‘Negro’ erased from Swedish children’s literature series

The word “negro” will be erased from the new Swedish editions of the book series about Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, Swedish media report. Karin Nyman, Lindgren’s daughter, has given her consent after having pondered the idea for several years.… Read the rest

Japanese author Murakami leading race for Nobel literary prize

In a year with no clear favourites, Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami appears to be the front-runner to win the Nobel Prize for Literature this week.

Murakami, known across the globe for works such as “Norwegian Wood” and “1Q84”, heads the … Read the rest

JK Rowling surprises with sleaze in new novel

First reviews of Harry Potter author JK Rowling’s novel for adults on Thursday praised its Dickensian scope and social message, but warned the gritty, even obscene tale was a far cry from Hogwarts.

Shortly before the release of the hotly … Read the rest