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Few colleges have a Shakespeare requirement

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

‘Discworld’ author Terry Pratchett dies at 66

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

After 50 years, Anne Tyler still going strong with 20th novel

“A Spool of Blue Thread” (Alfred A. Knopf), by Anne Tyler

Date: 02/10/2015 | Entertainment

Spain seeks remains of Miguel de Cervantes

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

Rare Shakespeare folio found in France

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

Letter that inspired Kerouac found

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

Dauenhauer ends 2-year term as Alaska Writer Laureate

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

Town thinks Winnie the Pooh is too scantily dressed

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 hosting 2015 science fiction convention

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: ‘Like Netflix for Shakespeare’

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

Patrick Modiano wins literature Nobel

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

Marquis de Sade manuscript on display

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

Banned Alexie novel can return to district classrooms

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

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