A novel about the role of motherhood and the conflict between tradition and modernity in contemporary South Korea has won the Man Asian Literary Prize for author Kyung-sook Shin, marking the first time a woman has won the prestigious literary award.
It's not often that an author's 85th birthday coincides with the 30th anniversary of his winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. But such is the life of Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who is celebrating several milestones in 2012.
"Most folks my age and complexion don't speak much about the past," says the grandmotherly African-American woman who narrates "Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans," a book illustrated and written by Kadir Nelson.
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Renowned speculative fiction writer Harlan Ellison is about to be inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, recognizing a career that has spanned more than five decades in which he's made contributions to literature, television and film.
Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa is injecting his cachet as a newly minted Nobel Prize winner into the political sphere, in a strong criticism of the political aspirations of the daughter of a disgraced former president.
The earthquake that shook Haiti on Tuesday was only the most recent disaster to lay siege to the most impoverished nation in the Western hemisphere, a country that was beginning to show some signs of rebirth, says Haitian-born American novelist Edwidge Danticat.
One of Africa's brightest young writers, 31-year-old Chimamanda Adichie has already been recognised for her talent; her debut novel was shortlisted for the Orange Fiction Prize in 2004. The Nigerian novelist talks to CNN about her craft, her country and identity.
Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter whose absurdist and realistic works displayed a despair and defiance about the human condition, has died, according to British media reports. He was 78.