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Sue Townsend, creator of Adrian Mole, dies at 68

An Oct. 1, 1999 photo from files showing British comic author Sue Townsend. The author, the creator of teenage angst-ridden Adrian Mole, has died after suffering a stroke. She was 68. Penguin Books confirmed Friday that Townsend died in Leicester, central England, a day earlier. Her first novel, "The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾," was published in 1982 and was hailed as a comic masterpiece. AP

British comic author Sue Townsend, who created angst-ridden teenage diarist Adrian Mole and sent Queen Elizabeth II into exile on a public housing estate, has died after suffering a stroke. She was 68.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Indian writer, editor Khushwant Singh dies at 99

In this Dec. 20, 2010 file photo, Khushwant Singh, 96, talks sitting next to a fireplace in his house in New Delhi, India. Singh, a force in India's literary world for more than 60 years, has passed away at his New Delhi home, his daughter said, Thursday, March 20, 2014. He was 99. AP

Khushwant Singh, a journalist, editor and prolific writer whose work ranged from serious histories to joke collections to one of post-Independence India’s great novels, died Thursday at his New Delhi apartment, his daughter said. He was 99.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Mitch Albom and his life’s miracles

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Barely 24 hours after landing in the Philippines, best-selling author Mitch Albom commented on how Filipinos love taking photos. The Michigan native was also glad to temporarily leave the freezing winter in the United States in favor of cool, sunny weather here.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

Philip Roth retirement stuns literary critics

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Novelist Philip Roth’s decision to lay down his pen despite seemingly good health and his formerly unstoppable production at the age of 79, has stunned US literary circles.

Posted: November 24th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Serial murders she wrote

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Though she won’t say it to your face, Jennifer Hillier has probably thought about punching you in the face. Hard. Don’t worry, she won’t really punch you in real life, even though her brain may have produced an image of your nose broken and gushing blood. Call it an occupational hazard, since she does kill off people for a living—in the most gruesome way possible.

Posted: September 8th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

My father, Lazaro Francisco

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Edgar A. Guest wrote: “I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day. I’d rather one should walk with me than merely show the way.” As I look back to my growing-up years, I could clearly see that my father was, indeed, a living sermon. Even now that I’m already a senior citizen and [...]

Posted: June 27th, 2011 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

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