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You Tube and the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) to launch the first global reading of Don Quixote on Internet


The Royal Spanish Academy (Real Academia Española, RAE) and You Tube have launched the first global reading of Don Quixote on Internet. More than 2,100 Spanish speakers worldwide will be able to participate in this initiative. Read More...

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Shakespeare to be performed in fictional language “Klingon”


In one of the Star Trek movies, Mr. Spock is talking with Klingons when somebody quotes from William Shakespeare. A linguist developed that fictional language, and now he’s president of the Washington Shakespeare Company. At a benefit this weekend, the company will perform scenes of Shakespeare, first in English then in Klingon. Read More...

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Rare Harry Potter pages displayed


Original handwritten manuscripts by Harry Potter author JK Rowling are going on display as part of a book festival in the south of Scotland
The two framed pages, containing The Ballad of Nearly Headless Nick, will be on display at the Wigtown festival. The story was originally written as part of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets but edited out before publication.
The Wigtown Book Festival runs from 24 September to 3 October.
The manuscripts will be displayed at ReadingLasses bookshop. They were donated by Rowling to the Scottish Language Dictionaries in 2005 to help fund a new Scottish language dictionary. Read More...

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Chinese literature is still fumbling to find its feet in the world


Quality translations and targeted marketing alone can help break the lingering stereotype in overseas markets of modern Chinese fiction as propaganda, literary experts say. While world literature has found its way into China, Chinese literature is still fumbling to find its feet in the world.
According to Wu Wei, director of the China Book International (CBI) Promotion and Planning Office, 348 translated titles were published in the United States last year, of which only seven were from China although more than 15,000 works are published in the country every year. Major publishers fail to see the merits of modern Chinese literature. Read More...