classes I remember reading Shakespeare ("Hamlet," "Romeo and Juliet"), "1984," "Lord of the Flies," "Brave New World," "Pride and Prejudice," "The Great Gatsby," "The Catcher...

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