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For this interview, U.S. President Barack Obama was the one asking the questions.
 
Jamaica's Marlon James wins Booker Prize for fiction
Marlon James became the first Jamaican winner of the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday with a vivid, violent, exuberant and expletive-laden novel based on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley.
 
Asterix teams up with Assange-like journalist in new opus
Asterix and his friend Obelix are once again poised to set the Roman empire on fire with the global release of a new opus that sees them team up with a journalist modeled on Julian Assange.
 
Indonesian writers tackle taboos on the world stage
Little-known Indonesian writers will take center stage at the world's largest book fair this week, led by trailblazing women tackling taboos in their conservative homeland, from historic injustices to sex and religion.
 
Frankfurt book fair opens; Rushdie sparks Iran boycott
The world's biggest book fair opens Wednesday under a cloud of controversy with Iran calling on all Muslim nations to boycott the exhibition because author Salman Rushdie has been invited to speak.
 
Iran said Wednesday it will boycott next week's Frankfurt Book Fair after organizers invited the controversial author Salman Rushdie, whom Iranian scholars said should be killed, as a guest speaker.
 
An Oscar nominee at age 9, Quvenzhane Wallis is now getting an early start on a writing career.
 
Svetlana Alexievich wins the Nobel Prize for Literature
Belarussian writer Svetlana Alexievich won the 2015 Nobel Literature Prize on Thursday, honored for her work chronicling the horrors of war and life under the repressive Soviet regime.
 
The hugely successful "Twilight" vampire romance series is marking its 10th anniversary with a twist -- a gender swap.
 
Swedish crime writer Mankell, creator of Wallander, dies at 67
Best-selling Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell, whose detective character Kurt Wallander became a worldwide phenomenon, has died at 67 after a battle with cancer.
 
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