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Early on in "Sweet Tooth," Ian McEwan has his heroine, Serena Frome (rhymes with "plume"), a young employee of Britain's MI-5 internal security bureau in the early 1970s, describe her own reading habits:
When British novelist Ian McEwan accepted a prestigious Israeli literary award this week, he used the occasion to criticize Israeli policies in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem.
Celebrated Italian writer Umberto Eco says boycotting scholars for their governments' policies is "a form of racism" and "absolutely crazy."
Renowned Italian writer Umberto Eco said at an Israeli book fair Wednesday that boycotting scholars for their governments' policies is akin to racism.
Renowned British novelist Ian McEwan accepted an Israeli literary prize in Jerusalem Sunday with harsh criticism of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, after British writers called on the author to stay home because of Israel's policies toward Palestinians.
Vocal atheist Christopher Hitchens has completed writing his 400-page memoir, "Hitch-22." Mr. Hitchens, a Briton, has gained a name as an outspoken essayist, author and columnist.
It's hard to imagine anyone but Brenda Blethyn in the role of Jean, the larger-than-life mother in the dysfunctional-family comedy opening today, "Introducing the Dwights."
McEwan said he faced "vigorous calls" with "varying degrees of civility" to turn down The Jerusalem Prize _ Israel's most prestigious award for foreign writers.
McEwan, who wrote the celebrated 2001 novel "Atonement," accepted the Jerusalem Prize at the book fair's opening ceremony earlier this week but peppered his acceptance speech with tough criticism of Israeli policies toward Palestinians in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.