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New Xinhua bookstore in Shanghai turns to design by famous Japanese architect Tadao Ando to attract young readers

The first thing that pops into most people's minds when talking about China's Xinhua bookstores is the chain's red sign with the Chinese characters Xin Hua Shu Dian (Xinhua bookstore) in white. However, a newly opened Xinhua bookstore in Shanghai is looking to make a break from tradition with a new look.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/23 19:08:39

Letter shows 'unsatisfied' de Beauvoir's passion for younger man

French feminist icon Simone de Beauvoir's "mad passion" for a lover 18 years her junior has been revealed in a letter published for the first time on Sunday.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/22 17:33:39

Turkish refuse collectors give abandoned books a new lease on life

Many would prefer probably not to dwell on what becomes of books thrown into the rubbish bin when their onetime reader declutters their shelves.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/21 16:18:39

Multi-language database to promote Chinese literature overseas

Representatives from the Chinese Culture Translation and Studies Support Network (CCTSS) and the China Writers Association's literature journal Selected Novel announced at a Beijing press conference on Wednesday that the two organizations will be working together on building a multi-language database that will include information and literature works from 100 contemporary Chinese writers.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/18 17:32:26

"Black Hogwarts" goes viral, wins JK Rowling's love

The word "BlackHogwats" has become a trendy hashtag on Twitter in the last 12 hours as people are imagining all characters in Harry Potter series to be black players.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/13 13:04:46

Book of WWII victims' letters to be published

A printing press in Northeast China's Liaoning Province announced it would publish a book consisting of letters written by victims of Japanese troops after they invaded China in 1931, a move to help preserve historical evidence.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/13 1:50:37

Book fair unveils "age of audio books"

In the "age of audio books," artificial intelligence (AI) is taking the lead, with the domestic market for audio books estimated to increase to 4.43 billion yuan (680.5 million US dollars), according to the Beijing Book Fair, which opened Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/12 8:10:55

A bookstore's endeavor to survive and thrive in a digital era

Zhou Li walked into the Qingguo bookstore, decorated in the style of an ancient Chinese garden, ordered a drink and spent a relaxing afternoon sitting there reading a book.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/11 17:03:39

Writer Barry rides high on epic western with a twist

Sebastian Barry thought he was having too much fun writing his rollicking historical novel Days Without End for it to be any good.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/7 17:08:39

British actress and singer Jane Birkin to publish her diaries – in French

UK actress and singer Jane Birkin, whose voice accompanied French crooner Serge Gainsbourg on some of his biggest hits, will publish in September the diaries she has kept since she was 12, she said in an interview published on Friday.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/7 15:13:39