This weekend France celebrates the 50th anniversary of Le Petit Nicholas. He's a hugely popular character in a series of French children's books. But he's never caught on here. Correspondent Anita Elash has the story.
Persian language bloggers have been weighing in on the day's events in Tehran. Those bloggers are the subject of some new research by The BBC World Service Trust and a Persian website called Balatarin. Marco Werman hears more from Clark Boyd.
For decades, the writer Ludmilla Petrushevskaya was banned in the Soviet Union. She wrote stories about domestic despair and Soviet censors demanded optimism. Today she's a living legend in Russia. Kiera Feldman reports.
A recent UN report suggests that less than 2% of the population in the Arab world reads even one book a year and that one-third of Arabs are illiterate. The BBC's Lina Sinjab reports from Damascus on what some Arabs see as a 'reading crisis.'