Germany

'We lost our homes and country, but we also lost our books'

Baynatna, an Arabic library in Berlin, is popular among the diaspora and refugees whose own stories could fill novels.

'We lost our homes and country, but we also lost our books'

United Kingdom

'You can't slay your way out of systemic racism'

The authors of a book aimed at black British women on microaggressions, otherness, identity and empowerment.

Slay in your lane: Meet the authors of a 'bible' for black women

Opinion

War and literature in Mogadishu

The Mogadishu Book Fair is a reminder that even in the upheaval and uncertainty of war, life persists.

Nanjala Nyabola

by Nanjala Nyabola

Nanjala Nyabola

The Listening Post

The New Journalism: Remembering its pioneer, the late Tom Wolfe

Producer Marcela Pizarro offers her take on the American writer's profound effect on a generation of writers.

Opinion

VS Naipaul: Colonialism in fact, fiction, and the flesh

Naipaul personified what European colonialism, racist to the very core of its logic, had done to his and to our world.

Hamid Dabashi

by Hamid Dabashi

Hamid Dabashi

United Kingdom

VS Naipaul, Nobel Prize-winning author, dies at 85

Naipaul's fiction and nonfiction reflected his journey from Trinidad to London and many stops in developing countries.

VS Naipaul, Nobel Prize-winning author, dies at 85

Europe

Nobel Prize: 2018 award for literature postponed

Several members of the Swedish Academy, including its first female leader, have resigned in protest of the handling of a sexual assault scandal, prompting the postponement of the Nobel Prize for literature.

Sweden

Nobel Prize for literature postponed in wake of sex scandal

Award postponed after new details emerge on Swedish Academy's handling of a sexual and financial misconduct scandals.

Nobel Prize for literature postponed in wake of sex scandal

Opinion

It's time to diversify and decolonise our schools' reading lists

We don't need to teach books that capitalise on inaccurate stereotypes and vulgar tropes about marginalised communities.

Anjali Enjeti

by Anjali Enjeti

Anjali Enjeti

Arts & Culture

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Why Google honours him today

Marquez is described as 'the greatest Colombian who ever lived'.

Opinion

The life and death of Salman Rushdie, gentleman author

The man we call 'Salman Rushdie' today is not the brilliant author of the Satanic Verses, but a Picassoesque imposter.

Hamid Dabashi

by Hamid Dabashi

Hamid Dabashi

United Kingdom

Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Kazuo Ishiguro, best known for works including Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day, wins prestigious prize.

Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Middle East

"Anyone can rule Syria, but not this regime"

Syrian writer Zakaria Tamer, 86, gives a unique interview reflecting on the current situation in Syria.

Zakaria Tamer: "On the side of the Syrian people"

Literature

Victor Hugo: The poet, artist and activist

Google Doodle celebrates the author of Les Miserables.

Victor Hugo: The poet, artist and activist

Literature

Assia Djebar: Algeria's 'immortal' literary hero

Google celebrates one of North Africa’s most influential writers on what would be her 81st birthday.

Assia Djebar: Algeria's 'immortal' literary hero