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Professor William Theodore de Bary of Columbia University, winner of the 2016 Tang Prize in Sinology, said that Taiwan has done well to preserve Confucianism, a key element of Chinese culture and the focus of his lifetime study.
 
'I Know What You Did Last Summer' author Lois Duncan dies
Lois Duncan was perhaps best-known for her pioneering suspense novels that captivated more than one generation of young readers, including "I Know What You Did Last Summer," which became a movie with a sequel.
 
Marquis de Sade's chair up for auction
The chair on which France's most notorious writer, the Marquis de Sade, wrote his most shocking work goes under the hammer in Paris Wednesday with nearly 100 of his rare surviving manuscripts.
 
LONDON -- Canadian novelist and poet Margaret Atwood has won the PEN Pinter Prize for her work championing environmental causes.
 
US author Richard Ford wins Spanish literature prize
MADRID -- U.S. writer Richard Ford, author of the widely acclaimed novel "Independence Day," has won Spain's prestigious Asturias prize for literature in recognition of his contribution to American letters.
 
Gregory Rabassa, a translator of worldwide influence and esteem who helped introduce Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Julio Cortazar and other Latin American authors to millions of English-language readers, has died.
 
Review: History, travel & comedy collide in 'Wonder Trail'
Steve Hely's plan is vague: travel south and make lots of stops along the way until he reaches the end of the world. And so begins "The Wonder Trail," Hely's account of everything from the history of the Panama Railway (tragic) to the best sandwiches in South America (they're in Chile).
 
Review: `Widowmaker' by Paul Doiron is fast-paced tale
In the first few pages of Paul Doiron's "Widowmaker," game warden Mike Bowditch seizes an illegal animal (10 percent dog and 90 percent wolf) from a violent, drug addled couple; is stabbed in the back for his trouble; gets into a fight with his girlfriend; discovers he has a half brother; and learns that this newfound relative has violated his probation on a sex-offense conviction.
 
Lisa McInerney won the Baileys Women's Prize for fiction Wednesday with "The Glorious Heresies," a funny and ferocious novel about struggling characters in financial-crisis Ireland.
 
Review: Meltzer's 'The House of Secrets' disappoints
Brad Meltzer, one of the best historical thriller writers in the business, teams up with acclaimed author Tod Goldberg for "The House of Secrets," and the result is somewhat mixed.
 
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