The Scotch whisky industry has gotten a wake up call after a single malt from Japan was named the best in the world. Jim Murray, who publishes an annual "Whisky Bible," says there's more choice and more quality from places like Japan and the US than ever before.
Most Americans have grown up thinking of "Webster's dictionary" as the gold standard for definitions. But Merriam-Webster is about to take its iconic dictionary entirely online for the first time, once again changing the idea of the dictionary as we know it.
The word ''tears'' and a poem were among the things the Washington censored in the diary of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who has been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay without charge since 2002. His memoir took six years to get published.
Parisian author Pénélope Bagieu had to act as a lone wolf to achieve success, and that selfishness makes its way into her new graphic novel, "Exquisite Corpse." But it's a cautionary tale she wrote for the reader and, in part, for herself.
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.