2,400 years after it was published, Euclid's Elements is still a foundational text of geometry. But it's only recently that a colorful 19th-century version of his work has been recognized as a stunning design decades ahead of its time.
The Nobel Committee awarded its prize for literature to French novelist Patrick Modiano, a man who's been called a modern-day Proust. Yet his work is relatively unknown in the English-speaking world despite his success in France.
Ronald Reagan couldn't have become president without Southern votes, and many of those votes simply wouldn't have been there without the invention of air conditioning. Such innovations and their unforeseen consequences on history are the subject of a new book from Steven Johnson.
Nayomi Munaweera was born in Sri Lanka, raised in Nigeria — and then fled that country for the US after a coup. Now, she's published her first novel and recounts the difficulties of learning the ins and outs of teen life in Los Angeles, including her first encounters with hairspray.
If you think you know the story of Snow White, or Hansel and Gretel or any of the Grimm brothers' fairy tales, think again. You probably know the cleaned-up, Disney versions. Author Adam Gidwitz returns to the blood and gore of the original stories in his retelling of them, while adding his own contemporary comments to help ease the tension for kids.
Iranian-British author Ramita Navai says Iran's capital Tehran is full of people who are leading double lives. On the outside, they conform. On the inside, they are true to themselves. She tells their stories in her novel, City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the search for Truth in Tehran.
Book designer Peter Mendelsund is one of the most sought-after book cover artists in the world. Now, in two new books of his own, he looks at the design process itself and examines how readers transform words into the images they create in their heads.
Relations between China and Japan have been as tense as they've been in years. It's a political standoff, but it's kind of personal too. It's something that Karen Ma has been seeing play out in her own family. She's a Chinese novelist who grew up in Japan. She speaks with The World's Carol Hills