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  • Christopher Hitchens was militant pundit and humanist

    Christopher Hitchens was militant pundit and humanist

    He was a most engaged, prolific and public intellectual who wrote numerous books, was a frequent television commentator and a contributor to Vanity Fair, Slate and other publications. He became a popular author in 2007 thanks to 'God is Not Great,' a manifesto for atheists.

  • 5 famous plagiarism and fraud scandals in the book world

    5 famous plagiarism and fraud scandals in the book world

    Everyone has Google on his or her computer these days – and that includes publishers. So why, in this day and age, would any author dare to plagiarize from the work of another? Nevertheless, the accusations continue to fly. Currently, Lenore Hart, author of "The Raven's Bride" is the latest on the hot seat, defending herself against charges that she plagiarized from another novel about Edgar Allan Poe's wife. Her publisher says she's innocent. While the outcome of the Hart incident is still to be determined, here are five high-profile cases in which an author was accused of plagiarism and fraud. Each – in its own way – rocked the book world in its time.

  • Why Mark Twain would be booted from Facebook

    Horizons Why Mark Twain would be booted from Facebook

    A Google doodle gave Mark Twain a warm birthday salute on Wednesday. But Facebook would have given Mark Twain a hard time. It's company policy, Mr. Clemens.

  • Finally – a Booker Prize win for Julian Barnes

    Chapter & Verse Finally – a Booker Prize win for Julian Barnes

    His fourth time nominated was the charm for British novelist Julian Barnes, winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize.

  • Nobel Prize in Literature 2011: The surprising top 4 favorites

    Nobel Prize in Literature 2011: The surprising top 4 favorites

    The winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature – one of the highest awards a writer can receive – will be announced on Thursday. All across the world, literati are preparing for the big event in a decidedly plebeian way. They’re betting on the frontrunners. British bookmaker Ladbrokes has ranked the contenders’ odds, according to bets it is accepting online from “clued up literary fans.” Here’s a somewhat surprising look at the top four contenders.

  • Occupy Wall Street protest 'about people claiming some autonomy'

    Occupy Wall Street protest 'about people claiming some autonomy'

    The purpose and future of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement is as vast as the thousands who have gathered there. After 700 arrests Saturday on the Brooklyn Bridge, Sunday was quiet as protesters planned their next big march Wednesday.

  • Letterman threat on Al Qaeda website is no laughing matter

    Vox News Letterman threat on Al Qaeda website is no laughing matter

    Letterman threat, by a blogger on an Al Qaeda message board, is being investigated by the New York Police Department and the FBI. The talk show host and comedian had joked about Al Qaeda leaders killed in US attacks, reportedly prompting the Letterman threat.

  • In Pictures Famous fatwa targets

    In 2010, an Australian imam named Feiz Muhammad issued a fatwa calling for the beheading of Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders, who made anti-Islam statements relating to Muslim immigration.

  • How M.F. Husain, the 'Picasso of India,' tested free expression

    How M.F. Husain, the 'Picasso of India,' tested free expression

    M.F. Husain went into self-imposed exile after threats by Hindus offended by his work. The modernist painter's work prompted hundreds of lawsuits.

  • A war of extremes over Quran burning

    Editor's Blog A war of extremes over Quran burning

    A Florida preacher's acts don't typify Christianity. Mob violence doesn't typify Islam.