Alison Flood

How Do We Explain This Year to Our Kids? Forthcoming Book 'Alt-Write' Aims to Tell a Different Story

Ben Okri, Carol Ann Duffy and Frank Cottrell Boyce are among the contributors to Alt-Write, a new collection of writing from major authors intended to “debunk xenophobic myths and … help [readers] discover the natural human quality of empathy”.

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Richard Dawkins Event Canceled Over His 'Abusive Speech Against Islam'

Richard Dawkins has denied using “abusive speech against Islam” after a California radio station canceled a book event with the scientist, citing his comments on Islam which the station said had “offended and hurt...many people."

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Every 16-Year-Old in Sweden to Receive Copy of We Should All Be Feminists

Less than a month after it was revealed that the UK is planning to drop feminism from the politics A-level, every 16-year-old in Sweden is being given a copy of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s call to arms, We Should All Be Feminists.

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Jonathan Franzen 'Considered Adopting Iraqi Orphan to Figure Out Young People'

In a setup that would not look out of place in fiction, Jonathan Franzen, the bestselling American novelist, has said he once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to help him understand young people better, but his editor persuaded him against it.

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The Most Controversial Library Book?

Sherman Alexie’s award-winning young adult novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian tops a list of the books readers tried hardest to remove from the shelves of America’s libraries last year.

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George RR Martin Says Rightwing Lobby Has 'Broken' Science Fiction's Hugo Awards

George RR Martin has waded into the “nasty, nasty fight” surrounding this year’s Hugo awards, laying out why he believes that a group of rightwing science fiction writers have “broken” the prestigious prize beyond repair.

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FBI Monitored and Critiqued African-American Authors for Decades

Newly declassified documents from the FBI reveal how the US federal agency under J Edgar Hoover monitored the activities of dozens of prominent African American writers for decades, devoting thousands of pages to detailing their activities and critiquing their work.

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