People turn up in their hundreds to hear New Zealand writer Eleanor Catton speak. It takes some getting used to.
The long-distance call came about 8pm while Eleanor Catton was cooking dinner. “Everything is about to change, your life is about to change,” the voice from England said
Pet Shop Boys have left the record label Parlophone after 28 years and will release their new studio album Electric through independent music publisher Kobalt in June, the British duo said. The chart-toppers, whose 1980s hits include West End Girls and It’s A Sin, said further details of their 12th studio album would be released soon
If the 1995 stroke that paralyzed Jean-Dominique Bauby was cruelly premature, at least death had the courtesy to wait until the 45-year-old French journalist finished his last assignment. Less than 72 hours after readers and critics alike hailed as a triumph his memoir of living with locked-in syndrome–a state of virtually total paralysis that leaves the victim, in Bauby’s words, “like a mind in a jar”–the former editor in chief of French Elle magazine died.
Reinhard Mohn, who turned his family’s religious publishing company into Bertelsmann AG, one of the world’s largest media conglomerates, died Saturday, the firm announced Sunday.
Britain’s Prince Charles will follow in the footsteps of former U.S. Vice President Al Gore with an upcoming book and film documentary on the environment, the prince’s publisher said. The book and film project, titled “Harmony,” will be released in 2010, publisher HarperCollins said this week.