On the occasion of the fifth European Literature Days in Hanoi, Jasper Fforde, a unique British author in the mystery and detective fiction genre for young adults and children will travel to Vietnam. British author Jasper Fforde, winner of a Wodehouse prize for comic fiction, is an international bestselling author and is possessed of a style which seems tailor made for a passionate cult following. Born in 1961, Jasper Fforde spent his early career in the film industry. He is the author of several novels which cross over genres, and are a mixture of fantasy, crime thriller, and humorous fiction. They are noted for their literary allusions, wordplay and tight plots. His book The Eyre Affair(2001) was listed in the best-selling works of the New York Times. He uses the internet to add a different level to the books themselves (http://www.jasperfforde.com), and to talk with his fans online. Amongst Fforde's output are police procedurals featuring nursery rhyme characters; a series for … [Read more...] about New York Times bestseller author Jasper Fforde to visit Vietnam
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Chinese multimillionaire Chen Guangbiao gives money away to street cleaners during an event organized by him, where people representing companies, which Chen claims pollute the environment, attend a parade to be publicly ''shamed'', in Nanjing, Jiangsu province February 21, 2013. Photo: Reuters Chen Guangbiao has never acquired a company. The 45-year-old recycling magnate has also never worked in the media industry or become proficient in English. But these facts have failed to puncture the preternatural bubble of confidence surrounding the controversial Chinese entrepreneur, who has his sights set on what he has deemed the world's most influential news outlet: the New York Times Co. To be sure, it is unlikely that the Times, which is controlled by the venerable Ochs-Sulzberger clan, would sell to Chen, an oddball tycoon and philanthropist known more for his publicity stunts than his business acumen. Undaunted, Chen said in a phone interview on Friday that he had retained a … [Read more...] about China’s oddball demolition king eyes the New York Times
The New York City Opera said Tuesday it would close and file for bankruptcy after 70 years, having failed to secure desperately needed millions through an emergency fund-raising appeal. But the deadline on an emergency appeal expired at midnight Monday with the company collecting only $2 million of the $7 million it needed to keep its doors open. "New York City Opera did not achieve the goal of its emergency appeal," spokeswoman Risa Heller said in a statement. "Today, the board and management will begin the necessary financial and operational steps to wind down the company including initiating the Chapter 11 process," she added. The company's board decided last week to file for bankruptcy if the sum was not met. NYCO has helped launch the careers of several thousand young singers, including greats Placido Domingo and American soprano Beverly Sills. But it has suffered financial difficulties for a number of years. In 2010, the company was forced to move out of the Lincoln … [Read more...] about New York City Opera to close after 70 years
Within minutes of the attack, the New York Times announced in a Twitter message that it would continue to publish news. The company quickly set up alternative websites, posting stories about chemical attacks in Syria. The Times also published several articles on Facebook via its page on the social network. On its Facebook page, the Times said it was working to fix the outage, which appears to have started at 3pm local time on Tuesday. The New York Times website was unavailable to readers on Tuesday afternoon following an attack on the company's domain name registrar, Melbourne IT. The attack also required employees of The Times to stop sending sensitive e-mails. Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said the disruption was caused by a "malicious external attack" that affected its website and email, while Twitter spokesman Jim Prosser said viewing of images and photos were sporadically affected. Huffington Post UK did not respond to requests for comment. Analysts said evidence showed the … [Read more...] about New York Times website taken down by malicious attack
The first seminar of Dong Nai investment promotion successfully held in New York. A delegation from Dong Nai comprising 30 members and headed by Mr. Tran Dinh Thanh Secretary of Dong Nai Party Committee and Chairman of Dong Nai People's Council paid a working visit to the United States in an effort to promote trade and investment in the province following the success of its previous visit to Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea. At 9am New York times September 23rd, the first seminar was held at Grand Hyatt in central New York. Addressing the opening ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to the United States Le Luong Minh confirmed the great potentials of the US market and the capacity of US investors. The ambassador highly appreciated Dong Nai's dynamism in organizing its own delegation for trade and investment promotion. Mr. Tran Dinh Thanh represented at the seminar the potential and strength of Dong Nai with the convenient geographical location and a completing system of … [Read more...] about The first seminar of Dong Nai investment promotion successfully held in New York.