American writer Joyce Carol Oates wins France’s richest book prize

US writer Joyce Carol Oates, so often a bridesmaid for the Nobel literature prize, won France’s richest books prize Monday. The Cino del Duca World Prize, which is worth 200,000 euros ($218,000), is often seen as a stepping stone to the Nobel, with Andrei Sakharov, Mario Vargas Llosa and the


American writer Joyce Carol Oates wins France’s richest book prize

US writer Joyce Carol Oates, so often a bridesmaid for the Nobel literature prize, won France’s richest books prize Monday. The Cino del Duca World Prize, which is worth 200,000 euros ($218,000), is often seen as a stepping stone to the Nobel, with Andrei Sakharov, Mario Vargas Llosa and the


Following COVID-19 closure, Ghibli Museum posts mini-tours online

After closing temporarily because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, one of Japan's most beloved tourist attractions is offering short virtual tours on YouTube. The Ghibli Museum is located in Mitaka, a leafy suburb about twenty minutes west of central Tokyo by train, and is devoted to recreating no


Londoners find Caravaggio street art

Londoners locked out of galleries can find an alternative art fix on a wall under under some railway arches after street artist Lionel Stanhope painted a Caravaggio classic, updated for the coronavirus age.The Italian baroque master’s “Supper at Emmaus” is usually available to view


Young, gifted and Yemeni: Writers find inspiration despite war

When the Romooz Foundation put out its first call to young Yemeni writers in April 2019, organisers were not sure what to expect. Their calls for young artists had solicited a decent number of applications. But they had seen nothing like the more than 400 applications that flooded in for their liter


‘Art in the Age of Anxiety’: Curator Omar Kholeif spells out ambitions

The Sharjah Art Foundation is introducing the most ambitious exhibition of its kind in the Middle East, “Art in the Age of Anxiety,” to explore ways everyday devices, technology and digital networks altered the collective consciousness. The 3-month exhibition, which opens March 21, will


Colson Whitehead: Author wins Pulitzer Prize for a second time

US author Colson Whitehead has become only the fourth writer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction twice. The African-American author was honoured for The Nickel Boys, which chronicles the abuse of black boys at a juvenile reform school in Florida. Whitehead, a 50-year-old New Yorker, won the


PW, Independent Publishers Launch #ReadIndie Campaign

Organized in response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Publishers Weekly is joining with a group of independent publishers, organizations, and trade magazines to launch #ReadIndie, an online campaign designed to highlight the range, importance, and distinctive character of the indie publishin


IPA on Intellectual Property Day: ‘How Much Value Publishers Bring’

The springtime march of international issue observance days—as we wrote in our piece on the COVID-19 commentary from WIPO’s Francis Gurry—unfortunately starts to work against itself as April’s end nears. So many statements are issued by so many organizations on such dates tha


UK National Gallery offers slow-looking art lessons for lockdown

Can you feel the wind in your face so fierce you can barely speak? Can you taste the rain on your tongue? Feel the sooty grit in your eyes? Hear the train’s piercing whistle? Glimpse the tiny hare? The National Gallery is hoping viewers will experience one of its most popular paintings, Turne


Treasury blocks wage top-ups for furloughed museum staff

The Treasury is seeking to block museums and art galleries from topping up the salaries of staff who have been furloughed under the government’s coronavirus job retention scheme, the Guardian understands. Officials in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have been told that &ldq


As the Pandemic Rages, Reedpop Looks Toward 2021

A multitude of factors led to the decision made by ReedPop last week to cancel the 2020 editions of BookExpo, BookCon, and Unbound, according to Jenny Martin, director of the events. Questions about the feasibility of holding the publishing industry’s most important American conference at New


British Museum looks to crack mystery over decorated ostrich eggs

They are about the same size as a standard Easter egg, but are rather older – with some specimens dating back five millennia to the early bronze age. A collection of decorated ostrich eggs belonging to the British Museum in London has been reexamined by experts in an effort to understand wher


Art project captures sound of cities during coronavirus outbreak

An anti-coronavirus song from Senegal, applause for health workers ringing out in Paris and the return of the dawn chorus in Warsaw are just a few of the sounds that have been captured as part of an art project that aims to record how the sound of cities is dramatically changing during the Covid-19


Michael Rosen 'very poorly but stable' after night in intensive care

Michael Rosen’s family has said that the poet, broadcaster and author, who is suffering from suspected coronavirus, is “very poorly at the moment” but is stable and alert after a night in intensive care. Rosen, the author of beloved children’s books from We’re Going on


'Impossible to comprehend': Stephen King on horrors of Trump and coronavirus

It has been four decades since Stephen King wrote The Stand, his acclaimed novel about a deadly influenza pandemic wiping out most of human civilization.So the bestselling contemporary horror novelist has difficulty understanding why authorities did not see the coronavirus crisis coming, or take the


Isle of Wight and Download Festivals axed

The Isle of Wight and Download have become the latest music festivals to be cancelled due to the coronavirus. Duran Duran and Lionel Richie were due to appear alongside Supergrass and Kaiser Chiefs at Seaclose Park, Newport on the Isle of Wight. At Download, Kiss, Iron Maiden and System of a Down


Egypt disinfects pyramid complex amid coronavirus concerns

Egypt on Wednesday began sanitizing the Pyramids of Giza complex as part of measures to combat the spread of coronavirus. The last standing wonders of the ancient world themselves would need specific care, with work to be carried out by a specialist team of excavators, the site's director Ashraf Mo





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