NEW YORK — As Shakespeare would say, "We have seen better days."The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has found that less than 8 percent of the nation's top universities require English majors to take a course focused on Shakespeare.The...
Date: 04/24/2015 | Nation & World
LONDON — Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, creator of the “Discworld” series and author of more than 70 books, has died. He was 66.
Date: 03/12/2015 | Nation & World
“A Spool of Blue Thread” (Alfred A. Knopf), by Anne Tyler
Date: 02/10/2015 | Entertainment
MADRID — Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes have started what they hope will be the final phase of their nine-month quest to solve the mystery of where the great Spanish writer was laid to rest.The author of "Don Quixote" was buried in...
Date: 01/25/2015 | Nation & World
PARIS — The accidental discovery in a small library in northern France of an original first folio of Shakespeare’s plays has sent a jolt of excitement around the world of Shakespeare scholars.
Date: 11/27/2014 | Nation & World
LOS ANGELES — It’s been called the letter that launched a literary genre — 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950.
Date: 11/23/2014 | Nation & World
DOUGLAS, Alaska — Alaska State Writer Laureate Nora Marks Dauenhauer sits at the dining room table in her Douglas home, a stack of books and a cup of tea in front of her. Behind her hangs a lithograph of Tlingit elder Jessie Dalton by R.T. Wallen, and, on the opposite wall, rows of family...
Date: 11/22/2014 | Northwest
A small town in Poland is trying to redefine Winnie the Pooh into something the bear's creator, A. A. Milne, wouldn't even recognize: A hermaphroditic, nudist bear created by a disturbed old man.While debating whether the beloved literature icon should be the face of a new...
Date: 11/22/2014 | Nation & World
SPOKANE — The 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, known as WorldCon, will be held next summer in Spokane.
Date: 11/20/2014 | Northwest
London's Globe Theatre, the replica of William Shakespeare's Elizabethan playhouse on the Thames, launched an on-demand video service this week that will allow the famed company to reach more fans of the Bard than ever.One of its biggest advantages is the detail it makes it...
Date: 11/12/2014 | Entertainment
STOCKHOLM — Patrick Modiano of France, who has made a lifelong study of the Nazi occupation and its effects on his country, won the 2014 Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday.
Date: 10/09/2014 | Nation & World
PARIS — The original scroll upon which the Marquis de Sade penned his famed, often-banned tale of sexual extremism is going on public display.The manuscript was found in the Bastille prison where the marquis wrote "The 120 Days of Sodom" in 1785, and has...
Date: 09/20/2014 | Nation & World
BOISE, Idaho — The West Ada School District in southwest Idaho has put a National Book Award-winning novel back in its curriculum after removing it six months ago amid parent complaints.
Date: 09/10/2014 | Northwest