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A history of illustrated books
For book worms, our passion for reading began the moment we set eyes on picture books. From poring over illustrations and listening to adults read us stories to reading them on our own, it was through these pictures books that we caught our first glimpse of the outside world, learning eagerly about it.
 
Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25.
 
Colorful bear statues spring up in Alaska AAlaskalargest city
Alaska's largest city is home to more than 300 grizzly and black bears and now more than a dozen multicolored ones.
 
It's a mystery: New bookstore takes genre-specific approach
Murder Ink (偵探書屋), Taiwan's first mystery-oriented independent bookstore, is the talk of the town among mystery aficionados, due largely to the owner's unique management strategy and the shop's one-of-its-kind atmosphere.
 
Nat'l Taichung Theater to start trial run Friday
The long-awaited National Taichung Theater will start trial operation Friday and will officially open on Sept. 30, with the Taichung government holding a ceremony Thursday to donate the opera house to the Ministry of Culture.
 
Calligraphy master becomes museum director
Internationally-renowned Chinese calligrapher Dr. Chang Ben-hang (張炳煌) has been appointed as an honorable museum director at the China Calligraphy Museum (中國書法博物館名譽館長) in Tieling City, Liaoning Province (遼寧鐵嶺市), China.
 
Scottish-born artist Peter Doig prevails in US painting authenticity court case
A U.S. judge said Tuesday that a celebrated artist was right when he insisted he didn't paint a work now owned by a retired prison worker, a finding that likely ensures the piece will now be worth a fraction of the previous estimated value of US$10 million or more.
 
Satirical cartoons for the avant-garde: Ghana's contemporary art scene
A satirical cartoon depicting a celebrity in Ghana schooling a British diplomat on how to speak pidgin English won laughter and praise from the crowd at a street festival in Accra.
 
US$1.3 mil. Banksy painting destroyed  by renovation work
A one-million-pound (US$1.3 million) mural by British street artist Banksy which mocked government surveillance has been destroyed during building works on the house on which it appeared in 2014, the local council said Monday.
 
Singapore 'Tropical Mirage'
This photo taken Thursday, Aug.18, shows a visitor walking inside a room with an installation entitled "Tropical Mirage" by Onemaker Group during a preview of the Singapore Night Festival.
 
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