Kamin Mohammadi’s top 10 Iranian books

4. The Conference of the Birds by Farid Attar In Iran there are a whole host of mystical medieval poets and thinkers – Rumi, Hafez, Sa’adi, Khayyam – each one a Shakespeare in their own right, so it is hard to pick just one. The Conference of the Birds is a 12th-century masterpiece, written by […]

Amazon and publisher Hachette end dispute over online book sales

Amazon’s attempt to stop customers buying Hachette books as a way of putting pressure on the publisher also prompted outrage from almost 1,000 authors, including Donna Tartt, Salman Rushdie, John Grisham and Stephen King, who signed a petition demanding Amazon stop using writers as hostages in its negotiations. The group, Authors United, also took out […]

Everything I Never Told You review – Amazon’s best book of the year by Celeste Ng

The choice of a 70s setting is an indicator of the damage that modern technology and ideological progress have done to the plotting options of crime writers. Ng’s narrative depends on Lydia having left little trace and misleading her parents about key friendships – feats nearly impossible since the advent of mobile phones and Facebook. […]

March 28 in NASCAR history: Texas Terry Labonte gets a home win

1993: Dale Earnhardt came back from a lap down to win at Darlington Raceway. It was his first win since the Coca-Cola 600 10 months earlier. Alan Kulwicki finished sixth in what would be his last race before his death in a plane crash on April 1.

Making airline bookings like buying on Amazon

On Flipkart and Amazon, you would put something in your shopping cart, you might then take it out if you felt you didn’t need it or the price wasn’t right, and sometimes you might put it back again. The checkout process is seamless if you have saved your credit or debit card details on the […]

A digital ‘quarantine colouring’ book for children

Art is a great way to deal with stressful times, says Pete Morey from the UK. “It’s a really fun way to bring people together with our shared creativity as we all live under the same strained conditions — both for us artists and for the kids (and adults too!). All indoors,” he says. Pete’s […]

Book review: A star is born as Makena pens South B’s finest

The story is set in Malaba Estate, South B, where life in Kenya in the 1990s all through to the 2000s is seen through the eyes of three families who are as flawed as human beings can get. It is also through their lives that the history of Kenya is unravelled. The 283-page novel will […]

Reading list: The Denver Post sports department’s favorite sports books to ride out the coronavirus

“Shoeless Joe,” by W. P. Kinsella (1982) — Kinsella weaves a magical tale about baseball, heroes, love and dreams. An Iowa farmer hears a voice: “If you build it, he will come.” The “he” is Shoeless Joe Jackson of the 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal. The “it” is a baseball stadium carved out of a […]

Terry Tausch, All-American at Texas and NFL vet, dies at 61

The native of New Brauenfels, Texas, was recruited by the Longhorns as a tight end. He moved to tackle, was a four-year letter winner and selected as a first-team Associated Press All-American as a senior in 1981. He was inducted into the Texas Athletics Hall of Honor in 2001.

Internet Archive offers 1.4 million copyrighted books for free online

“It seems like a stretch” The copyright implications of book scanning have long been a contentious subject. In 2005, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers sued Google over its ambitious book-scanning program. In 2015, an appeals court ruled that the project was legal under copyright’s fair use doctrine. A related 2014 ruling […]